Australia is becoming increasingly popular to study in! In Australia, there are universities with a world-class education, miles-long beaches of beautiful scenery and vibrant big cities and much more!
1. World-class education
The standard of Australia’s universities is high – only the US and the UK have more universities in the list of the top 100 universities in the world. According to QS World University Rankings, here are seven of the world’s 100 highest-ranked universities. These seven include:
- University of Sydney
- University of New South Wales
- Monash University
- University of Western Australia
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, both the University of Sydney and Monash University have been placed on the list of the top 100 programs in the world. In addition, Times Higher Education ranks the top 100 universities in the world established in the last 50 years. The latest survey included 13 Australian universities, including:
- Curtin University
- Queensland University of Technology
- Macquarie University
- University of Technology, Sydney
2. International network
By studying abroad you get a network of friends and acquaintances around the world. In addition to getting to know Australians, you will also get to know a large number of international students in the country. Meeting people from all over the world has many benefits. You will learn about other cultures and lifestyles, not least given that you will have the opportunity to visit friends all over the world after your studies. Imagine being able to travel to the US, Singapore, Brazil or South Africa, and always having someone to visit?
3. Popular student cities in Australia
As a student in Australia, one should take the opportunity to see as much of this amazing country as possible. Australia is a country with great distances, varying climates and very exciting to see. In addition, New Zealand and the island paradise of Fiji are only a few hours’ flights away.
Thanks to Australia’s location on the map, there are also good flight connections at reasonable prices to Asia. How about traveling to Bali or Singapore on vacation?
Melbourne is located in Victoria and is known as Australia’s cultural capital. As a student here, you always have something to do. The city has many exciting cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, Australia’s perhaps best shopping and a diverse range of music and arts.
In New South Wales you have Sydney, the city that has everything you could ever want and a little more. Many people think of beautiful Sydney Harbor, the Opera House, and Harbor Bridge when they hear someone talk about Australia’s largest city. Here you can start your day with a couple of hours of sun and surf at Bondi Beach before visiting vintage stores in Paddington. You can then get on the ferry to Manly and see the harbor from its best, visit one of the world’s largest fish markets and end the evening at one of Sydney’s many nightclubs.
Brisbane, located in Queensland, is also a popular student city. On the Southbank, you can visit the city’s artificial sandy beach or take the ferry to New Farm and Tenerife, which is also called “Australia’s Little London”. Brisbane is about an hour’s drive from both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, areas where you can choose and wander between beautiful beaches and surf spots.
4. Jobs during & after the studies
Foreign students studying full-time can work up to 20 hours a week in addition to their studies in Australia. This is a good opportunity to both earn extra pocket money and get to know people outside the university. Under the law, you get to work 40 hours a week.
Many who study in Australia would like to stay and work after their studies. Foreigners between the ages of 18 and 30 can then apply for a Working Holiday visa which allows them to work, travel and stay in the country for 12 months.
If you have taken a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Australia, you can apply for a work permit that is valid between 18 months and 4 years. The criteria for which visa you are eligible for depends, among other things, on what you have studied, how long you have been a student in Australia and when you received your first student visa. This is a way to get you relevant work experience before it is time to go home or get the opportunity to establish yourself if you want to stay in Australia for a longer period.
5. Funding and scholarships
The study aid covers part of your school fees and part of the cost of living. How much you need to add yourself with your own resources depends on the training you go and the cost of this particular one.
In addition to student support, there are several scholarships you can apply for. Many universities offer scholarships to international students based on grades. Usually, you just need to send a copy of your previous results from post-secondary studies and write a personal letter to apply.
Many universities have their own scholarships that they award, but there are also scholarships that apply to studies generally in Australia. These are awarded by the Australian Government, for example: The Australia Awards.