Taking the first step to decide to study in Australia is a big decision in your life! You are taking a leap of faith into the unknown and leaving your family and friends behind. However, the experiences offered by a new country and culture would greatly benefit your personal and career development.
Australia is well known for being one of the world’s most culturally diverse and welcoming country who offers a world class education. Here are 10 reasons why you should study in Australia.
#1 Quality education system
Australia has put in place systems and processes to ensure the quality of its education system. Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions are governed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and providers for higher education are governed by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TESQA). These Government organisations are responsible for the registration and re-registration of institutions and the accreditation and re-accreditation of courses.
Only education institutions who are registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) can enrol and deliver education services to students on a student visa. Australia also provides protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 which sets out the legal framework governing delivery of education to international students in Australia on a student visa. Australian education institutions also have to adhere to the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code), which sets nationally consistent standards for the delivery of courses to overseas standards.
#2 Globally recognised institutions
When you study in Australia, your degree is trusted and recognised internationally. 4 Australian Universities are ranked in the top 100 in the world according to the Centre for World University Rankings 2018-2019. They are the University of Melbourne (57th), University of Sydney (71st), University of Queensland (74th) and Australian National University (82nd). Other Australian Universities to make the top 150 list includes University of New South Wales (119th), Monash University (124th) and University of Western Australia (145th). (Source: Centre for World University Rankings)
#3 Culturally diverse country
Australia is a culturally diverse country and the results of the 2016 census shows that nearly half of the Australian population (49%) had either been born overseas (first generation Australian) or one or both parents had been born overseas (second generation Australian). Australians are born in close to 200 different countries, forming a multicultural nation who welcomes different nationalities and cultures. There are over 300 separately identified languages spoken in Australian homes and more than 21% of Australian spoke a language other than English at home. (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)
#4 Safe country
Australia is also a safe country, with low crime rates. It is ranked the 10th safest country in the world. (Source: SafeAround)
#5 Beautiful country offering plenty of activities
Australia is well known for its extraordinary landscapes, beautiful beaches and iconic attractions. Australia is also home to 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which includes the Great Barrier Reef (QLD), Shark Bay (WA), Ningaloo Reef (WA), Greater Blue Mountains Area (NSW), Fraser Island (QLD), Purnululu National Park (NT), Kakadu National Park (NT), Sydney Opera House (NSW) and so on. With a vast variety of activities to choose from, such as coastal drives, walking trails, short city breaks, outback adventures and nature journeys, there will be an adventure to suit everyone.
#6 Opportunity to work while you study
When you are on a student visa, you are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled semester break. If you have commenced your Masters by Research or Doctoral Degree, there is no limit on the number of hours you may work.
Your dependent family members can also work up to 40 hours per fortnight at all times. However, if you have commenced a course in a Masters or Doctoral Degree, there is no limit on the number of hours a dependent family member may work.
#7 High minimum wage
The minimum wage in Australia is $18.93 per hour. Therefore, working 40 hours per fortnight while you are on a student visa allows you to earn about $757.20. This will help to pay for your everyday expenses.
#8 Increased chances of employment
Australian qualifications are recognised by employers around the world. When you return to your home country with an Australian qualification, it will increase your employability as you will have a competitive edge over your local peers. Employers viewed Australian graduates favourably and deemed them to be more independent, matured and creative in their thinking.
#9 Opportunity to stay in Australia temporarily after you have completed your studies
You may apply for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). This visa allows you and your family to live, study or work in Australia after you have completed your studies. There are two streams.
Graduate Work Stream
This is an 18-month visa granted to international students who recently completed their studies for at least 2 academic years (92 weeks) in Australia. You must lodge the visa application within 6 months of the date of completion of your course and must have completed an eligible qualification that relates to an occupation on the skilled occupation list. You must be able to pass the skills assessment for your nominated skilled occupation to apply for this visa.
Post Study Work Stream
This visa is granted to international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. The visa is granted for a duration of 2 to 4 years depending on the highest qualification you achieve. You must complete your studies at the Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral levels for at least 2 academic years (92 weeks). You must lodge the visa application within 6 months of the date of completion of your course.
#10 Opportunity to migrate to Australia
Different Australian states have different skilled migration programs to attract talent who possesses a skill that the state needs. If you have graduated from a Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registered tertiary institution in that particular state and studied for a duration of 2 years, you may be able to apply for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190). This is a point-tested visa which allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
Generally, you need to meet the following requirements:
- have a relevant occupation that is on the skilled occupation list
- have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
- meet the points test pass mark of 65 points
- be nominated by a state or territory government
- be under 45 years of age at time of invitation
- have Competent English
- be invited by the Department of Home Affairs to apply
These are just some reasons why you should study in Australia. Don’t take my word for it. Come experience it for yourself!