Why study in Australia?

Why Australia?

In this article, we want to highlight what makes Australia an ideal study destination that is uniquely Australian. As education specialists, we want to be honest and affirm that each country’s education system has its pros and cons, so weigh our advice for yourself and see what works best for you.

In fact, if you’re interested in comparing Australia, UK and New Zealand as potential study destinations, check out our article here.

This article is useful for those who might be encountering Australia as a study destination for the first time, or who just need that extra assurance that Australia is a great choice for them. So here are 5 reasons why we think that Australia is not only a good choice for tertiary education, but a really good one. If there is a word to describe Australia as a study destination, it would be diversity. Read on to discover why we say so!

1. Australia is one of the world’s most diverse population

Almost half of all Australians (47%) are born overseas or have one parent who are overseas. As a result of such diversity, more than 260 languages (or dialects) are spoken in Australian homes.1 Besides English, the most common languages or dialects spoken are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Greek and Cantonese. While it is always nice to hang out with your fellow Malaysian students, our experience and research tell us that students perform better in a diverse environment. A diverse environment enables students to concentrate and push themselves more.2 Diversity also fosters creativity because a group of people with differing perspectives, culture, worldview and backgrounds are collaborating together to create solutions.

2. Travel to your heart’s content with 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia

Australia is the biggest island in the world, the sixth biggest country in the world in land area, and the only nation to govern an entire continent.1 Explore more than 500 national parks and more than 2,700 conservation areas, ranging from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves. Here’s the icing on the cake—Australia is home to 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Lord Howe Island Group, Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island and the Sydney Opera House.

3. Enjoy world-class quality of living

Six of Australia’s cities are among the top 40 cities in the world, according to Mercer’s 2019 Quality of Living Ranking. These cities are Sydney (11th in the world), Melbourne (17th), Perth (21st), Adelaide (29th), Canberra (30th) and Brisbane (35th). Ongoing research on the practicalities of daily life for expatriate employees and their families forms the basis of Mercer’s annual ranking of the quality of living in many prevalent assignment locations.3

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4. Australia’s education system is among the world’s best

According to The Legatum Prosperity IndexTM 2019, Australia is ranked 17th in the overall Prosperity Index rankings.4 In the education pillar, Australia is ranked 9th in the world. The Education pillar measures enrolment, outcomes, and quality across four stages of education (pre-primary, primary, secondary, and tertiary education), as well as the skills in the adult population.

5. Gain work experience while you study

Australian institutions provide an education designed to help you succeed in the global workforce. An Australian qualification will make you very attractive to potential employers in Australia, at home and around the world. Many Australian degrees and vocational courses include work experience programs and internships so you can gain hands-on industry experience and grow your professional network while you study. Once you complete your degree, you may also be eligible to stay and work in Australia. While studying, you can work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and full-time during the semester break. This can be a great way to find study-related work or simply pay for your lifestyle in Australia.5

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