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Essentials: Why study in Australia?

Why should you choose Australia as your study abroad destination? Read all about the culture and the benefits of walking away with an Australian qualification...

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Sun-kissed streets aside, international students in Australia enjoy world-class education in cities consistently ranked amongst the world’s happiest. With over 231,000 international students from over 140 countries enrolled at Australian higher education institutions in 2013, it is predicted that the amount of foreign students studying down under will increase by 30% in the next seven years.


Thinking of studying abroad? Let our overview of why you should consider studying in Australia help you choose the destination that’s right for you. 



Standard of education

A global leader in technology and economics, Australian education is not only of an incredibly high standard but offers study options across all study levels, in virtually any study field. With over 1,200 institutions that boast over 22,000 courses, Australia’s higher education system was named the 8th best in the world by Universitas 21 in 2013, with Australian universities ranking within the top 100 in study areas of Arts and HumanitiesClinical and Pre-Clinical HealthEngineering and TechnologyLife Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.


Australian universities are incredibly flexible in their degree options, allowing students to manage and spread out their study credits around part-time work or other commitments.  Most Australian universities have a range of double degree options that enable students to undertake subjects across a wide range of subject areas, taking the pressure off them in streamlining their interests so early in their academic and professional career. Graduates enjoy a broader education, and enter the workplace with a range of transferrable skills and unique academic maturity that is widely sought out by employers around the world.



Quality assurance and international recognition

Australian higher education is thoroughly regulated and managed by a number of quality assurance bodies. The Educational Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) provides the most thorough protection for international students than any other study abroad destination in the world, offering students financial protection as well as a wide range of student services. For example, the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is an Australian government initiative that ensures international students are fully provided with the tuition and resources their study programme entitles them to. TPS ensures students whose tuition needs have not been met are able to complete their studies at another institution or within another course, or else receive a refund of their tuition fees. International students contribute strongly to the Australian economy, and so the government takes special interest in protecting their rights.


Similarly, Australia has a number of regulatory bodies to ensure to quality of education given to students. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) manages a national policy for regulating educational qualifications that is recognized by higher education institutions and employers worldwide. AQF also works in conjunction with a number of sector and state-specific bodies that enforce separate quality assurance standards. Irrespective of your home country, your interests and rights as a student are always protected at Australian institutions.



Quality of life

Aside from its academic prowess, Australia’s consistent high marks in international quality of life and happiness surveys make it easy to see why the nation is nicknamed ‘the lucky country.’  Named the world’s happiest and most prosperous nation in a 2013 OECD survey, key cities Sydney and Melbourne took tied 7th place in a Times Higher Education ranking for the best cities in the world for higher education within the same year. In the same vein, 5 out of the nation’s cities were voted within the best 30 student cities in the world.


With emerging, unique cities that are just hours from some of the world’s more unique landscapes, studying in Australia offers a student lifestyle unmatched by anywhere else in the world. Unlike many other student cultures, it is unusual for students to live on campus, and so you’ll be encouraged to take initiative in engaging with university life and developing a sense of independence from the get-go. Australian culture strongly favours travel and open-mindedness, with the cosmopolitan pulse of the nation’s cities sporting students from all over.



Graduate prospects

Qualifications from Australian universities are highly regarded and globally recognized by employers and institutions alike. With an unemployment rate of just 6% as of January 2014, a number of jobs are set to open up in a number of sectors nation-wide. For example, one in every four new jobs between now and 2017 are predicted to be in the healthcare and social assistance industry, whilst the growth of the technological sector is set to create vacancies in positions of IT project manager, business analyst and digital marketing manager. There will be 21,400 new accounting jobs predicted by 2017, will full-time employees likely to enjoy an average salary of AUD 72,800 (US$ 66,088) per annum. 


If your study programme in Australia is longer than two years, you are eligible for a Temporary Graduate Visa when you graduate. This will enable you to remain in Australia and work for up to four years after the date you’re granted your visa. 


Learn more about what post-study visa options there are in Australia




Now that you’re inspired to head down under, begin your journey to studying in Australia.



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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.


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