Brisbane doubles international student enrolments in a decade

Ahead of welcoming the city’s newest international students today, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has revealed that Brisbane’s international student numbers and its impact to the economy has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

Cr Quirk said Brisbane’s international student market had exploded over the past decade, with enrolments also increasing 10 per cent within the past 12 months.

“Brisbane is increasingly positioning itself as an international study destination of choice, where students receive a superior education alongside an enviable outdoor lifestyle,” Cr Quirk said.

“This growth hasn’t happened by accident. We introduced the Study Brisbane program to work closely with our intuitions in 2009, at this time when Brisbane was home to an estimated 45,000 students and the sector was worth more than $1.3 billion to Brisbane’s economy.

“To year ending 2018, we’ve surpassed 95,000 enrolments and the sector delivers more than $3 billion in economic impact for the city.”

Since 2009, Study Brisbane, delivered through Brisbane Marketing, has focused on promoting the city’s world-class education institutions using a collaborative government and industry approach.

Cr Quirk said this approach had helped double enrolments from Brazil, triple enrolments from the Philippines and more than quadrupole enrolments from Spain and Nigeria.

“Study Brisbane and Brisbane City Council has introduced many initiatives that contribute to the sectors success,” he said.

“We knew the priority for international students was accommodation and through Council’s student accommodation infrastructure charge reduction, we have been able to address this.

“Today, we have more than 10,000 student accommodation beds, which help to provide the quality lifestyle experience that students expect when travelling overseas to study.

“We also have programs like today’s City Welcome Festival, where we throw out the welcome mat and provide information to ensure our international students thrive while they’re here.

“Brisbane’s international students enhance the city’s culture by adding to the diversity of our city and creating cultural appreciation between all our students and the wider community.”

Brisbane now welcomes students from over 160 countries, with China, India and Brazil making up the largest markets over the past decade.

Since 2009, Brisbane has experienced a significant increase in the number of students from Spain (up 700 per cent), Philippines (up 230 per cent) and Nigeria (up 350 per cent), along with a doubling of enrolments from Brazil (up 125 per cent) and Colombia (95 per cent).

In this time, Brisbane has had more than 300 international student ambassadors from more than 30 nations – making it one of the largest student ambassador programs in Australia.

The City Welcome Festival in King George Square welcomes new students to Brisbane and reinforces Brisbane’s reputation as one of Australia’s most inclusive study destinations.

Study Brisbane works with institutions to promote the high standard of education in the city.