Australia’s population is only 23 million, yet it has the third largest number of international students, following the United Kingdom and the United States. Australia is home to seven of the world's Top 100 universities and there are more than 1,100 institutions that offer over 22,000 different courses. There are many reasons why Australia is a popular destination for studying abroad and we have outlined some of the key reasons below:
World-class Education Quality
The Australian Government strictly monitors the quality of the education its system provides. All levels of education are all required to comply with strict regulations set by the Australia Government, which ensure a high level of quality of education. Degrees awarded by Australian universities are recognised around the world. Due to the success of its education system, Australia has so far produced 15 Nobel Prize Winners.
Scientific and Flexible Curriculum
Generally, an undergraduate program takes 3 years to complete; a graduate program takes up to 2 years; a PhD program requires 3 to 4 years to complete in Australia.
Most universities run on a semester system while some operate on a trimester system. To meet the needs of different levels of students, Australia offers a variety of ways for students to enroll in institutions.
Students can apply for a variety of programs and receive conditional offers while they are preparing for their English test. Even if students’ English performance does not meet the admission criteria, they can package their programs with language courses.
In recent years, some institutions do not even require IELTS or TOEFL results, preferring students to take internal English tests. In this case, students may receive package offers with an English course to start with.
Safe and Multi-cultural Society
Australian society is safe and peaceful. Political environment in Australia is stable. The country has a low crime rate and strict gun control regulations. It is an ideal study destination. The country consists of people from more than 140 nations with different ethnic backgrounds. In a vastly multi-cultural society, students can enjoy cuisines from all over the world. The Asian food is particularly popular in Australia, and students from Asia will feel at home.
Convenient and Comfortable Living and Learning Environment
Australia has pleasant weather and year-round sunshine. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are all among the Top 10 most livable cities in the world. Australia has magnificent land with splendid resources, and there are a vast number of interesting places in every city. Students can take public transport to and from the beaches and interesting sites freely and safely. They will also have the opportunity to participate in various cultural activities.
Permission to Work and Working Visas after Graduation
The Australia Government permits international students who hold student visas to legally work in Australia for up to 40 hours per fortnight during their studies. There are no hours-per-week limits placed on work that takes place during school holidays. Students who studied in Australia for up to two years, regardless of whether it is for undergraduate or graduate study, can obtain a two-year graduate working visa after graduation.
Liberal Immigration Policy
There is no discrimination in Australia’s immigration policy. People of any race, gender and religion can apply for immigration. Skilled migration is used by the Australian Government to attract overseas talents. Applications that successfully meet the requirements are granted a permanent resident visa (green card). Once permanent resident visa holders meet the relevant requirements, they can then apply for Australian Citizenship. More than 70 countries are visa-free for Australian passports.