Australia has emerged as a bona fide university superpower. Only the USA and UK have more universities in the Top 100 QS World University Rankings.
Seven of its ‘Group of Eight’ research-intensive universities, similar to UK’s Russell Group, make it into the QS top 100 in the world, with Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra leading the way in 19th position.
What’s more, when it comes to reasons to study abroad in Australia, the renown of the nation’s top universities is only the tip of the iceberg. Consistently found to be one of the world’s leading countries for overall quality of life, with an idyllic climate, it is little surprise that Australia has the third highest amount international students, despite its population of just 22 million.
Carmel Murphy, executive director of the office of admissions at University of Melbourne, says: “Studying in Australia provides a good many benefits to international students, from high quality research training to excellent opportunities to work with internationally recognized researchers and opportunities to publish in English-language journals. International students are also provided with strong support throughout their studies.”
Australian Education Australia has 43 accredited universities that range in size from 3,000 students to 50,000 and offer graduate studies across a complete range of fields. Whichever field of study you are interested in, Australia has it covered, with at least one university in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics.
Australian business schools consistently appear in the top 100 of world rankings of business programs and offer a wide range of general and specialist MBA qualifications.
Since 1910, Australia has been using distance education to reach students in remote areas of the country. Now, it is a world leader in distance education, online and e-learning. Australian courses are also offered in offshore campuses around the globe to those students who are unable to study abroad.
Graduate Admissions and Entry Requirements Admissions requirements vary, though in general for Masters courses at leading Australian universities a good bachelor’s degree in a related field and a strong academic track record will be required. For PhD courses, you will need strong academic credentials including a Masters degree in a related field. You will also be required to submit a research proposal outlining your intended area of research, the original contribution that your research will make to your field, and demonstrating the feasibility and suitability of your chosen topic.
Carmel Murphy offers the following advice for those thinking of applying to graduate courses in Australia: “Make sure the course or research area you would like to study is offered by the university. If you wish to do research, make sure you have a good idea of what you wish to research, prepare your research proposal carefully, and find an academic expert who is well placed to supervise you.”
Graduate Scholarships and Funding Australian universities receive generous government funding and the cost of a degree down under is significantly lower than in the UK and USA, as are general living costs. There are a variety of scholarships available to graduate students, both from individual universities and independent bodies.
Visas and Immigration To study in Australia, you need to be granted a student visa. Visa applications differ depending on your country and level of study, though in general you will need to provide: • An official letter of offer from a registered Australian course -
• Health details (and obtain health insurance)
• Proof that you have the required finances of A$18,610 with tuition fees of US$13,000 for tuition fees.
• You will also need to demonstrate English language proficiency with an IELTS test score.
Study Australia Website www.studiesinaustralia.gov.au This official Australian government website is designed to help you in preparing for your studies in Australia. You will find a study guide with valuable information on studying and living in Australia, information on Australian visa requirements, as well as some important and relevant contacts and links. This site should be your first port of call.
Australia is the second best place on Earth to live, says the latest United Nations Human Development Index (HDI - 2015).