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Australian university international student finances

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by H Forbes-Mewett, S Marginson, C Nyland, G Ramia, Erlenawati Sawir
The omission of international students from the Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee (AVCC) 2007 national study on student finances is indicative of a pattern of exclusion. The exclusion is unacceptable from a humane perspective and feeds the belief that Australians perceive international students primarily as ‘cash cows’. This study partially compensates by drawing on information derived from in-depth interviews with 200 international students across nine Australian universities. The data cast light on the sources and adequacy of international student income and how these students cope with the financial risks of living and studying in a foreign land. It is revealed that significant numbers of international students experience serious financial difficulties. Thus, we argue that government regulators and university managers should put into practice their affirmed belief that Australian university students should be treated in a consistent and caring manner. Further, we argue that AVCC should immediately commission a study to examine the financial circumstances of Australian university international students.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

22

Start Page

141

End Page

161

Number of Pages

21

eISSN

1740-3863

ISSN

0952-8733

Location

UK

Publisher

Palgrave

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; University of Melbourne;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Higher education policy.

Exports

CQUniversity

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