Deciding to study abroad is a big decision. Beyond leaving your friends and family behind, you may also be challenged by thoughts of what and where you will study. Top universities, incredible nature, vibrant cities, and several oceans are just some of the reasons why many international students choose Australia to study. Studying abroad may be slightly daunting, but the reward in terms of education and personal development can also be huge.
This diverse country has a huge variety of opportunities for someone studying abroad. Here are just ten of the many reasons why you could consider making Australia your studying-abroad destination.
1. Top quality universities
International students have a wide variety of choice when it comes to studying in Australia. Australia is home to 43 universities in total, with 40 Australian, two international and one private university. It’s a case of quality as well as quantity, with six Australian universities ranking in the internationally renowned top 100.
2. Cultural diversity
Australia is a diverse melting pot of cultures. The sheer amount of cultures that abound offers the chance to step outside of your usual comfort zone and experience something new, but also to feel a sense of belonging in the multicultural setting. Some of the benefits of living in a multicultural society include wonderful culinary offerings, public international celebrations and the chance to learn a different language.
3. Any major is welcome
Since Australia's universities are some of the top ranked in the world, it’s no surprise that they offer a multitude of different degrees and majors. Whether you are studying engineering or English, medicine or Mathematics, there are plenty of different options and combinations to choose from when you study in Australia. It could be a good idea to contact your short list of universities prior to see what they offer and whether you meet the eligibility requirements.
4. The Great Outdoors
Australia is famous for its diverse terrain. The Outback is legendary for its broad plains and unusual animals. If you’re a beach lover, you are spoiled for choice with thousands of kilometres of pristine coast to choose from. During your holidays, you can dive or snorkel on the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef. Bushwalking or kayaking are often achievable within a day trip.
5. Easy access to student visas
If you're looking to get a student visa, Australia offers a streamlined process for the Student Visa (subclass 500). There are several requirements you will need to meet for your application to be approved, including being accepted into an educational institution and having sufficient financial capacity. You will also be required to get an appropriate level of health insurance for the duration of your stay.
6. Internship Availability
Some Australian universities may offer internships or work opportunities to their students. If this is an option that interests you, be sure to reach out to your chosen educational institution to find out any requirements.
7. Vibrant city life
Australian universities are located in both rural and urban settings. Wherever you choose to study you will be able to travel to a number of neighbouring cities with ease. Each one offers a multitude of unique experiences, from the spectacular Sydney beach scene to the quirky shopping boutiques of Melbourne.
Australia has some of the most diverse wildlife on earth. If you’re studying rurally, you might be lucky enough to experience some in the wild. Even if you don’t there are plenty of wildlife parks that offer close encounters with koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles and more.
9. Easy communication
Australians speak English, which makes it easy for most international students to understand and be understood. However, the slang may take a little longer to master! If you’re struggling to keep up with conversation try asking someone to explain the slang to you. You’ll be amazed at the variations Australians have come up with.
10. Incredible work opportunities
If you truly enjoy your time studying in Australia, you may be tempted to stay on longer. Australia also offers a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) that allows some international students to stay in Australia and continue to work after they have graduated.
International study in Australia offers a wide range of rewarding experiences as well as the possibility for a world-class education. If you’re thinking about studying abroad in Australia, these 10 points are really just the beginning of what Australia can offer.