- Monday, October 24, 2016
It's been a while you've been contemplating about an overseas education. You've been considering Australia as an option but unsure if that’s a wise decision. You are weighing the value of the AUD against INR, comparing university rankings against other countries, doing maths on the study and living cost. You still haven’t made up your mind on studying in Australia.
Believe us, you are not the only student who has been through this confusion and you certainly won’t be the last. Therefore, to help you make up your mind, we have drawn up five solid reasons on why you should study in Australia. We hope this helps.
1. Top Ranking Universities
Among the Top 100 University Worldwide (2016 ranking), 7 universities are from Australia. This is a great thing given the fact that the country has just 23 million residents. This shows that the country is taking big strides in becoming a global education powerhouse. Australia is also the third most popular study destination with seven of its cities making the list of 50 Best Student Cities 2016. Adding on is its consistency in placing itself in the world university ranking, i.e. Times Higher Education as well as QS Ranking.
Australia also offers you a wide range of 22, 000 courses to choose from its 1100 institutions, out of which there are 40 public universities. It is also worth mentioning that these universities.
The best part? The Australian higher education system is federally regulated, which means that every university in the country is supervised to ensure that Australia’s high standard of education is maintained.
2. Be a Part of Discoveries and Innovations
This small continent has produced one of the finest minds in the world, a home to 15 Nobel laureates!
Not just that, the significant innovations and discoveries made by Australian scientists and researchers have helped and is helping the world achieve major breakthroughs and technological advances. Some of the great innovations and discoveries are:
- Bionic Ear
- Cervical Cancer Vaccine
- Black Box Flight Recorders etc.
So if you are still thinking 'Why study abroad in Australia?', be assured that studying in Australia gives you the access to its quality of scientific research programs available for international students.
3. Post-Study Work Visa
You've got into the top university, and have been coached by the best faculty. Can it get any better? Yes. Australia allow its international student to apply for a work visa after your course completion for a duration of 2 to 4 years! This is also undoubtedly one of the reasons why Australia has been preferred by many international students.
Who can apply? International students with the following eligible qualification:
- Bachelor qualification
- Masters qualification
- Doctoral (PhD) qualification
- Have minimum two years of academic study in Australia at the Bachelor's level or above
What is the duration of the work permit? The post study work permit varies depending on the type of degree completed, i.e:
- Bachelor's degree: 2-year work visa
- Masters by coursework degree (regular Master degree): 2-year work visa
- Masters by Research degree: 3-year work visa
- Doctoral degree (or PhD): 4-year work visa
Note: To be considered for this:
- Your course must be one that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Course for Overseas Students (CRICOS) *
- The university or education provider you are pursuing at must be accredited to offer such degrees
*To check if your course/university is listed on CRICOS, check on their website.
In case you wish to remain in Australia for longer without an employer’s sponsorship, you can apply for Australia's skilled migration program which can be completed in or outside Australia.
4. Less Visa Hassle
Ever since the Australian government-commissioned investigation in 2012 to make international study easier, the process of visa application has become less stringent, such as:
1. A streamlined visa processing for applicant
2. A decrease in student visa application charges
3. Employment restrictions relaxed from 20 hours weekly to 40 hours weekly
4. Less stringent on visa cancellation
5. A new points system for skilled migration
It is also worth mentioning that Australia Student Visa is the only visa that permits your entry into Australia with the possibility to work legally (if you have turned 31 years). It allows you to take along your family members, spouse and children, as dependents. It also allows the entry and working in Australia even for those who have a high risk passport. (Assessment Level 2, 3, 4).
5. Multicultural Experience
That said, how can we miss out the perk of living in a multicultural continent?
Diverse and dynamic, over 2.5 million international students have successfully completed their studies from Australia. This amalgamation of students not just expose you to diverse culture, but also open your mind to varied and fresh perspectives that are cultural, political and even religious.
That's not all. With a number of natural wonders where 17 are being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, studying in Australia means you will have the opportunity to explore the country aside your academic course. Some of the places are, the Great Barrier Reef, the Tasmanian Wilderness and, of course, the Sydney Opera House.
Got questions? Drop it in the comment box.
PS: Although Australia’s scholarships are not as immense as that of the US and the UK, the Australian government allots $200,000,000 for international scholarships. To know more about it, read The Complete Guide to Study Abroad in Australia.