Australia is an island continent and the world’s sixth largest country (7,682,300 sq km).
Lying between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the country is approximately 4,000 km from east to west and 3,200 km from north to south, with a coastline 36,735 km long.
Canberra is Australia’s capital city. With a population of approximately 380,000 people and situated in the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra is roughly half way between the two largest cities Melbourne and Sydney.
Australia has 19 listed World Heritage properties. Australia is also famous for its landmark buildings including the Sydney Harbour Bridge; its ancient geology, as well as for its high country. Australia’s first inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, are believed to have migrated from some unknown point in Asia to Australia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.
Why Study In Australia?
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. There are 43 universities in Australia (40 Australian universities, two international universities, and one private specialty university). Along with our universities, many other institutions offer higher education courses. You can search for institutions and courses using the Institution and Course Search on this website.
Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses â€“ from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions rank among the worldâ€™s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance.
When it comes to world university rankings, Australia has a strong, proven track record. Across all global ranking systems, criteria and fields of study, Australia ranks highly for quality of education, student satisfaction, and global reputation.
In fact, eight of Australia's universities feature in the top 100 ranked universities in the world in the latest QS ranking (2014-15). And if you have a specific study area of interest, there is every chance Australia has you covered, with at least three Australian universities in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technologies, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine and Social Sciences and Management.
High university rankings Australian has earned, but more importantly, it's about what you will receive when you study in Australia – a world-class education and opportunities for an unlimited future.
Working While Studying
Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.
Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break.
There are plenty of ways to find work that suits you, including:
• Newspapers and online job sites.
• Some institutions provide job notice-boards on campus and online. Contact your institutions international student support staff to find out what options your institution offers.
Register your details at a recruitment firm; many of them help place people in casual or short-term work.
Opportunity After Study
After your graduation, you have several options available to you whether you stay in Australia or head home. You may be able to continue your studies in Australia to pursue a higher level qualification or another field of study, you may be eligible to undertake post study work to put your newly gained knowledge to use and gain work experience in Australia, or you may choose to go home to undertake further study or work there.
Your Australian qualification will make you an attractive employee, not just to employers at home, but those in Australia and around the world as well.
If you are considering staying in Australia and working after your current visa expires, youâ€™ll need to get a new visa that lets you do this. There are a number of options, so work out what best fits your situation.
If you completed a Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degree, you may be eligible for the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.
After competition of Bachelor Degree and Master Degree the students are eligible to apply for 2 years Post Study Work and for Research Degree and PhD students are eligible of 3 years and 4 years of PSW respectively.
If you want to stay in Australia independently of employer sponsorship for a longer term or professional career, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect .
Wherever your post-graduation path leads, think about joining an alumni group from your institution. It will help you stay in touch with your classmates, and can provide you with great benefits and opportunities.