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Study in Australia Guide for International Students

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Australia has been one of the most popular destinations for international students in recent years. There is no surprise there though, because the beautiful island country has universities ranking among the World’s Top 100. Australia provides students with a safe environment, a high standard of living and numerous job opportunities after graduation. 

The only con to living in Australia, is the cost of living when compared to other countries. This can be managed if you carefully plan your budget and spending and we are here to help you do just that! 

The first thing you need to note is that the cost of living in Australia really comes down to what you study, where you live in Australia, and your style of living. 

Please note that all prices stated below are in Australian Dollars. If you wish to convert it to your currency you can use www.xe.com

Average Living Costs in Australia

On average, students living in Australia will need approximately AUD$1,400 and 2500 per month to cover all of their living expenses, including accommodation, food and transportation depending on the city they live in. In fact, when you apply for a student visa, you are required to prove you have the financial capability to pursue your studies and live in Australia. 

Here’s a breakdown of the the minimum average cost of living in different cities of Australia:

  1. Sydney, NSW –  AUD $1900/month 
  2. Melbourne, VIC – AUD $1500/month
  3. Adelaide, South Australia – AUD $ 1300/month
  4. Canberra, NSW –  AUD $1400/month
  5. Brisbane, Queensland – AUD $1400/month
  6. Perth, Western Australia –  AUD$1500/month
  7. Hobart, Tasmania -AUD$1400/month
  8. Darwin, Northern Territory – AUD$1500/month

A cost of living calculator could also help you figure out a more personalized and accurate calculation of the budget you would need to live in Australia. 

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Accommodation Costs in Australia

Accommodation is one of the first and most important things students have to decide on before leaving for their study venture in Australia. You have a diverse range of options when it comes to accommodation, ranging from on campus residence to off campus apartments and even living with a host local family. Most students prefer to live off campus through homestay programs or rental properties. 

Average prices for the various options of accommodation are down below:

  • On campus residence – AUD $750/month
  • Homestay – AUD $940/month
  • Shared Rental – AUD$ 500/month
  • Rent an apartment –  AUD$ 1400/month

Your accommodation costs also largely depend on the city and area you live in. For more assistance on accommodation in Australia, you can contact Excel Education

Food Costs in Australia

It is important that you set aside weekly money for food, social activities and emergency situations. There are many cheap supermarkets in Australia where you can do your grocery shopping such as Woolworths, Coles and Costo. Grocery shopping at these supermarkets should cost you approximately AUD$ 500-1000 per month. 

You can obviously also order from UberEats if you are not a fan of cooking or even go to a restaurant if you are feeling fancy. However, this will cost you more. The average cost of an affordable restaurant is around AUD$ 18 while a three course meal might cost you AUD $80. In Australia, you can choose from a variety of Cuisines when it comes to food, ranging from Asian to even Italian or Indian. 

Please keep in mind that when living in a foreign country, it is important for you to watch your spending and keep it at a minimum. 

Transportation Costs in Australia

There are several universities with private transportation facilities such as buses and even ferries for their students. Nevertheless, if you are someone who likes to go out a lot to enjoy the city, it will be smart to keep aside some money for transportation purposes. 

Good news is that in most of the cities of Australia you can get a monthly transportation card that will give you access to unlimited rides around the city including buses, trains and even ferries. Students can get a public transport pass for between AUD$30 to AUD$70/month, depending on the city. The monthly price might look over the top at first glance, but it is way cheaper than spending on transportation everyday.

Scholarships in Australia for International Students

Applying for a scholarship or getting a part-time job will definitely prove to be highly beneficial for any international student fending for themselves in a foreign country, especially a country such as Australia. There are a number of scholarship opportunities open from the Australian government, higher education institutions or other public/private organizations that you international students could apply for. 

Each scholarship will have its own criteria of requirements that you have to fit into for application. You can explore the many scholarship opportunities you might be able to try your luck with on the Study in Australia website. 

Some of the common scholarships awarded to international students include: 

  • Australia Awards funded by the Australian government covering full tuition fees, part of the living expenses and travel fees as well. 
  • Destination Australia Program (DAP) is another scholarship program by the Australian Government for domestic and international students to study in regional Australia. 
  • Provider Scholarships are scholarships granted by Australian education providers for their students based on academic merit. 

For further assistance on scholarship opportunities in Australia, please contact Excel Education

Top Universities in Australia for International Students

Here, we have a general list of the top universities for international universities in the most popular cities to live in Australia.

Sydney, NSW

The University of Sydney

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Western Sydney University

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Melbourne, VIC

University of Melbourne

Monash University

RMIT University

Deakin University

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Adelaide, South Australia

University of Adelaide

University of South Australia

Kaplan Business School Australia

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Canberra, NSW

Australian National University

University of Canberra

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Brisbane, Queensland

The University of Queensland

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Griffith University

James Cook University

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Perth, Western Australia

University of Western Australia

Curtin University of Technology

Edith Cowan University

Murdoch University

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Hobart, Tasmania

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

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Darwin, Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University

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Top Universities to Study Architecture Degrees in Australia

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Have you always had a fascination for the shape and designs of buildings you see? Do you like the idea of ​​working on new designs and creating beautiful spaces? Do you have a creative but also analytical mind?

If yes, architecture is definitely a career pathway for you to consider. 

Architecture is known to be the art of designing and constructing to fulfill both practical and expressive desires. An architect’s main role and responsibility include: planning and creating designs for new construction projects, alterations and redevelopments. They are well knowledgeable on both art and science of building design as they are not only incharge of the external aesthetic but also the internal functionality and safety of their buildings’ occupants.  

Different Specialization of Architecture

  • Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture focuses on outdoor spaces such as neighbourhood, parks, gardens and public spaces. Landscape architects engage in core ecological, cultural and social issues faced in the society when designing spaces to ensure efficiency and engagement with the environment. They are also in charge of deciding locations for buildings, walkways and parks in building a community. Examples of responsibilities of landscape architects: deciding types of trees in areas and types of material used for walls and walkways. 

  • Interior Architecture 

Interior Architecture is known as a combination between two fields of study: interior designing and architecture. It focuses on the interior of a space and its human functionality. Interior architects are usually involved in the building or rebuilding of interior environments, taking building structure and building codes into account to create a safe and habitable living space. Examples of responsibilities of interior architects: ensuring proper plumbing, electrical system as well as including sustainable designs.

  • Urban Planning 

Urban Planning focuses on the study of how cities grow, change and the policies that guide towards a better quality of life through a resilient and healthy future. Urban Planning learns about the historical evolution of cities and of the discipline in a global perspective; the responsibilities of the profession, and how cities are planned and governed. Examples of responsibilities of urban planners: plan making, policy analysis, and technical writing in both urban and regional contexts. 

Skills Needed to Study Architecture

  • Creative and Design Skills 

If you’re going to be spending the rest of your career designing cutting-edge buildings that push the boundaries of aesthetics, then you’re going to need a flair for the imaginative. It is important for you to have creativity to visualize design and concepts to bring new ideas to life as well as to keep up with the constantly evolving society. However, it is also important for you to create ideas that are practical and suitable for the needs of your clients. A good architect needs to be able to combine visuals with functionality to bring a design to life. 

  • Attention to Detail

Architectural drawings are known to be really detailed pieces of work that work as a guide for construction workers to rely on as a guide in constructing the building. You would need to acquire the skills in paying attention to detail as you cant afford to go wrong with any details as even a single misplaced window or faulty plumbing arrangements can affect the outcome of the entire building. 

  • Computer Software Skills 

To become an architect, it is important for you to be tech-savvy. Many drafting of construction plans and designs have moved into the world of digital technology. Be sure to familiarise yourself with computer software such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) 

  • Teamwork 

As an architect, you will have to work closely with numerous parties such as lawyers, construction managers, surveyors, local government officials and even structural engineers in the process of bringing your design to life. It is important to be able to communicate effectively with all these parties, work together with them to ensure the needs of your clients are met in completing a design successfully.

4 Famous Australian Architecture

#1 Sydney Opera House

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In 1959, the Sydney Opera House is known as one of the most iconic architectural pieces in the country built by Jørn Utzon where it has since been a home to many of the world’s greatest artists and performances, and a meeting place for matters of local and international significance. 

