Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million. Australia now has around 3,84,000 international students from all over 140 countries in disciplines at every level of education, including short-term English language courses, Bachelor and Masters Degrees right through to Doctoral Degrees. Australia actually has some of the best colleges that has seven of the top 100 universities in the world. In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions. Degrees obtained from Australian universities are recognized all over the world. The nation’s higher education industry is federally regulated which means the Australian government evaluates all universities in the country yearly to make sure they are maintaining their high standards.
Australia also offers excellent value for money and a standard of living that is among the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably less expensive than UK and USA. The other advantages for this country in the Asia Pacific Rim include paid internships while studying. Other lifestyle benefits for international students include a safe environment, a multicultural community, various unique travel choices within the country, exciting cities and flexibility to work part time up to 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays.
When it comes to costs, Australia compares favorably with other top destination countries for international students.
- Estimated living expenses: AU$12,000 to AU$18,000 per year.
- Average Undergraduate course fees: AU$10,000 to AU$16,500 per year.
- Average Graduate course fees: AU$11,000 to AU$18,500 per year.
- Course duration: 3-4 years for undergraduate courses and 1 or more years for postgraduate courses