Study in Australia
Australia is one of the world’s leading education powerhouses and features globally renowned education institutions. International students are continually enticed by the range of quality study options and excellent lifestyle. Australia is ranked 3rd for the most popular study destination for international students with over 700,000 students enrolled in their universities each year.
Overview of Post-Secondary Options in Australia
Post-secondary education in Australia is divided into 2 types which are universities and VET.
Australia has 41 universities. With the exception of 1 private and 2 foreign universities, all Australian universities are government-funded. Universities provide a wide range of undergraduate (bachelor's) and postgraduate (master's and doctorate) degree programmes in all fields of study. Some universities have dual status, offering both VET and higher education programmes.
Universities have a more academic focus, with an emphasis on essay writing and tests. Students will have a considerably better understanding of the field or subject matter in which they specialise (referred to as their chosen "major" or "area of specialisation"). They further enhance their personal traits by building professional and transferable skills rather than focusing just on industry-specific occupational skills.
Postgraduate Master's Degree
Postgraduate Doctoral's Degree
(b) Vocational Education & Training (VET)
The VET or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system in Australia prepares graduates for careers that may not necessarily require a university degree. They are vocational-based qualifications that produce competent graduates to take on more hands-on roles in the employment market.
Certificate I to IV (6 months to 2 years)
These courses provide introductory skills and training. They teach industry-specific knowledge and skills in communication, literacy and numeracy, and teamwork.
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree (1 to 3 years)
Diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree are considered to be equivalent to one to two years of study at degree level. Diploma and advanced diploma are titles given more practical courses, while associate degree is given to more academic courses.
VET programmes generally have lower academic and English language entry requirements. Tuition fees at TAFE colleges are also relatively lower compared to universities.
Pathways To Study in Australia
If you are determined to experience the warmth of the Australian sun, there are numerous avenues available to fulfill that long-held aspiration. Upon finishing your SPM, O-Level, IGCSE, or a comparable certification, there are several possibilities for you to consider and explore.
(a) Australian Matriculation / Pre-U in Australia
If you can't wait to begin your new academic life in Australia, consider enrolling in an Australian Matriculation or Foundation programme for 1 - 2 years at an Australian college after SPM or O-Levels, and then using your Pre-U qualifications to continue to an undergraduate degree. While this is the most expensive option, it allows you to get a head start and better adjust to the education system and living in Australia.
(b) Australian Matriculation / Pre-U in Malaysia
Thinking about staying in Malaysia for longer before heading off to Australia? In this case, you can opt to study Australian Matriculation (SACE International or WACE) or other Pre-U courses like A-Levels in Malaysia before going to Australia for your undergraduate studies.
Note: You may do your foundation in the Australian universities in Malaysia such as Curtin University Sarawak, Monash University Malaysia Campus, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, University of Wollongong (UOW) and many more
(c) Transfer Programme to Australia
If you want a more cost-saving option, consider this pathway. Start your Pre-U course in Malaysia, progress to a degree programme at a local university, and then transfer your credits to an Australian university and complete your studies there.
Many private universities in Malaysia have transfer programmes with partnering Australian universities. For example, a 2+1 transfer programme allows you to complete 2 years of study locally and finish the remaining year in Australia. By choosing this pathway, you can save money and still gain a unique experience of studying overseas.
The Group of Eight (GO8) Universities
The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia’s most research-intensive universities. Go8 universities are highly established in Australia and are ranked among the world’s top 150 universities according to the QS World University Rankings, making them an attractive choice for students all over the globe.