Why study in Australia?
Australia has it all. World class universities, an affordable and carefree lifestyle, and plenty of warm sunshine to go around. It’s no wonder that students from all over the world flock to Australia for study abroad every year, and you could easily be joining in on the fun. The following is a quick list of the biggest advantages of studying abroad in Australia.
You Can Study ANYTHING
Between the more than 40 universities in Australia, there are hundreds of opportunities to study hundreds of different topics. For a majority of study abroad students, the bigger universities will be top choices, and each one will provide just as many courses of study at any major American university. The most prestigious school in the nation, the Australian National University, has over 750 possible course combinations; the pure number of courses offered at the Australian National University means that you won’t only be able to take courses related to your major, but there’ll also be ample opportunities to broaden your academic horizons by taking a class or two that you might not be able to participate in at your home college.
You Can Work With a Student Visa
Still searching for ways to knock down the cost of studying abroad in Australia? Well, Australia is far from unique in regards to visa restrictions. Although international students will have to have a student visa in order to enter the country, the perks that come along with that visa place the country apart: student visa holders are eligible for employment in Australia. Working while studying in Australia is something that can really help drive down the expense of an already very affordable experience.
Students may work up to 40 hours every two weeks in jobs that require only basic skills, such as in grocery stores, food, and beverage service, or even in various roles on their various university campuses. These positions can drastically reduce the expense of studying abroad in Australia, often covering many if not all expenses associated with rent, groceries, utilities, and possibly even a little bit of tuition also.
No Language Barrier
This might appear obvious, but not discount the advantage of studying overseas in a nation that speaks your primary language! The challenge presented by a language barrier can be very large for an international student, affecting basically every aspect of life, from in the classroom to daily activities like grocery shopping or even just reading street signs. The largest language hurdle for an international student in Australia might be the abundant use of Australian slang, but with a tiny bit of exposure, it’s clear by even the biggest drongo around!
Do you want fun in the sun? You’ve got it in Australia! With the far southern land of Victoria as somewhat of an exception, Australia’s climate remains moderately warm to downright hot year round. Some of the best universities for international students can be found in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, all of which would consider a daily high below 50 degrees Fahrenheit a rarity at any point in the year. Also keep in mind that due to its location in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in Australia are opposite of those in America, creating a trip down under an excellent way to trade in a frigid North American winter for a sunny Australian summer!
Plenty To Do
The tourism industry in Australia is alive and well, and for good reason — giving plenty of answers to the question “Why study abroad in Australia?” There’s an endless number of memorable activities awaiting you. Australians love their outdoor experiences, and visitors can get in on the action whenever they choose. Get away from civilization and see rock formations a few hundred billion years in the making with a study abroad program in the heart of the Australian Outback or jet up to the Gold Coast to experience some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef. If indoor activities are more your thing, Australia is home to world class museums and art facilities, together with the crown jewel, the Sydney Opera house, hosting over 40 shows each week.
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