#2 Buildings Spanning The Olderfleet to Rialto

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Constructed back in 1888 by Architect William Pit- these are a collection of five buildings of different styles that are considered essential pieces of Australian architecture on Collins Street in Melbourne

#3 Boyd Baker House

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Arguably the most influential architect in Australia, Robin Boyd constructed about 100 houses that demonstrate his ideas about architecture. Boyd’s most significant designs brought to life include Blott House, Stone House, Lyons House, King House & Studios. Image above shows Blott House constructed back in 1956 by Robin Boyd.

#4 Lobster Bay House

Photo Credit: Docomomo Australia

Designer Ian Mckay designed this house back in 1971 in New South Wales, incorporating a series of geometrically shed-like forms that turned into a beautiful piece of landscape by the sea.

Pathway of Becoming an Architect in Australia

To become an architect, you would need to complete a Year 12 equivalent qualification (eg: A Levels, STPM, Matriculation, IB Diploma) along with an English Language Requirement (eg: IELTS, TOEFL PCE). Then, you have to complete an accredited degree in architecture. At this stage, you would have the option of pursuing a Degree in Arts/Design with a major in Architecture OR a direct Degree in Architecture, depending on the availability of courses based on your university of choice. Upon graduation, you can option to pursue a Master’s Degree followed by a phD in Architecture. If you intend to practise, it is important to note that you must complete an accredited architecture degree, have 2 years monitored experience with an architectural firm followed by the completion of an examination in architectural practice set by Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) to be registered with the Architects Registration Board state specific.

General Entry Requirements to Study Architecture in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification                                                                                                                                                           

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 1A 2B

STPM

Min. 3B’s 

Malaysian Matriculation

Min. GPA 2.6

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 80

UEC 

Min. A2 , average of 5 subjects

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 7.0 

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 96

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 68

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 5 Universities to Study Architecture in Australia

#1 University of Sydney

Photo Credit: University of Sydney

Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architecture and Environments

II. Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

March 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#2 University of Melbourne

Photo Credit: University of Melbourne

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Design 

Major in: 

I. Architecture 

II. Landscape Architecture 

III. Urban Planning 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#3 RMIT University

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architectural Design 

II. Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design

III.  Bachelor of Interior Design (Hons)

IV. Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#4 University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architectural Studies 

II. Bachelor of Industrial Design 

III. Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons)

IV. Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#5 Curtin University

Photo Credit: Curtin University

Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)

II. Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture)

IV. Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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Top 8 Popular Courses for International Students to Study in Australia

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Australia is known to be a country that has been producing high-quality graduates with both local and international students. The Australian lifestyle attracts students from all parts of the world due to its world-class education, beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, easy commutes and multicultural food scene. This diverse country also offers a variety of courses from many reputable universities that cater to possibly everyone. 

However, if you’d like to apply for permanent residency after obtaining your degree, you should definitely select courses that are in demand in Australia. 

Here are the Top 8 Popular Courses for International Students to Study in Australia which will help you gain employment and maximize your chances of successful immigration. 

  1. Accounting 
  2. Agricultural Science 
  3. Architecture 
  4. Actuarial Science 
  5. Engineering 
  6. Computer Science 
  7. Psychology 
  8. Tourism & Hospitality Management 

1. Accounting

Accounting is a profession for keeping & interpreting financial records – either for individual clients, small businesses or larger organizations. Common tasks and responsibilities of accountants include: ensuring the compliance of relevant laws and regulations, preparing and maintaining important financial reports, preparing tax returns and offering guidance on revenue enhancement and profit maximization. 

Upon studying Accounting – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Accountant
  2. Financial Analyst 
  3. Credit Manager 
  4. Investment Manager 
  5. Payroll Manager 
  6. Trust Manager 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Accountant can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$48,530 while an accountant of 2-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$55,137. Mid-level & experienced accountants with 5-20 years of experience can expect to earn from a range of $67,700 to A$76,700. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Accounting in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Accounting & Finance)

University of Melbourne – 18th Place

The University of New South Wales – 19th Place 

The University of Sydney – 21st Place 

Monash University – 32nd Place 

Australian National University – 42th Place 

For more information regarding the courses available, entry requirements, course structure, intake dates and annual fees – click the button to enquire!

2. Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science covers a broad range of biological sciences, with a main focus in economic and social science practiced in the field of agriculture. The field of agricultural science aims to actively seek different methods of increasing crop yields, increase productivity of farmland, reduce risk and loss due to insects as well as develop the most efficient system to increase overall food quality. Agricultural Science is a popular course to study in Australia due to the overwhelming number of farms country wide. 

Upon studying Agricultural Science – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Farm Manager 
  2. Agricultural Consultant 
  3. Geneticist 
  4. Soil Scientist 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An early career in Farm, Ranch or other Agricultural Manager with less than 4 years experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$62,500 while more experienced individuals with 10 or more years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of A$67,000

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Agricultural Science in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Agriculture & Forestry)

University of Queensland – 26th Place 

Australian National University – 39th Place 

University of Western Australia – 51th Place 

University of Melbourne – 55th Place 

University of Sydney – 60th Place

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3. Architecture

Architecture is the design of buildings and physical structures. Known as a combination of both science and arts, architects’ main roles & responsibilities include designing creative and visually appealing structures whilst also ensuring their designs are safe and functional in everyday life. Architects are usually directly responsible for working with the client to draw and draft designs of their desired structure followed by engineers and contractors in bringing a drawing on paper to a real building. 

Upon studying Architecture – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Architect 
  2. Architectural Model Specialist 
  3. 3D Visualizer 
  4. Landscape Architect 
  5. Design Consultant 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Architect with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$50,500, early career Architect with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$62,000 while mid-career architects earn an average annual salary of A$71,500 followed by experienced Architects with up to A$ 85,700. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Architecture  in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Architecture & Built Environment)

University of Sydney – 21st Place 

University of Melbourne – 23rd Place 

RMIT University – 28th Place 

New South Wales University – 33rd Place 

Curtin University – 51st Place

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4. Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is the study that applies both mathematical and statistics to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries & professions. This field is all about calculating money-related risk through probability, adequate business knowledge and statistics. They evaluate how likely an event is to occur and calculate the financial impact of it towards individuals, companies and organizations. Individuals that have graduated with an actuarial science degree are known as actuaries.

Upon studying Actuarial Science – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Risk Analyst 
  2. Insurance Actuarial Science 
  3. Business Analyst 
  4. Investment Analyst 
  5. Data Scientist 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Actuary with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$71,200, early career with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$85,00 while mid-career actuaries earn an average annual salary of A$119,700 followed by experiences Actuaries with A$114,400.

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Actuarial Science in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Statistics & Operational Research) 

University of Melbourne – 36th Place 

Australian National University – 50th Place 

Monash University – 61th Place 

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – 65th Place 

University of New South Wales – 72nd Place 

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5. Engineering

Engineering is the application of both mathematics and science in which helps to design, build, maintain and improve a wide range of things such as structures, machines, electronic devices, systems and processes. The work of Engineers can be seen in everything we do on a daily basis which includes the roads we drive on, the smartphones we use as well as the food we eat. An Engineering course will equip you with various methods of applications to help solve health and safety, cultural and even environmental concerns. However, Civil engineering vacancies continue to dominate the Australian engineering employment landscape. 

Types of Engineering Fields:

I. Civil Engineering 

Deals with designing, constructing of infrastructure. Civil Engineers are the ones behind the creation of roads, bridges, dams and buildings. 

Upon studying Civil Engineering – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Site Engineer
  2. Construction Engineer 
  3. Urban Planning Engineer 
  4. Structural Engineer 

II. Chemical Engineering 

Uses a combination of engineering and science to aid in the processing of food, create industrial chemicals and make pharmaceuticals. 

Upon studying Chemical Engineering – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as:

  1. Petroleum Engineer
  2. Environmental Engineer 
  3. Waste Management Engineer 
  4. Safety Engineer 

III. Mechanical Engineering 

Responsible for designing and manufacturing products and machines. Mechanical Engineers are the ones behind the manufacturing of aerospace, computer-aided design, robotics and even nanotechnology. 

