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Our story

IDP is a global leader in international education services. We help international students study in English speaking countries.

Our success comes from connecting students with the right course in the right institution and the right country.

We’ve been operating for close to 50 years, creating a huge network of opportunity with offices in over 30 countries.

In 2017, we acquired the Hotcourses Group, a leading course search database and student engagement company.

IDP is also a proud co-owner of IELTS, the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test.

We also operate 11 English language teaching campuses across South East Asia.

As a sector leader, IDP delivers a number of professional development initiatives including the Australian International Education Conference and the popular English language teaching conference, CamTESOL. 


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Towards a sustainable future

IDP is committed to building sustainable futures and improving the lives of our customers and our people

Where we are heading

Our vision is to build a global platform and connected community to guide international students along their journey to achieve their lifelong learning and career aspirations.
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Our history

Over the last five decades, IDP has grown from a non profit aid agency to a global leader in helping students achieve their international education goals.

See some of the highlights from our history:

1969 - IDP established as Australian Asian Universities Cooperation Scheme (AAUCS) to deliver development assistance to universities in South-East Asia.

1981 - AAUCS changes its name to the International Development Program (IDP).

IDP office opens in Jakarta, Indonesia.

1986 - IDP introduces counselling to prospective students planning to study in Australia.

IDP establishes office in Manila, Philippines.

1987 - IDP established in Singapore.

IDP organises its first annual workshop Overseas Students: New approaches and practices, which evolves into the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) one of the world's principal international education conferences.

1988 - IDP established in Thailand.

1989 - Launch of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) by IDP, British Council and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

1990 - IDP established in Malaysia and Taiwan.

1993 - IDP established in China.

1995 - IDP established in India and Vietnam.

1996 - IDP Education Australia Ltd becomes a company wholly owned by Australian universities.

1997 – IDP established in Mauritius.

2006 - SEEK Ltd acquires 50% shareholding in IDP; the remaining 50% continues to be held by Australian university shareholders.

2009 - IDP launches its multi-destination strategy by establishing in the US and begins student placement in US universities.

2010 - New IDP office opened in Shenzen, China.

Three new offices opened in India: Coimbatore, West Delhi and Kolkata.

New IDP offices open in Middle East: Libya and Egypt.

IDP opens office in Cardiff, United Kingdom, in preparation for its entry into the UK higher education market.

2011 - IDP begins helping students apply for Canadian and New Zealand universities.

New IDP office opened in Istanbul, Turkey.

New IDP office opened in Jordan.

2012 - New IDP office opened in Azerbaijan.

2015 - IDP lists on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

2016 - IDP IELTS network expanded to Bahrain, Italy, Japan, Lebanon and Spain.

2016 - Co-hosted 30th annual Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) with International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).

2017 - Acquired the Hotcourses Group.

2017 – Launched Essential Services to help students settle into their new study destination

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