Australia which is the 6th largest country in the world by total area is considered as a global leader in education. Due to its large size, the country also has diverse environments. It has more than 500 national parks and more than 2,700 conservation areas ranging from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves. Additionally, 17 of the UNESCO World Heritage sites are in Australia. More than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometers of the coast making Australia one of the world’s most urbanized coastal dwelling populations. Today Australia is very multicultural with Indigenous peoples and migrants from some 200 countries. In terms of rankings, 33 Australian educational institutions are listed in the QS World University Rankings for 2016, 31 institutions are listed in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 29 institutions are listed in China’s Academic Ranking of World Universities ranking, and 26 institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities Rankings.
Benefits of studying in Australia
Australian qualifications are recognized by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Also, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). Australia is committed to providing quality education to students — be it national or international.
The Australian Quality Training Framework has been set up by the government to strengthen the quality assurance processes in education. Australia provides the world’s most rigorous protection for international students through ESOS.
Students are more or less frustrated about the lengthy and costly visa application procedure for the US and UK. It works well for education destinations for countries like Australia where visa applications are not easily turned down as compared to US and UK. Most student visas will permit one to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while the course is in session, and unlimited hours during course breaks. Not only one can work to help cover costs while studying in Australia but can gain contacts and spend some of earnings checking out some of the great destinations the country has to offer.
With a population of 21 million people, Australia is one of the best places in the world to live while pursuing education. The benefits of living and learning in Australia are both personal and academic. Australia is a safe, multicultural, friendly and harmonious society. Australia has a low crime rate and strict gun control laws providing a safe place to live. People from around 150 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Multicultural nature of Australian society means international students are readily accepted by other students, and teachers are experienced in teaching classes to students from many countries.
Cost of Education in Australia
Overall cost of studying in Australia is far less than in UK or USA. International students get value for money in terms of currency conversion factor as it is cheaper compared to the UK or USA. A Postgraduate Master’s Degree has an approximate cost of $20,000 to $37,000 per year, while cost for Doctoral Degrees on average range from $14,000 to $37,000. As with an undergraduate degree, private education may be a reason for higher costs. Economies of Canada and especially Australia at this point of time are doing better than US.
Earning while Learning
Every year the Australian government sets aside over $200 million dollars specifically for international students coming to study at Australian universities. While the UK closes doors for doctors and the US focuses more on IT professionals, international students have started to hit upon Australia which offers more job facilities in multiple disciplines. Be it in agriculture or aeronautics, accounts or actuaries, Australia offer work permits to international students like none other. Australia has a wide range of industries for part time work opportunities such as Retail, Hospitality, Tourism, Sales, Telemarketing and Tutoring etc. Apart from working part time, candidates can also get involved in paid internships during their coursework to get exposure in their field of study.
Top Five Universities
Top five Australian Universities as per the latest QS World University Rankings are as follows:
- Australian National University – 19th position internationally
- The University of Melbourne – 42nd position internationally
- The University of Sydney – 45th position internationally
- The University of Queensland – 46th position internationally
- The University of New South Wales – 46th position internationally
Places to study in Australia
The Universities of Sydney are globally recognized and renowned for excellent atmosphere to study and grow on basis of intercultural knowledge and sharing. Sydney also operates as a financial and commercial capital for south Asian & eastern states, but for Australia too. Sydney offers world class education to a large number of international students from over 50 countries. Sydney’s diversity has become one of the city’s strengths as the people have a solid reputation for their hospitality and friendly, easy ways. Sydney provides a rich environment for study, in part thanks to the contrasts students can find there. The city’s vibrant history can be seen in a variety of ways including a number of attractions and tours of such early public buildings as the Parliament House and Sydney Hospital. Sydney demonstrates its flair for high culture with world-renowned offerings such as the famous Opera House. At the same time the city knows how to turn that flair toward the less cultured, a fact testified to by the city’s expansive nightlife.
Canberra is Australia’s capital city. It is one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world with mild weather conditions and four distinct seasons. Canberra’s students consistently rate as some of the best educated in Australia and amongst the brightest in the world.
Canberra is home to a range of institutions including:
- The Australian National University
- University of Canberra
- Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)
Canberra itself has a rising reputation as a university destination and the University of Canberra has a significant role to play in building our reputation as a smart city.