Why Study in Australia?
With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course. The numbers above show that Australian education has the quantity and variety, but it is also worth noting that the country leads in quality. Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Their university system also ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. With these, Australia is recognized as a country that offers world-class education.
The quality of education is important, but another significant aspect of choosing a location or university is student life. Australia, in fact, houses six of the forty best student cities in the world. A survey in 2012 even revealed that 88% of international student respondents are satisfied or very satisfied with living in Australia. This is not surprising, as Australia is considered to be the fourth happiest country in the world.
Aside from these, the country and its government also make investments into international education. For example, there is more than $200,000,000 invested by the government annually for international scholarships.
With these positive features of studying in Australia, it is no wonder that it is the 3rd most popular international student destination in the world, only behind the UK and the US.
More about Australia
Before being colonized by Great Britain, indigenous peoples scattered across the country inhabited Australia. Today, the country is considered as one of the most welcoming and diverse countries. According to their government, almost half of their population were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas. This contributes to the fact that there are more than 260 languages spoken in homes across Australia aside from English, such as Arabic, Italian and Mandarin.
Aside from its diversity, the country also boasts of its economy. It has seen steady growth, even during the 2008 global financial crisis. The country, for the year 2014, has approximately more than $1.4 trillion as its GDP.
Due to its large size, the country also has diverse environments. It has more than 500 national parks and more than 2,700 conservation areas ranging from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves. Additionally, 17 of the UNESCO World Heritage sites are in Australia. Examples of these are the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.