Australia is not just a tourists’ paradise but a strong force to reckon with in higher education as well. The past decade has seen a significant rise in the number of Asian students heading to Australia for higher studies with a special focus on engineering. With a strong focus on research and job-oriented course-training engineering courses in Australia
are comparatively less expensive than similar courses in the USA or the UK.
As per the latest QS World University Rankings for engineering studies; the top three institutions to study engineering in Australia are:
- The University of Melbourne - ranked 32nd in the world
- The University of New South Wales - ranked 33rd in the world
- The University of Queensland - ranked 47th in the world
The University of Melbourne:
The Melbourne School of Engineering
traces its origins to 1861, when the University of Melbourne began offering a three year ‘Certificate of Engineering’ course. In 2011 the School completed 150 years of glorious academic excellence and continues to be one of Australia’s most popular schools to study engineering. The School offers engineering courses across disciplines ranging from biomedical and computer engineering to mechanical and electrical & electronic engineering.
The University of New South Wales:
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales
is one of the most renowned engineering faculties in Australia offering some innovative engineering programs. The Faculty is the first and only place to offer an engineering program in Nuclear Engineering in Australia. With research being conducted across various subject areas ‘eVe’ the solar-powered solar car designed by the Faculty has won a lot of accolades.
The University of Queensland:
The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology at the University of Queensland
was established on January 1, 2009. The Faculty is made up of five constituent schools and a research centre. The Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering (BE/ME) is the first five-year engineering degree in Australia to integrate a semester industry or research placement into a degree with Master’s level course work.
Students applying for an undergraduate engineering program are expected to meet the following requirements:
- Technical & Further Education (TAFE) - Overall IELTS band score of 5.5, with no individual sub-score less than 5.0 or TOEFL score of 530, or equivalent.
- Undergraduate and Postgraduate coursework - Overall band score of 6.0, with no individual sub-score less than 5.5 or TOEFL Score of 550, or equivalent.
Students applying to a postgraduate course should have completed a relevant undergraduate course and scored good marks in their exams. Special focus is given on the project completed by the students in their final year of undergraduate study.
Duration and Costs:
The undergraduate courses are of four years and the postgraduate courses are between 18 months and 2 years in duration. Costs depend on the institution and specific program selected by the student. On an average an undergraduate engineering course costs between AU$32,000 and AU$35,000 a year and a postgraduate engineering course costs between AU$29,000 and AU$32,000 a year. Students are advised to earmark between AU$25000 and AU$30,000 on food, accommodation and living costs every year.
Most top-ranking institutions offer limited academic merit-based scholarships to international students. Applicants are advised to contact the institution and apply for the scholarship well in advance and ensure that they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria.
International students can work part-time for up to forty hours every fortnight during semester and work full-time during the semester-break. Students get jobs in super-markets, restaurants, sales and tele-marketing and in junior clerical roles as part-time jobs. On completion of their engineering studies, students can proceed to teach, participate in research or find jobs in industries as varied as telecommunications and petroleum to shipping and construction. The computer-boom of the past decade has led to a huge shortage in qualified engineers in other vocations like mechanical, automobile and civil engineering. There is a huge demand for these engineers and qualified engineers with good work ethics are paid well.
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