Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, in terms of total area. With the world's 12th largest economy, it is also one of the wealthiest countries in the world, offering a good quality of life. From architectural wonders such as the iconic Sydney Opera House to the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef stretching to more than 1,600 miles, Australia has everything one could ever dream of.
Australia is a popular student destination, and international student numbers are expected to increase after the Australian Government's recent lowering of visa assessment levels for 38 countries worldwide, inclusive of India. Indian students make up more than 9 per cent of Australia's student population. India continues to be the second-largest source country for international student enrolments in Australia. The top five Australian Universities as per the latest QS World University Rankings are Australian National University (19), The University of Melbourne (42), University of Sydney (45), The University of Queensland (46), and The University of New South Wales (47).
Australian Universities offer international students a range of learning options associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees and PhD degrees. Of the total international student population, almost 40 percent are engaged in higher education programs and nearly 18 percent in English language programs. Many students come to Australia with the aim of obtaining vocational education in institutions such as Aerospace Aviation School, Sydney Flight Training Centre and Proflite Training Centre (all in New South Wales). Academic programs are offered all across the country in the areas of business, humanities, engineering, tourism, medicine, and more. Scholarships are available for eligible students. Education in Australia, contrary to popular belief is very much affordable. In general, a bachelor's degree could cost as less as AUD 10,000; vocational programs could cost around AUD 5,000 and PhD degrees nearly AUD 18,000. To add to this, numerous scholarship opportunities funded by the Australian Government and private schools are available for students.
While one pursues education, students are legally permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours a week while the course is in session. The adult national minimum wage in Australia is $ 15.51 per hour, this change annually, so students can merrily make money for their own expenses.
Whether one's interest lies in nature, technology, art, culture, adventure, food, wine or world-class academia, Australia definitely has something for you, and is a country of endless opportunities. One will definitely love the student life in Australia, the outdoorsy culture, and the friendly people.
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