Upon studying Mechanical Engineering – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Automotive Engineer
  2. Industrial Machinery Engineer
  3. Robotics Engineer
  4. Manufacturing Engineer

IV. Electrical Engineering 

Centred around electric-powered technology. Electrical Engineers work with electrical components, devices and systems such as power generators, wires and microchips to design and develop electrical equipment as well as test and supervise the production of these items. 

Upon studying Electrical Engineering – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Telecommunications Engineer
  2. Design Engineer
  3. Control Engineer
  4. Computer Engineer

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Engineer graduate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average annual salary ranging from A$60,333 to A$64,428, early career Engineers with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary ranging from A$70,696 to A$71,643 while mid-career Engineers earn an average annual salary ranging from A$86,041 to A$89,327 followed by experienced Engineers ranging from A$103,920 to A$121,089.

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Engineering in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Engineering & Technology)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) – 36th Place 

University of Melbourne – 50th Place 

Monash University – 58th Place 

University of Sydney – 65th Place 

Australian National University – 79th Place 

For more information regarding the courses available, entry requirements, course structure, intake dates and annual fees – click the button to enquire!

6. Computer Science

Computer Science is the study of information processes and creating computer programmes. It involves a range of theoretical studies of algorithms, computations and information to the practical issues of implementing computational systems in hardware and software. Main roles & responsibilities of computer scientists include using technology to solve problems and prepare for the future. They also write and program software to create applications and websites. Their primary focus, however, is to validate and develop models for interaction between people and computers or software and devices. Specialising in areas such as machine learning, data management and banking give great career outcomes for international students in Australia as due to it’s excellent technical education. 

Upon studying Computer Science – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Web Developer 
  2. Database Analyst 
  3. Software Engineer 
  4. Java Programmer 
  5. Cybersecurity Analyst

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Computer Science graduate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$61,658, early career Computer Science graduate with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$73,439 while mid-career graduates earn an average annual salary of A$89,087 followed by experienced Architects with up to A$98,864. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Computer Science  in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Computer Science & Information Systems)

University of Melbourne – 39th Place 

University of Sydney – 50th Place 

Australian National University – 51st Place 

University of New South Wales – 59th Place 

University of Technology Sydney – 75th Place 

For more information regarding the courses available, entry requirements, course structure, intake dates and annual fees – click the button to enquire!

7. Psychology

Psychology is the study of human mind & behaviour, focusing on understanding how human beings think, feel, act and interact with themselves and their surroundings. Undertaking a course in Psychology will teach you the foundations of psychology including the comprehensive understanding of the human mind with various research methodology skills such as lab experiments, field surveys and natural observations. Roles & responsibilities of Psychologist include providing diagnostic interviews, psychological testing and individual/group psychotherapy. In Australia, the skills shortage list includes clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, organisational psychologists and psychotherapists which increases your chances of employability upon graduation. 

It is important to note that higher levels of qualifications (Master’s Degree & phDs) are required to become licensed practicing Psychologist. 

Upon completing necessary qualifications – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Clinical Psychologist 
  2. Counselling Psychologist 
  3. Industrial & Organizational Psychologist
  4. Educational Psychologist 
  5. Forensic Psychologist 
  6. Sports Psychologist

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Psychologist can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$68,600 while a Psychologist of 2-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of A$72,800. Mid-level & experienced psychologists with 5-20 years of experience can expect to earn from a range of A$84,700 to 87, 665. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Psychology in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Psychology)

University of Melbourne – 20th Place 

University of New South Wales (UNSW) – 24th Place 

University of Queensland – 26th Place 

University of Sydney – 30th Place 

Australian National University – 38th Place 

For more information regarding the courses available, entry requirements, course structure, intake dates and annual fees – click the button to enquire!

8. Tourism & Hospitality Management

Tourism and hospitality management is basically a career in delivering good customer service to consumers of certain products or services in sectors such as food and beverage, events, travel and accommodations. Tourism has been identified as one of Australia’s ‘high-growth’ sectors over the next two decades, while employment in the hospitality sector is forecast to grow considerably over the upcoming years. Both sectors of tourism & hospitality management have opened up about 1.4 million jobs combined which also increases chances of employability upon graduation. 

Upon studying Tourism & Hospitality Management  – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Event Planner 
  2. Hotel Manager
  3. Restaurant Manager
  4. Catering Manager 
  5. Food & Beverage Manager 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level job in Tourism & Hospitality management can pay an average annual salary of A$55,053 while an early career of 2-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$59,400. Mid-level positions pay A$67,00 while the highest level positions can earn A$73,834 and above. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Tourism & Hospitality Management in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Hospitality & Leisure Management)

Griffith University – 21st Place 

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management – 26th Place 

University of Queensland – 31st Place 

James Cook University – 51st Place 

Monash University – 61st Place

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3 Most Versatile Degree Choices in Australia for International Students

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From a young age, every student is expected to know which career they want to pursue in life when they grow up. However, many of the students struggle with deciding one specific career and the pressure keeps building up as they finish highschool and college and still cannot decide. 

For those of you who can relate to this, perhaps you might want to choose a course that is flexible enough for you to opt for different alternative careers after graduation, so that you can explore and see which career fits you best. A major that will not tie you to one specific kind of job, and will open doors to a variety of employment options is what you’re looking for. 

Down below, we have a list of the 3 most versatile degree choices you can opt for that can help you develop the skills for a diverse range of jobs.

1. Computer Science

What Will You Study in a Computer Science Degree?

Computer Science majors generally learn components of programming languages, algorithm design, software data, networking and systems, and etc. In the first year of the degree you will typically take modules such as computation theory, pattern recognition, machine learning and the basic principles of computer science. You will also be learning about how computer science fits into today’s world and businesses in the context of computer science. 

As you progress into the following years of your degree, you will be acquiring various specialist and transferable skills to make you attractive for future employers. This will be achieved through more advanced modules such as pattern and signals, data structures and software product engineering.

In the final year of your degree, most universities require their students to submit a final project applying everything they have learned throughout the course. During this time, you will also have the option to choose modules based on specialized areas of interest for you. This degree, much like others, also includes professional internship with industry mentors during the final year.

Career Opportunities for Computer Science Graduates?

App Development 

Web Design

Tech Support 

Computer Programming 

Software Testing

Technology consulting 

Network Security

IT specialist

How Much do Computer Science Graduates Earn in Australia?

A computer science graduate in Australia would typically earn around 156,000 AUD per year on average. The salary can however range from as low as 73,200 AUD per year to as high as 246,000 AUD per year. 

If we look at the percentiles of salary distribution for computer science graduates in Australia, 25% of the computer scientists are earning less than 107,000 AUD per year while 75% of them earn more than 107,000 AUD per year. 

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Top Universities to Study Computer Science in Australia According to World QS Ranking by Subject 2021

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This is the No.1 course for computer science in all of Australia. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Science (Extended) with a major in Data Science/Computer and Software Systems

Intake

March 

Duration

4 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

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University of Sydney is ranked the 1st for employability in Australia and 4th globally by the 2020 QS Employability Rankings. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Advanced Computing with major in Computer Science

Intake

February

Duration

4 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

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UTS Students are ranked 64th in the world for graduate employability because of the university’s utmost focus on real world like industry experience. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)

Intake

January | July

Duration

4 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

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2. Accounting/Finance

What Will You Study in a Finance/Accounting Degree?

Financial skills are in utmost demand in various occupations. Today, degree holders in this field are not just limited to crunching numbers, handling finance and accounting but also involved in aspects like budgeting, maximizing ROI, improving efficiency and productivity. 

Accounting and Finance is the course for you if you enjoy mathematics and want to apply it to business, ranging from management to economics. 

Interesting modules you will be learning under finance and accounting degrees include, business law, marketing, economic principles, quantitative methods, investment analysis, taxation and auditing, management strategies and accounting information systems. 

The course structure and modules might differ from university to university, however most universities typically have a range of cores and electives that you can choose from and also offer industrial training during the final year of study.

Career Opportunities for Accounting and Finance Graduates?

Financial Manager

Management Consultant

Certified Financial Planner

Bookkeeping

Auditing

Tax preparation 

Insurance 

How Much do Accounting and Finance Graduates Earn in Australia?

Accounting and Finance graduates typically earn around 93,500 AUD per year on average. The average salary can range from as low as 37,800 AUD per year to as high as 118,000 AUD per year. 

