International students flock to Adelaide to live, work and study

Last updated 28 Apr, 2023

South Australia’s international student enrolments grew at a higher rate than the national average in 2022, new statistics show.

Data from StudyAdelaide, an AEDA strategic partner, showed the number of new students choosing South Australia grew 42 per cent in 2022 in comparison to 39 per cent nationally at the same time.

In the top ten countries for enrolments were India, China, Nepal, Vietnam and Hong Kong, as well as Colombia and Brazil for the first time ever.

The new figures come as StudyAdelaide, with support of AEDA, hosted the city's largest single visit by international education agents last month.

Almost 90 international education agents from countries including China, India, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia visited the state as part of a strategy to attract more students to Adelaide.

The return of the visiting agents was a sign of the international education sector’s COVID-19 recovery and testimony to how Adelaide had looked after its international students, both onshore and offshore.

Post-study employment opportunities for international students were discussed, followed by tours of Lot Fourteen and SAHMRI, as well as a panel session focused on careers in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Agents were also given an opportunity to visit the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia, TAFE SA, Adelaide High School and many more education providers.

StudyAdelaide Chief Executive Jane Johnston said interest was coming from both traditional and emerging international student markets as word spread about Adelaide and South Australia’s attractiveness as a place to live, study and work.

“The agents play a key role in helping students decide where to study and giving the agents a firsthand experience of what Adelaide has to offer pays dividends,” she said.

“This includes post-study employment opportunities, which are becoming increasingly important for international students and South Australia as we seek to address skills shortages in key industries.”

Deputy Premier Susan Close said the success of the visit was testament to the work of international education providers, StudyAdelaide and local and state governments.

However, the state still needed to keep shining the spotlight on SA.

“Events like this visit showcase our city and state to the world and help keep us top of mind in a highly competitive environment to attract the best and brightest students,” Ms Close said.

Education and a potential university merger will be under the spotlight at the 2023 AEDA Business Summit.

It includes a panel session with University of Adelaide Chancellor Hon. Catherine Branson AC KC and University of South Australia Deputy Chancellor Hon. John Hill.

They will discuss the opportunities and implications of a potential university merger.

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