What enters your mind when you first think of Australia?
Uninhibited. A land without boundaries.
These words strike a chord in me when I think of the land of Kangaroos.
How ironic it is that words used to describe its geography can also be used to describe its culture and economy.
This may sound cliched but like Shane Watson, Australia is an all-rounder.
“Cricket, Science, Entertainment, Music, Hospitality, Technology or Agriculture – they excel at it all. We are talking about a country that beat Gordon Ramsay and glorified the MasterChef Series. A country that made kind yet firm judging a ‘cool’ thing. A country where farming and technology showcase great harmony.”
Deciding to study abroad may be easy but finding the right study destination- a difficult choice.
However, if you are considering Australia – these nuggets of information shared below can verify that you are on the right track.
- Australia is the world’s third most popular destination for higher education.
- As of Feb 2017, there are 457,243 international students in Australia the latest count of international enrolments is 486,289
- Every sector has a considerable number of students – Management & Commerce: 118,866Science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) : 75,827Health: 23,360Social Studies and Culture: 18,355Creative Arts: 9,688Architecture and Building: 6,844Education: 4,818
- 54% of the international students are from prominent nations like India and China.
* The above figures are quoted by the Aus Gov-Dept of Education and Training. For detailed info click here
Now that we have the stats right, let’s understand why Australia is preferred by international students.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA?
Apart from the diverse culture due to the presence of students from over 200 countries, Australia has a lot to offer.
For one, Australia is huge. Unlike other countries, there is a lot of lands to spare and the country is well equipped to handle the PR of many students who would wish to stay back post studies.
While that is just the tip of the iceberg, here are some excellent reasons to study in Australia:
TOP TIER UNIVERSITIES
Australia boasts of some of the best universities in the world for almost every subject under the sun.
As per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017, out of 980 top universities in the world, 35 universities are from Australia.
Out of which, 8 universities that rank below 150, which are:
- University of Melbourne
- Australian National University
- University of Queensland
- University of Sydney
- Monash University
- University of New South Wales
- University of Western Australia
- University of Adelaide
When studying abroad, we expect that the curriculum and teaching ideology will differ from our hometown style. Our aim is to get world class education that will give us an edge to advance our careers.
The ESOS act helps international students defend the right to quality education in Australia.
Under this act, an international student has right to accurate course information, right to refund of fees in case the college is unable to teach the course and also getting a proper agreement with the institute prior to paying the fees for all the services provided.
To know more about this act, click here.
While Aus does not have a national language, people speak various dialects of English there which is easy to grasp for most international students. 81% of the population in Aus speaks English.
Thus, while knowing other languages is an asset, at least in Aus, the absence of a second language won’t hurt your resume a bit.
With AQF – The Australian Qualifications Framework in place, a national policy that regulates qualifications in the Australian education and training system, we can know exactly what level the course we undertake shall place us at.
Due to this policy, uniformity can be found across courses. To know more, click here.
Apart from universities that provide scholarship, the Aus gov too provides the Aus Awards and Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships to people from developing nations.
Various universities provide a scholarship to outstanding students up to $20,000 as well.
NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION 2025 (NSIE25)
On 23rd Nov 2016, CIE held its first meeting in the parliament to discuss the implementation of the NSIE25 that can improve Australia’s education sector to be more innovative and globally driven.
This initiative showcases the dedication of the country to produce students that will be in demand all over the globe. It also shows how serious Australia takes its education and is willing to invest in the sector that creates over $21 billion for its economy.
STUDY AND WORK
Most people want to work and study at the same time. While in India, it is extremely difficult to study full time and work as well but in Aus students have access to part-time jobs that works on shifts, thus allowing students to study and work as per their comfort.
Students can work up to 40 hrs while the college is in session and full time in vacations.
In Australia, everyone including international students has the right to get minimum wage and a healthy safe environment.
International students can undertake unpaid, paid or volunteer work as per their visa permits.
FEMALE MALE RATIO
The best female-male ratio of students can be found in Australia.
In fact, as per the data shared by Times H.E. Ranking, most courses have an almost equal ratio of male and female students or higher number of female students as compared to males.
If English is your first language or the primary language of education in your school/college was English, some colleges can forgo the language test score requirement.
Unlike other countries where supply exceeds the demand, Australia is hungry for talented professionals in any field.
There are opportunities available in IT, agriculture, commerce, science as well as arts.
For us- sun-loving Asians, Australia has the perfect weather. Even the winters aren’t that cold but bearable.
It can get hot some months and some months will be warm but you won’t need to invest a fortune in heavy jackets and coats.
AUS-NEW ZEALAND COMBO
Australia is a beautiful country and exploring its charm is a bliss.
As a student in Aus, you can not only travel and explore Aus but also set your sight on New Zealand as well.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a well-rounded education, Australia is the place to study. It will not only give you a quality education but also give you a deep insight into diverse cultures and teach you adaptability.