It is the 6th largest country in the world, occupying an entire continent of some 7.6 million square kilometres. It has the world's 3rd largest ocean territory, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometres. Vegetation covers nearly 7 million square kilometres or 91 percent of Australia. Most of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The only nation-continent of 20 million people in the world. More than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometres of the coast making Australia one of the world's most urbanised coastal dwelling populations. Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages. The most common non-English spoken languages are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
Today's Australia is very multicultural with Indigenous peoples and migrants from some 200 countries. It has 16 world heritage listed sites including historic townships, cities and landscapes. Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902. Surprisingly Australia is the most obese country in the world as of 2012 with a 26 percent obesity rate despite being a sport loving nation.
The sports capital of the world has 70 percent of its total population participating at least once a week in a particular recreational activity or sport. 80 percent of Australians believe Australia has a strong culture and identity characterised by being down to earth, mateship, honesty, sports and multiculturalism based on research organised by the Australia Day Council of NSW in 2008.
Australia has the third highest number of foreign students in the world behind only the UK & US.
Employers and universities all over the world recognize Australian degree and other certificates. Graduates from Australia are successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide.
Living expenses and tuition costs are considerably lower in Australia than they are in US and UK. However, the living standard in Australia is quite high as compared to competitive nations. There are range of scholarships available which can help to lower the cost of studying in Australia.
Institutes in Australia offer a wide variety of courses and degrees so international students can easily find the school and field that are right for them. Students can choose between universities, colleges, premier institutes, vocational education, and English language training.
Australia has quality of scientific research programs available for international students. Students who study in Australia can take advantage the country’s impressive technology and research resources.
International students in Australia can work up to 40 hours per fortnight, allowing them to earn money, gain useful work experience in a foreign country and meet a variety of new people. Besides that scholarship opportunities are available for international students.
Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel. People from almost every aspect of world reside here; students can be a part of multicultural environment and cultural activities.
Primary Education - Education in Australia is managed by the second tier of government and compulsory through to age 15 to 17 depending on the state or territory. It is provided through a variety of government and private schools some with religious affiliations. All are required to adhere to government curricula. The process begins with non-compulsory kindergartens where children often have their first experience of socializing with strangers. Primary school begins at age 6 or 7 and continues for 6 grades.
Secondary Education - There is no distinctive middle-school phase and post-primary pupils go on directly to high school. Here they follow a common curriculum with an academic bias. After reaching the prescribed age they may remain on to complete their university preparation, switch across into the TAFE system, or enter society.
Vocational Education - Every state or territory administers its own permutation of vocational education & training, and technical & further education. The former provides hands-on job skills while the latter manages vocational tertiary education.
Tertiary Education - Tertiary education takes place at university or technical college of which there are many - some religious, some private and some centrally controlled. There are many foreign tertiary students in Australia (particularly from Asia) as this is a conduit to a successful migration. This inflow of foreign funds balances the cost of the Australian system to some extent.
Australia is also renowned for its high-quality fresh produce (including meat, seafood, dairy, wine, fruit and vegetables), which is available at markets and supermarkets. Bakeries, butcher’s shops, fruit and vegetable shops, delicatessens, international food stores and other specialty food shops are common throughout the country, so it won’t be difficult to find everything you need to cook your favourite foods at home.
Australians value their leisure time and take advantage of the great climate by spending a lot of time outside having barbeques with friends, bushwalking, camping or going to the beach. They also like to shop, dine out and go to the cinemas in their leisure time. Sport is a big passion for many Australians — especially home-grown Australian Rules Football (AFL), cricket, rugby and tennis. Joining a sporting club is a great way to make friends.
Depending upon what course you are studying in Australia, your average tuition fees or cost of studying abroad in Australia may vary from AUD 6,000 to AUD 7,000 approximately for a six-month graduate certificate course to over AUD 30,000 per annum for a medical degree. You may have to pay approximately AUD 3,000 to 4,000 for a 20-week certificate course to over AUD 12,000 per annum for laboratory or computer intensive advanced courses if you are interested in pursuing vocational education and training. An undergraduate degree in Australia may cost anywhere between AUD 10,000 and AUD 16,500 a year depending on what you are studying in Australia – arts, business, economics, law or science and engineering courses. A post graduate degree will cost anywhere between AUD 9,000 and AUD 18,500 a year, depending on whether you are pursuing a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, Master or a Doctorate degree.
|Accommodation||USD 1000.30 to USD 2194.34|
|Meals for Two||USD 61.31|
|Sports And Leisure||USD 76.76|
|Utilities (Water, Electricity, Internet etc.)||USD 177.01|
|Public Transport Monthly Pass||USD 101.92|