Many university students choose to spend at least a portion of their academic career in a study abroad program. There are an infinite number of choices, and more and more students are choosing Australia as their study abroad destination. There are several factors any student should consider when making the decision to study in Australia.

Academic Programs:

Australia has many universities ranked in the top fifty best schools worldwide. It is useful to understand which degrees are the most practical for Australia’s growing industries, as international students are now able to remain in Australia to work for up to four years after graduation. Here is a listing of degrees, and the universities that ranked highest in their programs:

1. Healthcare – Australian Universities by ranking:

2. Engineering (civic – centered around growing mining industry)

3. Business

4. Computer Science

5. Education (specifically math and science teachers)

Where To Live:

Looking at the above list, it is clear that Australia has many excellent universities. Researching the city that is home to a given university is a good way to make the decision a little easier. Here is a list of five of the best cities for students in Australia.

 

1. Sydney

Located on the coast, Sydney has a mild climate and beautiful beaches. It is a great city for students who like a mix of outdoor activities and urban amenities. There are five universities with their main base in Sydney, and twenty two percent of the student population is made up of international students. The cost of living is fairly high for Australia, so students may want to take that into consideration.

2. Perth

Smaller than some of the other cities listed, Perth still boasts an international student population percentage that is almost one third of the population in total. The cost of living is still somewhat high, but the smaller city allows for a more intimate university experience.

3. Brisbane

The international student population in Brisbane is closer to that of Sydney, at around twenty percent. However, Brisbane is one of the less expensive options when it comes to the cost of living.

4. Adelaide

Adelaide is one of the smaller academic cities in Australia with just three universities based there. It has a low cost of living, which makes it an attractive option for the budget conscious student.

5. Melbourne

Consistently ranked among the top three most livable cities in the world, Melbourne is home to the largest international student population in Australia. More than one-third of the students come from overseas, and the city reflects this diversity with a richly artistic culture. Students will find plenty of club activities, arts and music festivals, and a current fashion scene.

 

Cost of Living:

The cost of living varies depending on which city a student chooses, but the financial requirements for a student visa include an annual income of $18,610.00 Australian for a single student. International students are allowed to work a maximum of twenty hours per week, and will find there are many options of students to either work or intern. Roughly twenty to thirty percent of students have a job to help offset the cost of living and studying in Australia.

International students are not eligible for government loans (such as the HELP loan), however there are several scholarships for which they can apply. More information on scholarships can be found at studyassist.gov.au.

Another way that students can offset the cost of living is by renting textbooks rather than buying them.

Applications:

A student’s chosen university will help them with their specific application requirements. Some standard information students need to provide includes: education history, English language proficiency, passport copy or Australian visa copy.

Once an application has been approved, the university will send a full letter of confirmation. If they need more information, the student will receive a conditional letter. After the student has returned the signed acceptance form and applicable fees, they will receive an Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment. The ECoE is necessary for the student visa application.

Alex Pejak is an economics graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Finance and Banking, and a former recipient of prestigious scholarships, currently working in Australia. She is of the opinion that the key to a successful career is a constant professional improvement, which requires reading professional literature all the time, something she was able to start practising during her studies thanks to Jekkle – University Textbooks

On behalf of the Student Caring International Community, THANK YOU ALEX! for your guest contribution: What You Need to Consider Before Studying in Australia. 
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