International student statistics

Explore key statistics about international students, including citizenship and what international students are studying.

Our international students come from about 100 different countries around the world.

Find out more about studying as an international student at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

International student enrolments by qualification

International Students by Qualification Level (Headcount)120192020202120222023
Pre-degree certificates/diplomas2 448 213 52 72 235
Undergraduate3 1,986 1,690 1,405 1,255 1,455
Postgraduate (excluding PhD) 694 702 470 392 615
PhD 548 524 559 565597

Citizenship of international students

International students by current top 10 countries 420192020202120222023
China 1,125876849713671
Viet Nam 277237211210254
United States3352659694223
India 190199104120185
Malaysia 204197168168148
Indonesia 96796370104
Japan 7544344085
United Kingdom 7158443861
Philippines 3123212060
Germany 6640242255


  1. Students may pursue qualifications that span multiple levels during an academic year.
  2. Micro-credentials have been excluded.
  3. "Bachelor's with Honours" are included as undergraduate qualifications for the purpose of these tables.
  4. The composition of the top 10 countries may vary between years. In this context, we utilise the data from the most recent year as the basis for determining the "Top 10".
  5. For more information, read our Annual Report.
  6. Check Education Counts for more tertiary education sector statistics.