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Life of a Student in Australia

Every students dream is to have an international degree and study from australia is once such dream destination for most of the international students.

11 Dec 2019 483 Book icon 4 mins Share
study destination- Australia

Australia - the land of Sunshine, Kangaroos, Koalas, long beaches, coral reefs,... wow! The list is endless!  It is a country that is blessed with immense natural resources, scenic landscapes and diverse cultures.

With huge reserves of coal, copper, iron ore, nickel, oil, and some rare earth metals, it is the second-largest producer of gold in the world. All these factors combined with the country's highly developed market economy with a high GDP and a steady growth makes it an attractive destination for education and job seekers.

Global Education Hub

Australia is one of the most important study destinations in the world, hosting more than 600,000 international students per annum. Most cities in Australia find a place in the list of best student cities for studying abroad. Australian cities are proving to be vibrant places that support diversity and multiculturalism, which make them a safe place for international students. Also, students feel comfortable studying in the country due to the warm and friendly natured people.

Students' Preferred Choice

Universities Australia’s Chief Executive Belinda Robinson says “international students are choosing to come to Australia in record numbers for a world-class higher education, the lifestyle, and our safe and welcoming communities.” She adds that the students pursuing studies in Australia are getting a truly global experience in their education.

Another reason for students to choose Australian universities is the fact that these academic institutions are rated the best in global rankings and adopt very high quality and innovative teaching methods. The students can feel assured of gaining the qualification that is expected from them by employers.

So, what it is like for a student from India to live and study in Australia? Well, here, we explore the options available to the students.

Education Super Power

Australia aims to be the future global superpower in education. This is supported by the constant increase in international Student Enrolments since the year 2017. The year 2017 witnessed an enormous enrolment of around 624,000 foreign students. This denotes a sharp 13% increase over the previous year, according to the Australian Department of Education and Training (DET).

Hobsons International Student Survey ranked Australia as the safest and most welcoming country for international students.

An increased presence of Indian students

More than 50% of the international student population of Australia are from the following countries:

China (28% of the total)

India (15% of the total)

Nepal (7% of the total)

Brazil (4% of the total)

Malaysia (4% of the total)

Vietnam (3.5% of the total)

Another fact worth highlighting is that the flow of Indian students in Australia is increasing at a rate of 33% from September 2018 to September 2019. The following chart shows the year on year growth of Indian students in Australian universities.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

The following illustration shows the increased presence of Indian students in the country. (This is based on the number of enrolments sourced from reliable sites)

Enrollments(in numbers) = [51809, 87615, 108292]   Years = [2016,2017,2018]

 

Higher Education Streams

Students have the option to choose from a plethora of courses available under different streams: Vocational Education and Training (VET), Accounting, Computing and Information Technology, Engineering, Creative Arts, Science and Technology, Health services and Nursing to name a few.

Support Services for International students

The Australian universities are committed to providing the best support services to international students so that they can adapt to the new environment and excel in studies.

International Student Hotline

There is a dedicated International Student Hotline that operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 6 p.m for students to register their grievances and issues in learning.

Student Support Units

These units provide guidance to international students moving into the country on getting student visas, travel arrangements, health cover, banking and accommodation.

Scholarship Schemes

Most universities in Australia offer Scholarship Assistance to students. Through scholarships, the students can receive up to 15000 AUD per year. The students can also apply for part-time jobs to support their living and education expenses. The following links provide details on different scholarship schemes supported by the universities in Australia:

Australian Education Scholarships 

International Excellence Scholarship 

Australian Scholarship for International Students 

Orientation Programmes

Orienting students to the new country, culture and education system is necessary for making the students feel at home. Most of the Australian universities offer such programmes for international students. These are held a few weeks before the commencement of the academic session. The students are also provided Counselling services to help them cope with cultural, relationship, family issues. Non-native speakers are given coaching in English language and conversation skills to understand the local accent and be comfortable in the new environment.

Peer Mentoring is also provided to international students to stay connected and assured.

Earn While You Learn

International students may need extra money to meet the accommodation and study expenses and Australia provides plenty of opportunities for students to take up part-time assignments.  Students are normally paid for the jobs on an hourly basis. Australian pay is very good compared to other countries. For example, in the UK this is currently £6.50 per hour and in the U.S it is US$7.25. In Australia, the pay is A$16.87 per hour. It is important for students to be aware of the employment rights and minimum wages and then opt for suitable part-time jobs. Students can also gain experience by taking up part-time assignments in their field of study.

Research Programmes

There are numerous opportunities for students on successful completion of course programmes, to enhance their skills through research programmes offered by different universities in Australia.

So, what are you waiting for? Interested in pursuing Studies in Australia? We are here to help you.

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