Why study in Australia

August '19

What you should know if you're studying in Australia

 

 

This article details some of the reasons why Students from all over the world come to Australia in study. It includes plenty of the common reasons students consider studying in Australia, plus tips and other information to help you make the right decision.

 

Here's a quick summary of what we cover off:

 

  • Australia is the 3rd most popular study destination in the world
  • A relaxed and friendly attitude
  • It’s Multicultural
  • Access to quality services
  • Each state and city in Australia is special
  • Climate and Environment
  • A nature park ready to explore
  • Australia is crazy about sport
  • A strong University and Higher Education system
  • Monitoring the quality of students 'education experience’
  • University support systems are here to help
  • What to expect from the Teaching and Learning Environment
  • International students in numbers
  • Simplified Student Visa Framework

 

Australia is the 3rd most popular study destination in the world

Australia is a well known destination for International students looking to study abroad. Australia has strong demand from a diverse range of international students to study here given we have a relatively small population. We are in the top 3 most popular destinations for international students in the world. This puts Australia behind only the UK & the US. 

 

A relaxed and friendly attitude

A lot has been written and spoken about the Australian attitude. “Easy going”, “Care free”, “Relaxed” & “Friendly” are often used to describe Australians and their way of life. There’s no one particular reason, but we think it’s covered in most of the points below.
 

It’s Multicultural

Australia is a very multicultural society that has played an important part of its history for over 100 years. 

At different periods, Australia has had migrants from different regions around the world settle across different cities, states and territories. According to Australian Census data, a large portion of the population (47%) are either born outside of Australia or have a parent that was. There are more than 100 ethnic groups in Australia and it’s often celebrated for being one of the most multicultural countries in the world. 

You will definitely notice the diversity around the major CBDs (central business districts) and other suburbs across the major cities as well as certain regional areas. You will also see this at Universities, where cultures are celebrated through a range of activities and community groups. One important note here is that University teachers are also experienced in working with international students from all over the world. 

We are fortunate to have a great range of food, markets and festivals celebrating the multicultural diversity. 
 

Access to quality services

According to the UN, Australia ranks 3rd overall in the world according to its Human Development Index. These rankings explore Health, Education, Work & Employment, Human Security & Safety, Inequality, Poverty, Mobility & Communications and more. 

Australians standard of living is strong with access to world leading healthcare services, solid public infrastructure like public transport, roads and pathways, a strong education system and more.
 

Each state and city in Australia is special

Australia has been ranked as one of the top destinations to study internationally with 7 cities in the Top 100 and Melbourne and Sydney in the Top 10. The QS Best Student Cities ranks 87,000 current and prospective international students feedback.

London and Tokyo were number 1 and 2 respectively out of the world’s 120 top student cities. Melbourne and Sydney were joined in the top 50 globally by Brisbane (22), Canberra (23), Adelaide (26, up 15 places from last year) and Perth (41).
 

Top Cities for International Students in Australia

International Student City Rankings in Australia
Source: Top Universities City Rankings 2019


The rankings considers overall University rankings, student mix, desirability of the city, employer activity, affordability and student’s views. As we cover below, the major cities in Australia combine a range of factors that make studying in Australia desirable including quality of life, diverse background of students, affordability and employer activity.
 

Regional locations can give international students the ability to escape city life and allow them a great understanding into Australian culture. In most cases, accommodation is cheaper in the regional areas. Regional areas also can be a big play park on your doorstop to those seeking an adventurous life abroad with activities like rock-climbing, camping, bushwalking, diving, skiing and surfing.

 

Climate and Environment

While covering off some of the cities in Australia, it’s worth mentioning climate. In general, summers tend to be hotter and more humid in the north and winters are usually colder in the south. The southern states and cities can also experience very hot and dry summer days with temperatures getting 10+ degrees above their average maximums.
 

Australian cities have a fairly diverse range of climates so if you don't like it too hot or too cold, it's best to see what you might be up for in this table below.

 

Temperatures of Cities in Australia
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

 

A nature park ready to explore

Australia has so many beautiful beaches that it would take a year to visit them all. We also have plenty of places which produce lists to try and rank and rate them
 

While some of these beaches can look beautiful and relaxing, they can often hide a rip tide or dangerous surf conditions. It’s best to always play it safe at the beach and swim between the flags or ask locals for safe areas / spots for swimming. 
 

Beyond our stunning beaches, Australia has alpine regions with snow during winter, bush and mountains for hiking, jungles, reefs (the famous Great Barrier Reef), national parks and rainforests to experience and deserts and outbacks to explore. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities that are either a short drive or train trip away, even if you are based in the middle of a city so if you decide to study in Australia, make sure you make the most of it. 
 

Australia also has a huge variety of wildlife that are unique. Everyone probably knows the Kangaroo, but there are SO many different animals to find when you’re in Australia. Koalas, Wombats, Emus, Echidnas, Lizards, Platypus and much, much more can be found right across the country. 

