Why go to university in Australia?

UK students are choosing Australia as a study destination in increasing numbers and below are just a few of the reasons why.

The quality of education available at the universities in Australia is of an exceptionally high standard and this is reflected in the fact that many of the institutions are ranked among the best in the world. For example, in the Times Higher Education Rankings 2012-2013 six Australian universities were ranked in the top 100 in the world. The qualifications offered at the universities in Australia are respected internationally and are recognised as being of a very high class. The expertise and international standing of the universities are only set to increase in the coming years with the Australian government stating that higher education is a priority area and demonstrating their commitment by pledging to invest a substantial amount in higher education.

There is excellent degree recognition between the UK and Australia, in part due to the fact that the education system is based on the UK model. For the vast majority of programmes, this means that qualifications will be fully recognised in the UK which is particularly important when it comes to professional degrees such as nursing, engineering and medicine.

The universities in Australia are recognised as being the best places in the world to study certain subjects and are known for their expertise in particular areas. These include physiotherapy, social work, geology, petroleum engineering, sports science and marine biology.

Many students chose to study at university in Australia in order to experience a unique side to the country, which they would not otherwise have the opportunity to do. Studying overseas, whether it is for three years or just six months, is a challenging, exciting and once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed! Choosing to study in Australia is an amazing opportunity to immerse oneself in the culture and lifestyle of the country and to take advantage of the incredible experiences that it has to offer.

Students who have studied overseas are also thought to have an edge in today’s competitive graduate job market and Australian universities in particular are recognised as producing high quality, desirable graduates. Individuals who have studied overseas are thought of as being more independent, self-reliant, flexible and adaptable, all skills which are necessary to succeed in the workplace.

The flexibility of degrees in Australia also appeals to a lot of students. The structure of general degrees such as a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Commerce allows students to tailor a degree to incorporate many of their interests, giving students a wider choice of what modules they wish to study and allowing them to build a programme that is unique to their interests and future career aspirations.

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