Why study in Australia
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world`s sixth-largest country by total area. Canberra is capital of Australia. It has six States and two territories. Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The federation comprises six states and several territories. Australia is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the world`s12th-largest economy. In 2012 Australia had the world`s fifth-highest per capita income. Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.
Australia is a dynamic and vibrant country with a great deal to offer students looking for international education. Choosing to come to Australia to study will provide you with new and wonderful opportunities and experiences, and a whole new view of the world, not to mention exciting and progressive world-class education programs.
Reasons to choose Australia
The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework protects the rights of international students studying in Australia, including: Your right to receive, before enrolling, current and accurate information about the courses, fees, modes of study, and other information from your institution and your institution’s agent. Your right to sign a written agreement with your institution before paying fees, setting out the services to be provided, fees payable, and information about refunds of course money. Make sure to keep a copy of your written agreement.
The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is a placement and refund service for international students, which is activated in the event that your institution is unable to teach your course. Read more about this service on the Tuition Protection Service website. www.tps.gov.au The Australian education system is distinguished from many other countries by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF was established in 1995 and is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education and vocational education and training) in addition to the school-leaving certificate; the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. This allows you to move easily from one level of study to the next, and from one institution to another, as long as you satisfy student visa requirements. Australia has had a total of 22 Nobel Prize winners to-date. With few of the recent winners Martin Karplus (Chemistry 2013) and Elfriede Jelinek (Literature 2004).
Here are some common reasons international students choose Australia as their overseas study destination. Australia has:
- dynamic and progressive education programs with a reputation for excellence
- globally-recognised courses and qualifications
- a relaxed, enjoyable and safe lifestyle
- cheaper study and living expenses compared to many other countries
- vibrant, appealing and multicultural cities
- great weather
- amazing and diverse landscapes and scenery
- unique and wonderful flora and fauna.
Western Australia (WA)
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia (WA), is ranked the world’s equal eighth ‘most liveable city’ (The Economist Intelligence Unit 2010) and was voted as one of the world’s ‘top ten future cities’ (Lonely Planet, 2006).Here are eight other great reasons to choose Perth as your study destination:
1. World class education
WA’s world class universities, colleges and schools provide quality assured education with flexible study pathways. The state’s practical approach to education, guided by teachers who are experts in their field, ensures that you are taught the skills that employers are looking for in today’s competitive world.
2. A life style that’s hard to match
Perth offers one of the highest standards of living in the world, and yet is more affordable than the UK and the USA. As a student, you will receive a 40 per cent discount on all public transport throughout the state. Perth also has a relatively low crime rate compared to other major cities, making its campuses, transport and city streets safe and secure.
3. A leader in science and innovation
Our universities are involved in cutting-edge research projects with leading institutions around the globe. If you study science in Perth, you will work alongside talented scientists and have the opportunity to contribute to life-changing projects such as clean water production, development of new vaccines and ways to combat climate change.
4. Most multicultural state in Australia People of more than 200 different nationalities live, work and study in Perth, speak over 170 languages, and practice over 100 religions. There are numerous places of worship with most restaurants and campuses catering for religious and dietary requirements. So no matter where you’re from, you’ll always feel welcome and respected.
5. Get a part-time job
If you are on a student visa, you will have the opportunity to work part time for up to 20 hours per week. This allows you to become an active member of the community and, if you’re not a native speaker, it’s a great way to improve your English! If extra cash is not your concern, why not volunteer at one of Perth’s charities or community programs?
New South Wales (NSW)
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is the largest as well as the oldest city in Australia. You can even visit Captain Cook’s landing place at Botany Bay, where the first European settlers arrived. Take one of the ferries across Sydney Harbour and enjoy the spectacular views, stopping to explore the many interesting places around the harbour. Manly is a popular beach suburb with a relaxed atmosphere, shops, cafés and accommodation.
