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. Australia is also home to 7 out of 100 top universities in the world and 6 of the top 30 best student cities in the world with Melbourne ranked third. 


Post-secondary education in Australia is divided into:


#1 Universities

An Australian university will provide you with sound understanding of your chosen field, along with academic skills that can be applied to other areas. 


  • Undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree (3-4 years)

Bachelor degree programs prepare you for professional careers and/or postgraduate studies. Programs and degree options offered in Australia include a professional degree, double degree, and honors degree.


  • Postgraduate Master’s Degree (1 to 2 years)

In a master's program, students gain advanced knowledge and skills in a chosen field of study or area of professional practice. Programs include coursework master's programs, professional master's programs and research master's programs.


  • Postgraduate Doctoral Degree (3 years)

The doctoral degree is the highest award offered by Australian universities. They are mostly research-based qualifications.

#2 Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Each state has a VET or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system. VET prepares people for work in a career that does not require a university degree. Each state manages its system and meets at a national level to coordinate their effort. VET is transferable between all states.


  • 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.


#1 Melbourne
Melbourne is a popular city amongst international students for its friendly atmosphere and quality of living. It has a diverse culture and exciting international students scene. Melbourne has some great university offering such as the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, Monash University, Victoria University, Deakin University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University. 

#2 Sydney
A cosmopolitan city and the financial hub of Australia with attractive post-study employment opportunities. Sydney boasts iconic attractions like the Sydney Opera House. Students who choose to study in Sydney have a choice of some great universities such as the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, UTS, UNSW and the University of Western Sydney. 

#3 Perth
Perth is  a calm and quieter Australian city in comparison to Sydney and Melbourne. It offers international students the perfect study environment and a good balance of recreational activities especially parklands, beaches and the outdoors. Perth is only a 5-hour flight from Malaysia and has the same time-zone. It is the home to the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Curtin University. 

#4 Brisbane
Located in Queensland and with its closed proximity to Gold Coast, Brisbane offers the perfect living conditions for students who have come to experience Australian lifestyle. Students are attracted to the vast outdoors, sunny weather and spectacular beaches. Popular universities around the area include the University of Queensland, QUT and Griffith University. 

#5 Adelaide
If you prefer to safe, quieter and modest life style, Adelaide might just be the right place for you. The cost of living in Adelaide is 20% lower than Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast and thus offers students a great value-for-money option. University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University are popular with international students worldwide. 



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