Australia

Study in Australia

Australia has one of the best institutions and universities in the world. The vocational training approach of Australia is leading in the world. The Education system has high quality and diversity and Australians are very friendly to visitors, and so you will always feel free and at home! In the English speaking world, Australia has the third highest number of international students after the United States and the United Kingdom. It also has seven of the top 100 universities in the whole world, and was ranked the 8th in the Universities 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems. The living standard of Australia is high, but the costs of living are lower than in USA and UK. The international students are also allowed to get jobs on the side, in order to aid in their living cost. There are students who can even be granted with sponsorship. Though the costs are lower the quality is high and recognized in the world. The Bachelors Degree can also be completed in 3 years in most courses which saves both time and money. Employers and leading schools all over the world recognize the Australian qualifications. Most of the courses are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is a learning system that has been authorized by the Australian Government. AQF is known and recognized in most countries.

Education in Australia is the duty of the state governments. Education is divided into three tiers: primary, secondary, and post-secondary/tertiary. Up to the age of around 15 or 16, education is compulsory; this age is determined by each state. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), a unified system of national qualifications of schools, vocational training and education, regulates post-compulsory education and the higher education sector..

Australia is a world leader in the provision of education to international students. More than 400,000 students from around 200 countries receive an Australian education each year. The government notes top source countries for international students as being China, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia.
The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 is the legislation regulating international education. Its National Code of Practice sets standards for educational institutions delivering services to overseas students. The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) issues a unique CRICOS number. The ESOS Act, the National Code 2007 and CRICOS are national rules and regulations. Each state also has rules and regulations that closely relate to the ESOS Act.

Australia is an island continent of approximately 7.7 million square kilometers, making it the sixth-largest country in the world. Located between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean, it is the oldest, lowest (apart from Antarctica), and driest continent. Because of its unique and varied geography, it is an archaeologist’s delight, with land forms dating back millions of years. Australia is mostly flat, but has some notable mountains and long beaches. Canberra is the capital.

The climate ranges from tropical in the north to temperate in the south. The largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid. Overall, Australian cities enjoy a mild climate, with maximum temperatures falling in a fairly narrow range (e.g., in the summer in Sydney, the temperature might range from 16° to 26° Celsius). But the continent is large, and international students should be informed about the individual climates of the regions they are interested in.

Aboriginal peoples settled Australia about 60,000 years ago – there were many distinct languages and dialects, and customs varied greatly from region to region. British settlement began in 1788, and for a time Australia was actually used as a penal colony (the first fleet of convicts arrived January 26, 1788, and the country still marks this occasion on that date with a holiday called Australia Day). The penal era ended in 1868. The settlement developed into six self-governing colonies which federated in 1901 to form Australia, a nation founded on ideals of egalitarianism, human rights, harmony, and democracy.

Australian society is safe, friendly, sophisticated, and harmonious. Many ethnic groups are represented in Australia, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. The country’s proximity to the Asia-Pacific region also influences its culture, economy, and lifestyle. The government of Australia describes the values underpinning the Australian way of life as:

  • Respect for equal worth, dignity and freedom of the individualFreedom of speech and association, religion, and a secular government
  • Support for parliamentary democracy and the rule of law
  • Equality under the law
  • Equality of men and womenEquality of opportunity
  • Peacefulness
  • A spirit of egalitarianism that embraces tolerance, mutual respect, and compassion for those in need.

Australia has a stable, advanced economy, and is a member of the G20 group of nations. In 2009, it was the 13th largest economy in the world by nominal GDP. As with other advanced economies, the service sector dominates, which represents 68% of GDP. Natural resources are also important: the agricultural and mining sectors account for more than half of the nation’s exports. The currency is the Australian Dollar.

Australia is divided politically into six states and two territories, and is a stable, liberal parliamentary democracy (similar to the U.S. and U.K.), with three levels of government: federal, state, and local. Federal and state governments administer the laws that apply to education.

Living conditions in Australia are generally quite good. Australia consistently ranks in the top five or ten in the world when it comes to quality of life indexes (e.g., The Economist’s) or human development indexes (e.g., The United Nations’). Housing and accommodation is of good quality, public transport is available, food and water are high quality, and many public amenities are accessible. Students can experience a wide range of leisure and sporting activities, and can expect low crime rates and a safe environment. Tuition fees range from $A5,500 to $30,000 per year.

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