The salary however varies between different sectors in this field. For more specific salary ranges for your interested sector, click here

When we take a look at the percentiles of salary range in this field, 25% of the people working in Accounting and Finance earn less than 60,800 AUD per year and 75% earn more than 60,800 AUD per year. 

Top Universities to Study Accounting and Finance in Australia According to World QS Ranking by Subject 2021

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University of Melbourne is the no.1 in Australia for business and management. It is also ranked no.1 for ‘quality of teaching’ by Times Higher World University Rankings 2020. 

Course Details 

Program 

Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting

Intake

February | July

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

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UNSW was ranked 1st in Australia for Accounting and Finance in QS World University Rankings 2020. 

Course Details 

Program 

Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Accounting

Intake

February | May | September

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

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University of Sydney is ranked the 1st for employability in Australia and 4th globally by the 2020 QS Employability Rankings. 

Course Details 

Program 

Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting

Intake

February | July

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

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3. Engineering

What Will You Study in an Engineering Degree?

If your dream is to build a career around building and engineering things, whether it is mechanical, software, environment or even biomedical, an engineering degree can make it happen. The engineering field is vast, with various different types of engineering specializations and jobs you can choose from. 

What you study in your degree depends on the type of engineering that you choose. 

Some of the common majors in engineering degrees include:

Aeronautical Engineering

This branch of engineering focuses on research, design, development, science and technology of aircrafts. 

Chemical Engineering 

Civil Engineering is a branch that focuses on the use of chemical and biological processes to produce useful resources. This branch entails a mix of natural and experimental science along with life sciences, math and economics as well. 

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest branches of engineering. It deals with the design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. In this course you will be studying statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, stress analysis, mechanical design and technical drawing. 

Electrical Engineering 

Electrical Engineering focuses on the application of electric power. Electric engineers deal with large-scale production and supply of electrical power. Electronic engineers on the other hand focus on smaller electric circuits, such as those used in computers. Hence, these are aspects you would be learning during your studies. 

Career Opportunities for Engineering Graduates?

Architecture

Urban planning

Construction management 

Patent law

Supply chain management 

Technical consulting

Operations management 

How Much do Engineers Earn in Australia?

Engineers earn an average of $104,000 per year in Australia. The average salary for engineers vary in different cities of Australia, with the highest paying city being Melbourne ($119,536 per year), followed by Sydney ($116,329 per year) and Canberra($104,197 per year). 

To find out more specific salary ranges for different engineering professions, click here.

Top Universities to Study Engineering in Australia According to World QS Ranking by Subject 2021

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The University of New South Wales is ranked no.1 in Australia for engineering and technology according to QS Top University Rankings by Subject 2021. It is also ranked 1st in Australia for civil and structural engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering,  and manufacturing engineering.

Course Details 

Program 

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Intake

February | May | September

Duration

4 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

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Monash University Engineering School is ranked 3rd in Australia for engineering courses according to QS Top University Rankings 2021. It is also ranked 1st in Australia for chemical engineering and 3rd for civil and structural engineering. 

Course Details 

Program 

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (with specialization of your choice)

Intake

February | July | October

Duration

4 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

Contact Excel Education

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UTS Students are ranked 64th in the world for graduate employability because of the university’s utmost focus on real world like industry experience. 

Course Details 

Program 

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Intake

January | July

Duration

4 Years (Full time)

Indicative Fees 

Contact Excel Education

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Study Music in Australia

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“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music impacts our lives in many ways. Music has the tendency to fill the emotions we experience in our daily living, which often gets us excited, enhances our mood or even calms our mind and relaxes our soul. 

If you’re passionate about touching people’s hearts through notes and melodies, then a degree in music is what you need as a starting point in your musical career. This article will help students who are aspiring to become musicians to explore the options for music courses in Australia. 

What is a Music Degree all about?

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A music degree offers students relevant training, skills and exposure they need to be successful musicians in the music industry. The course typically requires three or four years of full-time studies to complete. Throughout the course, students will gain immense knowledge and skills on theoretical and practical aspects of music. 

A Bachelor of Music comes with a variety of majors or specializations for students to choose based on their individual interests and career preference. Here are the following majors or specialization;

Composition and Music Production

Students learn the core concept of music theory and use new technologies as well as old-school techniques to develop their composition skills.

Jazz and Improvisation

Students acquire technical skills and specialise in jazz music or any instrument of interest to become a jazz musician in the future. 

Production

Music production comprises general music classes, diverse training in music technology and the basic principles in business courses. 

Performance

Performance major requires students to select a particular instrument to study. Instrumental skills and performing methods are required on one-to-one lessons to develop performance skills and technique.

Contemporary

Contemporary studies allow students to study music theories and hone in practical skills by learning to write, perform and produce their own music.

Career Opportunities for Music Degree Graduates

Performing and composing are the two most popular occupations in music industry. Here is a list of options of what you could do with a music degree.

Jazz Musician

Graduates may have the opportunity to be a professional jazz performer in musical theatres, media and entertainment

Sound Engineer

Sound Engineers are responsible for handling equipment for audio recording to ensure high-quality sound projection at all times. Sound Engineers work in the recording studio, conventions, theatres and other venues that need sound projection for the audience.

Pop-Musician

Graduates can utilize their technical skills and performing techniques to pursue their career as a band member or a solo artist.

Music Agent

Music agents support artists with their contract, event, social media and more on a daily basis. They also promote music albums, records and shows for them.

Vocal Coach

A vocal coach, also a pianist helps students pick songs that suit their age, type and abilities. The vocal coach also improves singing techniques for artists during recording sessions and stage performances. 

General Entry Requirement to study Music Degree in Australia

*Pre-requisite: Students are required to attend an audition/ interview and prepare a portfolio to proceed for further admission process. The selection process varies depending on universities, contact Excel Education for more information. 

STPM

A minimum grade of 3Cs

A-Levels

A minimum grade of BBC

UEC

An average grade of B3

ATAR

A minimum score of 70 points or above

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum score of 20 points or above

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirement to Study Music Degree in Australia

IELTS

Overall 6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-band

TOEFL

Overall 87, listening: 19, reading: 19, writing: 21 and speaking: 19

PTE

Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub-bands

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other English Language requirements, contact Excel Education.

Best Universities for Music Degree in Australia

#1 University of Sydney

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Ranked 1st in Qs Top Universities Ranking, University of Sydney offers students a wide range of music programs such as Musicology, Contemporary Music, Digital Music and Media as well as Composition for Creative Industry. Students are given the flexibility to pursue music and other electives including arts, history and design.

Program

Bachelor of Music

Specializations

  • Contemporary Music Practice
  • Composition for Creative Industries
  • Digital Music and Media
  • Musicology

Intake (2021)

March

Duration

4 years 

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $43,000

#2 University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne is ranked 2nd for offering a professional music training program for students in areas such as Music Performance, Composition, Musicology, Jazz & Improvisation, and Interactive Composition. The specialization is adjusted based on students’ interest, skills and choice in music

Program

Bachelor of Music 

Specialization

  • Performance/Composition/Musicology/Ethnomusicology
  • Jazz and Improvisation
  • Interative Composition

Intake (2021)

March & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD$32,296 – $35,040

#3 Monash University

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Monash University strives to bring out students’ creative potential by providing advanced practical skills and broadening their knowledge in terms of historical and cultural aspects of music to develop professionals in the music industry. 

Program

Bachelor of Music 

Specialization

  • Composition and Music Technology
  • Music Performance
  • Popular Music

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $33,000

#4 Griffith University

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Griffith University is known for developing students to be highly skilled and ready to enter the professional life in the music industry. Students will gain exposure to a diverse musical genre such as classical, contemporary, jazz, popular, electronic, experimental and world music.

Program

Bachelor of Music

Specialization

  • Composition
  • Performance

Intake (2021)

March

Duration

3 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $33,000

#5 Edith Cowan University

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Edith Cowan provides highly-skilled training for students in their designated major and adapts their learning experience in line with their interest. The course is taught by staffs of world-class academics whose experience embodies every part of today’s music world as well as the future.

