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Australia: Destination Guides

Why study in Australia?

Learn why Australia is one of the world’s most popular study abroad destinations

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Sun-kissed streets aside, international students in Australia enjoy world-class education in cities which are globally recognised as the best in the world. With over 398,000 international students from over 140 countries, Australia is undoubtedly a top study destination.


Thinking of studying abroad? Let our overview of studying in Australia help you make that decision.


Standard of education

A global leader in technology and economics, Australian education is not only of an incredibly high standard but also offers options across all study levels, in virtually any study field. With over 1,100 institutions boasting over 22,000 courses, it’s no surprise that Australia’s higher education system was named the 10th best in the world by Universitas 21 in 2019. A total of six Australian universities rank within the top 100 in the world with expertise in study areas including arts and humanities, clinical and pre-clinical health, engineering and technology, life 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 thorough protection for international students, offering 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 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 quality of life and happiness surveys make it easy to see why Australia is such a desirable destination. Key cities Sydney and Melbourne ranked within the top 10 best student cities in the world for higher education. 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 attracting students from all around the world.


Graduate prospects

Qualifications from Australian universities are highly regarded and globally recognized by employers and institutions alike. With an average unemployment rate of just 5.3% in 2019, a number of jobs are set to open up in a number of sectors nation-wide. In 2018, Australia broke the world record for its economic growth including 27 years without a recession.


The leading four industries are expected to be Health Care and Social Assistance, Construction, Education and Training and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services. It is predicted that these four industries in particular will account for nearly two-thirds of employment growth over the next five years.


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 and study in Australia.


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