Australia

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Australia has grown to become one of the top countries for quality higher education. The degrees and qualifications from Australian higher education institutions are known around the world as high quality and world class. The standard of excellence is set by universities with recognizable groups like the G8, ATN & the IRU. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favour!

  • Population: Approx.2.3 Crore (23 mn)
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Area: 7,617,930 km2
  • Currency: Australian $
  • Popular Cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane & Gold Coast

Vibrant Multicultural Nation

Australia is also one of the best places to live. It is a young, vibrant and friendly country in which students can live, learn and grow. True culture melting Cities like Melbourne are known to host nationals from over 80 (Eighty) countries. So if you want a quality education and a good lifestyle, Australia’s the place to be.

Academic Excellence

Australia has 37 government-funded universities and two private universities, as well as a number of other specialist institutions that provide approved courses at the higher education level. The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest university, having been founded in 1850, followed by the University of Melbourne three years later. Other notable universities include those of the Group of Eight leading tertiary institutions, including the University of Adelaide, the Australian National University located in the national capital of Canberra, Monash University and the University of New South Wales.

Quality and Standards

According to the worldwide Quality-of-Life Index for 2011 all of Australia’s major cities fare well in global comparative livability surveys where Melbourne ranked 1st on The Economist’s 2017 World’s Most Livable Cities list, followed by Sydney and Perth in seventh and ninth place respectively.

Intakes

The main intakes offered by Universities are in June/July and January/February. Some colleges may also have intakes in March and November.

Employment

A full-time International student can work part-time as per the given guidelines.

A full-time degree student can work up to 40 hours fortnightly during term-time and full-time during vacations.

A full-time student can also work on a work placement as part of the course.

A student can earn from $16 – $25 per hour i.e. $1,280 – $2,000 per month.

After the successful completion of a Bachelors or Masters a student can apply for a 2-year Post-Study Work Permit.

Top Destination in Australia

Adelaide

Adelaide (pop. 1,190,000) has always been a free-spirited, free-thinking type of place — the first to outlaw sexual and racial discrimination, the first to do away with capital punishment, the first to recognize Aboriginal land rights and legalize nude swimming, and the first state to give women the vote. Adelaide was the only capital to have been settled by free settlers, rather than convicts, and was totally self-sufficient, receiving no financial backing from the British government.

Australians who have never visited Adelaide tend to dismiss the city as little more than a large country town, but that is the city’s greatest charm. Meticulously planned by surveyor-general Colonel William Light in 1837, the city is an elegant grid of broad streets surrounded by a green belt of parkland set beside the River Torrens, between the Adelaide Hills and the waters of Gulf St. Vincent. It’s an easily navigable city and everything is within walking distance.

Perth

4,405km (2,731 miles) W of Sydney; 2,389km (1,481 miles) S of Broome Perth is probably the most outdoorsy of all Aussie cities. The climate, Perth’s brilliant setting along the Swan River and the Indian Ocean, and the abundance of parkland mean that it’s almost obligatory to get outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air.

Perth has a wonderful Mediterranean climate that gives it more hours of sun than any other major city in Australia, from October right through to April. This sunshine capital is also home to a thousand mining and exploration companies, which help bring a casual, but can-do feel to the city.

Brisbane

Brisbane is one of those cities that seems always to be changing, without ever losing its essential heart and character. It’s that most Australian of cities—big-hearted, blue-skied, and with a down-to-earth attitude that soon rubs off on you. Brisbane will most likely be your first port of call in Queensland, and you can even reach the southernmost part of the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from here.

Brisbane (pronounced Briz-bun), “Brizzie”to locals, functions on a very human scale. It’s a place where you can cuddle koalas, join bronzed urbanites on the beaches on the weekend, and sunbathe by the Brisbane River while gazing up at the city’s gleaming skyscrapers. Take the lead of the easygoing Brisbanites because Queensland’s subtropical capital is too hot to rush.

Melbourne

It’s rare to find anyone who lives in Melbourne who doesn’t adore it. I’ve lived there, and I love it, too, and I hope this chapter explains to you the many reasons why. Victoria’s capital, Melbourne (pronounced Mel-bun), is a cultural melting pot. For a start, more people of Greek descent live here than in any other city except Athens, Greece. Multitudes of Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese, and Lebanese immigrants have all left their mark. Almost a third of Melbournians were born overseas or have parents who were born overseas.

With such a diverse population—and with trams rattling through the streets and stately European-style architecture surrounding you—it is sometimes easy to think you are somewhere else.

Melbourne’s roots can be traced back to the 1850s, when gold was found in the surrounding hills. British settlers took up residence and prided themselves on coming freely to their city, rather than having been forced here in convict chains. The city grew wealthy and remained a conservative bastion until World War II, when another wave of immigration, mainly from southern Europe, made it a more relaxed place.

Cairns

Cairns is the only place on earth where two World Heritage-listed sites—the Wet Tropics Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef—are side by side. Explore the reef and offshore islands and slip into the distinctive pace, heat, and style of a truly tropical city.

This is the departure point for the large-scale Reef boats, taking hundreds of people out every day. Many smaller operators offer a more intimate experience, some on sailing boats. Offshore, Michaelmas Cay and Upolu Cay are two pretty coral sand blips in the ocean, 30 km (19 miles) and 25 km (16 miles) off Cairns, surrounded by reefs. Michaelmas is vegetated and is home to 27,000 seabirds; you may spot dugongs (cousins of manatees) off Upolu. Michaelmas and Upolu are great for snorkelers and introductory divers.

Sydney

Warm-natured, sun-kissed, and naturally good looking, Sydney is rather like its lucky, lucky residents. Situated on one of the world’s most striking harbors, where the twin icons of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge steal the limelight, the relaxed Australian city is surprisingly close to nature. Within minutes you can be riding the waves on Bondi Beach, bushwalking in Manly, or gazing out across Botany Bay, where the first salt-encrusted Europeans arrived in the 18th century. You can understand why they never wanted to leave.

For that “I’m in Sydney!” feeling, nothing beats the first glimpse of the white-sailed Opera House and the iconic Harbour Bridge, which you can climb for a bird’s-eye view of the sparkling harbor. Move on to the Royal Botanical Gardens’ tropical greenery and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s cutting-edge exhibitions. With 70 beaches close by—from the fizzing surf of famous Bondi Beach to Manly’s coastal walks and pine-flanked bays—it’s no wonder Sydneysiders look so bronzed and relaxed.