Student Visa Statistics


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Student Visas issued in each year.

2008/09 Australian Student Visas issued.

  • 320,368 Student Visas were granted for entry into Australia.
  • 3,311 (1.03%) of these student Visas were for people from the UK.

65,503 India 20.45%
54,015 China, Peoples Republic of 16.86%
17,594 Korea, Republic of 5.49%
14,355 Nepal 4.48%
13,612 Thailand 4.25%

2007/08 Australian Student Visas issued.

  • 278,184 Student Visas were granted for entry into Australia.
  • 3,390 (1.35%) of these student Visas were for people from the UK.

49,763 People’s Republic of China
47,639 India
19,350 Republic of Korea
11,576 Thailand
11,096 Brazil
10,661 Malaysia
10,247 Nepal
9,969 United States of America
8,246 Indonesia
7,669 Japan

Source: www.homeaffairs.gov.au

2006/07 Australian Student Visas issued.

  • 228,592 Student Visas were granted for entry into Australia.
  • 3,078 (1.13%) of these student Visas were for people from the UK.

38,466 China, Peoples Republic of 16.83%
34,146 India 14.94%
18,557 Korea, Republic of 8.12%
9,973 United States of America 4.36%
9,496 Malaysia 4.15%
9,479 Thailand 4.15%

2005/06 Australian Student Visas issued.

  • 190,674 Student Visas were granted for entry into Australia.

In 2006, the breakdown of the nationality for student Visa holders was:

22.0% China
10.8% India
7.9% Republic of Korea
5.6% Malaysia
5.3% Hong Kong
4.6% Japan
4.2% Thailand
4.0% Indonesia
3.7% United States of America
2.8% Singapore
29.3% Other nationalities
100.0% Total


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2002/2003 Australian Student Visas issued.

  • 162,575 Student Visas were granted for entry into Australia.
  • 2,395 (1.47%) of these student Visas were for people from the UK.

22,597 (13.9%) from China
12,405 (7.63%) from Japan
11,294 (6.95%) from the United States
11,270 (6.93%) from Korea
10,136 (6.23% from Indonesia
10,133 (6.23%) from Malaysia
7,603 (4.68%) from India

Sources include: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/study

Student Visas Issued, as stated by the Department of Immigration
Offshore and Onshore Grants

  • 2009-10 205,876 (only first 9 months July 2009 to March 2010)
  • 2008-09 320,368
  • 2007-08 278,184
  • 2006-07 228,592
  • 2005-06 190,674
  • 2004-05
  • 2003-04 171,616
  • 2002-03 162,575

Source: www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/study

Numbers of Enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia on a student visa.

Year Number Change
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2009 631,935 16.2%
2008 543,898 19.5%
2007 455,185 18.6%
2006 383,818 11.3%
2005 344,815 6.8%
2004 322,776 5.9%
2003 304,801 11.3%
2002 273,801

Source: Australian Education International

Number of New Commencements by full-fee paying international students in Australia on a student visa.

Month 2010 2009 2008 2007
Jan 27,666 31,657 27,200 23,102
Feb 67,663 69,161 63,356 62,702
Mar 45,042 41,423 34,070 20,139
Apr 20,553 24,288 20,575 15,756
May 13,721 10,790 9,085
Jun 18,833 16,275 9,300
Jul 77,154 64,802 59,132
Aug 21,192 16,646 13,724
Sep 18,984 20,326 12,154
Oct 26,060 24,882 20,776
Nov 19,445 19,224 13,681
Dec 3,687 6,069 4,858

From the above we can see the total figures for New Commencements for the 12 months ended each April as:

Month 2010 2009 2008 2007
12 months to April 360,000 345,543 287,911

Getting a Student Visa

The first place to look when considering a student visa application is the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

This will provide you with the majority of the official information on what visas are available to you.


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