Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students in the English-speaking world, behind the United States and the UK. Many international students choose to study there because of the cultural diversity, friendly natives, and high quality of education.
Australia offers an educational experience that makes a real difference. It provides a unique kind of education and a learning style that encourages one to be innovative, creative and
Graduates from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide. Additionally, they are readily accepted for postgraduate study at leading international universities.
o Large land area, sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometer.
o Over 375,000 international students, from approximately 140 nations have come to Australia in the year 2015.
o Safe learning environment.
o Multicultural society.
o Relatively warm climate.
o Standard of living & cost is viable.
o Part time job opportunities are available.
TYPES OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
1. Primary and secondary schools: This is equivalent to 10+2 education in India. Certification at the end of schooling is by continous assessment within the schools or by a combination of internal assessment and public examinations.These procedures form the basis for qualification for entry to universities or other tertiary institutions.
2. Foundation Studies: Foundation studies give international students the knowledge and skills fo a smooth transition from learning in their home country to undergraduate studies in Australian universities. Foundation Studies are usually one year in duration and students are assessed and examined by their lecturers.
Foundation studies are divided into various streams like arts and science studies. The common feature of foundation studies is that a university allocates a provisional
place in an undergraduate course for a student who achieves the prescribed grades.
3. English Language Schools (ELICOS): These are specifically for people who come to Australia to study English either for educational purposes or for other reasons. The Australian system of English language training is known as English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). There are a range of courses including General English; English for Special Purposes; Vacation Courses; and Examination Preparation. The starting dates of courses are fairly frequent and they generally run from 4 to 10 weeks. Many universities and TAFE institutes have ELICOS centres attached to their campuses.
4. Vocational Education and Training Institutes: Vocational education and training (VET) gives students practical skills for their careers. The VET sector is divided into two sections: a nationally recognised government system of Technical and Further Education (TAFE); and private providers. TAFE is the largest provider of tertiary education courses in Australia with about 250 institutes and over a million students including about 41,000 international students. The awards in VET sector are: certifificates, advanced certifificates, associate diplomas, diplomas. Studying at TAFE level is also a way of gaining entry – termed a pathway – to Australia’s universities.
Most TAFE institutes have arrangements with specific universities, enabling students to gain credit for a portion of their study undertaken at TAFE. The VET courses include computing, design, pilot training, business management, hospitality and tourism and many other courses.
5. Universities (higher education): There are 37 public universities and two private universities in Australia which offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
The most popular courses of study for international students have been in the fields of Business, Administration and Economics, followed by Science, then Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.