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Posted at: Sep 13, 2017, 1:08 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2017, 1:08 AM (IST)STUDY ABROAD

Why Australia is on a strong footing

Why Australia is on a strong footing
Australia has lots to offer to those planning to pursue their studies there

While the interest in the US and the UK has dipped in the past couple of years due to various socio-economic factors, Australia has continued to retain its position as a favourable study abroad destination among international students, especially those from India. Latest figures on international students announced by the Australian government's Department of Education & Training show that India is the second biggest provider of international students (63,283) after China. The data also states that students from India top the list in Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in Australia, with 19,165 individuals enrolled in May, 2017.

Some of the factors favourable for indian students are: 

Diverse cultural background: Australia is one of the few countries in the world that are multicultural as well as multiracial, and is also one of the most welcoming nations globally. Whether it is the cuisine or cultural influence, the diversity is visible in every aspect, and always has something to offer for non-native residents. Moreover, India-Australia ties have almost always been friendly, and both countries maintainstrong bilateral relations, making it quite easier for Indian students to study here.

Competitive cost of living: Australia has one of the best cost of living in the world, with living and tuition costs significantly lower than either the USA or the UK. 

However, students are still advised to prepare a budget for the duration of their stay in the country prior to enrolling in any Australian universities in order to manage their finances better. Students can also check if they are eligible for scholarships, which could help reduce their financial burden by a certain margin. Some Australian universities offer scholarships exclusively for Indian students. For example: RMIT University offers the Science, Engineering and Health scholarships for Indian students (Undergraduate), and Macquarie University offers PG Scholarships for students from selected Indian institutions.

State-of-the-art academic facilities: Another factor that influences international students to study in Australia is the availability of modern academic instruments and facilities that allow students to gain practical knowledge, and significantly improves their overall learning capabilities.

Highly coveted education institutions: Australia is home to some of the most globally reputable universities and education institutions in the world. The Australian National University, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), University of Queensland, and University of Sydney are some of the top rated institutions of higher education in the country.

International recognition: Students pursuing their higher studies in Australia stand to gain lots of global exposure as degrees earned from Australian universities are recognised across the world. 

Student-friendly environment: Australia is an international students’ haven, which makes it one of the most student-friendly nations in the world. 

As per QS Top universities, the top 7 student-friendly cities in Australia are: Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Gold Coast.

Work opportunities:  International students studying in Australia are allowed to work for maximum 20 hours/week throughout the duration of their studies or course session. 

However, it is important to bear in mind that working beyond the pre-determined hours could result in cancellation of your student visa; so it is important to be mindful and respect the rules as long as you are living there.

— Inputs from Gurinder Bhatti, Chairman & Managing Director, ESS Global.

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