“A good education is a foundation for a better future” – Elizabeth Warren
Australia attracts the third largest number of international students in the English-speaking world after the US and the UK. Australian universities provide a unique kind of education and a learning style that encourages one to be innovative, creative and think independently. Almost all of the major universities provide programs and services specifically tailored toward helping incoming International students get settled, form friendships, and make the most out of their international experience.
Every year the Australian government sets aside over $200 million dollars specifically for international students coming to study at Australian universities and there are certain requirements for application to some (grade requirements, financial need, etc.) but any student accepted to study abroad in Australia should inquire with the University’s financial aid department to see what scholarships may be available to them.
Australia now has around 38,4000 international students from over 140 countries in disciplines at every level of education, including short-term English language courses, Bachelor and Masters Degrees right through to Doctoral Degrees. This is made possible based on the following factors:
- Excellence and Innovation
Institutions deliver practical and career-orientated training so graduates can be confident they have the skills demanded by employers. It has played an important role in Australia’s economic performance. Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries and enters the new millennium with one of the highest rates of internet access in the world. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology.
- Recognized Qualification and Quality Assurances
Australian qualifications are recognized by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), a system of learning authorized by the Australian government to strengthen the quality assurance processes in education. Australia provides the world’s most rigorous protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act designed to protect standards for international students studying in Australia.
- A multicultural society with No Language Barrier
Australia is a safe, multicultural, friendly and harmonious society. Australia has a low crime rate and strict gun control laws providing a safe environment. Australians value the wealth of cultural diversity and social sophistication that international students bring to the campuses and communities. People from about 200 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
- Jobs, Scholarships and Research opportunities
Australia offers more scholarship opportunities compared to the United States or the UK. She is less populated yet vast country which can fit in employment opportunities at a rate faster than any other part of the world. The biggest advantage is that Australia offers country-based research that is spread all over the continent. Selection for these highly regarded research opportunities are based on merit and is highly competitive, and a proven track record of academic excellence is a pre-requisite. Discoveries coming out of Australia include penicillin, Wi-Fi, the bionic ear, the ultrasound machine and the flight data recorder (black box) and so on.
- Foundation studies and Student visa perks
Many institutions will offer foundation studies – one-year preparatory courses designed to provide the skills and qualifications needed to continue higher education in Australia. Completing foundation studies gives students the equivalent of Australian high school graduation (year 12). Most student visas will permit you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during course breaks. The Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Lord Howe Island Group, the Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island, and the Sydney Opera House are choice destinations for international students.
International students will be required to have a student visa in order to enter the country. Student visa holders are eligible for employment in Australia. The minimum wage in Australia currently sits at just under 17 dollars per hour.
- Accommodation, Weather and Cost of Living
Depending on the length of your stay, where you’re studying and your personal preference, you can choose between short-term accommodation, rental properties, on-campus accommodation and homestays. You can also feel secure in the knowledge that you are legally protected by the Australian government’s fair-trading agency wherever you choose to live. Australia’s climate remains moderately warm to downright hot year-round. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a standard of living that is among the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably less expensive than the UK and USA.
Rated as the fourth happiest nation in the world by Legatum Prosperity Index in 2012, Australia affords international students the opportunity to learn and be happy at the same time.