Australian education has a strong international reputation for excellence. Whether you study at a university, school, vocational or English language institute, you will receive a quality education that will form a strong foundation for your future success. The benefits of living and learning in Australia are both personal and academic. Your years in Australia will give you the best platform to succeed in your career, and prepare you for the challenges of the work place. It won’t just be your mind that develops your time in the classroom will change you as a person.
The world’s smallest continent and sixth largest country by total area, Australia owing to its size and isolation is often dubbed the ‘island continent’ and variably considered the world’s largest island. Australia’s landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometers is on the Indo Australian Plate. The country’s size means there’s a lot of climatic variation. The summers are from December to February. Autumn begins in March and extends till May. It is followed by winter till August. The spring is from September to November. Australia has six states New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia and two major mainland territories the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country’s food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience. This diversity of influences creates a cultural environment in Australia that is lively, energized, innovative, and outward looking. One will be expected to be able to accept a wide range of people on an equal basis in informal situations. Australia is a developed country, with a prosperous multicultural society and excellent results in many international comparisons of national performance such as human development, quality of life, health care, life expectancy, public education, economic freedom and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.
Each state government manages the school system within their state. This means that they provide funds and regulation for their schools. Both public schools and private schools exist in each state.
Each state has a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system. VET prepares people for work in a career that does not need a university degree. Each state manages their system and meets at a national level to coordinate their effort. Typically, a VET/TAFE course takes two years of study.
The national government provides the funding for universities in all the states. Each is independent in its governance. They set their courses and course content. A professional body must endorse a course for it to run. Typically, a university course takes three or four years of study.
Institutions must be accredited and courses offered to international students must be approved and listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Australia has an integrated nationwide system of qualifications, known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is recognized by the Australian Government. Under this, students can move easily from one level of study to the next and receive credit for previous study. It brings together the qualifications offered at different levels.
There are a number of scholarships available to international students by different institutions for various intakes based on academic performance and other criteria.
Your student visa expires once you complete your study. There are a few options to extend your visa