Studying in Australia
Why Study in Australia
Australia offers students a unique opportunity to obtain a world-class education, and work during and post-study, in a laid-back, high quality, multicultural environment that is highly urbanized, yet surrounded by beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes.The country has one of the best education systems in the world. Not to forget to mention, Australia is home to many breathtaking sights and natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef, which is the only living thing on Earth that is visible from space, and exotic wildlife, with many species found nowhere else in the world. Exploring the world’s largest sand island, sunbathing and surfing in Australia’s 1,000+ beaches, hiking in some of the world’s largest National Parks, and swimming with marine wildlife are just some of the unforgettable experiences students can immerse in while they study in Australia.
Enjoy a High Quality of Life
Australia and Australian cities consistently rank amongst the most liveable places in the world. Australia’s quality of education, healthcare, transportation, infrastructure, and government services rank well above international averages. According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Australia offers the second best quality of life amongst its member countries, which include Canada, USA, UK, and most other European nations. US News 2019 Best Countries Ranking also puts Australia amongst the top ten countries in the world overall, and for quality of life specifically. The Economist also ranks three Australian cities—Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide—amongst the world’s 10 best cities to live in.
Work While Studying
The option to work while studying is one of the decision-making criteria for prospective international students finalizing their education destination. International students on a valid student visa can work up to 40 hours per fortnight (bi-weekly) during their study session, and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the summer holidays.
Feel Welcome in a Multicultural Society
Australia is a vibrant and welcoming multicultural country which respects, supports, and celebrates cultural, religious, and linguistic diversity. Immigrants represent nearly 60% of Australia’s population growth in the last five years, and make up roughly 25% of the Australian population today. Australians speak over 260 languages, identify with more than 270 ancestries, and proudly celebrate their diversity every year during Australia Day, Australia’s independence day.
Improve Job Prospects After Graduation
Australian degrees are recognized and respected globally. Whether the student chooses to apply for work in Australia with a Temporary Graduate Visa, or return to their home country, an Australian education will open many doors for them. The government’s Australian Global Alumni program further helps graduates connect with alumni globally to support their professional growth.
To gain admission, students need to satisfy the academic requirements of the course and demonstrate the level of English language proficiency required by the institution. Exact admission requirements can vary from institution to institution and from program to program. Requirements for the same programs can also change over time.
Admission into a study course is dependent on the student’s past academic performance. Each institution specifies the minimum grades/marks or cumulative averages (GPAs) it will accept. In come cases, students also need to have completed one or more required subjects previously, known as prerequisite subjects.
Language Proficiency Requirements
Since English is the primary language of instruction in Australia, students applying from a non-English speaking country need to demonstrate English proficiency through an English language test as part of the admission process. Standardized English language tests evaluate students on their reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.
English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson PTE Academic, and Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) scores are the most commonly accepted language tests in Australia. Typically, students applying to an undergraduate course need:IELTS score between 6.0 and 6.5, with no band less than 5.5 or 6.0 TOEFL (internet-based test, iBT) scores between 60.0 and 90.0 overall PTE Academic score between 50 to 64 overall CAE score between 169 to 176 overall, with no less than 169 in each category.
Postgraduate – Higher Education
Completion of a Bachelor degree with satisfactory GPA is required to gain entry into an Australian postgraduate course. Institutions may take research ability or relevant work experience into consideration when granting admission. Institutions may require supplementary documents, such as a CV/resume, research proposal, writing sample and/or references, as well as graduate admission tests, such as the GMAT, as part of the admission process.
Undergraduate – Higher Education
To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course, students need to have an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Additionally:Students may need to have completed specified pre-requisite subjects for entry into some courses. For example, Year 12 level math (or equivalent) is required for admission into an undergraduate Engineering course. Students also need to submit their report cards or academic transcripts to show they meet the cumulative average/GPA requirements for admission. Supplementary information, such as a resume or a personal statement, are often required for admission into the more competitive courses.