Study in Australia
Study in Australia
The Australian Higher Education system is largely a public government funded industry with only a few private universities.
Australia’s 39 universities together have an enrolment of more than one million students, and employ more than 100,000 staff. University expenditure accounts for 1.5% of GDP, with significant spill-over benefits for students, staff, industry, and the wider community. With 10 Nobel Prizes to date, Australia is also one of the world’s leading research nations on a per capita basis. Although less than half a per cent of the world’s population, Australia accounts for nearly three per cent of the world’s research output.
The Australian university teaching year is usually divided into two semesters (March – June, and July/August – november). These usually include 12 weeks of classes, with a short break (non-teaching week) dividing each semester (in Semester One, this usually coincides with the Easter break). At the end of each semester there is a ‘SWOT Vac’ (or study period) and a 2 –3 week examination period. There is sometimes a four to six week winter break between semesters, and a three month summer holiday between years.
Universities offer Bachelor degrees in many areas. These are usually 3–4 years in length (although some vocational degrees such as medicine, law and engineering may be longer). Double degrees (such as Arts/Law) are also popular. Many disciplines offer an optional Honours year for undergraduate students. This additional year usually requires advanced coursework and a minor thesis. Master’s and Doctoral degrees are taken either by coursework or research. Both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered at the same universities.
Many students find studying in Australia more casual than in their home country. While the learning environment may appear casual (for example, teachers first names are used in the classroom).
Why Study in Australia
Many international students are choosing to study in Australia because of its friendly, laid-back nature, excellent education system, and high standard of living. Some of the reasons why international students choose Australia to study are: