Australian universities warn of economic ripple effect if international students remain locked out

Almost 40% of people with Australian student visas aren’t in the country and universities fear years-long impacts from lockout

Some universities fear losing up to a quarter of their international enrolments with the federal education minister and Victorian premier saying it will be nearly “impossible” for foreign students to return in large numbers this year.

RMIT University in Melbourne has seen a drop of approximately 25% in new international student applications compared to the same time last year, and .