 

Australia is crazy about sport

Australia is a sports loving nation with sport attendances and TV viewing high as a portion of the population. This doesn’t apply to everyone in Australia, but a decent portion of the population is up to date with what’s happening for their football team. We are passionate about a range of sports.

 

Australia has 4 different types of football that are watched and followed. AFL is the most popular and if you’re in Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, one exciting experience is witnessing a game between 2 local teams. Crowds can range between 20,000 to 80,000. It’s certainly an experience that will warm you up on a winter’s day. Cricket, soccer/world football and tennis are played during the summer months with AFL, Rugby League, Basketball, Netball and Rugby Union played during the winter months.

 

A strong University and Higher Education system

Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses – from science to business and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance.
 

There are 43 universities in Australia (40 Australian universities, two international universities, and one private specialty university). Along with our universities, many other institutions offer higher education courses. You can check out some of these universities and find out what it’s really like to study in Australia.
 

Australian Universities are based around three primary roles:

  • Storing knowledge;
  • Transferring knowledge to others;
  • Creating knowledge.
     

Each University has the freedom to determine its own educational programs including teaching and research models which can mean some focus on certain areas more than some other Universities. They also provide consulting and advice to a range of Government, Community, Business and Industry on a range of issues and topics. This can be an area that we get great positive feedback from students about their Course and University. 
 

There are a range of Universities in Australia across different cities and regions for International Students. 

 

Higher education courses can be taken to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia. There are three main types of higher education which lead to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees. In Australia it is quite common for students to enrol in a double or combined Bachelor Degree program which leads to the award of two Bachelor Degrees. This is most common in the fields of arts, commerce, law and science.
 

Monitoring the quality of students 'education experience’

The well-being of all international students; the quality of students 'education experience’; and the provision of up-to-date and accurate information are all protected by law under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS).
 

The Australian Government established the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to monitor the quality and regulate University, College and Tafe providers against a set of standards.

 

University support systems are here to help

Universities provide a lot of support services for International Students. Taking advantage of these services can definitely make your time in Australia worth it. We certainly recommend being proactive with joining groups, societies and student services. This is consistent feedback that we get from all sorts of students at University. University shouldn’t just be about study, you should develop friendship groups, take up opportunities to broaden your skill set and knowledge base and learn new things from cultural and social activities.
 

Student services for each university cover a range of services. You pay a fee each year or semester to the university which helps to fund these services so you should try to make the most of them. English Language Services (ESL) are often provided as part of student services but there are also additional options via both the University and externally. 
 

Finally, a lot of Universities have formal and informal Facebook groups that can help provide another way to connect and keep up to date with what’s happening around on campus. 
 

What to expect from the Teaching and Learning Environment

University can teach you how to think. Often university involves plenty of class participation in tutorials which involves asking questions to the teacher as you go, sharing ideas with a group or working on problems, projects or assignments together. This might feel strange at the start, but this is better suited and more consistent for your work later on in the real world. There aren’t many jobs where you have to sit and listen all day! It is also a great way to meet classmates and improve your conversational skills.
 

While it can depend on what you study, often there’s less emphasis in your studies about memory recall and more about participation in group projects and undertaking independent research to solve problems. 

 

International students in Numbers

In 2018 a total of 556,193 International Students came to Australia to study.
 

Here’s a breakdown of where International Students studied in 2018.

City Breakdown of International Students in Australia 2018
Source: Department of Education 2018
 

As the chart from Austrade shows below, the majority of International Students study in Higher Education (University), followed by VET (Tafes).
 

Study Commencements of International Students by sector 2018


The chart below from Austrade shows the breakdown of the nationalities of International students from the top 10 countries as of May 2019. 

  • China (42%), India (19%), Nepal (9%), Malaysia (5%) and Brazil (5%) are the top 5 countries. 

Top 10 Countries of International Students

 

Simplified Student Visa Framework

Australia released changes to its Student Visa framework in 2016. According to the Department the new system aims to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students; deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity; reduce red tape for business.
 

The Home Affairs department has tools that detail the documents that are requirement along with a student visa application. International Students apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of the course of study. This results in a simplified Student Visa process in comparison to other countries. 

 

Popular Universities

If you want to begin to get an idea of what some Universities in Australia are like, check out our Universities page. There are thousands of student reviews from across Australia to check out for you to decide where you should study.

 

There are 43 universities in Australia (40 Australian universities, two international universities, and one private specialty university). Along with our universities, many other institutions offer higher education courses.

 

Each University has the freedom to determine its own educational programs including teaching and research models which can mean some focus on certain areas more than some other Universities. They also provide consulting and advice to a range of Government, Community, Business and Industry on a range of issues and topics. This can be an area that we get great positive feedback from students about their Course and University.

 


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