Why Study In Australia

Australia is a great place to study. We offer international students a vibrant lifestyle, a relaxed environment, culture, entertainment, great food and wine – and world-class education with internationally recognised qualifications.

Need some more reasons why studying in Australia is the best option for you?

  • Australia has seven out of the top 100 universities in the world? And we are ranked above Germany, the Netherlands and Japan.
  • Australia has five of the best 30 cities for students worldwide, based on student mix, affordability, quality of life and employer activity.
  • 5 million international students have left our shores to make a difference around the world.
  • 15 Nobel Prize laureates have actually studied in Australia.
  • Over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations. These include penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and Black Box Flight Recorders.

As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. International students should carefully check the CRICOS website to make sure that the course they want to study is registered.

Where are Australia’s International students from?

The largest number of international students are form China, India and Vietnam. The following table shows the top 10 nationalities in 2015.

Nationality International Student Enrolments 2015
China 170,212
India 72,504
Vietnam 29,575
Republic of Korea 28,725
Thailand 27,965
Brazil 24,672
Malaysia 24,123
Nepal 19,807
Indonesia 19,300
Pakistan 16,091
All Nationalities 645,185

Sourced from the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training 2015 international student enrolment data.

World Comparisons

More students each year are choosing to study in Australia than other countries around the world. Why is this? How does Australia compare with other countries around the world?

A welcoming place to live

Australia provides not only world-class education but also a welcome place to live. Australian’s have a reputation for being some of the friendliest people in the world and we embrace new visitors to our shores. Australia’s cities are some of the safest in the world and offer dynamic and relaxed lifestyles. Our cities are clean, safe and have good public transport for students as well as a range of cultural experiences, great food and entertainment.

Most Liveable Cities

Several of Australia’s cities have been ranked the most “liveable in the world”. In 2014, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey found that four Australian cities ranked in the world’s top ten most liveable cities. Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth ranked first, fifth, seventh and ninth respectively – a feat not achieved by any US or UK city.

Cost of Living

Sydney is classified as the city in Australia, which has the highest cost of living. However in comparison to other major cities around the world, it offers a lower cost of living. In comparison to Sydney, New York is 40% more expensive and London is 9% more expensive.

The Australian Qualifications Framework

To ensure that all qualifications are equal in Australia, the Australian Government introduced the Australian Qualification Framework (QAF). This regulates all Australian qualifications and provides clear rules about the level of education each qualification requires. This ensures that overseas students are aware of what level of qualification they are receiving as well as making it easy for employers around the world to recognise the qualification.

The ten AQF levels are:

AQF Level Qualification Type
Level 1 Certificate I
Level 2 Certificate II
Level 3 Certificate III
Level 4 Certificate IV
Level 5 Diploma
Level 6 Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Vocational Graduate Certificate
Vocational Graduate Diploma
Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma
Level 9 Masters Degree
Level 10 Doctoral Degree


Quality Assurance

There are a number of laws and regulations in place to ensure the quality and consistency of Australia’s international education sector. The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 requires institutions that offer courses to international students to meet nationally consistent standard in education quality, facilities and services. The Act ensures that international students receive the same standard of education as Australian students.

Support Services

Whilst it can be challenging studying in a new country, there is plenty of help and support available to you as an international student. There are many international and local students who are in the same position as you.

Your education provider is the first place to turn to for assistance. They can assist with the course as well as assisting you to settle into your new environment and direct you to the services you need. Check for their orientation sessions, which will provide invaluable assistance to help you settle in.

The International Student Hotline is 1300 363 079, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting overseas students to ensure that their study in Australia is a positive experience. They will assist with problems you may have with your study, your training institution, personal safety, accommodation or work. All calls can remain anonymous should you wish. 

Pre-Departure & Arrival Information

Our website has assistance with what you will need to consider prior to departing your home country for Australia. View our Student Timeline.

Your Case Manager will be able to also provide assistance with:

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Orientation & Study Preparation Programs

Your education provider will run an orientation program, which will welcome you to Australia and assist you with the settling in period. This is a chance for you to meet other international students and the university staff before your course begins. These orientation programs will generally include:

  • Information sessions
  • Guided campus tours
  • Faculty-specific orientation
  • Library tours
  • Social activities
  • Introduction to services and facilities

Image Source: Orientation Week at JCU.

Student Groups

Your education provider will also give you the opportunity to meet other international and Australian students. These student groups organise social gatherings, outings and activities so you can settle in and make new friends in a fun environment. You may also be connected with a student who may act as a Student Mentor or who can assist you with advice and support when needed.

Counselling Services

Counselling services will be available through your education provider, who will offer students free and confidential advice on personal, social and academic matters such as:

  • Culture shock
  • Depression, stress and anxiety
  • Relationship / family problems
  • Accommodation problems
  • Academic difficulties

* Culture shock is the feeling of disorientation and loneliness that you may feel in the first couple of weeks of living in a new environment. This is a very common feeling and will pass when you get more settled into your new home. Make sure you talk to friends, family and the support service staff at your education provider.

Academic and English language skills assistance

Academic and English language skills assistance will be provided by your education provider. This will assist you to adjust to life in Australia as well as with your studies. You might find English language conversation groups either at your institute or in your local community to again assistance with your day-to-day life in Australia. And even if you have a good grasp of the English language, Australians have a distinct accent and dialects, which can make understanding us a little difficult.

Support for accompanying family members

In addition to helping international students, education providers also provide support services for family members who accompany students to Australia. Support services typically include:

  • English conversation classes
  • Social meetings, activities and excursions
  • Counselling services to help with any problems such as culture shock, homesickness, employment and difficulty adjusting to the Australian lifestyle and cultural differences

Transition Assistance

There are a number of things you can do to assist your transition to Australia:

  • Go to the orientation programs organised by your education provider and attend any social events they arrange.
  • Join a local group such as a sporting group or English conversation to enable you to make new friends with a common interest.
  • Talk to people – Australian’s are open and friendly and are happy to assist you with any questions you may have.
  • Assimilate into the Australian culture by participating in activities. Whether it is a sporting game, attending a festival or visiting a museum, immersing yourself in the Australian way of life will help you to understand it quicker.
  • Don’t be afraid to use the English language, regardless of your level of understanding. Australian’s are patient and will assist you. Listen to Australian radio and watch Australian television to help you with the accent.

Learning Methods

Australian students are urged to be independent learners, that is, they are to become responsible for completing their work on time, independent reading, research undertaking and meeting of deadlines.

A Casual Approach

You may note that Australian students have a more relaxed attitude towards their studies and lecturers and tutors in general. In most cases, titles are not used when speaking with academic staff; rather they are on first name basis. Australians believe that everyone is equal, regardless of education, wealth or where someone lives. This does not mean however that students do not respect their academic staff, rather they just communicate on a more casual basis than you may be used to.