International Student Enrolments in New Zealand 2004-2010
This report is the latest in a series of annual summaries of the publicly available data, from three main sources, on the number of enrolments of international students with New Zealand education providers.
Author(s): International Division, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: April 2011
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Appendix 1: Sources
The information in this memorandum is based on public data released by the Ministry of Education and the Immigration Service of the Department of Labour.
The Export Education Levy
The calendar year information on international fee-paying enrolments is recorded as part of the Export Education Levy (EEL), which has been administered by the Ministry of Education since January 2003. The EEL is paid by all providers which enrol international fee-paying students. Information on the national origins of enrolments has been collected from January 2006.
A limitation of the EEL data is that it only records enrolments of international fee-paying students, and so does not include students who have domestic fees status with New Zealand state education providers. This group includes exchange students, and international Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students who enrolled from 19 April 2005.
The summary Export Education Levy (EEL) data for the 2004 to 2010 calendar years is on the Internationalisation of Education providers in New Zealand page of the Education Counts website.
The Ministry's data on international enrolments within public and private tertiary education organisations is for calendar years, and summarises those students enrolled at any time during the year in formal qualifications of more than a weeks duration at the 35 public tertiary educational institutions and the 263 private providers that received Ministry of Education funding, or that enrolled students in receipt of student loans or student allowances. The statistics represent student numbers rather than enrolments, and include exchange, scholarship, and foreign fee-paying students. For more statistics on international students visit the International Education Statistics pages on the Education Counts website.
The Immigration New Zealand website (Department of Labour) publishes monthly updates on the numbers of approved applications for student visas and permits. While this information source provides a timely update on the origins of prospective international students, the data is not able to be matched with the actual enrolments in different providers, as this information is not collected by the Department of Labour.
A point to be borne in mind when referring to student visa and permit data is that it can understate total student numbers, as many students enrolled with English language schools are believed to be in New Zealand on visitor visas or permits.