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Why Study in Australia

Australia is the third most popular English-speaking country among international students, and for good reason. This island nation offers numerous academic opportunities, a diverse culture, ample outdoor and indoor activities, sunshine, and so much more. If you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere filled with beautiful weather, fulfilling activities, friendly people and, of course, quality education, consider applying for a study abroad program down under. Here are eight great reasons to study abroad in Australia

World-class universities

  • 1. World-class universities

    Australia is home to some of the best universities, with five of them ranking among the top 50 institutions in the world. It is also home to several up-and-coming universities that are gaining recognition for their rigorous and creative degree programs, modern teaching techniques, highly-qualified professors and track record of graduating students who go on to have successful careers. A degree from an Australian university carries significant prestige and holds considerable value.

    World-class universities aside, Australia is a great place to obtain a degree in many interesting areas. Due to its diverse landscape that includes everything from beaches to deserts to rainforests, this country is the ideal place to study botany, geology, geography, or marine biology. Australia also has a booming business industry. If business or marketing is where your interest lies, then there are also several universities that can cater to your academic goals.

    Diversity

  • 2. Diversity

    Australia has one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the world. According to census estimates, nearly half of its population is made up of immigrants and their children, while another 15% speak a language other than English. From the more populated regions such as Sydney and Melbourne to more secluded areas like Esperance and Port Fairy, you can find a healthy mix of indigenous Australians, immigrants, and international students. You will also discover a unique blend of lifestyles, cultures and food that is sure to make your time abroad an interesting and one-of-a-kind experience.

    Flora and Fauna

  • 3. Flora and Fauna

    You don't have to be a botanist to appreciate the diverse plant and wildlife found in Australia. Approximately 80% of Australia's plants and animals are found in Australia itself.. While some of the wildlife may scare you, most of it will inspire you, and all of it will keep you in a state of awe. Depending on where you travel, you might see bandicoots , wild camels (though not native), flying foxes, and crocodiles. If you venture further out of town and deeper into the wilderness, you could come across cassowaries, bottlenose dolphins, echidnas, and dingoes.

    Flora and Fauna

    Of course, you don't want to discount the plant life. When out looking for cassowaries or bandicoots, keep your eyes peeled for bull kauri (a coniferous plant averaging 50 meters tall and 2 meters wide), lance-leaved sundew, hillgrove spotted gum trees, and countless other colorful, and unique,flora.

    Sun, sand, and beaches

  • 4. Sun, sand, and beaches

    The sunshine and white sandy beaches are two of the main reasons most people visit Australia, and they don’t disappoint. Australia's beaches are the stuff vacation postcards are made of. The sand ranges from a glistening white to a golden tan in some places. It is offset by the turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean on one side and emerald green forests on the other. When you're not doing homework or cramming for finals, the beaches are the perfect to relax. You could even bring a textbook, spread out a towel and catch up on your class assignments while acquiring a tan - just be sure to put on sunscreen first!

    The surf is also worth checking out. The Australian coast is known for having some of the best surf conditions in the world, so whether surfing is a favorite pastime or you want to learn, this is ‘the’ place to grab a board and catch some waves.

    Outdoor adventures

  • 5. Outdoor adventures

    City dwellers and small-town folk alike can agree that Australia is not the place for someone who just wants to stay indoors all semester and see nothing of the world. From the Kimberley to the Great Barrier Reef, to the turquoise coasts and limestone deserts, this country is known for its varied landscapes and natural landmarks.

    In Western Australia, you can find the Pinnacles Desert, which is characterized by ancient limestone pillars that bring to mind extraterrestrial tombstones. In Nambung National Park you will be surprised to see wildflowers, sandy beaches, and colorful flora that you might expect to see in a rainforest and not a desert. If your goal is to explore one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, head over to the Kimberley. However, you're not going to want to travel by foot. Schedule a charter boat to take you and your friends through rocky gorges, up complex river systems and to lush waterfalls.

    Outdoor adventures

    You don’t have to travel far from your dorm room to get a true Australian experience. Snorkeling, diving, hiking, surfing, skiing, kayaking, tennis and beach volleyball are all activities you can enjoy at your local beach. People are typically friendly enough to allow you to participate in a game of pickup football or beach volleyball, so if you can't get your own group together, don't be shy about stepping in where you see a player short.

