Many students from around the world choose to go to Australia each year to study. Here are the 30 reasons that make Australia a popular destination for studying.
Improve Your English
If you’re from a non-English speaking country and want to improve English level, going to an Australian university one or more years is a good choice. The pure English environment helps improve your English.
Study in a Natural Setting
Even in town, you will never be far from the beach, the forest or large national reserves. Big metropolis like Sydney can even boast of enjoying one of the most beautiful bays in the world. If you study in Australia, you will view landscapes of great diversity: snow-capped mountains, tropical forests, heavenly beaches and even deserts.
Compared to other countries, the Student Visa is relatively easy and quick to obtain in Australia. Once you have received confirmation of letter from the university, all you have to do is to provide your results for a TOEFL or IELTS type English test, take out health insurance and prove that you can afford your trip.
No fewer than 37 Australian universities are ranked among the top 1000 of the best universities in the world, according to QS World University Rankings. The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, UNSW, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, Monash University, and The University of Western Australia even ranks in the top 100 universities in the world.
An International Student Atmosphere
Students from all over the world come to study in Australia. According to the OECD, international students make up 25% of the students at Australian universities. They mostly come from China, Malaysia, Japan, India, the United States, Canada and Europe.
To work while studying
The Australian student visa, unlike many other visas in the world, allows you to work for 20 hours a week while you’re studying. During school holidays, you can even work full time.
Australians are known for being friendly and very laid back and enjoying cool living. It’s main cities are regularly ranked in the list of the most pleasant agglomerations in the world. Don't be surprised if an Australian calls you "mate" the first time you meet him.
If you concern about environment, you will find your happiness in Australia. The universities of New South Wales and The University of Sunshine Coast are renowned for their sustainable development education. The University of Melbourne teaches horticulture, and the University of James Cook is renowned for its curriculum in marine biology.
After your studies in Australia, if you decide to return to home country, Australian degree will be appreciated on your CV. In addition to having an internationally recognized diploma, you can enhance your level of English. If you wish to stay in Australia, be aware that it is possible to obtain a temporary visa after your studies of 1 to 4 years to travel or find a job.
Study Diving or Golf Management
If you are considering an original career, be aware that it is possible to obtain a student visa to study diving, fitness or golf management.
With a few exceptions, it is generally warm and sunny all year round. As Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to Europe. Australia being a vast country, we observe three types of climate: a temperate climate in the southern zone of the country with 4 seasons (it is never too hot or too cold there), a tropical climate in the north, with a wet season and dry season and finally an arid climate in the Outback.
Australia has 30,000 km of coastline, so you can enjoy beaches and swimming. There is no shortage of white sand and turquoise blue waters. Unless you swim on popular beaches like Bondi Beach, there is little chance that your neighbor will disturb you.
Dynamic and Cosmopolitan Cities
Australian cities attract travelers from around the world. Located not far from Asia, and benefiting from an Anglo-Saxon heritage, Australia is a country where all nations mingle. Efficient public transport, developed cultural infrastructure, low crime and a dense nightlife make Australian cities popular destinations. Melbourne and Sydney are two of the world's most pleasant places to live.
Australia benefits from its own fauna. Kangaroos, wallabies, koala, wombat or even quokka are only visible in this country. For your information, note that Australia has more kangaroos than inhabitants.
In Australua, the locals have their own "slang language", which can be confusing for many foreigners. Australians use arvo to say afternoon, thongs to name tongues (and not underwear), dunny to speak of toilets or barbie for barbecue.
Live on a Campus
If you want to make the most of your student experience on the other side of the world, accommodation on campus is probably the best option. You can benefit from a room or a studio close to the University or directly on campus. The kitchen is usually in the common areas, ideal for making friends with other students. Big positive point: the campuses are for the most part are lush greenery located a little away from the center of the city.
Learn to Surf
Surfing is one of Australia’s national sports. Its tens of thousands of kilometers of coastline and its paradisaical beaches are ideal and pleasant places to go. Take the opportunity to learn how to tease the wave between two review sessions.
Spend Your Weekends in Desert or a Tropical Forest
Australia is renowned for its varied landscapes and dense nature located at the gates of major cities. If you live in Perth, the Pinnacles Desert is just a two-hour drive from the city. A few hundred kilometers from Melbourne, you can watch penguins on Phillip Island or drive along the Great Ocean Road. If you choose Brisbane, you will be spoiled for choice for your weekends: Tambourine Mountain National Park waterfalls, Gold Coast surfers' beaches or paradisiacal islands like Stradbroke Island, located only 1h30 from downtown train and ferry.
Music Scene and Small Concerts
Land of musicians such as AC / DC, John Butler Trio, Nick Cave or Tame Impala, Australia has not been outdone in musical terms. Its cities are full of bars where it is possible to see concerts by good small groups for 10 dollars. The country also has a good number of outdoor festivals, such as Splendor in the Grass, a sort of Australian Coachella, Falls Festival, Beyond the Valley or even Wide Open Space.
Campus with Kangaroos
The University of the Sunshine Coast at Maroochydore has an incredible number of kangaroos roaming free on its campus. You will not be able to escape them. They are part of the decor in the same way as students and teachers.
Great Barrier Reef
Located off Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2,500 kilometers, making it the largest coral reef in the world. It is home to many species of fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, rays and sharks. You should also know that it is so imposing, that it is visible from space.
Barbecue is an important pillar of Australian culture. You can also find many barbecues on the beaches and in the parks, just to spice up your day with a few grills. The "barbie" is a real institution.
We don't just drink beer in Australia. Australia has many vineyards, particularly in Adelaide. Its wines are attracting more and more foreign tourists, especially Asian ones.
Living and studying in Australia is also an opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal culture. The aborigines are divided into several hundred tribes, each with its own territory, its own language and its own laws and rites. First inhabitants of Australia, they believe in Dreamtime or Dreamtime in English. This notion brings together their legends and myths. According to their beliefs, everything in nature, lakes, hills and mountains, carry the spirit of the ancestors, who created the world by dreaming it. The majority of its legends are transmitted orally, by song, from the elders to the youngest of the tribe. However, many written transmissions can be found in national parks and reserves.
Football Matches on Round Ground
Unlike football as people name it in Europe, "footy", or Australian football, is played on round ground with an oval ball.
19 Sites Classified by UNESCO
19 Australian sites are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO and are among the wonders of our planet. Among them: The Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, known as the largest sand island in the world, Ningaloo Coast and Reef, which shelters many species of fish and turtles in danger of extinction or the red sand formations of Ayers Rock.
Cockroach Racing Championship
Every year for over 35 years, it has been possible to attend a cockroach racing championship at the Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane, on January 26, National Day. Each participant brings back a cockroach, placed in a jar. The cockroaches are then all released at the same time in the center of a tarpaulin. The first player to reach the edge wins.
Lagoon in the Center of Brisbane
Brisbane has its own turquoise blue lagoon right in the center of town at South Bank Parklands. Ideal for cooling off after lessons.
With an average of 3.23 people per km2, Australia has a low population density. But the country is immense and its center sparsely populated, the majority of the population being concentrated in the cities on the coast. Even in the most populated cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, the population density does not exceed 577 inhabitants per km2. By way of comparison, London has 5,600 inhabitants per km2 and Paris almost 21,000 inhabitants per km2.
Cheap Flights to South East Asia
Living in Australia means being at the gates of Asia, so you can find cheap flights to Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia or even Thailand for your holidays.