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About Australia

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It's about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world - only two people per square kilometer.

Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometers and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometers of the coast, making it an integral part of our laid-back lifestyle.

Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands. The mainland is the largest island and the world’s smallest, flattest continent.

Why Study In Australia?

Degrees obtained from Australian universities are recognized all over the world, and there is the added boost that the Australian higher education system is federally regulated. Which means the Australian government regulates all universities in the country each year to make sure they are maintaining their high education standards.

Cost of Living
The cost of living and tuition costs in Australia are much lower that compared to the USA or the UK. These lower costs make it more affordable for students to attend a school in Australia and still have a high standard of living.

Diversity
Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of course and degrees, making it easy to find a fit that is right for you.

Technology
Not many people know this, but Australia is in the top 10 spenders in the world for research and development and 2% of all scientific papers in the world come from Australia, putting Australia at the forefront of new technology and innovations. From only a meager population of 19 million, there have been 7 Nobel Prize winne.

Work
The Australian Immigration system allows students visiting the country on a student visa the chance to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and during vacations students can work full time. This opportunity makes it much more affordable for students who can attend school and still fund their education with some work.

International students often find work in retail, hospitality and administration. You could expect to earn A$6-15 an hour, depending on the kind of work you do and your age. You may be paid more for working on Sundays or public holidays. Tutoring younger students in the field you are studying, or in your native language is also a good way to earn money. Student tutors can earn about A$40 an hour.

Growing Destination
Australia is rapidly growing as one of the most popular destinations for international student to attend. Currently Australia has the third largest international student enrollment behind the USA and the UK.

Understanding the Education System

School Education
School studies cover a range of academic disciplines and vocational courses which prepare you for university entry, for further training programs or to enter the workforce. The study format is a mix of directed classroom studies, extensive written assessments, formal examinations and may include common assessment tasks. Depending on course alternatives, you might also apply skills, demonstrate understandings, and undertake performance, project, group and field-work activities.

The Senior Secondary Certificate of Education is known by different titles according to the State and Territory issuing authority.

Vocational Education and Training Qualifications
The qualifications offered at vocational education and training institutions are Certificates I-IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma. They meet national industry standards and will prepare you for employment in a host of occupations or for further studies.

University Qualifications
Associate Degree: An Associate Degree is a two year qualification following year 12 or equivalent, or Certificate III or IV. It is a shorter higher education qualification offering an exit point at the sub-degree level, or a fully articulated pathway into the Bachelor Degree for further in-depth study and professional preparation, or articulation into an Advanced Diploma for specialist industry competencies.

Bachelor Degree: The Bachelor degree is the fundamental university qualification and is the basic qualification for entry to the professions. Some professions may require additional vocational qualifications as a condition of entry.

Graduate Certificates: 6 months of Graduate Certificate typically involves broadening individual skills already gained in an undergraduate program, or developing vocational knowledge and skills in a new professional area.

Graduate Diplomas: The Graduate Diploma either broadens individual skills obtained in an undergraduate program or develops vocational knowledge and skills in a new professional area. This qualification can also be described as further specialization within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and is usually of 12 months duration.

Masters Degree: The Masters Degree involves enhancing specific professional or vocational skills. The Masters Degree is typically gained by research or coursework or a combination. Study involves acquiring in-depth understanding of a specific area of knowledge usually by independent research.

A Masters Degree takes either one year after a Bachelor Degree with honours or two years after a Bachelor Degree.

Doctoral Degree: The Doctoral Degree is the highest award offered by Australian universities and takes typically 3 years to complete. Although it is a research degree, some programs may have a course work component. There are three components to a Doctoral Degree:

1. A searching review of the literature, experimentation or other systemic approach to a body of knowledge;

2. An original research project resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding and/or the application of knowledge within a discipline or field of study.

3. A substantial and well-ordered thesis, demonstrating the relationship of the research to the broader framework of the discipline or field of study.


Academic Calendar

University courses run from early March to late November. The year is divided into two semesters. However, some institutions offer a trimester system and/or run summer schools from December to February. The Universities Australia website provides a list of university semester dates.

Undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework students enroll for their courses at the beginning of the year. Australian universities do allow enrollment in mid-year (around July) for certain courses. Commencement dates can vary, depending on the course.

Students studying towards a Doctoral Degree or other postgraduate research awards may be able to negotiate an alternative starting date with their study supervisor.

Foundation studies have student intakes at several times during the year.

Useful Links

Study Australia
www.studyinaustralia.gov.au

Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship

www.immi.gov.au

DIAC (Student)

www.immi.gov.au/students

 
Region Oceania
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Surface Area 7692024
Sq. Km.
Population 21293000
Population Density 2.8 / square kilometre
Capital City Canberra
GDP (million current US$) 1013860
GDP per capita (current US$) 47615.1
CPI: Consumer Price Index 131
Temperature °C (min/max) 6.0/18.9
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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