Australian University International Student Numbers

By | July 20, 2017

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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Uni Total OS OS%
Table 1: International Student (OS) Numbers Studying in Australian Universities Relative to Total Student Enrolments
RMIT University (rmit) 57433 26590 46.3
Monash University (monash) 64479 22140 34.3
Curtin University (curtin) 48263 15598 32.3
University of Melbourne (unimelb) 52257 14166 27.1
University of New South Wales (unsw) 52326 13132 25.1
University of Wollongong (uow) 30554 12360 40.5
University of Sydney (sydney) 54306 12278 22.6
University of Queensland (uq) 48771 11519 23.6
Macquarie University (mq) 38793 10069 26
University of Technology Sydney (uts) 37638 10054 26.7
Murdoch University (murdoch) 24138 9809 40.6
Griffith University (griffith) 43196 9216 21.3
Victoria University (vu) 27168 9199 33.9
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne) 31786 9016 28.4
La Trobe University (latrobe) 33892 7629 22.5
Deakin University (deakin) 45900 7468 16.3
University of South Australia (unisa) 32948 7428 22.5
Queensland University of Technology (qut) 45580 7157 15.7
James Cook University (jcu) 21889 7032 32.1
University of Adelaide (adelaide) 26383 6935 26.3
Federation University (feduni) 12941 6332 48.9
Charles Sturt University (csu) 39093 5944 15.2
University of Newcastle (newcastle) 36448 5904 16.2
Australian National University (anu) 20934 5566 26.6
University of Western Australia (uwa) 25837 5241 20.3
University of Southern Queensland (usq) 26719 5183 19.4
University of Tasmania (utas) 26812 4872 18.2
CQ University (cqu) 18849 4399 23.3
University of Western Sydney (uws) 41864 4333 10.4
Edith Cowan University (ecu) 26441 4239 16
Flinders University (flinders) 22807 3812 16.7
University of Canberra (canberra) 16334 3811 23.3
Australian Catholic University (acu) 25678 2920 11.4
Bond University (bond) 6062 2367 39
Southern Cross University (scu) 14369 1942 13.5
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc) 10756 1210 11.2
Charles Darwin University (cdu) 10848 1161 10.7
University of New England (une) 20912 1079 5.2
University of Notre Dame (nd) 10960 327 3
Totals: 1,232,364 299,437 24.3

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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University ug% pg% total%
Table 2: International Student Percentages Relative to On-Campus Students Only (Excluding Distance Education Students)
CQ University (cqu) 33.8 89.5 54.1
Federation University (feduni) 37.8 65.8 47.6
Murdoch University (murdoch) 47.7 45.1 47.4
RMIT University (rmit) 49 37 46.7
University of Wollongong (uow) 31 69.4 41.4
Curtin University (curtin) 37.5 42.9 38.5
Monash University (monash) 34.4 42.7 36.4
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne) 34 41.6 35.8
Victoria University (vu) 31.7 43.9 33.8
Bond University (bond) 17.5 56.5 32.8
James Cook University (jcu) 23.4 61.3 31.9
Charles Darwin University (cdu) 25.1 53.9 31.3
Charles Sturt University (csu) 23 83.4 31.2
Totals Average (mean) (%) 23.9 40.5 27.9
Macquarie University (mq) 20.7 44.9 27.6
University of South Australia (unisa) 24.3 40.4 27.2
University of Melbourne (unimelb) 25.8 27.8 26.8
Australian National University (anu) 19.5 32.2 25.9
University of Technology Sydney (uts) 19.9 37.4 25.8
University of Adelaide (adelaide) 18.7 44.2 25.6
University of New South Wales (unsw) 19 35 24.5
University of Tasmania (utas) 21.1 36.5 23.7
University of Canberra (canberra) 18 42 23.4
University of Queensland (uq) 16.3 45.2 23.4
Southern Cross University (scu) 18.8 52 22.9
La Trobe University (latrobe) 16.6 46.2 22.8
University of Sydney (sydney) 16.9 31.5 22.2
Griffith University (griffith) 17.7 39.4 21.5
Deakin University (deakin) 14.3 50.1 20.6
University of Western Australia (uwa) 18.5 27 20.4
Edith Cowan University (ecu) 16.7 35.3 20.3
University of New England (une) 10.6 62.8 20.2
Flinders University (flinders) 8.5 47.3 19.7
University of Newcastle (newcastle) 12.9 47.9 19.2
Queensland University of Technology (qut) 12.5 36.1 17
University of Southern Queensland (usq) 10.7 42.9 15.1
University of Western Sydney (uws) 6.2 34 10.4
Australian Catholic University (acu) 10.2 10.9 10.3
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc) 5.8 30.1 8.9
University of Notre Dame (nd) 1.6 3.1 1.8

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