Australia and New Zealand

There are a variety of reasons that you should consider studying in Australia. Australia is actually one of the top countries for international students, just behind the United Kingdom and the United States. There are a few reasons that this is the case.

Study in Australia

First, Australia actually has some of the best colleges in the world. Seven of the Top 100 Universities are found in Australia - quite a feat for a country with only 23 million residents. You also have a lot of choice when you come to Australia. There are over 1100 institutions found across the entire country.

The cost of living in Australia is excellent, especially when compared to its counterparts in the United Kingdom and Britain. If you want to study in Australia, you will be pleasantly surprised. Some of the areas where some of the most popular universities are located have relatively low costs of living.

Cost of Living and finding work

Urban areas (Sydney, Melbourne) may end up costing a bit more to live in, but the cost of living is no different than if you were living in a major city in your home country.

It’s also very easy to find a job so that you can make ends meet while you’re studying. In the urban areas, you may be able to find internships and apprenticeships that are related to the field that you are studying. Depending on where in Australia you’re living, you may also be able to find employment in the tourism industry, which can help you interact with people from all over the world that come to visit Australia.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Another reason to consider going to Australia as an international student is because there is a lot of scholarship money available for you. The Australian government welcomes potential international students with open arms, and they actually offer up to $250 million dollars a year in scholarships, grants, and other financial aid specifically set aside for international students. In order to receive this aid, there are some things that you will have to do in terms of applications and grade requirements. You would have to talk to the financial aid office at the university you are accepted to get more information about money that may be available for you.

Over 2.5 million people have gone to Australia as international students, and many of them have gone out to make a difference in the world. If you want to study something, you will be able to find it in Australia. Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences (biology, zoology, chemistry, etc.), mathematics, engineering, social sciences (sociology, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, etc.), and medical fields (even MD’s and PhD’s). If you want to study it, it’s likely that you can find a university in Australia that offers a programme in it.

If you're wondering whether New Zealand is the right place to study for you, we outline some of the main reasons why the international student population in New Zealand has grown rapidly in recent years.

A high quality learning experience

The New Zealand university system is research-based, as it is historically based on the British Higher Education model. This means there are a number of similarities between the two systems, such as the names of qualifications, teaching methods, and the look and feel of the university campuses.

All academic staff are expected to be active researchers as well as teachers. This insistence on research-informed teaching ensures a high quality learning experience. The universities' representative body, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee, has legal responsibility for university course approval and moderation procedures. The New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit supports this quality assurance method. These systems certify that university education in New Zealand is of a consistently excellent standard.

A degree recognized and valued by UK employers

Students applying for jobs anywhere in the world with a degree from New Zealand are highly sought after by employers. Employers are seeking out graduates with a global perspective and completing your degree overseas is a great way of achieving this.

Moderate entry requirements

Unlike the UK and many other countries, New Zealand does not have massive competition to enter the first year of a university degree. This is because the New Zealand government has invested heavily in university education over the years, which has led to New Zealand having more capacity than students. Good students with moderate grades can gain entry to most Bachelor degree programmes without any problems. Therefore, entry requirements are moderate compared with most of the top universities in the UK.

A welcoming destination

International students are welcomed by New Zealand society, both for the cultural diversity they bring and their contribution to the economy.

They are gladly received into New Zealand homes and student social networks. New Zealanders are well travelled, with a great interest in people from other cultures, so visitors and international students soon feel more than welcome.

Campuses are highly international, with students from all corners of the globe studying and socialising together. Students come from Europe, South East Asia, the UK, North Asia, Japan, South America, India, and Australia, amongst many others.

New Zealand also has a well-developed system of pastoral care for international students, backed by a government-monitored Code of Practice. This means you will be well looked after during your time studying there.

Costs

The country has a comparatively low cost of living, abundant fresh food at reasonable prices and a wide variety of student accommodation options.

Transport is also moderately priced, affording easy access to rivers, mountains, lakes, forests and beaches and the recreational opportunities they provide.