Program

Bachelor of Music

Specialization

  • Classical Performance: Instrumental
  • Classical Performance: Vocal
  • Composition and Music Technology
  • Contemporary Music
  • Jazz

Intake (2021)

February

Duration

4 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $32,900

#6 Australian Institute of Music

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Australian Institute of Music is the only private music school dedicated to converting students into successful and long-standing industry careers in music and music, and, most critical of all, nurtured students to help them carry their craft and passion to the highest level.

Program

Bachelor of Music 

Specialization

  • Audio
  • Classical
  • Contemporary
  • Composition and Music Production
  • Music Theatre

Intake (2021)

January & May

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $24,680

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Study Interior Design in the UK

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Interior design is all about working with space. Designing a space is similar to shaping the experience that a person will have inside in the space. Interior design incorporates art and science to create, restore or readapt within various structures such as homes, offices or other spaces. 

An interior designer will need to undergo professional training and experience in developing a project from a large conceptual point of view. A designer will need to figure out the ways to work with certain aspects including vertical and horizontal objects, walls, surfaces, materials and lightings within a space. 

Career Opportunities for Interior Designers

Students who graduated with an Interior Design degree tend to work in interior design and architectural firms and consultancies, property development companies and event management firms. 

Within the interior design industry, there are various sub-categories available for graduates to pursue their career path. Therefore, students have the flexibility to decide on the specific area in this industry that they enjoy doing the most. Here are the lists of career prospects for interior designers.

Interior and spatial designer

Involved in the design or renovation of internal spaces, including structural alterations, furnishings, fixtures and fittings.

Exhibition Designer

Create fixtures and displays for events such as public exhibitions, conferences, trade shows and temporary displays for businesses, museums and libraries.

Interior design consultant

Create an interior design plan for an existing or new space. They analyze the function of the space with the client’s requirement in mind and draft sketches, schematics and blueprints.

CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Specialist

A career path can be created by technically inclined designers to create 2D and 3D drawings and presentations.

Stage Set Designer

Create scenic settings for the entertainment industry through designing and furnishing the interiors we see in the film, theatre and television.

The Average Annual Salary as Interior Designer in the UK vs Malaysia 2021

Career Stages

UK

Malaysia 

Early Career

£25,000

RM 29,000 

Mid Career

£30,000

RM 44,000

Late Career

£38,000

RM 61,000

Freelance Interior Designers

An experienced interior designer can also be self-employed and work directly with private clients, private firms, consultants or even property development industry. Freelance interior designers provide consultation to clients regarding space planning, layout and utilization of furniture and decorations. The advantage of a freelance designer is that they are free from restrictions of permanent employment and freedom to decide on which job to take.

General Entry Requirement for Interior Design Degrees in the UK

A-Levels

A minimum grade of BBC

STPM

Minimum 3B (excluding general paper and Malay studies)

UEC

Minimum 5Bs

ATAR (SACEi/ SAM/ Ausmat)

65-70%

International Baccalaureate (IB)

34 points or above

*Entry requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on specific entry requirements, contact Excel Education

English Requirement for Interior Design in the UK

IELTS

Minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual band

TOEFL

90 overall (with a minimum of 22 in Reading; 21 in Writing; 17 in Listening; 20 in Speaking

IGCSE/O-Level

Grade C or above

* Entry requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on specific entry requirements, contact Excel Education

Top Universities to study Interior Design in the UK

#1 Northumbria University, Newcastle

Northumbria emphasises on innovative interior designs in new architecture and through the adaptive re-use of existing buildings and exteriors. 

Students will be exposed to exciting design proposals through the study of design history and theories to be explored through identifying existing site and architecture, function, materials, brand, tactility, space and human interaction. Projects are set and communicated through 2D and 3D methods inclusive of technical drawings, sketching and model making.

Program

Interior Design BA(Hons)

Intake

September 2021

Duration

Full time (3 years + 1-year work placement)

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

£16,000

#2 University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth shapes confident and employable graduates who can communicate their ideas and contribute with confidence in the interior design world. A mix of live and theoretical projects enable students to explore space between objects and architecture with hands-on approach to craftsmanship and positively influence the perception and experience of people.

The university has produced students who have pursued a successful career in interior design in established companies such as Fosters and Partners, Soho House Group, the BBC, HLM Architects and workplace specialists interaction. 

Program

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Intake

2021/22

Duration

Full time (3 years)

Indicative Annual Fees

£14,200

#3 Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt gives the opportunity to develop a complete set of interior design skills by assisting students in developing specialist skills in interior design while collaborating with skilled designers from textiles, fashion and more specialist departments. 

The university enlightens students with the latest tech where they will demonstrate how innovative new technology can help students’ interior design ideas to life. Students are given the opportunity to work on real projects for businesses to develop connections and skills that will be fruitful for placement after graduation.

Program

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Intake

September 2021

Duration

Full time (4 years)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

£15,384

#4 De Montfort University

The university secures 100% of its interior design graduates from 2017 to be employed or continued further study after graduating. De Monfort boosts students’ career prospects with industry placement with companies such as Newman Gauge and PVH Europe.

Students will explore the regeneration and adaptation of real buildings or sites as well as learn how to turn an old premise into an exciting space for socialising purposes. Students will learn about the essence of visual communication, design cultures and heritage which will develop their own personal style and design language as they grow confidence as they pursue individual projects.

Program

Interior Design BA(Hons)

Intake

2021/22

Duration

Full time (3 years)

Indicative Annual Fees

£14,250

#5 Solent University

Solent University’s BA(Hons) Interior Design course is accredited and recognized by the Society of British and International Design (SBID) as they meet professional interior design standards. 

The course is supported by a group of employer partners who are actively involved in mentoring and helping students to secure roles in top London interior design businesses. Facilities and software are available for students for hands-on experiences such as CAD stations, Revit, Vector Works as well as 3D and large format scanners

Programs

BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration

Intake

2021/22

Duration

Full time (3 years)

Indicative Annual Fees

£13,800

 

#6 UWE Bristol

UWE values student feedback and consistently makes efforts to improve student experience which secured 88% in overall student satisfaction in the 2019 NSS results, which puts it 7th in the UK.

Studying in UWE Bristol brings you the professional skills which are required to work in the interior design industry. Students will be exposed to technical learning courses, with a focus on lighting, heating, ventilation and acoustics. This way students will learn to work with traditional tools and update to the latest technology and acquire skills to design lighting, furniture, materials and the entire interior projects. 

Program

BA(Hons) Interior Design

Intake

2021/22

Duration

Full time (3 years + 1-year work placement)

Indicative Annual Fees

£13,500

#7 University of Kent

Kent is a leading academic institution with 97% of its research was judged to be of international quality in the Research Excellence Framework.

The University of Kent ensures that students study all aspects of Spatial and Interior Design, from digital modelling and hands-on the sketch to developing the spatial and interior design skills to transform existing urban spaces for festivals and celebrations.

Students are able to discover the digital age by developing a responsive practice where you are proficient working in 2D, 3D and 4D.

Program

Spatial and Interior Design BA (Hons)

Intake

September 2021

Duration

Full time (3 years)

Indicative Annual Fees

£20,500

#8 University of East London

Over the years, UEL has been developing and starting to implement strategies to transform its curriculum, pedagogy, research impact and partnerships to make a positive difference to students, graduate and community success.

In this course, students will be fed with educational and creative framework together with necessary contacts to launch them on their part of becoming a successful interior designer. Students will study designs in all forms including architectural, retail, furniture, set and exhibition designs.

Program

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Intake

September 2021

Duration

Full time (3 years)

Indicative Annual Fees

£13,080

 

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Your Guide on English Language Requirements and Classes in Australia

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The purpose of these English Language Intensive Courses (ELICOS) courses is to prepare international students or visitors to adjust to the English-speaking culture in Australia.

ELICOS provides a wide range of English programs for specific purposes: English for business, general English, courses for teachers, etc.

To cater to the needs of international students planning to study in Australia, we will emphasize on English courses for academic purposes in this article, specifically IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE preparation courses, as their test scores are widely accepted English language requirements for Australian university intakes. 

Please keep in mind that a demonstration of your English proficiency is not only needed to apply for a university program, but also an Australian visa

There are many ELICOS programs available across Australia. Most institutions will have affiliations with English language schools, and they will ‘package’ English courses along with vocational and higher education courses. Even so, please note that it is not a requirement to take preparation courses before taking IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE tests unless certain circumstances. Furthermore, you can take the tests in your local country first to meet the minimum requirement.

