At the moment, Australia is the third most popular country for international students wanting to study in an English-speaking country. It sits behind only the US and the UK but to thousands of eager students, it is preferable for many reasons. Of the bigger drawcards is the safe and comfortable lifestyle, the clean environment, the small population and the cost of living.
But when you take a closer look, Australia has a great deal to offer in terms of being competitive on the global stage. Australia leads the way in a good number of technological and medical advancements and is well-known the world over for gold-standard research and outcomes.
Let’s examine some of the other reasons why you should choose Australia as your study destination.
Australia is a popular choice for many international students for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the quality tertiary education they will receive here. There are 43 Universities in Australia and that includes a private one and two international ones. Currently, six are placed in the Top 100 World University Rankings list.
As a hugely multicultural country, Australia can feel very familiar to many nationalities, which makes it easier to settle in. You’ll find other followers of your faith and can worship in a church, synagogue, mosque or temple. The cuisine stretches across those of practically any country you can think of.
People who come from cold countries are often pleasantly surprised at the warmth and brightness of Australia. The low levels of pollution mean the sun shines through and there are many hours of sunlight every day. Whether you enjoy city life or want to escape regularly to the country, the beaches or the mountains, there are many opportunities, depending on which University you attend. Students may choose their school based on their love for wildlife spotting, surfing, bushwalking, mountain climbing or skiing (mainly located in Victoria and New South Wales).
The fact that Australia’s native language is English makes it a lot easier for students from many countries to study here. Even if English is not your first language, it can be easy to improve your skills upon arrival thanks to the many tutors available.
There is good news and bad news here. The bad news is that it is quite expensive to undergo your University education in Australia. The good news is that that is a profitable income earner for the country and therefore, attracting international students is a high priority.
Australia’s education system is globally considered to be of high quality and that means it is in high demand for students looking to study outside of their own country.
One point to note is that a tertiary education is less expensive in Australia than it is in the US and the UK. For more information, see our page on Student Visas in Australia.
Many international students are financed by their parents back home, but some are not, and others choose to also find jobs to supplement their own spending money. Working part-time can also be a great way to improve your English, meet new friends, become familiar with the local area and gain valuable work experience.
When you are admitted to Australia on a student visa, you are allowed to work part-time. You could find yourself working in hospitality, deliveries, tourism or retail, or any number of other industries.
Entering into an internship is a really fulfilling way of gaining valuable professional experience in your chosen field of study. But as well as experience, an internship offers two other important benefits; firstly, it can make your studies easier because you are participating in real-world activities and secondly, having an internship on your resume is very attractive to prospective employers.
Furthermore, many internships grant you transfer credits for your course. Be sure to talk with a counsellor at your University to make sure you fulfil the obligations of your visa. You may only be able to work a certain number of hours per week and may or may not be allowed to earn money from your internship.
When you are equipped with an Australian degree, your qualification is an attractive quality to employers. Australia is known worldwide to be a hub of innovation, ingenuity and forward-thinking and the education provided encourages these attributes in students. Once you graduate, you will be able to compete with confidence and credibility on the global jobs market.
How much it will cost you to live in Australia as an international student depends on multiple variables. It’s up to which state and city you choose and the kind of accommodation you prefer. You may want to live on campus and that’s a great idea because you won’t have to spend time or money commuting to your classes.
Or, you may prefer to stay in short-term accommodation such as a hostel or even an AirBNB or homestay. Alternatively, your family may have purchased a house or apartment in your chosen city, or you could rent a house or apartment through an agency. When researching your accommodation options, be sure to take into consideration proximity to not just your University but also hospitals, shopping centres and public transport.
Either an advisor at your University, or your international agent should be able to help you decide on the best form of accommodation for you.
Even if Australia’s tertiary education fees are high compared with the majority of overseas study destinations, the numbers of international students here seems to say that it’s not the most important determining factor.
Unprecedented numbers of international students are now choosing Australia and in fact, there was a 12 per cent increase in 2018 over 2017. Across all aspects of education – Universities, private colleges, English language schools and high schools – enrolments totalled nearly 550,000 in 2018, compared with over 305,000 the five years prior.
One thing you can be sure of; with so many international students paying to study in Australia, everyone benefits! Those funds are re-invested in construction, research and technology. That’s what makes Australia’s Universities so highly prized among would-be students.