WHY MY STUDY IN AUSTRALIA?

Why My study in Australia?

Australia provides you with the freedom to choose a career and life path that best suits your interests and abilities. The many courses on offer ensure that you can make the best decision.

My Study in Australia, whichever course you choose, is a fantastic opportunity due to the high quality education on offer. Australian education promotes innovative, creative and independent thinking. When you study in Australia you will learn important skills such as teamwork and communication skills, as well as the necessary academic skills that will ensure global success.

The most important thing you will learn when you study in Australia, that other countries cannot match, is the development of innovation. Innovation will set you apart in today’s global economy, and the development of such skills will provide useful when finding a job.

The Australian education system has a strong international reputation with many other countries turning to Australia for advice when attempting to improve their systems.

Moreover, Australia is also one of the best places to live. It is a young, vibrant and friendly country. Study in Australia is the best option if you want a quality education and a good lifestyle.

Why is Australia the first choice study destination for so many international students? Many countries around the world now have quality-assured, comprehensive study programs providing all levels of education for international students.

So, why study in Australia?

Excellence in Education Standards

Australia has an international reputation for excellence. Australia offers internationally recognised education and training programs, and quality-assured qualifications and rank amongst the highest in the world.

These qualifications, plus the life experience that students gain by living in Australia, are both seen as highly valuable ‘resume builders’ to prospective any international employers.

Government legislation and codes of conduct in higher education regulates the education industry and protect students. A large numbers of networks of support exist to help students in all aspects of their stay in Australia.

A place where work and study meet

When you study in Australia you will benefit from the unique approach to vocational education and training. When you study in Australia you will have the opportunity to develop and practice your skills in real and simulated workplaces, rather than just learn theory. This will give you a genuine advantage over other graduates from other countries.

A great place to grow up

School children study under a national agenda and Teachers are committed to encouraging childrens’ intellectual, personal and emotional growth.

Improve your English

Studying English in Australia will teach you the language of English and will also allow you to practice your language skills – the best way to develop your grasp of the language. Australian English language institutions have very good technological facilities to enhance your learning. There are many programs and everyone can find a program to suit their needs.

Australian Qualifications INTERNATIONALLY recognisied

Australian universities are internationally regarded for their high levels of achievement and innovation.

When you study in Australia, you will learn from teachers who are the best in their field and will ensure you develop strong academic skills, as well as the skills to think creatively and independently.

Many teachers and academics have won international prizes, such as the Nobel Peace Prize.

More than 400,000 international students were enrolled at an Australian education institution in 2007. Australian qualifications are recognized and preferred in the international employment market.

This is because all Australian education qualifications are included under one national system – Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF links school, vocational and university qualifications.

The AQF also means that when you study in Australia, overseas governments can recognise your qualifications. When international employers see it, they know what it stands for a world-best standard education in a modern, democratic and technologically advanced society. It will improve your chances of finding a top quality job.

When you study in Australia, the The Australian Government organisation, National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR), helps Australian institutions to recognize your qualifications from overseas, allowing for recognition of your previous studies.

Good Value for Money

Not only does Australia have a world class education system, it is also cheaper when compared to the comparable countries such as USA and the UK.

Research shows that Australia continues to be one of the most affordable overseas study destinations, with costs of living and course fees significantly lower than the USA and UK. Because of this and other reasons, in spite of its small population, Australia has the third largest number of international students of English speaking nations.

Australians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world but living in Australia is still relatively cheap. An average international student in Australia will spend about A$ 250- A$360 a week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport and telephone.

Remember, though, that this figure depends on your location, lifestyle and even your course. You should seek further information on living costs from your institution.

Visa requirements

In order to receive a student visa, you must show that you have enough money to pay for living expenses, education costs and travel for the duration of your course. You can offset your living expenses by working part time while you study, but you shouldn’t rely on your wages as your only source of income.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Another requirement is that you maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your student visa. You will be responsible for your own accident and property insurance. It is recommended that you purchase travel insurance before leaving your country to cover lost baggage, cancellation of plane tickets and repatriation.

Safe and multicultural society

Australia is a politically very stable democracy with a very friendly people and you will have no trouble meeting new friends.

Australia is also genuinely cosmopolitan, meaning that regardless of which corner of the globe you come from, you will be welcome. Sydney, Melbourne and other major cities such as Pert, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart are continuously selected as the top 10 cities in the world in terms of safety, social cohesion, human rights, living cost and environmental issues.

Particularly since the tragic events of September 11 in 2001, multicultural society in Australia is seen by international students as a safe place to live and study. These conditions enable students to focus on their studies while they are making many friends from all over the world and experience the Australian way of life.

Australia is a very safe country compared with almost anywhere in the world, crime rates are low and strict gun control laws provide a safe environment. For that reason Australia is much safer than countries such as the USA and England.

As one of the most multicultural countries in the world, Australia is accepting of all religions. Your right to practice your faith without persecution or discrimination is protected by law. You’ll find Australia to be very friendly and welcoming.

Australians value multiculturalism and therefore we all take great care in looking after international students and helping them adjust to the Australian way of life.

