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Best Universities in Australia

4 ways to find the best universities and educational institutions

Australia is a country that offers hundreds of universities and academic institutions. The world’s largest inhabited island is divided by 8 states or territories, consisting of Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Northern Territory. There are 43 universities and at least one university main campus in in each state or territory.

Australia offer various study programs such as Certificate, Graduate Certificate, and Diploma, aside of Degree such as Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate. If you’re thinking to study there, the massive variety of choices can sometimes make you stop and think. Out of all the best universities or educational institutions to select in Australia, which is the one that truly matches your expectations?

Choosing a university abroad, for many people, needs a careful research. You need to consider a few things, such as the course you want to pursue, the living cost and living arrangements, the prospects for your future career, and so on. You may feel overwhelmed if you should go through them one by one all at once. Instead, try to decide one thing at a time. Just remember, you can always ask an IDP counsellor for guidance as well.

There are different ways to find out which university or institution where you will thrive in the most. You can use these easy tips below:

5 ways to know the best universities to apply in Australia

1. By shortlisting the universities that offer your desired course

It is a good idea to start off with a clear picture of courses you’re interested in. To do this, you must first know the basics of how to choose a course. Once you have got the list of desired courses in your hand, it’s instantly easier to find the institutions. You can eliminate the ones that don’t offer those courses and focus on institutions that do. (Also see: List of universities in Australia for 2019 intakes)

2. By considering world university rankings

Are you looking to study in one of the world’s finest institutions? Then the lists of QS and Times Higher Education world university rankings can be useful for you. You can also check if your desired subject for Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral degree is ranked internationally by QS or Times Higher Education.

There are some differences in both rankings. According to QS 2019, the Australian top 5 universities are University of Queensland as the 5th, then consecutively ranked the 4th, 3rd, 2nd are the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne, and Australian National University as the country’s top university. Meanwhile, according to Times Higher Education, the top five comprises Monash University, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Australian National University, and University of Melbourne on top of the rank.

3. By checking if the university belongs to Australian reputable groups

It is common that the most prestigious universities in Australia are part of elite groups, such as the research-intensive Group of Eight and the innovative Australian Technology Network (ATN). Group of Eight or Go8 consists of The University of Adelaide, The Australian National University (ANU), The University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), The University of Queensland (UQ), The University of Sydney (USYD), and The University of Western Australia (UWA). In the other hand, ATN brings together University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, University of South Australia, and Curtin University. There are several other university groups that you can check out as well, such as Innovative Research Universities (IRU) and Regional Universities Network.

4. By considering your own personal goals

Every international student is unique. If you have a personal goal in mind, and you want to achieve it during your study abroad, then you should use this as one of your biggest consideration. Some people want to try living independently, so they prefer universities with on-campus student accommodation. Some people want to focus on training their hard skills and soft skills, so they choose to study at TAFE (Technical and Further Education). Some other wish to study in calm environment with lower living cost, so they choose institutions with campus in rural or suburban areas. IDP Education counsellors can help you to choose the best universities according to your personal goals.


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