Top reasons to study in Australia

Top-reasons-to-study_in-AustraliaAustralia, the sixth largest country in the world, has achieved the distinction of being home to 7 universities in the top 100 of the prestigious QS ranking. Along with top-class education, the country also offers stable work opportunities and an array of diverse courses for those interested. The island continent has grown to become the dream destination of many students in recent years and interest only continues to increase, with the number of international students who have landed at its shores for higher education rapidly rising from 242,419 in 2010 to 306,691 in 2015.

 

Study in Australia: World-class education/Diversity of Education

 

Australia has a total of seven universities in the top 100 of the QS rankings offering some of the best programmes in the world. The Australian universities hold the top five position in a number of subjects including nursing, sports related disciplines and a number of engineering, medicine and pharmacy courses. Many of the universities have achieved the perfect score in terms of number of international faculty. A strong research-intensive academic culture at these institutions also attracts numerous students to study in Australia.

 

Study in Australia: Top Universities

QS Rank

University

20

The Australian National University

41

The University of Melbourne

45

The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)

47

The University of Queensland

50

The University of Sydney

60

Monash University

93

The University of Western Australia

109

The University of Adelaide

Source: QS Ranking 2017

 

Study in Australia: Best Student-Friendly Cities

Australia has some of world’s top-ranked student-friendly cities. Six Australian cities feature in the Top 50 student-friendly cities ranked by the QS Rankings 2017. Melbourne has already been among the top cities since 2014. The city also has seven of the Top 500 universities in world including University of Melbourne and Monash University. The other student-friendly cities and their world rankings are Sydney (13), Brisbane(20), Canberra (22), Adelaide(44) and Perth (50).

 

Study in Australia: Cultural Diversity

Australia is home to students from all over the world. The top five countries which contribute to 53% of international students in Australia are China, India, Malaysia, Nepal and Vietnam. The number of international students has also increased by 14% in the past year. Apart from international students, Australian universities also encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, further adding to the diversity. A number of scholarships are offered both by universities as well as the Australian Government for higher studies.

 

Study in Australia: Strong Research/Technology

Australian universities have majorly invested in research in almost all fields of science, medicine and technology. The Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia, or ERA has identified 43 areas of national strength to focus their research on. A five-point scale is used, with ‘World Standard’, ‘Above World Standard’ and ‘Well Above World Standard’ serving as higher indicators in the ratings. With seven universities in the overall Top 100 and 9 in the Top 50 under 50 in the 2017 QS rankings, the Australian government is clearly promoting and undertaking research in a number of areas, with health and medicine being given special focus.

 

Study in Australia: Top research areas

University

Leading research areas

ithree institute (infection, immunity and innovation), University of Technology Sydney

Researches in understanding and control of infectious diseases

University of New South Wales

HIV

University of Tasmania

Understanding of an extremely rare type of transmissible cancer, known as devil facial tumour disease, that has affected about 85 per cent of the Tasmanian devil population

Deakin University

Diagnosing autism in very young children

Macquarie University

Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative

La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science

Bioeconomy- developing vaccines, therapeutic and diagnostic products to help offset increasing cost of medical treatment

Murdoch University

Interactions between adaptable pathogens, drugs and the human host to develop personalised and precise interventions

University of Melbourne

Biotechnology

Victoria University

Spans the sport and active living spectrum, from participation to high performance sport,

Federation University Australia,

Researchers have particular expertise in injury epidemiology and prevention and clinical sports medicine

University of Canberra

Expertise in psychology, physiology, biomechanics and coaching pedagogy to advance Australia’s high-performance sports research.

University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute

Internationally renowned researchers in human reproduction, pregnancy and child health, developing interventions to improve health outcomes for mother and child in pregnancies complicated by obesity and diabetes

Study in Australia: Great Work Opportunities

International students have the option to temporarily work in Australia after their course. The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) facilitates this. This visa allows students from both the Graduate Work Stream as well as the Post Study Work Stream. The Graduate Work Stream Visa, granted for 18 months, is only issued to international students who complete their education in Australia in areas which are in demand in the Australian labour market. For this visa, the aspirant must have completed the course and should have earned a degree, diploma or a trade qualification. The Post Study Work Stream visa is granted for two, three or four years depending on the educational qualifications. The eligibility qualification for this visa is a Bachelor's, Master's or a PhD degree.

 

Work options are also available for current students. Student visas permit the students to work for 40 hours every two weeks during the course duration and unrestricted hours during course breaks. Students can work in the retail, hospital, tourism, agriculture, sales and telemarketing sectors in clerical roles or engage in tutoring.

 

Employees working in Australia, including international students, have some basic rights at work such as minimum wage, challenge of unfair dismissal from the job, breaks and a healthy and safe work environment.

 

Study in Australia: Cost of Living

The standard of living in Australian cities is among the highest in the world. On the other hand, the cost of living is well below that of the USA and UK. The cost of pursuing an undergraduate degree can fall in the range of A$14,000 to 35,000 per annum. The post graduate degrees can cost between A$15,000 to 36,000 a year. Students are required to show a bank statement of approximately A$20,000 per year for their living costs. While university accommodation will be cost effective to the students (A$90 – A$280 per week), they can also opt for shared houses (A$165 – A$440 per week).

 

According to the official Australian government source for Study in Australia, students can expect to spend anywhere between A$230 – A$680 per week on living expenses. This is excluding the accommodation and insurance costs.

 

Study in Australia: Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available for students aspiring to study in Australia. The scholarships are available for all fields of education as well as universities.

 

Study in Australia: Top Scholarships

Scholarship

University

Duration

Amount

Deadline

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Golden Jubilee Commemorative International Scholarship

University of Newcastle

1.0 years

$90,000

Mid December

Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarship

Australian-American Fulbright Commission

2.0 years

$70,000

1 August

VIED-RMIT PhD Scholarship

RMIT University

3.5 years

$60,000

 

PhD and Masters Research Scholarship

Cooperative Research Centre for Mining

3.0 years

$52,222

No closing date

Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) PhD Scholarship

Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre

3.0 years

$50,000

Early June; Early November

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarship

Forest Research Foundation

4.0 years

$45,000

End October

Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholarship

University of Technology Sydney

3.0 years

$40,000

 

Fulbright US Postgraduate Scholarships

Australian-American Fulbright Commission

1.0 years

$40,000

13 October

US to Australia Fellowship Program

American Australian Association

1.0 years

$40,000

15 October

Taiwan Australian National University Scholarship

Australian National University

3.0 years

$36,682

 

International Water Centre Masters Scholarships (Master of Integrated Water Management) Domestic

International Water Centre

3.0 years

$36,320

1 November

International Water Centre Masters Scholarships (Master of Integrated Water Management) International

International Water Centre

1.5 years

$35,000

1 August

William T Southcott Scholarship

University of South Australia

3.0 years

$35,000

31 August; 31 October

Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship

University of South Australia

2.0 years

$35,000

12 May

Digital Marketing Scholarship

In Marketing We Trust

1.0 years

$34,000

Continuous application

Source: studyinaustralia.gov.au

 

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First Published On : 31 Jul 2017 02:42 PM IST

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