Study in Australia
WorldWideStudy has found that Australia is increasingly being selected by international students, not just from SE Asia but from all parts of the globe. The reasons for this are not difficult to understand: Australia offers a multitude of advantages for many students and in addition offers a lifestyle which few other places can match.
Why are students choosing to study in Australia?
The Higher Education System
There are 40 government-funded universities in Australia, controlled by State and Federal legislation. Australia welcomes over 80,000 International Students a year, from all over the world. There are a wide variety of courses and degrees at universities in Australia making it easy to find what is right for you. Australia has a standardised National System of Qualifications that is recognised and respected globally. Australias multicultural society means that international students are readily accepted, and a network of fellow students provides good support. Australia has a long history of educating International Students and is one of the top ten spenders on research and development, making it a world leader in fields ranging from telecommunications to cultural studies. .From a population of just 19 million there have been 7 Nobel Prize winners.
Studying in Australia is a comparatively cheap place compared with the USA and UK. Look at this price comparison (all costs in U.S. $, per annum).
The cost of living in Australia is also cheaper for an International student than in the US and UK. Money goes further allowing a better standard of living and the chance to experience more in the holidays! Back to top.
Students who study in Australia with a full student visa are permitted to work in Australia on a casual basis for up to 20 hours a week during course time, and full time during vacations. This earning potential makes it much more affordable for students who need to fund part of their studies through work. There are many employment possibilities for those wishing to work.
Life in Australia
Australia is a comparatively safe, stylish, growing country with a clean environment, a spirit of fun and adventure, a passion for sport and all things outdoors and an established art/music and café scene. The people are famous for being open, friendly, welcoming and relaxed. There are 19 million Australians living in a country roughly the same size as Mainland USA. Of these 7.8 million were born outside Australia or are children of those born outside of Australia. It is one of the most multicultural societies in the world. (There are more languages spoken in Sydney than any other city in the world.) There are more than 100 ethnic groups. Each year the number of International Students choosing to study in Australia increases and Australia currently has the third largest international student enrolment. Back to top.
The Country and Climate
Australia is the worlds biggest island and smallest continent, with glorious climates, beautiful scenery, exciting modern cities and unique wildlife. Geographically, it is incredibly varied, with some of the largest expanses of sweeping, golden beaches and temperate rainforests in the world. Its coral reefs with rich marine life are famous and contrast with the mountain ranges and sparse deserts. It has the worlds largest sand island, snow capped mountains and the striking Ayers Rock (Urulu). The wildlife is unique, dingoes, koalas, kangaroos, wombats, crocodiles, turtles and dolphins and much more.
Northern and western Australia (The Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia) have climates similar to SE Asia: summer is hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 20-35C and in winter it's dryer, with temps of 10-22C. New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania have more temperate climates, with summer temperatures from 16- 30C and winter cooling to 7-18C. Back to top.
The Quick Regional Guide
The capital of Queensland, Brisbane, is a growing city and the third largest in Australia. Queensland and Brisbane possibly boast the best weather in Australia and have welcoming and friendly people. Brisbane is a hip and growing city, with a beautiful waterfront and a thriving arts and cultural scene. There are opportunities for adventure tourism all over Queensland, access to hundreds of kilometres of beaches and jump off points for island visiting and the Great Barrier Reef.
New South Wales
Sydney and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)with the capital city of Canberra, are in New South Wales. The magnificent Sydney Harbour, Sydney skyline and city beaches make it arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, on top of which it is exciting, happening and has a vast array of options for entertainment, shopping and dining out.
Melbourne, in the south of Victoria, is a bustling city of 3.3 million people with international restaurants and street cafes, art galleries, museums and a vibrant music scene. Melbourne has a European feel with a distinctly multicultural population and celebrates with a diverse calendar of festivals throughout the year.
Darwin, in the north, is a bustling, tropical, regional capital city, gateway to Kakadu National Park and the Northern Territory wilderness. Darwin has a fantastic shopping centre and restaurants serving unusual dishes -- crocodile, kangaroo, Buffalo and Ostrich steaks for example. Darwin is hot and wet in summer and slightly cooler and dry in winter.
Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania and has a tranquil and scenic beauty. The population of Hobart is 160,000; it is surrounded by parks and harbours and famous for fine cuisine. If you are looking for a peaceful haven then Tasmania is the destination.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, the Festival State, an area famous for producing some of the best New World wines. Adelaide is surrounded by beautiful parklands and stunning coastal beaches with a very Mediterranean climate.
The capital of Western Australia is Perth, one of the worlds most isolated facilities but a modern, clean and relaxed city. Perth, situated on the Swan River, has a little bit of everything, a fantastic climate and is very popular with international students. Back to top.
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