What are the most popular courses for international students in Australia?

TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) released a report last year. As per the report, international students opt for different courses as compared to domestic students.

More than half of the international student population is studying courses in Management and Commerce. In comparison, only 15% of domestic students are enrolled in the same.

 As per the report, 49% of all the international students were studying either Management or Commerce in 2016. Other popular courses among international students were:

  • Information Technology
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
  • Engineering and other related technologies

Food, Hospitality and Personal Services saw a 60% increase in enrolment between 2013 and 2016.

The most popular subject among Australian students was Education. However, it was not so popular among foreign students. Another popular subject among Australian students was Health and Mixed Food Programs.

There were more than 400,000 international students in Australia in 2017, as per Study International. These students accounted for 19% of the total revenue in 2017 totalling up to $7 billion. The education sector has been the largest growing sector of revenue. It has seen a growth of $2.2 billion from 2012 to 2017.

In 2016, Australia had the maximum overseas students from China. Chinese students made up 38% of the international student population. 16% of the international student population was from India.

As per the report, the fastest growing source markets in 2015 and 2016 were Nepal and China. Nepal saw an increase of 21% while China saw 13%.

The most popular study abroad locations for international students in Australia were New South Wales and Victoria. New South Wales hosted about 30% of the international student population while Victoria housed 36%.

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