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Top reasons to study in Australia
So you’re heading off to University and thinking of studying overseas? There is much to consider when selecting your next pathway that extends way beyond simply choosing a course. With a significant existing international student body, Australia has long been the popular destination of choice for overseas study alongside the UK and America – made even more favourable by a relatively simple visa process.
With only a confirmation of course enrolment, proof of financial security and approved English language skills required before a Visa can be issued, this ease of transition holds great appeal for many applicants. Additionally, students are attracted by the friendly laid-back Aussie nature, the high standard of living and the excellent educational outcomes to name but a few benefits on offer.
But there are many more reasons beyond these that make Australia one of the top 3 destinations of choice for tertiary study. Here’s why.
1. The Aussie lifestyle
Australia has always been an appealing location for international students, primarily for the renowned beachy lifestyle and consistently sunny climate. Tag on the stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and extensive travel opportunities and it all makes sense. With each Australian city boasting a high liveability factor, you can expect strong education, healthcare and reliable infrastructure as well as an excellent public transport network, social stability and a varied cultural landscape. From rainforest to reef, from city to country, this is the land that has a little piece of everything – including a spirited people with a welcoming and contagious passion for all things Aussie. Australia consistently delivers an exceptional quality of life with weather to match. It’s the perfect environment to settle in and fully enjoy your student years.
2. Global recognition
Australia delivers one of the best education systems in the world, and returning to your homeland with an Australian degree is an excellent pathway to further career success. But whilst rankings are an important measurement to take into account when choosing a University, they should not be viewed in isolation when making your final decision. Some universities may overall score highly in the world rankings, but they may not always be the best choice for your particular course. Australia’s Group of Eight member Universities all sit in the world’s top 150 Universities (2019), with University of Melbourne placing in the top 10 for Law. Similarly in other countries there are elite institutions that carry great weight through reputation alone, such as the UK’s Russell Group and the American Ivy League. Check out which college best delivers your course choice and then balance it back out against all the other factors that go hand-in-hand with student living such as lifestyle and affordability.
3. Course structure
Australia offers a wide variety of institutions and educational courses so there will be little problem finding one that suits you best. Additionally, it’s relatively easy to move between institutions should the first choice not work out. With a world-renowned reputation for innovation and progression, Australia has unrivalled facilities for research, teaching and training with an enduring commitment to providing quality education. Courses are structured to support your subject choice from the outset. Outside of Australia it is common to find courses that begin with a spread of subjects. These require you to study across multiple disciplines before finally narrowing your choice down, as opposed to commencing with a singular subject election. So if you are decided and keen to begin in your chosen field, Australia is the obvious choice.
It is worthwhile understanding how your performance will be measured before committing to a University, as you may find a particular system to suit your learning methods better. Australian institutions tend to carry a broad approach to performance measurement that combines individual assessment results across the semester, with regular exam periods. The expectation is that students independently manage their workload, supported by lectures and smaller group tutorials. This system allows for critical thinking to develop within a supported environment, with opportunities to evaluate understanding along the way. In American institutions, most course assignments will contribute to the final mark with traditional exams also factoring into the result. In the UK, different again, the outcome is more dependent on a final exam or essay as opposed to coursework.
5. The fees
There are certainly some financial considerations to take into account as an international student, such as higher tuition fees on top of the usual living expenses that occur when living away from home. City living can be expensive, but if you are capable of sticking to a budget and prepared to make careful decisions, anywhere you choose to study is a viable option. Overall, it is cheaper to study in Australia than at comparable institutions within the UK and USA, with the additional possibility of scholarships available to offset costs. To find out your potential fees as an Australian international student, click here.
6. Ability to work
For those students that wish to supplement their income by working, the International student visa permits a 20-hour working week in term time, going up to 40-hours in the holidays. This is a great way to ease the cost of living, immerse in your environs or gain work experience relevant to your degree subject. With a decent minimum wage of $18.93/hr – compared to AUD$10.38/hr in the States and AUD$10.95/hr in the UK, choosing Australia for University study is actually a no-brainer.
Some useful guides
We have created a range of guides with tips for making the transition to studying in Australia as smooth as possible.