International student enrolment on the rise at New Zealand universities

A new report has revealed that international student numbers at universities in New Zealand are steadily increasing – rising by over ten per cent between 2015 and 2016, with the largest enrolments coming from China.

International student enrolment on the rise at New Zealand universities
Figures from The International Education Benchmark for New Zealand, produced by the education consultancy, Study Move, have shown that the number of international students applying to universities in New Zealand is increasing and that education consultants are playing a significant role in the upward trend.
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All eight universities reported an increase in revenue from international student fees in 2016. The universities also reported an increase in international student enrolment in 2016 with a total of 26,442 international students enrolled, representing 16 per cent of the total student population.

International student fees 

These students are providing a steady revenue stream for the New Zealand economy. The total revenue from international students in 2016 was NZ $1.1 billion (US $0.8 billion) making it the largest international student fee revenue within the New Zealand international education sector.
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Over 57 nationalities are represented by these students with China representing 37 per cent of the total number of international students with 4,644 students. The United States, India, Malaysia and Japan represent a further 30 per cent of the total.

The role of education consultants 

The report revealed the role that education consultants have to play in recruiting students from overseas. In 2016, the number of international students recruited by agents was almost 40 per cent.With a high standard of living and easy access to beaches and national parks from even the large cities, it is easy to understand the popularity of the country with foreign nationals whether for a relocation move or to study.New Zealand’s popularity with international students looks only set to continue.For related news and features, visit our Education & Schools section. Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit provides free information, practical advice and support for HR, global mobility managers and global teams operating overseas.Global Mobility Toolkit download factsheets resource centreAccess hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory