1. Great Education System
The most important reason to study anywhere is the quality of education you can expect, and there’s a reason so many people choose Australia! It’s higher education system as a whole was ranked 9th in the world according to the Universitas 2020 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems. Students looking for elite global universities will find no shortage, with the University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, UNSW Sydney (University of New South Wales), and Monash University, all ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings Top 100 universities in 2021.
2. Good International Access
The Australian government has worked hard to make its higher education accessible to students from around the world. International students are eligible to apply for a student visa through the country’s “Overseas Student Program”, and there are plenty of people able to talk you through every part of the process. In 2019 alone Australia offered more than 3,000 Australia Award scholarships to students from 55 countries, and the government has invested more than A$300 million in international student support.
3. English Skills
English is the official language of Australia, and living, studying, and travelling there will give you a perfect opportunity to become fully fluent. As well as studying in English, life in Australia will immerse you in English language, culture, and media – from shopping in the supermarket to going to the cinema – as well as teaching you a whole range of interesting Australian slang!
4. Incredible Landscapes
Australia has one of the most unique and diverse environments on earth. The country boasts 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, stretching from the Great Barrier Reef to the Sydney Opera House, more than 500 national parks, and 2,700 conservation areas. Whether you’re interested in skiing in the mountains, surfing and diving on Australia’s famously beautiful coasts, hiking in tropical rainforests, or taking a train across the outback, Australia has something that won’t disappoint.
5. Australian Culture
As a country with a long history of immigration, Australia boasts a friendly and diverse society – 30% of current Australian citizens were born overseas. Australians are famous for being relaxed and fun-loving, and this extends into every part of Australian culture. The country is passionate about sports like cricket, soccer, and rugby, as well as its very own Australian football, while food (especially BBQ!) and music are also central to Australian cultural life. Australia also has a fascinating indigenous culture linked to the native Aborigines – while you’re there why not take the chance to visit Aborigine historical sites and art works, some of which is more than 30,000 years old!
6. Work on a Student Visa
The Australian Student Visa allows international students to work up to 20 hours a week during term, and even full time during the holidays. This offers a great opportunity for students who want to earn some extra money and sharpen their English skills with part-time work. It could also offer a chance to get valuable work experience in the field you’re interested in, something which is bound to increase your employment opportunities whether you go home or continue to work in Australia.
7. Great Graduate Opportunities
Not only will you have a fantastic experience studying in Australia, it will leave you in a great position once you graduate. As one of the world leaders in higher education, Australian qualifications are highly sought after internationally by both prospective employers and other academic institutions. Plus, if you would like to continue living in Australia, you can apply for a “Post-Study Work stream” which allows you to stay between 2-4 years depending on your qualification.
8. International Student Community
As such an appealing country to study in, it’s hardly a surprise that so many international students choose Australia. In 2017 alone, more than 80,000 international students studied there, creating a large and welcoming community of other travellers from hundreds of different cultures. International students also reported more than 90% satisfaction scores for life and education experiences in 2018, according to the Department of Education International Student Survey. Even once you graduate this community could still be important, as the Department of Education estimates there are now more than 2.5 million international student alumni, forming a huge and influential global network.
9. Quality of Life
Australia’s cities are some of the best rated in the world for quality of life. Six of its cities are in the top 40 of the Mercer Quality of Living City Ranking 2019, while Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, and the Gold Coast, all made it into the QS Best Student Cities 2019 top 100! Across the country populations enjoy a high quality of healthcare, infrastructure, transport, and technology, alongside some of the lowest crime rates in the world.
As well as being an extraordinary travel destination in its own right, Australia can act as a launch-pad for exploring a truly amazing part of the world. It’s only a short flight to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and many other exotic locations, as well as offering the chance to explore the islands of Indonesia, the Southern Pacific, and much more!