Australia, the country famous for its great outdoors, laid-back lifestyle and endemic animals, is the number one destination for Filipinos who study abroad. According to UNESCO Institute of Statistics, more than 5,000 Filipinos study in Australia. This is almost a third of the total number of Filipinos studying abroad.
So, what is it about Australia? Why do Filipinos prefer to study there?
No language barrier
English is Australia’s primary language and medium of instruction. This eliminates the extra preparation of learning a foreign language when studying abroad. Hence, you can easily converse with locals and understand lessons in school. At first, you may find it difficult to understand the way they talk because of the accent, but for sure you’ll get the hang of it soon.
Incredible natural wonders and outdoor activities
The Great Barrier Reef, the Twelve Apostles, and the Uluru – these are just some of the bucket list destinations that can be found in Australia. Aside from these majestic under and above the sea landmarks, Australia is also home to unique flora and fauna making it a dream destination for people who love nature. The Land Down Under is also a popular destination for adrenaline junkies even though it is known for its laid-back vibe. From skydiving, skiing, and rafting, to hiking and mountain biking – name it, you can probably do it in Australia. This is perfect for stressful times when students just want to break routine and go on exciting adventures.
Did you know that Penicillin, black box flight recorders, and WiFi are just some of the inventions from Australia? The country takes pride in how its education system gives importance to scientific research and development. In addition to these game-changing contributions to society, the country’s globally-recognized and high-ranking schools are also a testament to the world-class education it provides its students, including the international ones.
Plenty of ways to earn and save money
Unlike in other countries, students visiting Australia to study are allowed to work 20 hours a week. This not only helps them in their finances, but also allows foreign students to immerse themselves more in the Australian culture.
It is one of the safest countries in the world
Safety is the least of your concerns when living in Australia. According to the Global Peace Index 2017, Australia ranks as the 12th safest country in the world. Furthermore, Australia is also hailed as the safest country for women by the New World Wealth in its 2018 Global Wealth Migration Review.