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Why to Study in Australia?

 

Sun-kissed streets aside, international students in Australia enjoy world-class education in cities consistently ranked amongst the world’s happiest. With over 630,000 international students from over 140 countries enrolled at Australian higher education institutions.

 

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 & Quality 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.

 

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, 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.

 

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. 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 favors travel and open-mindedness, with the cosmopolitan pulse of the nation’s cities sporting students from all over.


 

5 Amazing Cities to Visit While Studying In Australia!

 

From tropical beaches to dusty deserts, buzzing cities to wildlife sanctuaries, Australia has an amazing range of experiences for the adventurous traveler.  The largest island on earth, Australia is almost as big as the continental United States, offering itself as a backdrop for films like Finding Nemo, The Great Gatsby, The Matrix, and Mad Max. Famed for their laid-back attitudes, Australians enjoy a modern culture with a unique blend of European, American, and Asian influences. So while you're packing your bags, here are the top five cities you just have to see if you want to get a true feel for this massive continent.


 

Cairns

For its tropical climate, easy-going ambiance and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular vacation destinations. Located on the northwest corner of Australia, Cairns is a provincial but stylish city. Few coastal destinations feature more wildlife diversity and more opportunities for travel adventures than pretty Cairns. Camping, barbeques and many activities are great to be done there.

 

Sydney

Sydney is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. The shiny clean city sits on the sparkling blue water of Sydney Harbor, framed by the opera house and towering bridge.

Melbourne

If you can't stand hipsters, then Melbourne isn't for you. The lively city is known for its street art, small trendy bars and an overload of cultural heritage. There's a Melbourne museum, a science museum, an immigration museum, a Jewish museum, a sports museum, a racing museum, a film museum, a police museum, a railway museum and even a banking museum.

The city also hosts 'the race that stops the nation', the Melbourne Cup horse race and the Australian Open tennis tournament.   


 

Perth

Want to enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset all within 30 minutes of a city? That’s just another day when you come to Perth and explore the surrounding attractions such as Rottnest Island where the friendliest marsupial, the quokka, can be found.

 

Darwin

In contrast to Alice Springs, the landscape surrounding Darwin is spectacularly lush, especially in the wet season. In Australia's tropical north, you can find ant hills 20 feet tall, crocodiles 16 feet long, and waterfalls 600 feet high

Again, the best way to explore is by hiring a four-wheel drive and heading out into the well sign-posted national parks. There are free BBQs, showers and toilets scattered throughout the area, and there's always a campground not too far away.

 

Your Guide for Public Transportations in Australia!

After what feels like jumping endless administrative hurdles, you’ve finally landed in Australia. Facing what seems and endless expanse of roads, shores, cities and impossible highways, getting to know your new home can be daunting and overwhelming. Not to worry: like most metropolitan centres, cities in Australia have plenty of transport options the get you where you need to go.

 

Whether you need to travel from the suburbs to the centre, interstate or just to a friend’s place in the next area, you will almost always have access to a bus or metropolitan train (and even a ferry as you'll see). Read our breakdown of public transport options in Australian cities to help you plan your way...

 

By Public Transportation/ Taxi

 

Whilst it’s highly unlikely you’ll have access to taxi or public transportation whilst studying abroad in Australia (unless you are located very rurally or are very lucky!), driving is the nation’s preferred mode of transport. With the second highest rate of car ownership in the world, Australia has three-four times more road per capita than Europe. If you’re looking to travel around Australia and have an international license, renting a car and driving alone interstate highways is a great way to see the countryside and explore smaller towns you might otherwise have overlooked. Be warned, though: Australia is an incredibly big place and driving between states is likely to take much longer than many international students anticipate. For example, it can take between 11-13 hours to drive from Melbourne to Sydney! 

 

 

By Train 

There are a number of cities rail systems in Australia including Sydney, New South Wales and Newcastle. Indeed, this is probably the most efficient means of getting from one point of the city to the next.

 

The cheapest way of travelling by the rail network is most likely to purchase a monthly or weekly travel card. Most major Australian cities will give you the option to buy one that will allow you to electronically top-up funds that are deducted depending on how far you travel. Each city has a different transport system (most complete with buses, trams, trains and in some cases, ferries), but in most cases you will be able to get a concession card or student discount.  Sometimes you will be able to use this card over multiple modes of transport where a city has more than one. You will also usually have the option to purchase single, daily or multi-trip tickets if you prefer, but if you use public transport often then a travel card will most likely be cheaper.

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Plan for your Trips!

Whatever Public transportation you would take, make sure to prepare well for time of departure and arrival on time. As well as, make the best memories out of your trips here and there. Enjoy the Essence of travelling and studying in Australia!


 

Your Guide Before Start Packing...

Bursting with excitement, you’re now left to complete packing your bags. Whilst you’ll want to take as many of your favourite things with you as possible when you move overseas, it’s important that you think practically about the restrictions of your luggage and what will be of most use to you once you land, and what you wouldn’t need, and leave…

 

Cash

Whether you have access to funds by card or not, you should always have an amount of local currency on hand in case things go wrong, particularly when you just arrive. You will need Australian Dollars! Some shops and establishments might not accept foreign cards or payment via card at all, whilst some services such as public transport tickets or taxis only take cash.

