IELTS Line Graph - Overseas Students in Australia

by Amar

The graph below shows four countries of residence of overseas students in Australia.

The line chart gives information about the number of students in Australia coming from Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore between the years 1982 and 2000. Overall, Australia have witnessed an increase in the number of overseas students coming from these four countries over the period albeit with slight dip near the end of the span.

Turning to the detail, students coming from Malaysia were ranked the highest among the other four countries in 1982 with about 5,000 students compared with just under 2,000 students for the rest of the countries. That however, did not continue for long, as in the year 1989, numbers of students coming from Hong Kong exceeded those of students coming from Malaysia who were at about 8,000 at the time. Hong Kong was later joined by Indonesia who also surpassed the Malaysian student numbers in 1992. By 1993, Indonesian students toppled Hong Kong and became the highest of the four countries with approximately 10,000 students.

The following period (1993-2000), Australia enjoyed a surge in the number of students coming from all four countries especially from Indonesia, which peaked at around 26,000 students in 1998. However, this period was also marked by worrying drop between 1997 and 1999, as Australia lost more than 10,000 students combined. Fortunately, the trend did not drag on for long, as the numbers started picking up again in 1999. By the end of the period, Indonesia remained at the top of the list with well over 22,000 students followed by Singapore and Hong Kong who were at about 19,000 and 18,000 students respectively. By contrast, overseas students from Malaysia were at the bottom of the list with less than 18,000 students.

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