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Data and research

Data and research

2018 International Student Survey

Every two years since 2010, the Australian Government has funded a national survey of international students across Australia’s major education sectors. The 2018 survey is the biggest so far, with over 80,000 international students participating.

The main 2018 survey covers students in Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training, English language institutions and international students in secondary school. The survey found 89 per cent of international students were satisfied or very satisfied with their living and learning experience in Australia.

The overall headline findings and sector-level findings are captured in the infographic fact sheets below:

2018 Offshore Higher Education Student Survey

In 2018, the department supported a first-ever satisfaction survey of students who were studying Australian higher education programs offshore, either in their own country or in a major transnational education hub such as Singapore and Malaysia. Eighty six per cent of the students surveyed reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall study experience.


The International Research and Analysis Unit provides data, research and analysis on many aspects of international education in Australia and globally. Data on international students studying in Australia is updated on a monthly basis. Other information on offshore education delivery by Australian providers and Australian students studying overseas is published as one page fact sheets (Research Snapshots).

As student mobility continues to grow globally, international collaboration in data and information sharing is becoming more important. International Group has built collaborative networks with key international organisations including the British Council and the USA Institute of International Education, which hosts Project Atlas, an international student mobility database.