Fewer foreign students enrol

Tuesday 17 August 2004

English language school rolls have dropped by more than 20,000 in the past year, according to new figures.

By The Landlord

The downturn is not surprising to industry players who have been experiencing a decline for some time.

However, new Statistics New Zealand figures for the first time quantify the extent of the loss over the past year.

A total of 50,594 foreign students were studying with New Zealand English language schools at the end of March – a drop from the 71,503 students who were enrolled the year before. China is still the country's biggest market for overseas students, with 18,577 enrolled, making up 36 per cent of the total market.

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