Many students living in Home stay situations experience Australian family life in a natural, friendly way and often they find themselves treated like a family member. Wherever you live – Home stay, boarding school, or campus accommodation – you will discover many opportunities to make lasting friendships.

You can get further information on how members of various ethnic groups live in Australia at the DIAC website.

English speaking country

English language studies can prepare you for further studies and a global career.

The best way to learn a language is to practice it everyday and immerse yourself in the language, as you will be doing in Australia.

Guarantee of quality

Institutions are closely regulated and held to high standards so you can be assured of receiving a quality education.

Recognition of your skills

When you study in Australia and finish your English course you can choose to sit for one of the major internationally recognised tests, including the Cambridge Test, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS is the test preferred by most Australian institutions and is also a requirement for many student visas.

Find out more about studying English in Australia.

Part-Time work permit

There are opportunities for international students to work whilst studying up to 20 hours per week. This can not only help them to meet part of their daily expenses, but also having local work experience may help their future job prospect and possible migration to Australia.

New Skilled Migration Categories for students

On 1 July 2001, the Migration Regulations 1994 have been amended to create two new onshore points tested visa classes to enable successful tertiary qualified overseas students in Australia who meet certain requirements, to apply for general skilled migration visas onshore.

Prior to 1 July 2001, successful tertiary qualified overseas students in Australia who wished to remain permanently at the end of their studies were required to apply offshore if seeking a visa on the basis of their qualifications and skills. Students were able to send their applications offshore while they remained in Australia, however they were required to be offshore at the time their application is approved.

44,730 skilled migrants were granted visas in the 2000/01, the Australian Federal Government increased the intake to 53,500 for 2002.

Flexible Study Options

Students whose results are unable to gain entry to universities can apply for Foundation courses initially. These programs (usually taken over one academic year) prepare international students for entry into Australian universities. Students undertake subjects directly related to their preferred university course, as well as English language training for academic purposes. Successful completion of a Foundation Studies program provides students with a guarantee of admission into specific degree courses within participating institutions. Many schools and vocational institutes, as well as universities, offer Foundation Studies programs.

Similar flexibility is exist for post graduate studies as well, for instance GMAT results are not necessarily required for all graduate courses. In some instances overseas students may enrol in Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma courses first and then proceed to master’s upon satisfactory completion. This is a lot flexible when compared to the US and Canada.

Shorter Periods of Study

In general, it takes three years to complete a Bachelor Art, Social or Science Degree course. Students who opt to do additional subjects during the holidays or take more units can shorten their duration to just 2 or 2 1/2 years. Some Master Degree courses require only 1 year study. There is also a direct pathway to PhD. programs for academically successful students.

Large Variety of Courses

Australian Education institutions offer a large variety of courses in a stimulating environment for study. We believe we can most probably find the right course for any Students to suit their interest or goals.

Lifestyle

Australia offers favourable climate, safe and stable environment, attractive surrounds and friendly people make it an enjoyable place to study. Unlike the most European countries, USA and Canada which have chilly winters, Australia has a moderate climate similar to Mediterranean regions. Especially in Sydney there is sunshine all year round.

There are many scenic tourist spots in this vast stretch of land abound with unique wild life, such as beautiful beaches, rain forests, the celebrated Opera House and Ayers Rock. There are many places to visit during school holidays.

Quality assurance

Australia—a place where your quality of education is guaranteed

You can be sure to receive the best quality education in the world because Australia provides the best consumer protection, which you will not have in any other country.

In 2000, Australia introduced the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. ESOS ensures that, in order to enrol international students, institutions must first meet requirements for registration. All institutions which meet registration requirements are listed on the publicly available Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

For an institution to be recognized they must meet the highest and strictest standards of quality education. When you come to Australia with a student visa you are guaranteed of attending one of these top quality institutions.

However, it’s important to note that if you come to Australia on a non-student visa, you won’t have this assurance.

Consumer protection

The ESOS legislation provides consumer protection. This means you will receive the tuition for which you have paid, and your fees are protected by law.

Accurate Course information

Institutions must ensure that the marketing materials are not misleading.

When you study in Australia, an institution must first provide you with current and accurate information, such as:

  • requirements for acceptance into the course, including English language proficiency, previous work experience or educational qualifications necessary for admittance;
  • the course content, duration and the qualification it leads to;
  • modes of study and assessment methods;
  • the facilities, equipment, learning and library resources available;
  • indicative course-related fees, including advice on the potential for fees to change during your course; and
  • relevant information on living in Australia, including indicative costs of living and accommodation options.

Student support services

Uniquely, when you study in Australia, Institutions must support international students in adjusting to study and life in Australia, achieving their learning goals and satisfying the learning outcomes of their course.

This includes providing information on arrival about:

  • student support services available to help facilitate a smooth transition to life in Australia;
  • legal services;
  • emergency and health services;
  • facilities and resources;
  • complaints and appeals processes; and
  • any student visa conditions relating to course progress and/or attendance as appropriate.

Throughout your course, institutions must help you access study support services and welfare-related services if you need them.

Find out more at: www.aei.gov.au/ESOS