G’day Mate! Ever wonder why Australia is considered to be one of the best places to study? Is it because Australia has one of the lowest air pollution levels in the world? Maybe it’s their low population density of 6.4 million people per square mile? Or is it their temperate climate with plenty of warm sun to go around? Students all over the world flock to Australia each year to study and you could be one of them, mate! Not convinced yet? Keep reading…
You definitely won’t be alone
Placing third behind only the United States and the United Kingdom in terms of total international students, Australia has seen at least 200,000 foreign students attend its universities for the past several years. In the Philippines, the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) promotes Australian education through initiatives such as the “Study in Australia” campaign. Austrade regularly organizes and supports exhibitions and activities participated in by Australian colleges, universities and institutions. Almost all of the major universities provide programs and services specifically tailored toward helping incoming study abroad students get settled, form friendships, and make the most out of their international experience.
There is an endless list of top academic programs in science fields, like chemistry, geology, biology, mathematics, and engineering that can be found in many of Australia’s 43 major universities, making studying abroad in Australia a very appealing resume booster to many international students.
You can study A N Y T H I N G
Australian universities will provide just as many courses of study as any major American university with thousands of possible course combinations. Studying in Australia will provide an amazing opportunity to broaden your academic horizons by taking a class or two unavailable in your home university. (In the case of the Philippines, that’s a lot of classes)
While your home institution likely has funds available for students studying abroad in Australia, there is also another fantastic resource to utilize in the quest to make your international experience as affordable as possible. Every year the Australian government sets aside over $200 million dollars specifically for international students coming to study at Australian universities. Any student admitted into an Australian University should inquire with the university’s very responsive financial aid department for scholarships available to them.
Work with a Student Visa
Expenses still looking high? A unique aspect of studying in Australia is you can work off-campus with your student visa! Students can work up to 40 hours every two weeks in jobs that require only basic skills, such as in grocery stores, food and beverage service, or even in various roles on their respective university campuses. These positions can drastically reduce the cost of studying abroad in Australia, often covering most if not all expenses associated with rent, groceries, utilities, and possibly even a bit of tuition as well. Did we forget to mention that minimum wage in Australia is just bellow 17$/hr? #EZ
No Language Barrier
A problem many international students encounter is the invisible, intangible, but very much felt language barrier. The language barrier can affect your very way of life, from the way you have everyday conversations to simply reading street signs. But fear not! Your Aussie friends will all speak english AND all the signs and instructions will be in english too! Isn’t that great? The largest language hurdle for an international student in Australia may be the abundant use of Australian slang, but with a little bit of exposure it’s understandable by even the biggest pleb around!
Want that perfect tan you couldn’t get back home? You want fun in the sun? You’ve got it in Australia! With the far southern territory of Victoria as somewhat of an exception, Australia’s climate remains moderately warm to downright hot year round. Some of the top universities for international students are located in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, all of which would consider a daily high below 50 degrees fahrenheit a rarity at any point in the year. Also keep in mind that due to its location in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in Australia are opposite of those in the United States, making a trip down under a great way to trade in a frigid North American winter for a sunny Australian summer!
Never a Dull Moment
The tourism industry in Australia is alive and well, and for good reason — giving plenty of answers to the question “Why study abroad in Australia?” There is an endless number of memorable activities waiting for you. Australians love their outdoor adventures, and visitors can get in on the action whenever they choose. Get away from civilization and see rock formations some two billion years in the making with a study abroad program in the heart of the Australian Outback or jet up to the Gold Coast to experience some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef. If indoor activities are more your thing, Australia is home to world class museums and art centers, with the crown jewel, the Sydney Opera house, hosting over 40 shows per week.
Adventure Around the Corner
While Australia itself can easily provide plenty of opportunities for memorable travel experiences, including activities like bungee jumping and scuba diving, international students may also choose to visit nearby locations as part of their study abroad experience. After all, many students may not get the chance to return to that area of the world any time soon. The naturally gorgeous nation of New Zealand is just a short flight away, and multiple tropical islands of the South Pacific are easily within reach as well.
So what are you waiting for? Go for it mate!