Expectations and Experiences of International Students in Australian Secondary Schools
International Students make significant economic, cultural and social contributions to Australia. They are an important part of the fabric of our schools and communities, and have been in the spotlight during recent years as Australia seeks to remain competitive in attracting international students to our educational institutions.
Despite efforts to better understand and cater for international students, educational services fell from Australia’s third to fourth largest export industry in 2011 (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2011), with a decrease in gross income of $2.2 billion or 12.8%. There is clearly still work to be done to stabilise Australia’s international student numbers. Better understanding of the expectations and experiences of these students is an important component of providing a quality educational experience and maintaining an industry that has so many potential benefits for the sending and receiving nations.