Australian institutions educate over 400,000 international students per year. For many, the most powerful lure is the quality and the diversity of Australia's education system.
There are many benefits of studying in Australia. Students are attracted to the freedom to study and work and the relatively low living costs. They enjoy the challenge and freedom of studying overseas and the status that comes from studying at a reputable institution. Furthermore, students are attracted by the country's natural and man-made wonders, the peaceful environment, the cosmopolitan cities and multicultural communities.
Studying in Australia encourages creative, innovative and independent thinking. Students learn the essential skills required for effective teamwork including communicating with others and developing abilities to become global citizens.
International students in Australia and their parents enjoy a level of service and financial protection that is unrivalled. Australia’s commitment to offering international students a quality education is backed up by legislation and regulations that govern the international education sector. The legislation is all encompassing, but importantly it sets high benchmarks for qualifications offered and lists the support services that institutions must provide to international students adjusting to their new environment.
Australia’s national quality assurance system is unique in both its structure and its rigour. It is a combination of government regulation and industry self-regulation. Each sector has its own comprehensive quality assurance mechanisms. For example, the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) and the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) have been set up by the Government to strengthen the quality assurance processes in education and training in Australia. Where an Australian institution offers courses at an offshore campus or through an agent, the institution is expected to maintain standards at least equivalent to those provided in Australia and carry full responsibility for all aspects of delivery.
The ESOS legislation also aims to protect the financial interests of current and intending overseas students who can demonstrate that their education provider has failed to meet its commitments. The institution is obliged to offer the student a refund or offer them a suitable alternative tuition at no extra cost.
Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country.
Australia is a safe country compared to almost anywhere in the world. Crime and political unrest are limited in Australia. Australia has low crime rates and strict gun control laws providing a safe environment. Your study plans and progress are not likely to be upset by political turmoil.
People from about 200 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. The multicultural nature of Australian society means international students are readily accepted by other students, and teachers are experienced in teaching classes to students from many countries. Australians value the wealth of cultural diversity and social sophistication that international students bring to our campuses and our communities. We take great care in looking after international students and helping them to adjust to the Australian way of life.
Australians are open, friendly people and you will find a warm welcome in Australia. Many students living in homestay situations experience Australian family life in a natural, friendly way and often find they are treated like a family member. Wherever you live - homestay, boarding school or campus accommodation - you will discover many opportunities to make lasting friendships. You can get further information on how members of various ethnic groups live in Australia at the DIMIA website.
Australia also offers excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition costs in Australia considerably less expensive than the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA), and a standard of living that is amongst the highest in the world.
English opens doors to more study options and international career choices. Australia leads the way in English language training. Students from around the world come to Australia each year to enjoy the challenge of learning English in an English speaking country – for study, work, travel or personal reasons. Australia’s flexible English language institutions cater for everyone from beginner to advanced to teacher training.
Australia has the English course to suit your needs. Classes can be formal for academic studies or more relaxed to on a specific interest. English language training can even take place as part of a holiday. Whatever you choose, you have the flexibility to enrol at virtually any time of the year.
Australian qualifications are recognised by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. An Australian Government organisation called the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) assists Australian institutions to recognise qualifications from overseas. NOOSR also works to promote the recognition of Australian qualifications internationally.
Most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia on a student visa are covered by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF is a national system of learning pathways which is endorsed by the Australian Government and recognised throughout Australia and by other countries. On completion of an AQF qualification international students can progress to the next AQF level anywhere in Australia as long as they satisfy student visa requirements. The AQF simplifies international comparison and recognition. You will be assured of a valued and widely recognised qualification.