ICEF Monitor – Record-high English language enrolment in Australia
21 July 2015
Australia’s surging ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) sector saw another strong year of enrolment growth last year, and the latest data suggests the trend is continuing for 2015 as well.
The peak body English Australia reports that a total of 163,542 international students commenced English language programmes in Australia in 2014. That total surpassed the previous high from 2008 and represents a new enrolment record in the country.
The 2014 results mark another important step in Australia’s continuing recovery from recent-year declines in ELICOS numbers. The number of English language students in Australian programmes doubled in the five years from 2003 to 2008, but then declined by nearly a quarter (-23%) from 2009 to 2012. The turnaround in ELICOS numbers – and in international enrolment in Australia generally – began in 2013 and has continued since. In fact, and as the following chart reflects, English language enrolment in Australia has grown 31% over the past two years alone.
ELICOS commencements in Australia, 1996-2014. Source: English Australia
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