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Study in Australia

Why Study in Australia
Why Study in Australia? What does it have to offer me? These are some of the questions you will need to ask yourself, and we help you find the answers!
When most people think of Australia, they see wide open spaces of outback bush, kangaroos, koalas and clean air and water. Not a bad picture to be portraying to the world! However, Australia has so much more to offer than just these stereotypical images. What has Australia to offer to an international student?

Growing Destination
Australia is rapidly growing as one of the most popular destinations for international student to attend. Currently Australia has the third largest international student enrollment behind the USA and the UK.

Global Recognition
Degrees obtained from Australian universities are recognized all over the world, and there is the added boost that the Australian higher education system is federally regulated. Which means the Australian government regulates all universities in the country each year to make sure they are maintaining their high education standards.

Cost of Living
The cost of living and tuition costs in Australia are much lower that compared to the USA or the UK. These lower costs make it more affordable for students to attend a school in Australia and still have a high standard of living.

Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of course and degrees, making it easy to find a fit that is right for you!

Not many people know this, but Australia is in the top 10 spenders in the world for research and development and 2% of all scientific papers in the world come from Australia, putting Australia at the forefront of new technology and innovations. From only a meager population of 19 million, there have been 7 Nobel Prize winners.

The Australian Immigration system allows students visiting the country on a student visa the chance to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and during vacations students can work full time. This opportunity makes it much more affordable for students who can attend school and still fund their education with some work.

Australia has much to offer an international student!

Right Program
How do you know what program/ university is right for you? Reading our "factors to consider" section should give you a good understanding of what you need to think about so you can make the right choice.

Living in Australia
Living in Australia may be different to life in your home country. To prepare for life in a foreign country far from home, our "Living in Oz" section gives you help, advice and information about what life is like in Australia.

Australia is a land of diversity and culture. Living in a different country can be very different and your lifestyle will undoubtedly change. To help you adapt to Australia, we have compiled this resource detailing what life in Australia is like:

Working in Australia
Most international students are able to work to some extent while they are studying in Australia. Although you cannot fund your whole degree on a part-time job, it can help make ends meet on an otherwise tight budget. Find out the rules on working in Australia and how to go about getting a job, both while you are in school and after you graduate.

Hopefully after reviewing this section you will know all you need to know to work in Australia while you are an international student, and after you graduate. Working in Australia is very easy to do while you are a student – after graduation, it's more difficult. Remember, as an international student, you should never expect to live on the money you make while studying, but the extra income can certainly help you meet your budget.

Student Visa Rules

Learn the rules governing how much you can work while studying in Australia. As a general rule, students can work for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full time during school breaks.

Work Permission and Other Practicalities

Find out about receiving permission to work, obtaining a tax file number, opening a bank account, etc. - all the practicalities you need to start earning that paycheck!

Getting a Job

Get practical advice on landing a job in Australia, including the kinds of jobs you can expect to get, potential wages, where to look for jobs, etc.

After Graduation

After graduation, many international students want to stay in Australia and work - this section has helpful information as international graduates try to extend their stay in Australia.

Financial Aid for Australia
Financing is one of the most important areas to consider for international students, as international students know that funding can be difficult to obtain and require a long lead-time to secure. Hopefully we can point you in the right direction to help with this process.

After Graduation

You have graduated - now what happens? What are your options? Can you stay in Australia? Do you need to leave the country? Can you go to Graduate School? After you graduate, you have many options - this section will help you decide what is right for you.

Congratulations on your Graduation!

Now that you have completed your degree program in Australia, you will have many options running through your head as to what to do next:

  1. Do you return home and take what you have learned to develop your career in your home country?
  2. Could you develop your education even further with another course in Australia?
  3. You may not want to return home, but head out into the world to start working?

This section is designed to help you answer some of those questions and give you guidance on how to pursue various options.

Graduate School
Do you want to undertake a masters, PhD, attend medical or business school? Click here for more information.

Job Search
Job searching can be a daunting prospect for many international students, but it need not be.

Returning Home
After your education in Australia, you may want to return to your home country. What will this be like? How will have things changed?.



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