19 March 2009
Australian student visa program showing strong results
Enrolments in Australian education institutions for international students has increased significantly at the start of 2009, and China and India are proving to be the biggest sources of international students.
Interest in the Australian student visa program has been on the rise since the global downturn pushed the value of the Australian dollar down; Indian and Chinese students are taking advantage of the good exchange rate and enrolling in Australian universities.
The 2009 year will see nearly 300,000 full fee-paying international students at Australian education providers, and it is reported by the Sydney Morning Herald that enrolments increased by 21 per cent in January.
With the mining industry taking a knock from the global economic downturn, the education industry is expected to challenge mining to become Australia's biggest export earner. Last year, the Australian student visa program generated $15.5 billion for the Australian economy.
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with emigrating to Australia.