Australia is recognized as a great place to live - but did you know Australia also offers a world class education? The Australian education system has produced scientists, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, artists and humanitarians who have changed the world, winning awards from Oscars to Nobel prizes. Their global achievements include the "black box" now on every airplane, the Earth hour initiative, and the invention of Wi-Fi. Australia is proud of the individuals who have studied and worked in Australia (whether they were born here or another country) and gone on to achieve great things and contribute to making the world a better place.
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from. You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities). And regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students. This includes the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practicefor Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. These provide nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training for international students.
As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. You can search for courses and institutions here on the Study in Australia website.
Australia is often referred to as the lucky country – at least by Australians! – and it’s easy to see why. According to the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index, it is the fourth happiest nation in the world. It’s also the largest island nation and has five of its cities in the top 40 for infrastructure standards worldwide.
With a unique landscape and relaxed culture, Australia is a popular destination for travellers, but it is also high on the list for international students. And it’s not just for the lifestyle, Australia contains 7 of the top 100 universities in the world and the government invests around $200,000,000 annually in international scholarships.
Still unconvinced? Here are some more reasons to consider Australia when choosing to study abroad.