What are the Different Types of English Language Requirements?

1. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELSTS (The International English Language Testing System) is one of the most reputable high-stakes English language tests, as it is one of the top choices for educational institutions, professional organizations and employers across Australia. As a result, all Australian colleges and universities accept IELTS as a minimum English language requirement.

There are two types of IELTS test versions available: IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. For international students enrolling into universities, the obvious choice would be taking IELTS Academic, as the test contents cater towards academic purposes and scholarly rigour. 

Taking IELTS is extremely convenient due to its accessibility:

  • 50 testing locations across Australia. There is one test centre in every state capital and most regional cities.
  • 48 times per year, on Thursdays and Saturdays up to four times per month. Plus, the test dates are available up to a year in advance.
  • A computer-delivered version of IELTS provides exam candidates the convenience of taking the test with their computers. Established in 2016, this computer-delivered version of IELTS is available in 20 countries. Exam candidates can choose the format and time to take the test, then take their Reading, Writing, Listening sections using a computer. The Speaking section will remain a face-to-face assessment.

2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Similar to IELTS, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a high quality English-language proficiency test widely accepted in the world. As a speculation, it is accepted by more than 10,000 universities worldwide, including all Australian universities.

TOEFL utilizes 4 methods to assess their exam candidates’ English proficiency as well: Reading, Writing, Listening , and Speaking. And it is widely accessible as well, it is available in 165 countries and holds around 50 test dates per year in institutions all over the world. You can retake the test as many times as you want, but you cannot take it more than once in 12 days.   

There are two types of TOEFL tests – the TOEFL PBT and the TOEFL IBT. TOEFL PBT is the paper based test, while TOEFL IBT is administered via the internet, both versions definitely have their differences.

3. Pearson Test of English (PTE)

PTE (Pearson Test of English) is a computer-based English proficiency test targeted for non-native speakers. They pride themselves for their modern A.I. testing system. In that respect, it means your test isn’t graded by a human, but rather a clear-cut algorithm that mimics how a human would score. It is unbiased, as it assesses your score based on what you say, rather than other factors such as your accent. 

As with other English proficiency tests, they test their candidates in four disciples: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Also, it is available in various streams: academic,  general and young learners.

Furthermore, PTE offers immense flexibility, test results are typically delivered in just 5 business days, and they offer global testing in more than 250 test centres in over 50 countries. You will be situated within a secured-facility in front of a computer, and all 4 sections will be tested in the duration of 3 hours. 

PTE is a worldly-renowned English-proficiency accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programs around the world. It is also approved for Australian student visas.

What are the Differences between IELTS, TOEFL and PTE?

Average Fees

IELTS – AUD$375

TOEFL – AUD$240

PTE – AUD$375

Exam Times

IELTS – 48 times per year, on Thursdays and Saturdays up to four times per month

TOEFL – 50 test dates per year in institutions all over the world. You can retake the test as many times as you want, but you cannot take it more than once in 12 days

PTE – Conducted over 360 days per year

Availability

IELTS – More than 80 countries

TOEFL – Available in 165 countries

PTE – 250 test centres in over 50 countries

Exam Duration

IELTS – Under 3 hours

TOEFL – 4 hours

PTE – Around 3 hours

Acceptability

IELTS – Australia, UK, US and more than 10, 000 institutions across 140 countries.

TOEFL – Australia, UK, US and more than 8, 500 institutions across 130 countries.

PTE –  Australia, UK, US and thousands of academic programs around the world

Test Contents

Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking

How to apply

IELTS – Register online, details at: https://malaysia.ielts.britishcouncil.org/iorpsea/html/content/how-to-register.jsp

TOEFL – Register online, details at: https://www.ets.org/toefl/contact/region6

PTE – Register online, details at: https://pearsonpte.com/malaysia/

Method 

IELTS – Paper-based and in person for Speaking test

TOEFL & PTE – 100% computer-based

Scoring System

IELTS – 1- 9

TOEFL – 0-120

 PTE – 10-90

You will find the general minimum English requirement for the Australian student visa and most Australian universities stated below:

  • IELTS — overall score of 6.0 to 6.5 (no band less than 5.5 to 6.0)
  • TOEFL — overall score of 60 to 90
  • PTE — overall score of 50 to 64

*Please note that this is just general minimum requirements for Bachelor degrees, minimum English requirement varies differently among institutions and courses. Contact us now to enquire about the institution and course of your choice.

What are the Recommended Institutions for English Courses?

Navitas English Institution

Navitas English Institution have branches all over Australia, stretching across populous locations like Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. They provide different English courses for different purposes. In the case of university entry, we recommend students to take their Academic English class.

Firstly, Navitas English has more than 60 direct entry higher education partners, opening pathways towards master’s, bachelor’s, diploma, and certificate programs.

Secondly, if you’ve successfully completed their Academic English class, you do not need to sit for the IELTS test to prove your English proficiency to their direct partners. 

Thirdly, this course teaches valuable, yet versatile skills in academic proficiency and literacy in English. 

Furthermore, Navitas prides itself for its excellent online learning portal – myStudy. It includes learning resources like fixed tutorials and extra learning materials.

Program Name

Duration

Fees (per week)

Academic English

10 weeks

AUD$300

Sacred Heart International College, Melbourne Victoria

Sacred Heart International College offers a General English class. They offer 4 levels of carefully constructed General English to sharpen all areas of macro-skills, which are: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students may find the experience fast and enjoyable, as the courses are made to be as high quality as possible.

The course will be delivered over the duration of 50 weeks, with 44 weeks of classroom delivery, and a maximum of 6 weeks for holidays, subjecting students to a 20-hour class time per week. 

Furthermore, they provide resources and materials to aid students throughout the course: student books, practical activities, MyEnglishLab online tutorials, bilingual support, computer labs with technical support, etc. 

Students will have to prove themselves through various assessments. Assessment methods will include: portfolio, reading activities, writing activities, questions, role plays, learning plans, interviews, research, computer tasks, and presentation.

Program Name

Duration

Fees (per week)

General English

50 weeks

AUD$300

Edith Cowan College, Joondalup Western Australia

Edith Cowan College campus provides 20-22 hours of English study per week in a classroom setting. They combine modern resources and materials to enhance students’ learning experience, while providing different assessment methods to track students’ learning progress. Due to their dedicated efforts, ECC’s English program is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  

Their English program is designed for students who plan to study in Australian universities. Their English program upholds students’ future by teaching them cornerstone skills such as essay writing and reading skills, academic English language, and academic discussions and presentations skills.

Program Name

Duration

Fees (per week)

Academic English

10 weeks

AUD$250

Griffith English Language Institute, Brisband or Gold Coast, Queensland

Griffith English Institution (GELI) prioritizes every student’s needs. They are able to provide a more personalised learning experience due to their smaller and focused classrooms. 

With more than 27 years of teaching experience, they provide high quality learning opportunities, high quality resources, and an excellent support system to shape students’ English proficiency in the best way possible.  

Their English Test Preparation class includes: 25 hours of study per week, 20 hours of face-to-face learning in class, and an additional 5 hours of independent learning each week using GELI’s independent learning plans. Additionally, students can gain direct entry into Griffith University programs upon completing their English program. 

This program has four sections of learning: Reading (understanding information from academic and general texts), Writing (writing essays under exam conditions), Listening (understanding information presented in academic and general settings), and Speaking (participating in academic/general discussions and presenting information).

Sunshine Coast International College, Sydney NSW

“The mission of Sacred Heart International College is to educate and develop you as a professional.”

The English for Academic Purpose with IELTS Exam Skills (EAP with IELTS) course main objective is to improve the capacity of the learner to use the English language in higher education specific contexts as well as preparing students for the IELTS exam.

The classes are held from 9.00 am – 2.45 pm every Monday to Thursday. Four skills are covered each week (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking). For the materials, students will be given copies of the Cambridge Academic English series to use in the Academic Skills class.

Their assessment includes tasks such as an essay, debate, oral presentation, and research assignment. For every five weeks, students will receive a progress report with assessment scores and teacher’s feedback.

