Published by Afterschool.my on May 04, 2018, 12:23 pm
Have you ever wanted to study in Australia? Well, you are not alone. Around 20,000 Malaysians make the decision to go there every year, and our country accounts for 4% of all international students in Australia, only behind two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India.
What makes Australia so special? What does the Land Down Under have that makes it the third most popular study destination worldwide? Afterschool.my highlights the main factors.
Don’t know what to study? Can’t find a course that interests you? Fret not, because odds are you’ll come across at least one course that’s to your liking in Australia. With over 22,000 courses spread across 1,100 institutions, a student has never been more spoilt for choice. Popular courses in Australia include medicine, engineering, law, creative arts and design, dentistry, education, and business and management.
One of the biggest concerns of students studying abroad is securing a job after graduation. What would happen if you failed to do so in Australia? Well, the answer to that is the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). In simple terms, this visa, accessible once as a primary applicant, permits international students who’ve recently graduated to stay, study and work in the country, albeit on a temporary basis. Visa for bachelor’s degree students is valid for 18 months, whereas postgraduate students get two to four years.
Many Malaysian students worry about financial constraints when contemplating studying in Australia and consequently give up on their dream. That does not have to be the case. With AUD200,000,000 allocated by the government for scholarships, there are a plethora of scholarships offered by Australian universities that international students can benefit from.
Still wondering why so many students flock to Australia during their university years? A quick check on the QS Best Student Cities 2017 would probably give you the first clue. Four of the top 30 and six of the top 50 student cities in the world are located in – you guessed it – Australia. Melbourne (5th), Sydney (13th), Brisbane (20th), Canberra (22nd), Adelaide (44th) and Perth (50th) occupy the list that takes into account affordability, desirability, employer activity and more.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. As the saying goes, any student heading to university should know that while books and study are of utmost importance, fun should also be had every now and then to ensure that one does not get burnt out.
In Australia, fun comes in all shapes and sizes. Legendary landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef are just the tip of this large and all-encompassing iceberg. With dozens of golden sun-kissed beaches, brimming wildlife and more, Australia is the perfect ground for the complete university experience.