Graph Writing # 131 - Four countries of residence of overseas students in Australia

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Line Graph:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

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

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Countries of residence of overseas students in Australia

Sample Answer 1:
The graph below illustrates information on the number of students from foreign countries who studied in Australia between 1982 and 2000. According to the data given by the graph, it can be clearly seen that the number of students that arrived from Indonesia and Hong Kong differed from Malaysia and Singapore.

Between 1982 and 1984, the number of students from Indonesia remained constant. In 1987 it dramatically went up and in 1994 reached a peak with the figure of about 28,000 students. By contrast, the number of students travelling from Hong Kong to Australia reached its maximum in 1997, having achieved the level of 18,000 students. The figures for Malaysia and Singapore slightly differ from Indonesia and Hong Kong.  In 1987, Malaysia reached the level of about 28,000 students arrived.

To summarise, there was a downward trend in the number of students coming from different four countries to Australia for studies.


Sample Answer 2:
The line graph illustrates information on students, which came from Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore to Australia between 1982 and 2000.

The number of students, arrived from Malaysia from 1982 to 1993, steadily grew from about 500 to almost 10,000 students, meanwhile, the number of students in other countries dramatically has increased from approximately 2000 to 10 000 students. The number of foreign students from 1993 to 2000 fluctuated significantly between 10,000 students and less than 20,000, with the exception of students, arrived from Indonesia. There was seen rapid growth in a number of foreign students from Indonesia from 1993-1998, having reached its maximum of 26,000 students. There was a slight decrease in the number of students from Indonesia from 1998 to 2000, from 26,000 to approximately 23,000 students.

There was a significant change in the amount of overseas students in 5 times in the period 1982 to 2000, except students from Malaysia.


[ by - Olga ]

Sample Answer 3:
At the glance, the line graph describes the number of international students from 4 countries (Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore) in Australia within 18 years.

As can be seen vividly, that among all the international students from all of the countries increased significantly with various patterns for each country.

Hong Kong, Singapore, as well as Indonesia, started at the same point in 1982 with no delegated students. However, Hong Kong and Singapore improved significantly reaching almost 25,000 and 18,000 respectively in 1998 while Indonesia increased un-smoothly occurring stagnancy from 1988 to 1989 and between 1992 and 1995.

Meanwhile, Malaysian students began with approximately 4,000 students and increased gradually to 18,000 students in 1998. Moreover, from 1998 to 2000, only Singapore continued the increase mostly 20,000 students while the others had a fluctuating trend. Furthermore, in 1998, except Hong Kong stood at the same level, 18,000 students.

[ by - Angaa Cool ]


Sample Answer 4:
A glance at the chart provided reveals the number of students who continued their study in Australia from four Asian countries over a nineteen-year period from 1982 to 2000. Overall, it is clearly seen that all Asian countries experienced a considerable increase in students number in Australia.

First of all, there were three countries that started at the same level in 1982 - Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia. But Indonesia and Singapore levelled off until 1987, while Hong Kong students soared to somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 students in 1994, and reached a peak approximately 25,000 students in 1998 before falling again just over 20,000 students in 2000.  

Furthermore, the number of Indonesia students remained stable between 1992 and 1995 at 10,000 students before reaching a peak of almost 20,000 students in 1997 and decreased again about 15,000 students in 1998. Meanwhile, there was a noticeable growth for Singapore students about 20,000 in 2000. In contrast, Malaysian students number experienced a slow rise from 1982 to 1994, then reaching a peak of approximately 18,000 students in 1997. 


Sample Answer 5:
The line graph reveals data on the changes in the number of International students from four different countries living in Australia from 1982 to 2000. What stands out from the graph is that the number of students living in Australia increased for each country and Hong Kong was as the majority of students in 2000.

More specifically, in the first year, there were no foreign students from three countries excepting Malaysia. However, there was a gradual rise in the number of students in both Hong Kong and Malaysia which had a similar number at 10 in 1000s students in 1994. Moreover, there was almost a treble rise for the number of students from Hong Kong within less than 30 in 1000s lived in Australia.

On the other hand, the number of Indonesian remained stable at zero during the first three years and it reached a peak at almost 20 in 1000s students in 1998. Meanwhile, there was slight growth for students from Singapore throughout the years by reaching double rise within 20 in 1000s students in 2000.

[ Written by - Tuty Starlet ]


Sample Answer 6:
The line graph gives information about overseas students from four countries living in Australia. In general, Indonesia and Hong Kong had a similar number of students staying in Australia over the 18 year periods.

Specifically, the increasing number of overseas students from Indonesia and Hong Kong started from the same level in 1982 about 1,000 students. Both countries rose in the middle of the 1980s. Hong Kong reached a peak in 1998 before it fell and rose again in late 1999, while Indonesia experienced the highest point at almost 20,000 students after it fluctuated during the past 9 years.

Malaysia and Singapore, on the other hand, started at different points and gradually increased along the periods. Malaysia dropped once in 1998 before it rose again, whilst Singapore remained steadily upwards.

From the data, it clearly seen that despite all the fluctuated and the fell down, the number of students from four countries keep increased for the rest of the eight-years periods.

[ Written by - Rani Namserna ]

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The number of overseas students from four different countries namely Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore who were studying in Australia between 1982 and 2000 is shown in the line graph.

Overall, overseas students in Australia experienced an upward trend throughout the years, and the number of Indonesian students in Australian educational institutes was the highest.

As can be seen in the given illustration, in 1982, the number of Malaysian students in Australia was higher than any of the remaining three countries. With around 5000 students from Malaysia, it took a hike to reach 7000 students by the year 1983. Then it witnessed a steady growth to achieve 10,000 students by the year 1994 and finally landed at approximately 18000 students by the year 2000. Staring at the nil figure, Hong Kongese students experienced a fluctuating trend throughout the years eventually reached nearly 18000 students, which was identical to Malaysians by the year 2000.

Moreover, the students of Indonesia had a marginal rise of about 2000 by the year 1986, had a gradual growth till 1994 to hit 10,000 students then rocketed to hit 28,000 by the year 1998. However, the figure dipped to 21,000 and managed to touch approximately 23,000 by the year 2000, which was the highest. Students from Singapore in Australia had a decent growth throughout the years with a downfall but finally reached to 20,000 by the year 2000.

The line chart elucidates the number of students who lived in Australia between 1982 and 2000 and came from four Asian countries - Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Overall, more Malay student used to live in Australia in the early years, but in the later years, more Indonesian students lived in Australia.

In 1982, more than 6 thousand Malay students lived in Australia while students from the three remaining countries were considerably fewer. The figure for Indonesian students in 1986 was around 3 thousand which then surged steadily and reached to over 23 thousand in 2000. Learners from Hong Kong begun to stay in Australia in 1987 which then increased undeviatingly before this number reached to about 18 thousand in 2000. Australian students whose identity comes from Malaysia were higher than that of Singaporean, Indonesian and Hongkongese pupils.

Besides, the figure for Malaysian students rose gradually and plateaued at just about 7000 students following which a seven-year mild increase about a three-fold figure of its original number. In the year 2000, there were around 80 thousand students in Australia who came from these four Asian countries ranging from 17 to 24 thousand from each country.