If you are wondering why there are a lot of foreign students in Australia, it is mainly because the country has one of the best educational system in the world today. Aside from that, many find the affordability of it is another draw for a lot of people. However, with all that is happening in the Australian education, this has seemingly become harder.
It should be noted that one of the things that many students are concerned of are the changes made by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to the student migration program. Because of the drastic changes made in the program, many foreign students opted to drop out of their courses and either return to their home countries or try their luck in shifting to other course. While there are still a lot of international students lining up for enrollment, these changes did have a significant effect on the numbers.
However, there is actually a lot more aside from this that affect the number of foreign students enrolling in the country. One of these is the increasing cost of education in the country. It is interesting to note that Australia is indeed one of the developed countries with a fairly affordable rate of education. However, recent events have started to affect the cost of college education in the country.
In particular, the strengthening Australian economy actually contributes to the rising cost of tertiary education in the country. This might sound ironic, but as the country's economy grows, the value of the Australian dollar also increases. This, in turn, also increases the tuition fee rate in many colleges and universities. In fact, this is actually what is happening nowadays, as the Australian dollar posted a decade high growth in the last few months.
Another factor that has contributed to the current tuition fee rise in the country is the growing expenses of the schools themselves. As the schools continuously improve their facilities for both local and foreign students, they often have no choice but to increase their fees in order to accommodate these changes.
For their part, many foreign students have now started to reconsider their options in studying in the country. A large portion of them are now opting to instead move to other countries, as they said that it is much cheaper there. For instance, one student notes that fees in Australian universities are now around three times as high as that of British schools.
Because of the dwindling number of foreign students in the country, the Australian government has started a campaign to encourage more student entry. However, some observers say that it is unlikely to produce a significant result anytime soon.