As you would expect from Australia’s largest and oldest city, Sydney offers plenty of entertainment options. You will find markets to explore, along with museums, galleries, bars, clubs, restaurants, karaoke bars and many other exciting places. Sydney also hosts the world-famous Mardi Gras each year — this is a city that knows how to party! Stop and see the native Australian animals at Taronga Zoo, which is open every day of the year. The Opera House is famous for its unique architecture and beautiful location. The Sydney Harbour Bridge links the two sides of the city. You can walk across it, and if you’re really brave you can climb it and get an amazing view.
Once you leave Sydney, country New South Wales also has much to offer. The Blue Mountains is a popular day trip, offering spectacular mountain views, bushland and native wildlife. You will also find cafés, restaurants, art galleries, craft shops and many other stores, along with a wide range of outdoor activities such as horse riding, golf, bushwalking and fishing.
The Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine producing regions, offers wonderful scenery, gourmet foods and distinctive wines. Close by is Newcastle, which is the state’s second largest city, and, like Sydney, is built around a large harbour. Newcastle is a popular destination for both visitors and students. It is close to Sydney and offers an attractive lifestyle with its large port, beautiful beaches, surfing, fishing, and entertainment opportunities. A short drive south of Sydney is the thriving city of Wollongong, surrounded by lush green valleys and beautiful ocean beaches. Further south is prime dairy country such as the Bega Valley, with lots of opportunities for cheese tasting.
South Australia (SA)
Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, is a city that is sophisticated, dynamic, inspiring and surprising As the locals will tell you – it’s not just a place to live, it’s a place to enjoy life. Adelaide’s Mediterranean climate is perfect for people who enjoy outdoor, healthy, vibrant lifestyles and the city’s clean, sandy beaches and scenic hills are only 20 minutes drive from the city centre. The city is a stage for art and music festivals, and everybody is invited to take part. The educational heart of Adelaide sits alongside a bustling city centre that combines business, shopping, ccommodation and entertainment.
One of the World’s most liveable citiesn a recent study of the most liveable cities around the world, Adelaide ranked eighth out of 140 cities surveyed.Australia’s Most Affordable Mainland Capital CityWhilst the city offers the same lifestyle and quality education opportunities as other cities in Australia, Adelaide’s cost of living is 23% lower than Sydney and Melbourne, 12% lower than Perth and 11% lower than Brisbane.Nobel Prize Capital of AustraliaAdelaide has always been a trailblazer when it comes to university education. Three Nobel Laureates studied here (more than any other city in Australia) and more than 100 graduates have gone on to become Rhodes Scholars at Oxford University. Adelaide’s three long-established universities have been popular with international students for many years and continue to sit high on international rankings.
Melbourne and Victoria Belbourne is the gateway to the Australian state of Victoria, with its amazing natural beauty and great tourist attractions.Enjoy an enviable international student lifestyle in Victoria’s cosmopolitan towns and cities, with good health services, advice and support.Experience world famous sporting events, quality local and international cuisines, white sand beaches, mountains, beautiful parks and gardens, festivals and free community events.A great education Victoria offers modern schools, vibrant vocational education and training opportunities, nine excellent universities and English language institutes. Victorian universities also lead the way in global research and development.Melbourne has a long tradition of academic excellence. Graduates of Melbourne’s universities have excelled in all fields. They have won Nobel prizes, literary and artistic awards.
You’re very welcome Melbourne and Victoria’s regional cities are welcoming multicultural places to study.
Welcome Desk New international students who arrive at Melbourne Airport at peak times in January, February and July are greeted with helpful information for free at the Welcome Desk. Culture Card A free international students’ Culture Card is the key to exciting cultural experiences all across Victoria. Use your Culture Card to get special offers on sports and arts events. International Student Care Service Access friendly and professional advice, information and referral to local help and community resources. This special phone support is a free service for international students in Victoria. Where your future takes off Visit the Study Melbourne website and discover what makes Melbourne and Victoria a favourite destination for study and lifestyle.