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Study in the UK vs Australia

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For many students who wish to study abroad, the UK and Australia are two of the top popular choices. Each year, Malaysian students arrive in both countries to further their studies and many choose to stay on to build their careers after that. Here, we weigh the pros and cons of these two locations to help you decide which countries will suit your needs best.


International student population

With over 500,000 international students enrolled on UK higher education programmes, overseas student population is great. Whilst the number of students from Malaysia account for less than 1% of the overseas student population, the small number could be advantageous to Malaysians. Being one of the few means you’ll have to get out of your comfort zone, mingle with people from all walks of life and create new friendships that will prove to be an enlightening experience. However if you wish to study in Australia, you’ll find a lot more students from Malaysia and other neighboring countries. Not only will you feel way more at home, but you’ll be able to fit in quickly and not feel like a fish out of water.


Sporting activities

Sports play a big role in both the UK and Australia. From football and rugby to cricket, fans (and even non fans) pile into pubs and stadiums to watch these sporting events – which are often considered a fun social gathering amongst friends. Of course if you’re new to the country, joining in cheering for favourite sports teams is a good way to make new friends and break the ice. Because the UK goes through hot and long wet and cold spells, doing sports outdoors may be limited to only the spring and summer. On the other hand, you’ll be able to do more sports outdoors in Australia throughout the year due to its hot and friendlier climate.


British and Australian cultures

It’s difficult to define the British culture as the wide variety of students flocking to UK institutions from around the world has created such a melting pot of different cultures. So if you’re adventurous and would love to experience the world in one location, Britain is the perfect study destination. Whereas in Australia, the culture’s not too different from Malaysia’s. If you crave for open friendliness, outdoor space, laidback lifestyle and sun, Australia will be a good choice.


Working visas

For many students, having the opportunity to work in a foreign country after completing their studies is a plus point. In the UK (as of 2014), students can apply for the postgraduate student visa, the doctorate extension scheme, and the Tier 1, 2 or 5 visas. If you’re interested, have a look at some of the UK courses that will enable you to take advantage of the visas after graduation. In Australia, international graduates are entitled to a two-year work permit upon graduation (as of 2014). Also known as the Temporary Graduate Visa, students of various degrees can apply for up to two or four year visas. Make the most of this opportunity and search for courses in Australia now.


University recognition

Australian universities are recognised as world leaders in subjects such as business, economics, sciences, medicine, geology, physical geography, social work and sports science. With the Great Barrier Reef right on the doorstep, studying marine biology and conservation will give weight to your qualifications. Alternatively, the UK is recognised for its world-class education. With a UK degree, you’ll find yourself a lot more marketable and employable. Search our extensive list of UK undergraduate and Australia undergraduate courses.


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