The ever comprehensive ICEF Monitor has published some early results from their eight annual agent barometer survey (co published with iGraduate).
Given the lifting on the ban on foreign agents in US institutions, it is perhaps not unexpected that agents would be referring more students to US institutions – the barometer reports that 80% of agents expect to send more students to the US.
Australia places highly in the metric, with around about 68% of agents stating they’ll be sending students down under. Promisingly for Australia, only 27% of agents reported issues with students getting visas – down from 43% the year before, whereas over half of agents thought Canada was the most difficult.
The report specifically highlights Australia, stating:
Perhaps not coincidentally, at the end of 2013 the Australian government began easing visa rules for the non-university sector and generally reassuring the international higher education sector that it would receive more attention and support from the government.
With visa approvals being a strong indicator of future enrolments, such an indicator is good for the Australian international student market.