Study in Australia
A guide for international studentsStudying in Australia offers international students more than academic achievement and a globally recognised qualification. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience through which a student can develop independence, maturity, an understanding of other cultures, and the ability to see issues from different perspectives.
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Study in Australia better prepares a student to work in today’s global marketplace. This is why several foreign companies recruit directly from Australian universities and vocational institutes. Many international organisations and companies employ overseas students with Australian qualifications because their exposure to the outside world gives them greater independence and maturity. With international trade barriers disappearing, great opportunities exist for those with the skills, experience and knowledge to seize them.
In Australia, international students
can gain this experience in a safe, friendly environment and at an
IDP Education Australia is Australia’s
leading international education and development organisation. IDP gives
students unbiased, comprehensive information to help them choose the
right course, the right institution and the right location for their
individual professional and personal needs. IDP is an independent,
not-for-profit organisation that represents more than 1,000 Australian
institutions including universities, TAFE and vocational education
institutes, business and special studies colleges, English language
colleges, and schools.
IDP has been helping international
students for more than 30 years. It has some 70 offices globally with
activities in 50 countries. Trained counsellors provide support and
advice to students in local languages.
Education in Australia
is the third most popular study destination in the English-speaking
world, with more than 200,000 international students in Australian
institutions across all education sectors: higher education, vocational
education and training, English Language colleges, and schools.
The Australian government invests
billions of dollars each year in developing Australian education and in
Australian institutions have an
international focus within their courses and activities. They exchange
staff with institutions overseas, participate in international forums,
and have partnerships and joint projects with overseas institutions and
international research centres.
universities have made important breakthroughs in modern technology and
science while Australia’s vocational training system, which is based on
industry standards, is used as a model for other Asia-Pacific
There are universities in all major
Australian cities and throughout regional areas of the country ranging
in size from around 3,000 students to 50,000 students. About 20 percent
of students enrolled in Australian universities are from overseas.
Many international students also study
in vocational education and training colleges and institutes across
Australia. These institutes offer qualifications that recognised in the
International students in Australia also study English language through courses offered by private organisations, universities and governments; in foundation courses to prepare them for university study; and within Australian schools.
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National agencies, including the
Australian University Quality Agency and the Australian National
Training Authority, monitor Australian education institutions including
their teaching, learning, administration and research.
Australian institutions develop the
creative, analytical and lateral thinking skills of students, and
encourage individuality. The Australian education system also
encourages responsibility and maturity in students. Students take an
active part in their own education and are expected to supplement
classroom studies with independent study in libraries, at home and in
teams with other students.
The staff at Australian institutions
are also very experienced in helping students from other countries, and
there are well-established support systems in place for international
IDP Education Australia
As Australia’s leading international
education and development organisation, IDP is recognised globally as a
first-choice partner in education and development. In those countries
where IDP has offices, one in every five students who choose to come to
Australia utilises the services of IDP. Wherever in the world Australia
is the first choice destination for an international educational
experience, IDP is the first choice for students who are seeking advice
IDP’s counsellors guide students, as
well as their family and friends, through the entire process of studying
in Australia. IDP helps with everything from selecting a course and
institution to ensuring students arrive safely in Australia at their
chosen destination. Many of IDP’s counsellors have studied in
Australia, or visited institutions, and can give practical advice about
studies and life ‘down under’.
IDP offices have internet access and
CD-ROM resources, course directories, free publications about student
life in Australia and study options. Offices also provide handbooks and
brochures from Australian institutions and audio-visual resources to
show students what Australia is really like.
IDP’s trained counsellors can:
Every year IDP coordinates or
participates in many international education exhibitions and events
across dozens of countries around the world. Last year more than
400,000 students from around the world visited one or more of these
IDP also has an office in Sydney,
Australia, to help international students throughout their time in
As well providing face-to-face
counselling for students through IDP’s offices in many countries around
the world, IDP also has a virtual support and advice service through the
website at www.idp.com. Students can
find out online information about courses, apply for courses, gain
additional information and locate their nearest IDP student office.
More information is available at
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