AUSTRALIA

You are here:

If you are interested in studying in Australia then you are taking one step closer towards choosing a truly fruitful academic experience. Australia is a fully developed, growing economy with a safe, tolerant and multicultural society. Students will find studying in Australia a relaxed, welcoming and engaging environment that is unique in the native English speaking world.

Australia has a reputation for an innovative and research-intensive culture by adopting new technologies at a faster rate than most other countries, because of this it has one of the highest rates of Internet access in the world and has produced fifteen (15) nobel prize winning The majority of these prizes (eight) have been awarded in the field of Physiology or Medicine, and include the youngest ever laureate.

Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology. Institutions deliver practical and career-orientated training so graduates can be confident that they have the skills expected by employers. Academic staff are recruited from around the world and often are leading experts in their field. Australian teachers are experienced in supervising both domestic and international students from a variety of different countries.

International students in Australia (including their parents) enjoy a very high level of service and financial protection. Quality is assured by ESOS 2000 and national code to ensure fair practise standards are met. Australia is an international leader in safeguards and support services for international students with specialist specialist student services being well resourced and quality assured.

Here are five reasons why we think you would enjoy Australia:

1. Incredibly beautiful country with a wide range of scenic and leisure opportunities.

2. Internationally acclaimed education options for international students plus many additional options for enhancing your English language proficiency.

3. Clear cut educational pathways between programes such as diploma to degree allowing for straight forward and simply progression.

4. Competitive in terms of cost of living and study for a fully developed economy.

5. Multicultural, friendly society, with over 400,000 international students coming to study each year.

When you go to Australia, one will experience a different culture and life style from what you are used to. If you dont get good information and awareness about the country, you may undergo a culture shock or the blues of new place. It is important to observe the habits, reactions and customs of people. Learn as much as you can, get info-rich but never ever change your traditional values and your real self.

Do not let the previous paragraph intimidate you or put you off. Just because a country like Australia is different does not make it nessarily worse. On the contrary, Australia is one of the most multi-cultural societies in the world. Over 20% of Australian citizens were born overseas and they are drawn from over 200 different nations making Australia a real melting pot nation. Around 20% of Australians speak a language other than English in their home. Although it is predominantly a Christian society, all forms of religion are represented in Australia and they are freely practised and protected by law. Australians are friendly, direct and informal in their dealings with each other as they believe in equality and a fair go society. People who work in low skilled or blue collar jobs such as cleaners, bus drivers etc receive the same respect as those who work in professional jobs. It is also highly illegal to discriminate against others on grounds of race, gender, religion or sexuality. Punctuality is important, if you are running late, you should always inform whom you are meeting as act of courtesy. People in Australia form queues to buy food, wait for a particular service, to board public transport etc and it is impolite to push ahead of someone already queuing. People often use the first name, even with respected elders as long as they know them or have been formally intoduced.

There is a lot more you will learn about Australian people but be positive, be flexible and try to adapt. Listen, observe and ask whenever you are in doubt.

The method of study in Australia may be very different to what you have experienced so far. It is important to give yourself a head start by keeping up to date with Australian news and current affairs and become familiar with Australias education system and learning culture. When you arrive, practice listening to the Australian accent it is different but you will soon understand the local terms and way of speaking.

In Australia just like most other countries, students are expected to conduct independent research, collect and analyse data by themselves or in-groups, to raise questions and to participate in discussions and debates with other students and teachers. Students spend a great deal of time in libraries and laboratories conducting their own research. To be a successful student you will need to adapt to these new methods of learning and assessment. Students are assessed continuously through essays, presentations, tests, assignments etc. One thing that may surprise you is the amount of access that you will be able to obtain with your tutors and lecturers. If you are having an academic problem, discuss it with them donot let it develop from a minor issue into a major problem for you.

You can begin your student visa application once you receive confirmation of your enrolment in your chosen school or university. Its best to apply as early as possible, regardless of when your program is due to start, as visa processing times can vary.