    Flexible student visas

  • 6. Flexible student visas

    Many countries require students to apply for and receive both a student and a work visa before they can begin earning wages in a country. However, Australia makes it easy for students on a budget by allowing them to work while on a student visa. How much can you work? Up to 40 hours every two weeks is allowed, making this an opportunity to which most study abroad students in other destinations are not privy.

    The wages in Australia aren't bad, either — in fact, they're better than most. Minimum wage in Australia is AUD$17 per hour, so even if you can only work part-time, you can earn about what you might working full-time in the US or other popular study abroad destinations. This amount of money can help offset the cost of tuition or living expenses. If you don't need to work but still want to get valuable employment experience, consider an internship with one of its many prestigious companies. Several programs as well as the schools themselves help international students locate viable internship opportunities and advise them on what they need to do to get accepted.

    Student-friendly cities

  • 7. Student-friendly cities

    It is no secret that students often prefer the vibrant and fast-paced city life over the slow and simple small-town living. Unfortunately, many cities are expensive, overcrowded and dangerous. However, that is not the case in Australia! Australian cities such as Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane were seemingly designed with students in mind. They're affordable, the quality of life is higher than average, and employers are both friendly and responsive to international students. They're also safer than metropolitan areas in many other countries. Australia's cities received an average safety index rating of 86% on SafeAround.com and received "low risk" ratings for pickpocketing, muggings, scams and terrorism.

    That said, though crime is not a major issue, the country does pose a few threats in the form of climate and wildlife. The greatest danger in Australia is the native fauna, which include everything from poisonous spiders to poisonous octopus to the aggressive cassowary. The second greatest danger is UV exposure. The ozone layer directly above Australia has a hole in it, which means anyone who walks around outside for more than 15 minutes without SPF 30 protection is almost guaranteed to get sunburned.

    All in all, however, Australia is a safe place to study. In fact, its safety ratings earned six of its cities a spot on Newsweek's list of the top 50 cities for students.

    One-of-a-kind opportunity

  • 8. One-of-a-kind opportunity

    When people think of study abroad destinations, they often think of places such as the US, UK, France, Spain and Ireland. Most people don’t consider Australia during this initial phase and this is because people are often drawn to the places that are more well-known and talked about or even where their own friends and family have already studied. While there is nothing wrong with studying abroad in a country where a friend or sibling studied or wanting to stay close to home, if you're looking for a truly one-of-a-kind experience, you're sure to find it in Australia.

    An education at an Australina university can lead to the development of personality traits that employers value. For instance, Australians value trust, loyalty and teamsmanship over performance, profit and self. They also have a strong sense of fair play and do not believe in bad-mouthing the competition, something opponents in other English-speaking countries tend to do. Austrialians also tend to be very relaxed and don’t let profits and results dictate their day-to-day lives. This does not mean, however, that they lack professionalism - rather, it means they have a deep appreciation for the time they do have and use it in a way that fulfills them most.

    The unique experiences you will gain and the traits you pick up in Australia won't just matter to you. Employers appreciate candidates with worldly experience who possess the willingness and ability to step outside their comfort zone. Obtaining a degree abroad can demonstrate these traits. If you wish to gain an experience that fulfills your personal goals as well as advances your professionals ones, think about studying abroad in Australia. You can search for study abroad programs and get the guidance you need to apply with SchoolApply.

Levels Explained

  • Bachelor's

    A bachelor's degree (also called a first degree or undergraduate degree) is attained after receiving a post-secondary (high school) education and generally spans four years. Students pursuing these types of degrees are commonly referred to as bachelor or undergraduate students. A bachelor's degree is usually offered at an institution of higher education, such as a university.

  • Master's

    A master’s degree (or postgraduate or graduate education) involves learning and studying for academic or professional degrees. This degree is preceded by a bachelor’s degree and generally takes two years to complete. Students pursuing these types of degrees are commonly referred to as master's, or grad students.

  • Pathway

    Bachelor’s and master’s pathway programs are designed for international students who need additional English language and academic preparation before continuing to a degree program at a university. The purpose of these programs are to give students the confidence and skills needed to succeed in college.

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