Student survey results 2020-21

Study Australia gathers feedback from onshore international students on their education experience and information needs.

What does the student survey cover?

  • How current international students are feeling about study and life in Australia?
  • What issues are most concerning international students currently in Australia?
  • What communication channels in Australia are international students using?
  • How can we improve our information services to ensure that the right information is provided, on the right issues, at the right time?

What are students saying based on previous surveys? 

Sentiment remains good with international students.

Findings have found 8 out of 10 international students currently studying in Australia intend to complete their studies here.

Collated from two surveys undertaken since June 2020, the findings have found that despite the challenging environment globally with the COVID-19 pandemic, pull factors including the education system, lifestyle and safety are among the reasons students are keen to complete their studies within the country.

Just 2% of students surveyed said they'd return home and defer their studies in light of the current health situation, while 2% of students said they'd return home and cancel their study in Australia. Only 4% of the total students surveyed said they'd return home and complete their studies online.

Other factors including future prospects have also rated high among students, with a third of those surveyed keen to see what Australia has to offer them after they complete their studies.

Despite the uncertain, restrictive and drastically changing study and living experience for international students currently in Australia, the students remain generally positive, says Head of Austrade's International Education Centre of Excellence, Melissa Banks.

A comparison of the results from the first two surveys also showed a slight increase in student sentiment.

The third survey has closed and results will be available soon. For those students who are interested in having their say and haven't done so yet, the fourth survey is due to be open shortly. Keep an eye out for the link to complete the next survey.

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