It’s not just quality courses and some work rights that makes Australia popular with international students – they feel welcome here. As the Department of Education and Training puts it.
UK commentators have ascribed the UK’s decline in non-EU student numbers in recent years to migration reforms, including student visa restrictions and changes in post-study work opportunities. It may be that Australia’s introduction of post-study work visas for international higher education graduates in 2013 has positioned Australia to be perceived as not only a quality study destination, with opportunities for working both during and after study, but also as a more welcoming destination for international student.”
We would do well not to give them reason to change their minds.