Guide to studying in Australia
As one of the top three countries foreign students studying abroad choose, along with the US and UK, you can experience the best student life. A big part of this is Australia’s safe environment, friendly people and inclusive, multicultural society. Australian universities provide a high level of support to international students. This includes foundation years, education pathways, academic support, English language support and even consumer protection. As with any big decision, especially one that involves moving to another country, there are some important things to consider before choosing to study in Australia.
Course preparation plays a huge role in the satisfaction of international students. Considering that every student, course and university are different, how do you choose the best for you? University rankings are a great way to compare key performance indicators across different universities. Australia has 35 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17, with six featuring in the top 100.
The government of Australia provides help for you to compare universities and programs. Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) is an important Australian Government initiative providing independent, impartial information regarding student experiences and graduate outcomes. QILT helps you to make the best choice for you and also provides valuable feedback to institutions to improve their institutions. Visit the QILT website to compare things such as:
- Overall satisfaction of current students and recent graduates
- Rates of students moving into full-time employment after graduation
- The median salary received by recent graduates.
With changes to the student visa in Australia, it is now easier for overseas students to work in Australia during their studies. Many student visas allow part-time work, as well as full-time hours during holiday periods. Casual positions are a great starting point for you to gain some experience in your area of study whilst earning some money for yourself. If you’re interested in volunteering, you’ll find a lot of volunteer charity groups and organisations in Australia. This is an excellent way to make friends and get some hands-on experience. A smart move is to apply for an internship program to gain exposure to a professional environment, gain real industry experience, and strengthen your career prospects.