 

Clothing

Students should research the climate in the state they’ll be studying in before arriving, and pack the basics they’ll need to function in that climate. You'll be arriving in the fall, so warmer clothes would be better, or if in summer then light clothes are better match, though again this will depend on where you are studying.

 

Documents

Keep your passport, immigration forms and university acceptance letter in a plastic pocket or folder within your carry-on luggage whilst you travel, and stored somewhere safe and out of the way once arrived. You should always make both paper photocopies and digital copies of all your documents just in case, and have these accessible while travelling so you can produce these at border control.

 

Academic Supplies

Books and stationary are not only heavy, but are unlikely to vary in quality between countries. All the books you’ll need for your studies will definitely be available on campus at the library or bookshop, through a campus-run service or through online retailers like Amazon.

 

LEAVE Behind

When trying to squash your life into a suitcase it’s tempting to try and fit in as many items of sentimental value as you can. Whilst taking a few tokens of your life at home is a good idea, taking photo albums, soft toys or too many trinkets will just end up cluttering your new room and using up precious luggage space. Try to be reasonable with your choice of mementos from home, and remember that once in your room abroad, you’ll need the extra space to make room for new memories.

 
 

Sources of Financial Aid for Studying & Travelling to Australia

Financial Cost of higher education in the Australia rises year after year, and many students are finding that they are unable to support themselves. There are a number of other avenues that you can explore when looking for sources of funding for your education.

Direct Assistance of University & Scholarships

You can ask directly the university you chose, if they provide financial Aid to students travelling abroad, and there are actually many Private & Governmental Universities in Australia provide financial assistance to travelling students. Directly you can get an instant inquiry and see if your desired university in Australia!

International Organizations

There are several international organizations, who grant aid to students all over the world. Other such organizations that offer aid are:


 

Student Loans

We know it’s not a great idea, to kick off your journey of studying abroad by getting a LOAN!

But actually, Students travelling abroad are eligible for private international student loans to study in the Australia. As long as you attend an approved school, and have an Australian Visa, you can borrow as much as you'll need. Be careful about taking on too much debt, you should only borrow what you truly need to cover the cost of studying and living in Australia. As you can work while studying and repay back your debt loan after finishing your studies.

 

 

Employment

As you begin to think about funding sources for your educational and living expenses in the Australia, remember that you cannot count on working in the United States unless you have been granted a teaching or research assistantship. When you submit evidence of your financial resources, you cannot reply on potential income. The income on which you base your application must be assured, and it must be equal to or exceed the costs of the first year of your studies.

 

Part-Time Jobs

You can search for part-time jobs to cover your tuition fees. Although, jobs available on campus typically do not pay much, certainly not enough to finance a university education. Do not count on this kind of a job for anything more than a supplement to other funds.

 

Careful long- and short-term planning is necessary to ensure that you will have a rewarding educational experience in the United States.

 

Freelance Jobs

You can search easily for freelance jobs to preform online. If you are realistic about your financial needs, you will be better able to enjoy the exciting academic and cultural experience of living and learning in Australia. All you need is to have a Laptop & wireless internet connection available.

 

Australian Student Visas

Which Student Visa Do I Need?

When you study abroad in Australia, the student visa you’ll need depends on what type of study you’ll be undertaking. Each visa comes under a different official ‘Subclass,’ which just refers to how it is categorized by the government. Students undertaking shorter periods of study can apply for a Visitor or Working Holiday Maker Visa.

 

Whilst university students are most likely to require visas in subclasses 573 and 574, prospective students are advised to verify how their programme is classified and what visa they will need with their specific institution.

 

Depending on your mode of study, you’ll need the following visa:

  

Higher Education (Subclass 573)

For students whose main course of study is a bachelor degree or a master’s degree taught by coursework.

 

Postgraduate Research (Subclass 574)

For students whose main course of study is a Masters degree by research, or a PhD program.


 

How Can I Find a Job after Graduation from Australia?

When searching for a job you’ll be able to look in any way that a local Australian student might. The most common way to search for a job is via an online search engine such as SeekAustralian JobSearch and CareerOne. Most students will also take a look at jobs posted in their university’s career centre, or keep an ear out amongst friends in similar fields or positions for any openings.

Finding employment through work experience completed during your studies is also common fare for Australian graduates. Many larger companies offer graduate positions as the endpoint in a graduate scheme programme, which is a sort of paid training programme meant to ease you into a permanent job.


Whilst many positions are advertised publicly online and through newspaper adverts, there are also plenty of positions that will be advertised privately by a company either on their website of via word of mouth. The best way to find out about these positions is to research the sector you’re looking to enter and follow the profiles of companies within it you’d be interested in working for. It’s also a good idea to get active on LinkedIn to connect with potential employers and keep your ear to the ground for any opportunities you might come across.

 

 

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