Top 10 benefits of studying in Australia
The benefits of studying in Australia are numerous. The proof, as the saying goes, is in the pudding. In this case, the ‘pudding’ is the fact that Australia is the fourth most fourth most popular international student destination in the world, behind only the USA, UK, and China.
But what is it exactly that makes studying in Australia the first choice for many students? We delve into the reasons below.
1. Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world
In 2019, Australia is home to 7 of the world’s top 100 universities:
Top Universities, the world’s leading higher education community, assessed 85 universities from around the world to determine the rankings. The institution assessed each university on six metrics, including its reputation among academics and employers.
2. World-class education
Australian universities offer programs and courses that are recognised globally. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is largely to thank for this. The AQF allows students to easily move through the education system in Australia and provide an easy way for other countries to recognise qualifications and to issue the comparable qualifications.
It should also be mentioned that Australian universities offer modern facilities, advanced curriculums, and specialist funds for research and development.
3. You can study just about anything
The more than 40 universities across Australia offer hundreds of courses and degrees to choose from. You’ll be able to find a qualification in almost every discipline and field of study.
4. You’re protected by TEQSA and the ESOS Act
Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, or TEQSA, acts as a national regulatory and quality agency for higher education. The Agency monitor quality and regulate university and non-university higher education providers against a set of standards developed by the independent Higher Education Standards Panel.
In addition, the Education Services for Overseas Students Act, or ESOS Act sets nationally consistent standards for the delivery of courses to overseas students. According to Australia’s Department of Education and Training, the Act ‘protects and enhances Australia’s reputation for quality education, provides tuition protection and supports the integrity of the student visa program’.
You can read more about the Act here.
5. Many scholarships for international students
If you think studying in Australia is not within reach , you’ll be glad to hear that international students have many scholarships, grants, and bursaries available to them. These are offered by the Australian government, education institutions, and a number of public and private organisations.
Three of the major scholarships in Australia are:
- Australia Awards
- Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP)
- Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship
Read more about Australian scholarships here.
6. Superb research opportunities
Australia invests heavily in research and thus the country has produced outstanding research in various fields. Well-known discoveries that have come out of Australia include penicillin, WiFi, the ultrasound machine and the flight data recorder or black box. When you study in Australia, you’ll be able to take advantage of the impressive technology and research resources that made these inventions possible.
7. High quality of life
Australia consistently scores well in surveys and studies that measure quality of life. In 2019, it’s no different. Numbeo has compared the quality of life in 230 cities around the world and Australia has three cities in the top 10. In fact, Australia has claimed the number one city on the list – Canberra!
Adelaide and Brisbane are the other two cities in the top 10, at numbers 4 and 7 respectively. Other cities on Numbeo’s world ranking are Perth, at number 17, and Melbourne, at number 37, and Sydney, coming in at number 48.
8. You can work while you study
Australia allows student visa holders to work while they’re studying. There are conditions though. You may only work once your course has commenced and only while your course is in session. Equally important is that you’re only allowed to work for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight.
You can read more about the work conditions for student visa holders here.
9. The opportunity to work in Australia after your studies
The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) offers international students who’ve studied in Australia for at least two years the opportunity to apply for temporary permission to work in Australia.
You can read more about the 485 visa here.
10. Natural beauty and perfect weather
This list of benefits of studying in Australia won’t be complete without mentioning the country’s many natural wonders and sunny days.
You can visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Kakadu National Park, the Tasmanian Wilderness and Fraser Island.
The sunny weather allows for many days spent outside, being active. Of course winter does happen, but it’s not nearly as severe as in other parts of the world.
Convinced by the benefits of studying in Australia? Call us!
If Australia seems to be the place to further your education, please feel free to give us a call to discuss your options.
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