Australia

    Culture and society
    Australia is truly unique — it is the only country in the world that covers an entire continent and it is also the largest island in the world. Australia’s population currently stands at approximately 23 million people, with about a quarter of the population born overseas.

    Australia’s vibrant multiculturalism stems from a combination of Indigenous cultures, early European settlement and mass immigration. Australia is proud of the diversity of its people and enjoys the variety of different cultures and foods that this provides. Australia is also a secular country, meaning that there is no official religion. Each capital city has places of worship for religions from around the world. Australians value freedom, diversity, equality and peacefulness.

    History
    The earliest human population arrived on the Australian continent more than 40,000 years ago when Indigenous tribes migrated from an unknown region of Asia. Australia’s Indigenous people have the oldest living cultural history in the world. Indigenous communities keep their cultural heritage alive by passing their knowledge, arts, rituals and performances from one generation to another; speaking and teaching languages; protecting cultural materials; and looking after sacred and significant sites such as Uluru in the Northern Territory.

    European exploration of Australia began in 1606 when a Spanish navigator sailed through the Torres Strait, which separates Australia from Papua New Guinea. Dutch, French and English explorers followed and began to map the continent. The European settlement of Australia began in 1788 when the British established a penal colony at Botany Bay, which is now Sydney, the largest city in Australia. The colony grew as free settlers and migrants arrived in Australia hoping to make a better life.

    Climate
    Australia’s climate varies greatly across the country. About 40 per cent of the northern part of the country lies in the tropics. Monsoon winds bring moist air during summer, and the high rainfall between December and March is called ‘the wet season’. The climate in the southern part of the country is temperate, with cool winters, hot summers and four distinct seasons

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    Australia lies in the Southern Hemisphere, so the summer months are December, January and February, and the winter months are June, July and August. Nearly 90 per cent of the population live around Australia’s coastal edges, where ocean breezes bring the temperature down. Temperatures in the desert regions are severe and often exceed 40°C during the day in summer and fall as low as -7°C at night in winter.

    Government
    Australia is a democracy, and vigorous debate is a strong part of the political process. All Australians aged over 18 are required to vote in local, state and federal elections. The Commonwealth of Australia is a constitutional monarchy under a parliamentary democracy, and the formal head of state is the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II.

    The leader of the Liberal Party of Australia — and Australia’s Prime Minister — is the Hon. Tony Abbott, who was elected in September 2013. The federal government governs the whole of Australia, and the Australian Constitution defines its responsibilities. Responsibilities include matters of quarantine, defence, telecommunications, taxes and welfare. You can find more information at the Australian Government website. Each state and territory government works in cooperation with the Australian Government and is responsible for matters such as police, public schools, roads and transport.

    Why Study in Australia?

    Choosing to study in Australia will provide you with wonderful opportunities and experiences, as well as world-class education. Here are four reasons why you should consider Australia as your study abroad destination.

    Globally recognised courses and institutions
    Courses offered by institutions in Australia, from preparatory level to postgraduate programs, are flexible and equipped with global perspective. In 2014, areas such as engineering, accounting and health sciences ranked highly in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Australian universities also receive good ratings for teaching quality, research and graduate employment.

    Visit our Course search and Institution search to find the course and institution that’s right for you.

    Lively and multicultural lifestyle
    Australians are kind and friendly, with an immense passion for sport, food and entertainment. Just like on campus, you will meet people from different cultures and faiths across Australia. If you wish to experience bustling city life, big cities like Melbourne and Sydney are great examples of a fantastic contemporary lifestyle — from modern art museums and cafés to beautiful city parks. Enjoy food festivals such as Perth’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and visit one of the 60 designated wine regions across the country. You can also experience Indigenous culture across Australia.
    See Australia’s regions to find out more about states and territories in Australia.

    Reasonable study costs
    Study costs in Australia are considerably lower than other major destinations such as the United States and United Kingdom. Fees for secondary schools in Australia start from $AUD7800 and can reach around $AUD30,000 per year.

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    An undergraduate program can cost you from $AUD15,000 to $AUD33,000 per year and postgraduate tuition fees range from $AUD20,000 to $AUD37,000 annually.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses start at around $AUD4000 while fees for foundation studies start from $AUD15,000 per year. Planning to take up an English language course? These courses start from only $AUD300 per week depending on the course length.

    Beautiful weather and landscapes
    Australia has diverse landscapes — beautiful coastlines, vast outback and modern cities — as well as unique marsupials such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats and quokkas. Studying in Australia is a ticket for you to visit natural attractions, including the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Rottnest Island in Western Australia. A great benefit of studying in Australia is being able to experience the sunny weather and laid-back attitude for which Australia is well known.
    If you are getting ready to begin your study abroad journey in Australia, Studies in Australia is the best place to start. Explore our site for further information, such as the support services available, accommodation options and international student testimonials.

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