Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, in terms of total area. With the world's 12th largest economy, it is also one of the wealthiest countries in the world, offering a good quality of life.
The Land Down Under
From architectural wonders such as the iconic Sydney Opera House to the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef stretching to more than 1,600 miles, Australia has everything one could ever dream of.
As a Student Destination
Australia is a popular student destination, and international student numbers are expected to increase after the Australian Government's recent lowering of visa assessment levels for 38 countries worldwide, inclusive of India.
Indian students make up more than 9 per cent of Australia's student population. The new visa application rules require international students to show less documentation and less proof of financial support, much to the advantage of the students.
Top Five Unis
Here's a look at the top five Australian Universities as per the latest QS World University Rankings:
- Australian National University - 19th position internationally
- The University of Melbourne - 42nd position internationally
- The University of Sydney - 45th position internationally
- The University of Queensland - 46th position internationally
- The University of New South Wales - 46th position internationally
Australian Universities offer international students a range of learning options — associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees and PhD degrees. Of the total international student population, almost 40% are engaged in higher education programs and nearly 18% in English language programs.
Academic programs are offered all across the country in the areas of business, humanities, engineering, tourism, medicine, and more. Scholarships are available for eligible students.
Education in Australia, contrary to popular belief is very much affordable. In general, a bachelor's degree could cost as less as AUD 10,000; vocational programs could cost around AUD 5,000 and PhD degrees nearly AUD 18,000. To add to this, numerous scholarship opportunities funded by the Australian Government and private schools are available for students.
Whether your interest lies in nature, technology, art, culture, adventure, food, wine or world-class academia, Australia definitely has something for you, and is a country of endless opportunities. You will definitely love the student life in Australia, the outdoorsy culture, and the friendly people.
Other popular tourist attractions in Australia that you could choose to explore include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fraser Island, Gold Coast, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Ocean Road, Kakadu National Park, the vast outback, ancient forests, unique wildlife and pristine marine environments. These are just a few facts and stats that touch on the appeal of Australia as a country.