An increasing number of international students are choosing to study in Australia rather than the UK, a new report has found.
The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the number of foreign students in Australia increased by 7.1 per cent in 2016-17, according to data released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DFIB).
It is the first time that the figure has gone up since the first half of 2017.
This comes despite the introduction of a number of measures to boost the flow of students and visa applications.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are the most likely group to study overseas, accounting for 24.9 per cent of all overseas students in 2016.
This rises to 23.6 per cent for students from New Zealand, 20.5 per cent from China, 18.6 percent from South Korea, 14.6 from Russia and 12.9 percent from the United States.
The rise is due to the increased availability of foreign visas, particularly to students from Australia, China and South Korea.
The figures show that in 2016, there were around 8,000 foreign students studying in Australia, while there were 1,600 foreign students abroad.
The number of students studying overseas rose by 7 per cent between 2015 and 2016.
But this was a relatively small increase of just over 1 per cent compared to the previous year.
The total number of overseas students was down by 9 per cent.
The DFIB also released its first quarterly analysis of international student numbers in Australia in December.
The data showed there were almost 1.5 million international students studying here, up by 9.3 per cent year-on-year.
Foreign students are making up around 6 per cent to 9 per per cent, of the total student population in Australia.
The largest group of international visitors is students from Hong Kong, followed by New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The numbers also show that foreign students are more likely to come to Australia from the US, Canada and the UK.
These figures are similar to those in the past, when overseas students from these countries accounted for more than half of all international students.
Foreign student numbers have also been increasing since the 1990s, with the number going up by 15 per cent over the past decade.
In 2016-19, the number from Hong Kowloon rose by a record 1.6 million, with an average of 2,000 people each day travelling to the city.
The biggest increase came from the number coming from the UK with a 10 per cent increase in international students, followed closely by the US.
The proportion of international tourists visiting Australia in 2016 was down from 22 per cent at the start of the year to 16 per cent now.
Topics:immigration,study-abroad,foreign-affairs,australiaFirst posted December 23, 2019 06:52:42Contact Emily MaitlandMore stories from New South Wales