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Income security of international students in Australia

Forbes-Mewett, Helen, Chung, Mona, Marginson, Simon, Nyland, Chris, Sawir, Erlenawati and Ramia, Gaby 2006, Income security of international students in Australia, in Proceedings of the 17th ISANA International Education Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, pp. 1-14.

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Title Income security of international students in Australia
Author(s) Forbes-Mewett, Helen
Chung, Mona
Marginson, Simon
Nyland, Chris
Sawir, Erlenawati
Ramia, Gaby
Conference name 17th International Education Conference
Conference location Sydney, New South Wales
Conference dates 5-8 December 2006
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 17th ISANA International Education Conference
Editor(s) Thiessen, Sam
Publication date 2006
Conference series ISANA International Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 14
Publisher University of New South Wales
Place of publication Sydney, New South Wales
Keyword(s) international students
education
finances
income
security
poverty
Summary Growth in the number of international students studying in English language countries has slowed in recent years and this development has generated extended debate amongst university managers and policy makers. In these discussions much attention has focussed on whether the slow down is to be explained by currency realignments, visa requirements, the quality of education, or the increasing competitiveness of the international education market. But what has attracted little attention is the fact that when parents and students choose in which country they will purchase a foreign education their choice is commonly influenced by the level of security that is perceived to characterise the range of options. What security means can take many forms and in this paper we focus on income security. Drawing on interview data from 9 Australian universities, we clarify the sources of international student income, the extent to which these students experience income security/insecurity, how they cope with income difficulties and/or ensure finances do not become a serious problem, and whether the nature of the information provided by governments and universities helps explain the extent of income insecurity manifest amongst international students in Australia. We argue that a significant proportion of international students studying in Australia do experience income insecurity and suggest that for both moral and economic reasons the government and the university sector should pay increased attention to this aspect of student need.
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, ISANA International Education Association Inc. Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009797

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