When most people think of Australia, they see wide open spaces of outback bush, kangaroos, koalas and clean air and water. However, Australia has so much more to offer than just that! Many international students are choosing to study in Australia because of its friendly, laid-back nature, excellent education system, and high standard of living.
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 education system

The Australian higher education system consists of independent, self-governing public and private universities and higher education institutions that award higher education qualifications.

The Australian Qualifications Framework is a national system established by the Australian Government linking courses and qualifications. The Framework provides guidelines for learning outcomes, pathways, assessment and accreditation of qualifications, allowing students to move easily between levels of study and institutions, receiving credit for previous study.



Degree Title


Bachelor Degree(General)

3 years full-time study

Bachelor Degree (Professional)

4 years full-time study

Bachelor Degree + Honours

3-4 years full-time + 1 additional year's successful completion allows entry to a research Masters or Doctorate


Degree Title


Masters - Extended

3-4 years full-time study

Masters by Coursework

1-2 years full-time study

Masters by Research

1-2 years full-time study

Doctoral Degree

3-5 years full-time study

Doctoral Degree (Professional)

3-5 years full-time study

What are go8 Univerisites and why are they called Group of Eight :


Australian National University.

University of Melbourne.

Monash University.

University of New South Wales.

University of Queensland.

University of Sydney.

University of Western Australia.

There are 38 public universities and 3 private universities in Australia including the GROUP OF EIGHT UNIVERSITIES.

The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian universities, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education.

Choosing the university that best meets your needs can be exciting but can also be challenging.

What makes the difference between other Universities and Go8 universities:

  • Highest quality students.
  • Much lower student-staff ratios than other Australian universities.
  • Research intensive of all Australian universities, undertaking 70% of all Australian university research train, attract and retain  the best researchers from Australia and around the world, offering an intellectually stimulating, diverse and supportive academic environment for their students have a focus on the teaching-research nexus which leads to advanced curricula and research-based learning and in turn produces distinctive graduates enrol over half of all higher degree by research students.
  • Have alumni who take up senior positions in professional life, business and government in Australia and other countries;
  • Demonstrate mutual recognition of high standards of research and teaching within the group through the Go8 Credit Transfer Agreement.


STUDY IN NEW SOUTH WALES:                                                    STUDY IN VICTORIA:

Western Sydney University [UWS]                                                     Deakin University [Deakin]
Macquarie University [MACQUARIE]                                              Monash University [MONASH]
University of New South Wales [UNSW]                                           RMIT University [RMIT]
University of Sydney [SYDNEY]                                                       Swinburne University of Technology [SWINBURNE]
University of Technology Sydney [UTS]                                            Federation University [FEDUNI]
University of Wollongong [UOW]                                                      University of Melbourne [MELBOURNE]
Southern Cross University [SCU]                                                       La Trobe University [LATROBE]
University of New England [UNE]                                                     Victoria University [VU]
University of Newcastle [NEWCASTLE]                                          Australian Catholic University [ACU]
Australian Catholic University [ACU]                                               Victoria University [VU]

STUDY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA:                                                  STUDY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA:  

Flinders University [FLINDERS]                                                      Curtin University [CURTIN]
Torrens University [TORRENS]                                                        Edith Cowan University [ECU]
University of Adelaide [ADELAIDE]                                               Murdoch University [MURDOCH]
University of South Australia [UniSA]                                             University of Notre Dame [UNDA]
Australian Catholic University [ACU]                                              University of Western Australia [UWA]

STUDY IN QUEENSLAND:                                                            STUDY IN DARWIN:

Bond University [Bond]                                                                    Charles Darwin University [CDU]
Central Queensland University [CQU]                                                  
Griffith University [GRIFFITH]                                                       STUDY IN TASMANIA:
James Cook University [JCU]                                                              
Southern Cross University [SCU]                                                     University of Tasmania [UTAS]
University of Queensland [UQ]
University of Southern Queensland [USQ]
University of the Sunshine Coast [USC]

Possible Challenges: STUDY IN AUSTRALIA


(1) Language : Problem for those who don't speak good English.
Studying in Australia does not mean you will learn English or other languages magically but it can certainly help you to understand the language better, but if you do not talk, you will not improve. That is why you need to pay attention all the time because in Australia good english speaking skills can take you ahead quicker than your non english speaking mates.

(2) Not having your family and friends around could be a problem for some.
Our society is more and more connected and thanks to Skype, WhatsApp and Social Media you can stay in touch a bit easier with your family and friends. It still doesn't mean that it is any easier to study abroad in a foreign country half way round the world. Sometimes it can be hard, because everything is new and you donít have your familiar safety net of friends and family.

Especially in the beginning you might feel sad and homesick. This is completely normal, but there are many tips on internet against homesickness which you can use.

(3) Cultural shock/differences can be a problem for some.
We all know that African people are different from Asians, Chinese are different from Indians and Indians are different from Germans and Germans differ from Australians. So some differences are obvious while others are more subtle. Moreover the food is different mostly, you might have difficulties to find your old comfort home style food. Food is an important part of a country's culture so if the culture is different, the food will be too.

(4) It can be expensive for some depending on their specific needs.
The cost of studying in Australia depends on your course, the university and the city you choose. Keep in mind that you are only allowed to work limited number of hours, so you need to have enough money before your start your semester/year or have someone from home supporting you.

Possible Benefits:

(1) Australia has Eight of the top 100 universities in the world.
Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity-all important elements for students when choosing the best study destination.

(2) Scholarships
Each year Australian Government provides approx $200 million dollars in scholarships for international students.

(3) At least one Australian university is in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy.

(4) Overall cost of studying in Australia is far less than in UK or USA. International students get value for money in terms of currency conversion factor as its cheaper compared to the UK or USA.

(5) Job opportunities in Australia are better than many other developed countries.
As UK focuses more for doctors and the US focuses more on IT professionals but in Australia for the international students there are facilities and opportunities present in multiple disciplines i.e. agriculture, aeronautics, accounts and actuaries and of course including the IT and Medical streams as well.

(6) Australian qualifications are recognised by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.

(7) Australia is a safe, multicultural, friendly and harmonious society. Australia has a low crime rate and strict gun control laws providing a safe place to live.
People from around 150 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Multicultural nature of Australian society means international students are readily accepted by other students, and teachers are experienced in teaching classes to students from many countries.
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