They’re back: big lift in international student arrivals

but they’re not quite what they were pre-pandemic

The Bureau of Statistics reports 142 580 international student arrivals in February, up 93 000 on Feb ’22. HE was the big winner with 110 000 arrivals, a 65 per cent increase.

VET arrivals grew from 4 000 to 13 000.

However student arrivals still trail the last pandemic-free Feb, 22 per cent lower than 2019

Universities Australia advises provisional figures have March student arrival at 54 000.

According to DoE, as of end March there were 506 000 student visa holders in the country, 296 000 of them in HE and 135 000 in VET.