Study in Australia


About Australia

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!

Australia, a country and a continent in one name. Known by its nickname “Aussie”, it is the world’s smallest continent but 6th for the largest country. Australia is one of the fastest-growing countries. As in October 2019, it ranked 14 for countries with the largest economy with an estimation of 1,376.255 Billion USD according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The country applied a liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy.

Canberra is the capital city of Australia since 1901 and Sydney is its’ largest city.

The Geography

The country comprises 6 states, which are Victoria, New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia and 10 territories, 3 which are internal and 7 external. Each of its states and territories has its own constitution that is responsible for police, hospitals, education, and public transport-related.

The Cultures

Australia has a multicultural population practicing different religions and lifestyles. There is no official religion of the country, but as the 2016 census, the majority of the people embraced Christianity with over 52% of the total population. Indigenous Australians, or Aboriginals, are the original inhabitants of Australia. There is a great deal of difference in Australia today amongst various Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and societies

The Biodiversity

Australia has large biodiversity in its country. Its fauna is one of the most unique species in the world. Many of its native animals are only found in Australia itself. One of them is Australia’s own animal, Kangaroo, specifically Red Kangaroo. Another one is Koala, a cute but always sleepy creature that can mostly be found in Queensland or Victoria. Tasmanian devil is another animal that can be found in the forest of the Australian Island.

The Language

While there is no official language in Australia, 73% of their population speaks English as their main language. However, there more than 300 languages are spoken throughout the country. This includes Mandarin, Arabic, Italy, and Greek. Australians have really unique slang and phrases. If you want to sound like an Aussie, better get familiar with words like g’day (hello), barbie (barbeque), and brekky (breakfast).

The Climate

The climate in Australia is geographically very variable compared with other countries, with ecosystems ranging from deserts to tropical rainforests. There are 4 seasons in most areas in Australia, but different for the tropical north which only experienced a wert and dry season. Summer usually occurs from December to March with an average temperature of  25°C-30°C, Autumn runs from March to May, Winter happens throughout from June to August, and Spring from September to November.

The Currency 

The local currency of Australia is Australian Dollar (AUD). The notes are in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 whereas the coins are issued in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.

Why Study in Australia?

  • Popular study destination for international students with more than 738,000 students
  • Globally recognized higher education with 7 out of 100 world’s top universities
  • Easy accessibility for students visa
  • Multi-cultural environment
  • International students can work up to 40 hours per fortnight 
  • World-changing research and development
  • Better chance at job market upon graduation
  • Breath-taking environment

Education in Australia

School education is similar across all Australia with only minor variations between states and territories. School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16 (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10).

In Australia, Primary Education begins at the age of 6/7. The program runs for 7/8 years, depending on the state or territory. Most of it adopts the 7 years system, except in South Australia where students had 8 years of primary school. Primary education usually start with Pre-Year 1 to Year 6/Yeat 7.

After the completion of primary school, students continue for secondary education. It is divided into 2, junior secondary and school secondary. Junior secondary runs for 3/4 years, either from year 7 to year 10 or year 8 to year 10. On the other hand, Senior secondary runs for 2 years, year 11 and year 12.

There are at least 2 options for students after their secondary. 1st is when they have completed year 10, they can pursue Vocational Education and Training (VET) at universities/institutes that provides Technical and Further Education (TAFE) program. When students decided to pursue VET, they have to complete a certification I-IV for later continue to a diploma. After finishing the diploma, they can directly enter second year. One of the benefits of doing a VET is that the fee is usually cheaper than doing a Foundation.

2nd option is they can pursue a foundation program after year 10. Foundation is a pre-university program that helps students with some preparation knowledge before continuing to undergraduate. The program usually lasts 8-12 months long. After the program has completed, they can immediately enter 1st year of bachelor’s degree.

However, if students decided to finish their senior year until year 12, students can also enter 1st year of undergraduate education directly.

Australia is home to 43 universities that you can choose from. 7 of them are part of the top 100 universities in the world, according to QS World Ranking. It includes Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Monash University and University of Western Australia. The duration of the Bachelor’s degree may vary from 3-5 years depending on the course and university.

A Master’s degree allows you to choose either to do coursework or research. Each university provides a different method and a different duration. The average duration is 1-2 years. A Doctoral program, on the other hand, has an average duration of 3-4 years depending on their area.

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