Export income from education services by the top 50 nationalities in 2008-09

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) International Trade in Services data1 shows international education activity contributed

$17.2 billion in export income to the Australian economy in 2008-09, up 23.2 per cent from the previous financial year. Further details on these statistics are available in the AEI Research Snapshot on
Export Income from Education Services in 2008-09 also released in November 2009.

The level of export income generated is generally a reflection of the enrolments by international students from each market and the education sector of their enrolment. The table below shows the export income attributed to the top 50 student nationalities.

Australia’s Exports of Education Services
by Top 50 international student nationalities ($million)

Nationality
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
Nationality
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
China
2,506
3,059
3,787
Zimbabwe
70
83
93
India
1,298
1,971
2,819
France
71
82
89
Republic of Korea
903
1,019
1,107
Kenya
57
63
71
Malaysia
643
711
808
Iran
43
52
66
Thailand
456
544
669
Poland
59
63
62
Vietnam
243
359
591
Peru
22
40
60
Hong Kong
578
566
557
Egypt
24
46
58
Indonesia
478
505
553
Norway
65
56
58
Nepal
99
268
505
Czech Republic
54
57
56
Brazil
234
311
407
Turkey
29
41
54
Sri Lanka
197
258
315
Sweden
56
53
52
Japan
364
335
290
Papua New Guinea
43
47
51
Singapore
268
273
289
Mexico
33
38
39
Saudi Arabia
68
154
283
Slovakia
38
39
38
Colombia
100
168
238
Chile
18
25
37
Taiwan
232
235
235
Russian Federation
23
27
34
USA
227
223
216
Italy
22
28
31
Mauritius
78
116
198
United Arab Emirates
23
27
31
Bangladesh
199
207
193
Zambia
28
30
31
Pakistan
95
142
179
Hungary
20
24
30
United Kingdom
153
172
176
Burma (Myanmar)
15
20
27
Canada
118
131
142
Lebanon
16
22
27
Germany
131
136
134
Switzerland
26
27
27
New Zealand
95
138
129
Fiji
19
20
22
Philippines
65
85
122
Portugal
15
17
22
The full table of all nationalities is available from the ABS website in the electronic version of the publication
International Trade in Services as Table 10.4 at Table 10: Education services by Country.

Of the total export income generated by education services in 2008-09, $16.6 billion was from spending on fees and goods and services by onshore students2 and a further $553 million was earned through offshore educational activities3. The table below shows onshore education services exports by the type of student expenditure (i.e. goods and services; and fees). A table showing a further breakdown by education sector is available from the ABS website as Table 12.1 at Table 12: Type of expenditure by Educational sector.

Education services by Type of expenditure ($million)

Type of expenditure
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
Goods and services
6,541
8,200
10,211
Fees
4,428
5,186
6,259
Total
11,109
13,538
16,610

1 All export income data in this snapshot are sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ publication International Trade in Services, by Country, by State and by Detailed Services Category, Financial Year, 2008-09 (ABS Catalogue no. 5368.0.55.003).

2 Includes international students on student visas only.

3 These include education consultancy services and services through educational institutions. It does not include income generated by offshore campuses of Australian institutions.

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