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IDP Education is a global leader in the placement of international students. We are:
  • The world’s largest student placement firm
  • A driver of significant market research
  • A partner in the IELTS English language proficiency test.

Our Roots
IDP Education was established in 1969 as an aid body funded by the Australian government to strengthen teaching and research in South Asia institutions. By 1984, the aid programme had expanded to include the South Pacific, and became the International Development Programme (IDP) of Australian Universities and Colleges.

Since then, we have grown into an organisation with three major business arms:

  • International student recruitment
  • English language testing
  • English language teaching

We have also developed and operate one of the world’s largest international education conferences, the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC).

IDP Today
We have more than 1,000 people in the team, including 500 counsellors and we have more than 70 student counselling centres in over 25 countries. With our roots being in Australia, one out of every four international students in an Australian higher education programme has been placed by IDP. We have now expanded into a multi-destination student placement firm, and we will be capitalising on the experience and success of our Australian operation.

Market Research
IDP Education is a major sponsor of research into international education and we have pioneered the forecasting of international student trends and growth. We sponsor the Database of Research on International Education. We make this available free of charge as a contribution to your work but please note there may be a charge to download some of the external content.

In 1987 we founded the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), which has grown to become a major event on the international education calendar. This event is co-sponsored by the International Education Association of Australia and is platform for us to launch our most recent research and an opportunity for colleagues in the sector to share good practice.

To learn more please visit http://www.idp.com/idp-today/research-database.aspx and

In association with the British Council and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, IDP Education co-founded and jointly owns IELTS (International English Language Testing System), the world’s leading English language proficiency test. More than 1.5 million people from 44 countries take the IELTS test each year. To learn more about the test, visit www.ielts.org

IDP Education is now jointly-owned by 38 Australian universities and SEEK Limited, Australia’s leading online employment and training company. This academic involvement ensures we conduct ourselves to the highest professional standards. IDP Education is truly a global entity that recognises the importance of overseas study for all parties involved, and is dedicated to improving people’s lives through international education.

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