Indian students abandon Australian universities

The number of new Indian students choosing to study at Australian universities collapsed by more than 80% in the second half of 2020, in a further blow to the country’s more than AU$30 billion (US$23 billion) international education system, writes Lisa Visentin for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Indian student market was worth AU$6.6 billion to the Australian economy in the 2019-20 financial year, second only to China as the top source country of foreign students studying in Australia. But the impact of ongoing border closures has proved devastating for universities’ recruitment efforts.

The intake of international students at Australian universities declined across the board in the second half of 2020, but the drop off in new enrolments from Indian students was especially sharp. Around 2,500 Indian students began studying at Australian universities between July and November last year – a decline of 83% compared with the same period in 2019, data from the Department of Education shows.
Full report on The Sydney Morning Herald site