When you’re researching overseas study, choosing a country is likely one of your first considerations. So why is Australia such a great option? Read on as we share five reasons to study ‘down under’.
For a country with a relatively small number of universities, Australia offers a truly world-class education and regularly features in global rankings. Eight Australian universities placed in the top 100 in the latest QS University Rankings, commended on areas such as academic reputation, employer reputation and international student ratio. Several universities also featured in the Times Higher Education Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, with a large population of international students. This means that you will study with students from all over the world and will enjoy many of the comforts of home — from restaurants and grocers to film festivals and food fairs. Australia is also home to some of the best student cities, as revealed in the QS best cities ranking. Cosmopolitan Melbourne placed second, ahead of cities such as London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore. Sydney came in at fourth place, with Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth not too far down the list.
When you think about Australia, you probably imagine beautiful white sand beaches or famous landmarks like Sydney’s Opera House. What you may not know is that Australia is a wonderfully diverse country, home to just about every type of landscape — from lush rainforests to vast dry deserts. Australia also hosts a number of World Heritage sites, such as Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. You’ll enjoy long holidays as a student, which means you’ll have plenty of time to explore your new home!
Australian universities are strong in research, excelling in area such as arts and humanities, education and sciences. Australia is also a proud contributor to global research, credited for many important discoveries, such as penicillin, IVF and wi-fi. This makes Australia a great choice for international students — whether you want to learn from the best in a coursework degree or undertake your own research.
While you study in Australia you will get the chance to improve your English skills. Since English is the official language of the country, you can communicate in English with everybody – in the supermarket, in your free time, at the university. You will even be confronted with English media like magazines, newspaper, cinema movies and TV series. All organizational things like applying for the university and the VISA, signing a rental contract, registering at the new city in Australia will be in English, too. So, living and studying in Australia is really the best way to learn the English language, as you'll constantly be experiencing it in day to day life. After two or three years in Australia, you will be fluent in understanding all slangs, dialects and accents of English from all over the world. Your ears will be trained for weird accents. Australians, or Aussies, love to shorten words. There is no other English speaking country with more abbreviations. Here are a couple of our favourites: When you play footy (football) with your cobbas (friends) in the arvo (afternoon), take care that you are not bitten by mozzies (mosquitoes).
During your studies in Australia, you will easily find a student job. For enrolled students, there are several opportunities to work. With the Australian Student Visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during the semester. During semester breaks you could even work full time. You can find part-time jobs that show a connection to your studies, e.g. in agencies or companies. If you just want to make money without gaining study-related work experience, you can apply as a retail assistant, a waiter, or a promoter. Just search for student jobs on the internet, like for example SEEK. This is one of the most used job platforms in Australia. With your Student Visa, you need to apply for a Tax File Number online. This TFN is essential to get paid!
International students can work up to 20 hours per fortnight in Australia, which will help you pay for things like nights out with friends or short trips over holiday breaks. Students also have the opportunity to stay in Australia to work once they have graduated, taking advantage of the post study work visa. There are also opportunities such as the Professional Year Program (PYP), which allows graduates of accounting, information technology and engineering degrees to gain experience and mentoring in an Australian workplace. Completing a PYP can assist you to gain permanent residency.
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