Top 10 Reasons Why Australia is the Best Place to Study for International Students
- By Ken Teo at Ausinet – 1 December 2020 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology
What would you consider when wanting to choose a destination to study abroad? Well, a lot of things may come to a student’s mind but if you were to summarise, the following would rank high: qualifications recognised around the world, a low or reasonable cost of living and studying, a secure destination, and a nice and diverse environment. You will find these and much more in Australia, thereby making it one of the best destinations for international students to study. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should study in Australia:
1 - Diverse and Multicultural Environment
Australia has a multicultural environment with people of all religions, races and cultures. Australians are extremely friendly and welcoming. The multicultural environment allows students to interact with people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. There are numerous communities and associations of which you can be a part of and get a feeling of home. You can also learn and experience Indigenous culture across Australia.
2 - World-class Education System
Australia has quite a renowned education system that is amongst the world’s best. According to the University ranking of TopUniversities, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales and the University of Queensland rank among the world’s top 50 universities. Australian higher education institutions are always delighted to welcome international students into their communities.
3 - Affordable Education
Study costs in Australia are considerably lower than the other major destinations such as the United States (average fee of AU$36,000 per year) and the United Kingdom (average fee of AU$44,000 per year). (Source: OZStudies)
An undergraduate program can cost you between AU$15,000 to AU$33,000 per year. A postgraduate master degree can range from AU$20,000 to AU$37,000 annually. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses cost between AU$4,000 to AU$22,000 per year. If you are planning to take up English language courses, they start from only AU$300 per week depending on the course length. (Source: StudyLink)
4 - Spectacular Natural Landscapes
Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Being an island continent and a country with a vast geographical area, Australia has varied landscapes which include scenic beaches, the outback desert, forests, and rugged valleys. Some sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park are even listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are be several ways to travel around the country during your holidays, you could rent a car with your friends, or take a bus around. You can try skiing in the south-east mountains of Australia, go for an adventure in the Daintree Rainforest, cycling in the Charles Darwin National Park, and surfing on the coast.
5 - Extensive Student Support Services
Australian institutions offer a wide variety of student support services to help you settle into your new life in Australia. The higher education providers must comply with strict quality control and government accreditation measures so that you will receive only the best service. In many cities, there are dedicated international student support centres (e.g., StudyNT and StudyQueensland), each offers practical advice and support on issues like legal rights, job skills and opportunities to meet and socialise with other students.
6 - Improve Your English Language Skills
When you study in Australia, you will get the chance to improve your English skills. Since English is the official language of the country, you can communicate in English with everybody at the supermarket, at the university, and in your dormitory or share house. You will be confronted with English media like magazines, newspaper, cinema movies and TV series on a daily basis. Hence, living and studying in Australia is the quickest way to learn English, as you will constantly be experiencing it in day to day life.
7 - A Country With a High Standard of Living
Australian cities and towns are consistently rated as some of the most liveable in the world. There is quality healthcare, infrastructures, information technology, and public transport, which are ranked highly above international averages. Australia is also a technologically advanced country with a strong and competitive economy. You will enjoy all kind of benefits in government services, transportation and e-commerce across Australian towns and cities.
8 - Work While You Study
While studying in Australia, you can find a part-time student job. There are many opportunities to work and get to experience employment in Australia. During the semester, you are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight with an Australian Student Visa. During semester breaks, you can even work full time. Depending on your preference, you can find part-time jobs that show a connection to your studies or non-study related jobs to earn some pocket money. Just search for part-time jobs on the internet (e.g., Seek and Indeed) and the relevant results will come out.
9 - Migration Options
When you travel abroad to study, you usually get a temporary status in the country you are studying in. Because that expires when your course finishes, you must go back home. However, Australia does have some schemes in place to encourage international students to continue staying in the country permanently after finishing their studies. Options like the Temporary Graduate Visa allow graduates to work in Australia for 2 years after graduation and provides them with an opportunity to acquire some Australian work experience.
10 - Better Job Opportunities After Your Graduation
After your studies in Australia, you will have a higher chance of landing a job. If you decide to go back to your home country, your employer will certainly like your Australian degree or certificate. Your future boss will see that you can communicate in English and adapt to an unknown environment. This is a competitive advantage you will have over other applicants and most employers would certainly be happy about the excellent education and the skills you acquired from studying in Australia.