Australian Embassy

Media release - 14 July 2017

Vietnam among Top 5 source countries for international students in Australia


Vietnam is the fourth biggest source country for international students in Australia, according to a recent report by Australian Department of Education and Training.

As of the end of March 2017, there were 19,708 students from Vietnam studying in Australia, comprising 4.1% of all international students. This was an increase of 8.7% compared with the same time in 2016.

In the first quarter of 2017, international student numbers in Australia increased by 15 per cent, to 480,092. China continues to be the top country for sending students to Australia, followed by India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Nepal.

A 2016 Australian government survey of international students found that well-regarded qualifications and institution quality were two of the key drawcards. The sustained growth in the volume of international students reflects the fact that international students are mostly satisfied with their experiences.

“I am pleased to see that Vietnamese families continue to choose Australia as a preferred destination for study”, Charge d’Affaires for Australia Mr Layton Pike said. “Vietnamese students can enjoy the world’s leading education system, as well as the oustanding lifestyle that Australia has to offer.” 

Australia is a leading provider of scholarships to Vietnam. There are currently over 5,800 Australia Awards alumni from Vietnam who graduated from Australian universities dating back to the 1970s. There are also over 50,000 alumni of Australian education, who make remarkable contributions to Vietnam’s socio-economic development.