Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2010
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FEATURE ARTICLE 1: OVERSEAS STUDENT ENROLMENTS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS
Field of study
In 2008, across all levels of higher education, the most common fields of study for overseas students were Management and commerce, Information technology, and Engineering and related technologies (graph 12.23), a somewhat different pattern to that for the total population of students - where the most common fields of study were Management and commerce, Society and culture, Health, and Education.
Level of study
In the higher education sector, overseas student numbers are highest in Bachelor degrees followed by Post-graduate degrees (graph 12.24). There were slightly different patterns in field of study at specific education levels. For example, at the Post-graduate degree level, overseas students primarily studied Management and commerce (55%), Information technology (11%), and Society and culture (9%), while at the Bachelor degree level, overseas students most commonly studied Management and commerce (53%), Health (9.9%), and Engineering and related technologies (8.9%). See table 12.20 for comparable figures relating to all students.
Impact on the economy
Overseas higher education students spent a total of $9.5 billion dollars in the 2008-09 financial year. This was comprised of $3.2 billion in fees and $6.3 billion in goods and services. Overall, across all education sectors, fees accounted for $6.3 billion while goods and services accounted for $10.2 billion, adding to a total of $16.5 billion in Australia's international trade in education services (excluding AusAID and Defence, which totalled $0.1 billion).
For more information on export of education services, see ABS International Trade in Services, 2008-09 (5368.0.55.003) on the ABS website.
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