Course Name

Duration

Fees (per week)

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

10 weeks

AUD$350

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Top 5 Private Universities to study Data Science in Malaysia

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Oh to live in a generation where technology and humans meet; is indeed the revolution humans need.

“The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.” – Bill Gates

What is Data Science?

Data science is the combination of tools, algorithms and machine learning components. It plays the role of extracting clean information from raw data for the planning of actionable insights.

Data Science continues to bring an immense number of benefits in business, research, even our daily lives. The things you search for in Google search bar, the posts you like on your Instagram, including your health data from a fitness tracker app you downloaded in your phone, all of them are important to data scientists depending on their project. The data scientists will look through millions of data and find the hidden pattern or connection in order to come up with breakthrough insights that will contribute to our convenience, especially in business. From there, analysts and business people will be generating the insights to create a tangible business value.

Data science mainly has a five-stage life cycle that consists of:

  1. Capture: Data acquisition, data entry, signal reception, data extraction
  2. Maintain: Data warehousing, data cleansing, data staging, data processing, data architecture
  3. Process: Data mining, clustering/classification, data modeling, data summarization
  4. Communicate: Data reporting, data visualization, business intelligence, decision making
  5. Analyze: Exploratory/confirmatory, predictive analysis, regression, text mining, qualitative analysis

Source: UC Berkeley

Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” – Tim Berners-Lee

Why study Data Science?

  • High market demand with a shortage of supply

    Being an underrated and infamous degree program, there are less number of data science graduates considering we are living in the 21st century. Adding up the computer, mathematics, and programming skills, a lot of students tend to see data science as one of the difficult programs to enroll in. Hence, despite the increase in the number of demand for data scientists, the number of data science graduates remains limited.

     

  • Undying Program

    Living in the era of technology where everything revolves around data makes data science to be more and more relevant every day. Every business lives on insight, and every insight comes from a data scientist. For every business that opens up today or opens soon, it will result in increasing demand for data scientists. It’s a never-ending cycle.

     

  • High-paying jobs

    Considering the strong impact data science has on the working industry, and the limited number of capable graduates, the data science jobs are listed as one of the high-paying jobs that will continuously be relevant in the majority of the industry.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Surely most of the students worry about the job opportunity because that is the next destination after graduating. Fret not, although Data Science is considered as an underrated program in university, in the working industry; employers hunt for their graduates. Here are some of the careers students can pursue:

  1. Data Scientist – gather, process, and derive valuable insights from the data
  2. Machine learning engineer – leverage big data tools and programming frameworks
  3. Data Architect – visualize, design, and prepare data 
  4. Data engineer – assist the data architects to build the working framework for data search and retrieval
  5. Business intelligence developer – create tables, write reports on their findings and simplify them in an understandable way to human brains

What are the Key Skills to study Data Science?

Data Science graduates are known mostly for their strong Mathematics and computer skills. A set of skills that is needed almost everywhere in this era. In order to be able to pull off a Data Science program, these skills are important to help you through the journey:

  • Business/Domain
  • Mathematics (includes statistics and probability)
  • Computer science (software/data architecture and engineering)
  • Communication (both written and verbal)

What are the General Entry Requirements to study Data Science in Malaysia?

Since the Data Science program revolves around Mathematics, the entry requirements for the majority of the universities in Malaysia include the subject Mathematics as a compulsory credit

Academic Requirements

STPM

Minimum CGPA of 2.00 including a credit in Mathematics and Science

Foundation/Pre-University/Matriculation

Minimum CGPA of 2.00 including a credit in Mathematics/Additional Mathematics

A-Levels

Minimum 2 passes including a credit in Mathematics and Science

UEC

Pass with 5Bs including Advanced Mathematics

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum 24 points

Diploma

Related diplomas with a minimum CGPA of 2.50

 

English requirements

IELTS

Minimum 6.0 (no individual band below 6.0)

TOEFL

Minimum 35 (Internet Based Test)

MUET

Minimum Band 4

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

What are the Top 5 Private Universities to study Data Science in Malaysia?

Here we have listed down the Top 5 private universities in Malaysia for you to choose from;

1. Taylor's University

“Upon completion of this specialisation, students should be able to upload and clean real-world data, make reliable statistical inferences from the cleaned data, use Machine Learning and statistical tools to learn models for data and visualise complex data.“

Program Name

Bachelor of Computer Science (Data Science) (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

March, August

Indicative Annual Fee 2020

Local students: RM97,500

International students: RM121,300

2. Asia Pacific University

“The programme is not merely analytics-oriented, but develops the ability to use analytics to drive key success metrics related to yield management and revenue generation in practically any business domain.”

Program Name

Bachelor of Computer Science (Data Analytics) (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

September, November

Indicative Annual Fee 2020

Local students: RM87,000

International students: RM88,200

3. Monash University

“We have the greatest collection of expertise in the theory and practice of data analytics of any university in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Program Name

Bachelor of Computer Science in Data Science

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

February, July, October

Indicative Annual Fee 2020

Local students: RM40,820

International students: RM46,640

4. Swinburne University

“We believe a modern approach to the analysis, design and implementation of large-scale systems is essential for a career in software development.”

Program Name

Bachelor of Computer Science (Data Science) (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

March, September

Indicative Annual Fee 2020

Local students: RM24,000

International students: RM30,680

5. UOW Malaysia KDU

“They will emerge as highly sought-after experts with interdisciplinary computer science knowledge and skills; often commanding high salaries in this field.”

Program Name

Bachelor of Computer Science (Data Science) (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

January, June, September

Indicative Annual Fee 2020

Local students: RM72,285

International students: RM85,985

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Five Australian Inventions you should know

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“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” – Helen Frankenthaler

How beautiful it is to be in a world where countless inventions exist and new ones will continuously be written in the book of human history. It’s eye-opening to realise humanity is always striving for a better future, for the current and next generation. The inventors that had made our lives easier and changed the world for the better are often not being credited enough for creating masterpieces that provided us a solution for each of our problems.

Australia is one of the countries that had come up with most of the innovative ideas and made them all possible to be invented. From the medical industry, aviation industry, technology industry, and many more, Australian inventors have made their name to be known, and their inventions to be used globally. 

It’s time to acknowledge the Australian inventions that have changed the world. Let’s get started!

Australian Inventions

Invention 1 - Black Box Flight Recorder

The black box flight recorder was invented by an Australian scientist Dr. David Warren, who lost his own father to an aircraft tragedy in 1934. His invention now has helped make commercial air travel as safe as it is today.

The idea came to mind when Dr. David Warren was part of a Melbourne research team exploring why the commercial jet aircraft known as the Comet had suffered a series of deadly crashes. He thought it would help investigators fix what was wrong if they had a recording of the last conversations between the crew and other sounds inside the plane before it crashed. 

A black box is now installed on every commercial plane around the world, but it was in Australia that they were first made compulsory for all commercial flights.

Related Courses

Aerospace Engineering

Recommended Universities

Program Name

Program Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons)

4 years

AUD$47,760

Monash University

AUD$46,000

Edith Cowan University

Bachelor of Technology (Aeronautical)

3 years

AUD$30,250

Computer Engineering

Recommended Universities

Program Name

Program Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

University of Wollongong

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Computer Engineering)

4 years

AUD$18,768

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Computer & Software Systems)

AUD$41,500

RMIT University

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Computer & Network Engineering)

AUD$37,440

Invention 2 - Google Maps

In the early 2000s, Danish brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen developed the platform for Google Maps in Sydney. And in 2003, together with Australians Neil Gordon and Stephen Ma, they founded a small start-up company called Where 2 Technologies. The following year, their invention was bought by Google, which in result got them hired in the company. Later, the technology was turned into what we now know as Google Maps.

Related Courses

Software Engineering

Recommended Universities

Program Name

Program Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

Monash University

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons)

4 years

AUD$46,000

University Technology Sydney (UTS)

AUD$31, 000

University of South Australia

AUD$33,600

Computer Science

Recommended Universities

Program Name

Program Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

University of Queensland

 

Bachelor of Computer Science

 

3 years

AUD$45,120

Griffith University

AUD$31,000

Edith Cowan University

AUD$32,650

Invention 3 - Cochlear Implant (Bionic Ear)

The first-ever bionic ear was invented in the 1970s by Professor Graeme Clark – the first prototype was implanted in a person in 1978. Graeme’s motivation to pursue hearing loss technology came from his own father’s inadequate hearing.

