With its combination of sunny weather, cosmopolitan cities, fantastic educational institutions, outstanding natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle, Australia has plenty to offer when it comes to studying abroad.
Australia has dozens of world-class universities and an excellent education system that consistently ranks highly on a global scale. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2020, Australia has a record 11 universities across the country ranking in the top 200.
In the QS World University Rankings for 2020, Australia has seven universities in the top 100, with the Australian National University and University of Melbourne leading the way. Thanks to cutting-edge facilities, a wide range of degrees and a thriving international student population, Australia is a top pick for studying abroad.
International students in Australia are permitted by their visa conditions to work up to 20 hours per week to support their studies. Many students choose to do this, and you can find employment opportunities on online job marketplaces such as Seek and Indeed, physical job boards, newspapers and even through word-of-mouth. Some of the most popular jobs for international students are in retail, hospitality, bars and cafés, fruit picking, call centres and supermarkets.
Australia has an excellent healthcare system, with state-of-the-art public hospitals, private hospitals and medical centres located across the country. With your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), you’ll be able to access medical services if you get sick or need to see a doctor, as well as purchase prescription medications at reduced costs and receive hospital treatment if required.
No matter which city you choose to study in, you won’t have any trouble getting around. Australian cities boast an extensive public transport network that makes them accessible for locals and visitors who don’t wish to drive. In major cities, you’ll find you can get to where you need to go via a combination of buses, trains, trams, light rail and ferries. Even better, as a student, you can take advantage of a student concession rate which means you’ll be able to use public transport at a fraction of the cost.
Everyone needs a study break, and what better place to take a relax than at the beach? Australia is renowned for its endless beaches with white sand, pristine ocean and iconic surf conditions that draw in visitors from all over the world. As most of Australia’s cities and major towns are located along the coastline, you’ll never be too far from the ocean. This also means that beach safety is very important in Australia. You’ll find surf lifeguards patrolling every major beach to keep swimmers safe, so make sure to swim between the red and yellow flags.
Australia is a diverse and multicultural country and you’ll find a large international student population in all major cities. In 2018, there were 876,399 international student enrolments in Australia, with the majority choosing to study in New South Wales and Victoria. As a country, Australia is incredibly proud of its many vibrant cultures and you’ll find many festivals and events celebrating our diversity throughout each year.
Australia’s arts and entertainment scene will ensure you’ll never be bored while studying here. From art galleries, museums, theatres, live music venues and performing arts centres to street art, bars, clubs and festivals, Australia’s cultural contributions are dynamic, innovative and respected all over the world. As well as producing home-grown talent, Australia also regularly attracts international touring acts to our shores.
Thanks to the warm, sunny climate throughout most of the year, Australians tend to spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle. Whether relaxing at the beach, strolling through parks, browsing outdoor markets, playing sports, having a picnic or hiking through rainforests and mountains, Australians love to make the most out of every day with friends and family.
Overall, Australia is considered a very safe country to live and study. In fact, Australia records very low levels of crime that are comparable to countries in Northern Europe. Australia also has a stable government and a solid legal and law enforcement system which makes it an appealing place to live.
Australians are known around the world as a friendly and easy-going bunch who try not to take things too seriously. You’ll find that many Australians are very welcoming to overseas visitors and will go out of their way to make you feel right at home. It might take a while to understand Aussie humour, but once you do, you’ll be laughing along with the locals.