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Department of Education Science and Technology (DEST)
Overseas students are defined as foreign students who enter Australia on student visas and attend courses on a fee paying basis irrespective of who actually provides the funds.
The first edition of Overseas Student Statistics was published in 1993. Previous editions have focused primarily on international students who have come to Australia on a student visa. Research now includes international students who utilise other forms of visas, such as business or holiday visas and undertake some form of study over a short period of time. Improved features in the 1999 edition include: changes to the method of sectoral allocation, with all students undertaking English language training recorded as ELICOS students, regardless of the type of institution at which they were studying; a more detailed breakdown of the number of students studying in Australian based education institutions offshore; and estimates of the number of ELICOS students studying in Australia on temporary (non-student) visas in 1997 and 1998.
Caution should be used when using time series published in Overseas Student Statistics as they are not totally comparable.
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