Australian University International Student Numbers

Australian University International Student Numbers

International Student University Enrolment Numbers

Australian universities cater to not only domestic students, but also a very large number of international students. The universities with the highest international student numbers are RMIT University (RMIT) with over 26,000 international students, Monash University with more than 22,000 international students, and Curtin University with approximately 15,000 international students. In terms of the highest percentages of international students, Federation University has approximately 48%, RMIT has around 46%, and Murdoch University has about 40%.

Notably, roughly half of RMIT's student population at the undergraduate level is composed of international students. Murdoch follows closely with approximately 47%. At the postgraduate level, the percentages are very high. In CQ University, around 89% of those enrolled in postgraduate programs are international students. Charles Sturt University follows with about 83%.

The figures in Table 1 show the number of overseas students in Australian universities relative to total students including distance education students. Although this is interesting to understand the overall percentage breakdown, it is important to also check Table 2 which excludes distance education students and in this way establishes the actual on-campus percentage breakdown of overseas students.

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UniTotalOSOS%
Table 1: International Student (OS) Numbers Studying in Australian Universities Relative to Total Student Enrolments
RMIT University (rmit)574332659046.3
Monash University (monash)644792214034.3
Curtin University (curtin)482631559832.3
University of Melbourne (unimelb)522571416627.1
University of New South Wales (unsw)523261313225.1
University of Wollongong (uow)305541236040.5
University of Sydney (sydney)543061227822.6
University of Queensland (uq)487711151923.6
Macquarie University (mq)387931006926
University of Technology Sydney (uts)376381005426.7
Murdoch University (murdoch)24138980940.6
Griffith University (griffith)43196921621.3
Victoria University (vu)27168919933.9
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)31786901628.4
La Trobe University (latrobe)33892762922.5
Deakin University (deakin)45900746816.3
University of South Australia (unisa)32948742822.5
Queensland University of Technology (qut)45580715715.7
James Cook University (jcu)21889703232.1
University of Adelaide (adelaide)26383693526.3
Federation University (feduni)12941633248.9
Charles Sturt University (csu)39093594415.2
University of Newcastle (newcastle)36448590416.2
Australian National University (anu)20934556626.6
University of Western Australia (uwa)25837524120.3
University of Southern Queensland (usq)26719518319.4
University of Tasmania (utas)26812487218.2
CQ University (cqu)18849439923.3
University of Western Sydney (uws)41864433310.4
Edith Cowan University (ecu)26441423916
Flinders University (flinders)22807381216.7
University of Canberra (canberra)16334381123.3
Australian Catholic University (acu)25678292011.4
Bond University (bond)6062236739
Southern Cross University (scu)14369194213.5
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)10756121011.2
Charles Darwin University (cdu)10848116110.7
University of New England (une)2091210795.2
University of Notre Dame (nd)109603273
Totals:1,232,364299,43724.3

Key & Notes

* Total includes all on-campus and off-campus local students and all internatonal students enrolled at a local university campus

* OS Overseas Student numbers are for on-shore students enrolled at local university campuses only and do not include international students studying at overseas campuses

As noted above, the figures displayed in the following Table 2 exclude distance education student numbers to show the actual on-campus percentage of overseas students in Australian universities within the undergraduate, postgraduate, and total categories.

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Universityug%pg%total%
Table 2: International Student Percentages Relative to On-Campus Students Only (Excluding Distance Education Students)
CQ University (cqu)33.889.554.1
Federation University (feduni)37.865.847.6
Murdoch University (murdoch)47.745.147.4
RMIT University (rmit)493746.7
University of Wollongong (uow)3169.441.4
Curtin University (curtin)37.542.938.5
Monash University (monash)34.442.736.4
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)3441.635.8
Victoria University (vu)31.743.933.8
Bond University (bond)17.556.532.8
James Cook University (jcu)23.461.331.9
Charles Darwin University (cdu)25.153.931.3
Charles Sturt University (csu)2383.431.2
Totals Average (mean) (%)23.940.527.9
Macquarie University (mq)20.744.927.6
University of South Australia (unisa)24.340.427.2
University of Melbourne (unimelb)25.827.826.8
Australian National University (anu)19.532.225.9
University of Technology Sydney (uts)19.937.425.8
University of Adelaide (adelaide)18.744.225.6
University of New South Wales (unsw)193524.5
University of Tasmania (utas)21.136.523.7
University of Canberra (canberra)184223.4
University of Queensland (uq)16.345.223.4
Southern Cross University (scu)18.85222.9
La Trobe University (latrobe)16.646.222.8
University of Sydney (sydney)16.931.522.2
Griffith University (griffith)17.739.421.5
Deakin University (deakin)14.350.120.6
University of Western Australia (uwa)18.52720.4
Edith Cowan University (ecu)16.735.320.3
University of New England (une)10.662.820.2
Flinders University (flinders)8.547.319.7
University of Newcastle (newcastle)12.947.919.2
Queensland University of Technology (qut)12.536.117
University of Southern Queensland (usq)10.742.915.1
University of Western Sydney (uws)6.23410.4
Australian Catholic University (acu)10.210.910.3
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)5.830.18.9
University of Notre Dame (nd)1.63.11.8

Key & Notes

* Percentages: - displayed numbers are of international student percentages in each category relative to the total number of on-campus students, excluding distance education students who do not attend a campus

You might also be interested in the following pages:

- International Student Tuition Fees

- Total Student Numbers

- Online Student Numbers

- Undergraduate & Postgraduate Percentages

- Gender Balance Male-Female Ratio

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