YTD January 2023 international student data available

30 Mar 2023

The Department of Education has released year-to-date (YTD) January 2023 international student data.

There were 448,274 international students on student visas YTD January 2023, this is 20% more compared to January 2022. The top 5 countries account for 56% of international students; China (23%), India (16%), Nepal (10%), Colombia (4%) and Thailand (3%).

There were 462,033 enrolments between YTD January 2023, composed of 50% Higher Education (229,833), 35% VET (162,193), 11% ELICOS (50,246), 2% Schools (19,704) and 2% Non-Award (8,057). Compared to the YTD January 2022 period, enrolments were up for Higher Education (6%), VET (13%), ELICOS (496%), Schools (34%) and Non-Award (51%).

NOTE: The January data should be interpreted with caution as most Higher Education and VET commencements for first semester typically take place in March each year.

Also note that an enrolment does not confirm that a student is currently in Australia at the time of reporting.

MIP subscribers can view the latest data on the Student data dashboard, and a public monthly summary is also available here.

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