If you are interested in studying in Australia then you are taking one step closer towards choosing a truly fruitful academic experience. Australia is a fully developed, growing economy with a safe, tolerant and multicultural society. Students will find studying in Australia a relaxed, welcoming and engaging environment that is unique in the native English speaking world.
Australia has a reputation for an innovative and research-intensive culture by adopting new technologies at a faster rate than most other countries, because of this it has one of the highest rates of Internet access in the world and has produced fifteen (15) nobel prize winning The majority of these prizes (eight) have been awarded in the field of Physiology or Medicine, and include the youngest ever laureate.
Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology. Institutions deliver practical and career-orientated training so graduates can be confident that they have the skills expected by employers. Academic staff are recruited from around the world and often are leading experts in their field. Australian teachers are experienced in supervising both domestic and international students from a variety of different countries.
International students in Australia (including their parents) enjoy a very high level of service and financial protection. Quality is assured by ESOS 2000 and national code to ensure fair practise standards are met. Australia is an international leader in safeguards and support services for international students with specialist student services being well resourced and quality assured.
There are FIVE important reasons that attract international students to Australia:
- Quality in Education
- Good potential for employment after course completion.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
- Information and Communication Technology in Schools
New streamlined visa application system making chances of application success even higher.
University Education in Australia
Australian Universities have three primary roles:
- Storing knowledge;
- Transferring knowledge to others;
- Creating knowledge.
In addition to this, Australian Universities provide consultancy services to both business and industry, and are the main source of advice for Government and the community in general on a large number of issues and topics, they are closely involved with local and wider communities.
Diversity and autonomy are central features of Australian universities. Each institution has the freedom to specify its own mission, purpose, modes of teaching, research, make up of their student body, and the range of content of their educational programs. This variety is reflected in university goals and objectives, staff profiles and the emphasis placed on particular courses at different universities.
TAFE Institutes, specialised institutes and other private colleges also provide post-school qualifications. While they mostly offer courses to a diploma level, some courses are offered through to bachelor degree level.
Entry Points, Entry Requirements and Costs
Students need to meet both a sufficient level of English language proficiency and the minimum academic requirements before they can be admitted to an Australian university.
Undergraduate degrees require an Australian Senior School Certificate of Education (Year 12) or the overseas equivalent of this. Some degrees may also have certain pre-requisite subjects and grades.
Entry to postgraduate courses requires completion to a satisfactory standard of a bachelor degree. Prospective students may also need to demonstrate research ability or relevant work experience.
University courses cost in Australia are comparable to those in other English speaking countries such as the UK and USA. In the Australian education system, some degrees are slightly shorter than in other countries. For example, some Bachelor degrees take three years in Australia but four years in the USA.
Some of the measures that operate to safeguard and improve quality of Australia’s Universities include:
- The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) took over from AUQA in 2011
- Universities Australia (Universities Australia