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Studying in Australia
Why Study in Australia?
1. Top-Notch Institutions
Some of the world’s leading institutions are proudly Australian. In 2015/2016, 22 Australian universities were positioned among the top 400 universities in the world on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
2. Work Experience
The Australian Government as of late made an improvement to the Temporary Graduate Visa to allow certain graduates holding an Australian Bachelor’s, Master’s orb Doctoral degree gain relevant work experiences after the completion of their academic programmes. This allows many international students to spend more time in Australia after their studies.
Also, international students have the opportunity to work while studying in Australia, to complement their study and living experiences.
3. High-Quality Education Standard
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is responsible for quality assurance and regulates all higher education providers in Australia against a set standard, which allows the agency to track quality of education in institutions. Furthermore, Education Services for Overseas Students law protects the rights of international students, by governing the well-being of international students, tuition protection service and holds institutions accountable for students’ education experience.
Culture and Traditions
Australia is a culturally diverse country in terms of religion, language and history. Australians generally address people with their first names and when meeting someone for the first time, it is usual to shake hands first. To greet a friend, a hug, a kiss on the cheek or a verbal greeting is the most common.
There is no official language but majority of the people speak English while other languages commonly spoken are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
Some popular Australian Slangs:
• Brekkie- Breakfast
• G’day- Good day/hello
• Snags- Sausages
• Sunnies- Sunglasses
Let’s not forget that Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world, so it will be a great opportunity for students to study in such a culturally diverse country.
Your first arrival to Australia will be by planeand the major airports in Australia are Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane followed by Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Cairns. After arrival, students need not worry about getting around because the transport system in Australia is very efficient, reliable and affordable. Australia is a large country which encompasses 2,988,902 square miles (7,741,220 kilometers) you should expect to travel great distances when moving from one major city to the next. You have the options of choosing the train, tram, a bus, a car, or a plane for your movement across the country.
Also, the costs of transportation vary depending on the state or territory you will be and the type of transportation you are using.
Cost of Living in Australia
Australia is ranked second best in the world for quality of living (UN Reports, 2015). The cost of living in Australia is low with a very high standard of living compared to other destinations. It has a low unemployment and inflation rate so students should keep calm when it comes to money matters.
You will have access to fresh food, fruits and vegetables at low cost. Most supermarkets offer regular discounts on selected items which helps you save some money.
Also, when it comes to familiar African products, you can’t be really far from home because there are a number of grocery stores, restaurant and local markets selling African food and products.
For students who love visiting the cinemas, many cinemas in Australia run promotions where tickets could be 30% cheaper. There are also lots of discounts available for international students on other services such as public transport, books, cultural venues, shopping and lots more.
Life in Australia
Australia is the fourth happiest country in the world (Prosperity Index 2012) and five of the 30 best student cities in the world are located in Australia (Top University Rankings 2012).
Australia has a total of 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites alongside its beautiful beaches.
This simply means that no matter what programme you are applying for, Australia has a plethora of opportunities and will always be an interesting experience for you.
Students are always advised to make the best use of their study experience; socialize with the happy people of Australia, connect with other international students, visit some of the best places in the world and ofcourse, take lots of pictures.
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