International students favour NSW

3 March 2017

Group of  international students in a classroom

NSW remains the top-choice study destination in Australia for international students.

After a record year in 2016, when total enrolments grew by 11.1% to 268,500, NSW is experiencing even stronger demand for its education services, particularly in the higher education sector. Based on current growth trends, international student enrolments across NSW are set to top 300,000 in 2017.

As NSW’s biggest service export, international education brought $7.2 billion into our economy in 2015–16.

The NSW Government is focused on growing this sector further and, through StudyNSW, is creating the environment possible for international students choosing to call NSW home.

For instance, the International Student Welcome Desk at the T1 terminal at Sydney Airport gives arriving international students immediate advice and printed guides with maps and information about accommodation and transport. The desk is staffed by local and international student volunteers and is open during semester intakes and weekends at other periods.

Worldwide student interest

In 2016, international students from across the world choose NSW as their study destination. The largest source countries for enrolments included:

  • China (74,477)
  • Thailand (19,139)
  • India (18,900)
  • Nepal (14,366)
  • Korea (14,269).

The biggest year-on-year growth markets in 2015–16 were Brazil (24.5%), Nepal (19.7%) and China (14.4%).

Read the media release for more information.