Cochlear implants are devices that are implanted into the head to stimulate the auditory nerve electronically. Up till today, the Cochlear implant has brought hearing to more than 180,000 and an increasing amount of deaf and partially deaf people worldwide.

Related Courses

Medicine & Surgery

Recommended Universities

Program Name

Program Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

James Cook University


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery



6 years

AUD$57,800

University of Adelaide

AUD$76,000

University of Tasmania (UTAS) 

5 years

AUD$74,950

Invention 4 - Wifi Technology

In 1992, Wi-Fi technology was developed by John O’ Sullivan and the CSIRO. It is now used by more than a billion people around the world today. It all started with research in the mid-1970s in the field of radio astronomy, when John and his colleagues at the CSIRO were originally looking for the faint echoes of black holes.

And it turned out that the CSIRO has held key patents for Wi-Fi technology since the mid-1990s, bringing the organisation millions of dollars in royalties every year.

Related Courses

Mechanical Engineering

Recommended Universities

Program Name

Program Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

Monash University

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons)

4 years

AUD$46,000

Edith Cowan University

AUD$30,200

Federation University

AUD$28,800

Information Technology

Recommended Universities

Program Name

Program Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Bachelor of Information Technology

3 years

AUD$36,300

Western Sydney University

AUD$30,840

RMIT University

AUD$34,560

Invention 5 - Ultrasound Scanner

Ausonics first commercialised the ultrasound scanner in 1976. The study of ultrasound had started in 1959. From then onwards, the Ultrasonics Research Section of the Commonwealth Acoustics Laboratories Branch discovered a way to differentiate ultrasound echoes bouncing off soft tissue in the body and converting them to TV images. 

This discovery had changed prenatal care as it gave expecting parents an image of the fetus without x-ray exposure. Ultrasound technology now is also used in the diagnoses of medical problems of the breast, abdomen, and reproductive organs.

Related Courses

Applied Sciences

Recommended Universities

Program Name

Program Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

Deakin University

Bachelor of Medical Imaging

4 years

AUD$37,200

University of South Australia

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science

AUD$37,800

The University of Sydney

Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

AUD$53,000

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International Students: Improving your English

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IELTS (The International English Language Testing System) alongside TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are no doubt the most well-known English language tests as they are the top picks for educational institutions, professional organisations and employers across Australia. So it’s no surprise that all Australian colleges and universities accept IELTS and TOEFL as the minimum English language requirement.

Read more: How to Score in IELTS, IELTS vs TOEFL

Mainly, you will find the general minimum English requirement for the Australian student visa and most Australian universities stated below:

  • IELTS – overall score of 6.0 to 6.5 (no band less than 5.5 to 6.0)
  • TOEFL – overall score of 60 to 90

Contact us to know the English requirement for your dream university!

Now, for students who live in a country where English is not the first language spoken, it might be difficult for them to be fluent in it and it takes time and energy to invest in order to enhance their English language skills in terms of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening.

But of course, when there’s a will, there’s always a way.

Here are the simple, fun and effective ways to practise English at home;

Simple Ways to Practise English at Home

1. Listen to English Songs

“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” – Keith Richards

I guess by now it’s safe to say that everyone loves music simply because most of the time we can connect to it emotionally. Aside from the melody and the beat, the lyrics hold the meaning of an entire song. 

It’s important for you to listen to a song and understand the message that it implies in order for you to be able to connect to the song. That’s the exact reason why listening to English songs will teach you not only how to listen better but also to pronounce better. 

You’re free to choose the song according to your preferences, so it should be a self-fulfilling task for you.

2. Listen to English Podcasts

Podcasts are the new hobby these days. Easy access and informative. 

Although listening to podcasts might not be as rhythmic as listening to songs, apart from training you to be a good listener, podcasts will give you the privilege of gaining information that you will need in order to make a good essay. It makes sense because we focus better when we’re listening without a visual. 

Start with finding a good piece of English podcast and take your time to finish one. Once you have mastered the act of listening to understand by using podcasts, you’ll notice the difference in the way you listen, and the way your mind views things.

3. Journaling

Who says writing needs to be boring and difficult? Why don’t we try journaling in English? 

It doesn’t need to be more than 300 words. It just needs a little bit of your time and a little bit of writing. You can write as many as you want, it can be two lines per day, it can also be one page per day if you have so many things to write about for the day, which is good. 

Writing needs practice and it’s an exercise for the brain. You need to get used to it to be good at it.

4. Practise with a partner

Speaking in English is so much fun when you have someone to practise with. 

Of course, it can also be good to practise speaking in front of the mirror talking to yourself, but having a partner can help boost your confidence to speak in front of other people and can help you interact smoothly in English because that’s how you learn to speak better, by making sure that you as a speaker is able to deliver your message clearly to the listener. 

So get your family or friends to learn English together with you, it’s going to help you a lot in improving your English.

5. Watch Movies/Series with Subtitles

We can’t deny how subtitles have been helping us understand the content of  movies all this while. It helps you in terms of reading, pronouncing and listening. 

And with that being said, we also don’t realise how much subtitles have been doing the job in expanding our English vocabulary and enhancing our word structures simply by enjoying an English movie or series, in our pajamas, with the comfort of being at home. 

Not everyone can stand the subtitles, but there’s a subtitle in every movie for a reason; to understand. As much as you hate subtitles, if you’re not a fluent English speaker, subtitles help you a lot in improving your English.

Read also: 15 Netflix Movies & Shows Worth Watching for Students

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Alternatively, you can attend English courses offered for international students for that matter. Professional help always comes in handy when you aim for excellence.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students or known as ELICOS helps to prepare international students or tourists to adapt to the English-speaking culture in Australia. ELICOS provides a wide range of English programs for specific purposes: English for business, general English, courses for teachers, etc. 

They emphasize on English courses for academic purposes, specifically IELTS and TOEFL preparation courses. Take note! A demonstration of your English proficiency is required not only to apply for a university program, but also an Australian visa.

Get in touch with us now to know more!

Recommended Institutions

1. Navitas English Institution

Navitas English Institution has numerous branches all over Australia, stretching across popular locations like Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. They provide different English courses for different purposes. In the case of university entry, we recommend students to take their Academic English class. 

  • Navitas English has more than 60 direct entry higher education partners, opening pathways towards master’s, bachelor’s, diploma, and certificate programs.
  • If you’ve successfully completed their Academic English class, you do not need to sit for the IELTS test to prove your English proficiency to their direct partners
  • This course teaches valuable, yet versatile skills in academic proficiency and literacy in English. 
  • They provide excellent online learning portal – myStudy. It includes learning resources like fixed tutorials and extra learning materials.

2. Sacred Heart International College

Sacred Heart International College provides a General English class. They offer 4 levels of carefully constructed General English to enhance speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students may find the experience fast and enjoyable, as the courses are made to be as high quality as possible.

They also provide sufficient resources and materials to aid students throughout the course: student books, practical activities, MyEnglishLab online tutorials, bilingual support, computer labs with technical support, etc. 

Assessment methods will include: portfolio, reading activities, writing activities, questions, role plays, learning plans, interviews, research, computer tasks, and presentation.

3. Edith Cowan College (ECC)

Accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, ECC’s English program combines modern resources and materials to enhance student’s learning experience, while providing different assessment methods to track students’ learning progress.

The program is designed for students who plan to study in Australian universities. Their English program upholds students’ future by teaching them cornerstone skills such as essay writing and reading skills, academic English language, and academic discussions and presentations skills.

4. Griffith English Institution (GELI)

Student’s needs are GELI priority. They use smaller and focused classrooms with the intention to provide a more personalised learning experience for the students. They also provide high quality learning opportunities, high quality resources, and an excellent support system to shape students’ English proficiency in the best way possible. 

This program has four sections of learning: 

  1. Reading (understanding information from academic and general texts)
  2. Writing (writing essays under exam conditions)
  3. Listening (understanding information presented in academic and general settings)
  4. Speaking (participating in academic/general discussions and presenting information)

Additionally, students can gain direct entry into Griffith University programs upon completing their English program.

Read also: Study English in Australia for International Students

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