Transnational secondary schooling and im/mobile international students

Mark RAHIMI, Christine Margaret HALSE, Jill BLACKMORE

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Schools and school education systems within nations are vying to increase international student enrolments in secondary schools. This analysis of the change over a decade in the enrolment of international secondary students in Victoria, Australia, indicates how the processes of internationalisation and commercialisation of education have affected both public and private school sectors. Four factors have impacted on international senior student enrolments over a decade: global economic fluctuations; the growth of international schools globally targeting home country students; the emergence of overseas campuses for elite private schools and policies encouraging internationalisation. We propose that these forces, among others, are working in concert to reshape the nature of international student populations and international schooling in both home and host countries. These factors, together with an overarching instrumentalist policy approach underpinning the engagement of Australian schools with the international education market, provide new opportunities for less socio-economically advantaged schools to enter the international education market. It argues that the common idea of international students attending only elite schools no longer captures the phenomenon and raises questions as to how we understand what it means to be an ‘international’ school or student. Copyright © 2017 The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-321
JournalThe Australian Educational Researcher
Issue number3
Early online dateMar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


Rahimi, M., Halse, C., & Blackmore, J. (2017). Transnational secondary schooling and im/mobile international students. The Australian Educational Researcher, 44(3), 299-321.


  • International students
  • International education
  • Secondary schools
  • Economic factors
  • Mobility
  • Australia


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