There are so many different courses available and deciding which one to study can be a very difficult choice, especially as it is not easy to visit the Universities. Which course and where to study are most important decisions you have to make. Picking the right course for you can mean you will have a very enjoyable and rewarding experience, but choosing the wrong one can affect your experience while studying in Australia.
Perhaps the most important thing is to make sure you do lots of research and find out as much information as you can about the course and the university you are interested in. Don’t just look at a university ranking and use this to decide where you want to study but find out what you will be studying, how you will be taught and what the university is like.
It is best to think about what is the best course for you, rather than just what is the best course. Different students perform differently in different environments, with different levels of support. Even courses with the same name can have quite different content so you will need to check exactly what you are going to study. The best thing is to think about why you are going to study, and then make sure that the course you choose fits in with your longer term plans. You might want to consider how the programme will be assessed and what the teaching structure will be – some universities have 2 semesters and some have 3 trimesters or terms. The structure of undergraduate degrees are very flexible with options for Double Degrees and Majors so spend the time looking at the details of the programmes you are interested in. You may also be interested in how this degree links to your career prospects when you graduate so there are usually figures on graduate employment or links with industry available on a university’s website. It is also a good idea to see how else the university supports students in their career development as this can be a big advantage later.
Some subjects will be very common and taught at nearly all universities so you can decide where you want to live while other courses may be very specialised and only taught at a few universities so you will have less of a choice about where you go to study. Some students even decide that the city is the most important thing to them, they must study in Melbourne or they must study in Brisbane for example, and look for a course in that city. The location will also impact accommodation, cost of living, graduate prospects and general lifestyle so it is worth thinking about this in advance. The type of university is linked to this – the experience at a campus university where all or most of the buildings are in one location, usually on the edge of the city or in the sub-burbs is very different to a city centre ‘urban’ university where buildings are spread around the city centre. This also links to your accommodation – where will you live, how much will the different options cost and what about transport.
When you are looking at your options, be realistic. The entry requirements for each university will be different but often the most popular courses at the most popular universities will have the highest entry requirements, so they will be the hardest to get onto. Check to make sure that your qualifications are suitable to apply for the courses you choose. Our experts can advise you on this, add our Line: @insightedu or call 02 236 7222. Our service is free of charge.
The most important thing is to get the right university for you and to do this you have to know what you want out of your study. Sadly every year lots of students get their choice wrong and either end up switching programmes or dropping out of the University altogether. Think about the things that are most important to you, this might be ranking or location or one of lots of other valid reasons. If possible visit but this is not always practical when planning to study abroad. Try to consider the strengths of different universities for that department, and look at more than just the rankings. The top ranked university may not always be the best option for every subject or for every subject. Once you have made your decision be proud of it and be assured all the universities in Australia are a good choice.
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