While the United States, with thousands of higher education institutions and over a million international students may be a global leader in overseas higher education, Australia, in last one decade has emerged as one of the favourite higher education destinations for international students. This is mainly due to a number of factors such as lower cost of higher education (compared to the United States), pro-immigrant policies of the government, and better job and career prospects after graduation.
In this blog, Student Cover tries to provide an insight into the types of courses and higher education institutions that are available for international students in Australia.
Classification and regulation of Higher Education in Australia
Higher education in Australia is regulated by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). According to the available information, there are about 170 institutions that are registered under TEQSA and include Australian universities both inside Australia and those which have branches abroad. Similar to the United States, universities in Australia offer a wide range of certifications such as Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Honours Degree, Masters Degree and PhD.
While the duration of Bachelors Degree course in Australia is of 3 years, those opting for ‘honours’ degree have to study for an additional one year and consists of both taught coursework and research based thesis. Besides that, universities in Australia also offer double degree where a student can pursue two different degrees simultaneously.
This of course has a longer duration. The duration of Masters Degree program is of two years and consists of both taught and research components.
Top Ranked Higher Education institutions in Australia
According to QS World University Rankings 2020, seven Australian universities feature in the list of top 100 universities in the world whereas there are 27 Australian universities in the list of top 500 universities in the world. Australian National University (Ranked 29 globally) is the highest ranked Australian university in the world followed by University of Melbourne (Rank 38), University of Sydney (Rank 42), University of New South Wales (Rank 43) and University of Queensland (Rank 47).
TABLE OF TOP 10 HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS IN AUSTRALIA
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Arts and Humanities
Australian National University and University of Melbourne are among the top ranked universities in the world for Arts and Humanities subjects with both universities sharing 16th position in global rankings. They are followed by University of Sydney (Rank 22), University of New South Wales (Rank 42) and Monash University (Rank 48).
Engineering and Technology
In Engineering and Technology, University of New South Wales is ranked globally at 37 whereas University of Melbourne, Monash University and University of Sydney are ranked 41st, 54th and 61st respectively by QS World Rankings.
Life Science and Medicine
University of Melbourne is best ranked globally at 22 in Life Science and Medicine category whereas University of Sydney, University of Queensland and Monash University are ranked 24th, 37th and 39th respectively. Students willing to pursue medical science should check these and other such high ranked universities for admission.
Among Universities in Australia, the Australian National University is top ranked in the country for Natural Sciences. Its global rank is 37. The Australian National University is followed by University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales which are ranked 46, 49 and 75 respectively.
Social Sciences and Management
There are as many as 6 Universities which are ranked among top 50 universities in the world for Social Sciences and Management subjects. While University of Melbourne is ranked 1 in Australia, globally it is ranked 17. The University of Sydney, Australian National University and University of New South Wales are ranked 25, 29 and 34 respectively.
Let’s Wrap Up
For international students, Australia offers a diverse range of study programs and higher education institutions that they can choose from. Not only are its institutions among top ranked in the world but also the study programs they offer. For Engineering and Technology as well as Social Sciences and Management courses, there are 6 institutions that feature is in the list of top 100 globally ranked courses. Moreover, when it comes to infrastructure and quality of teaching, Australia offers best quality education at comparatively lower cost.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns and travel restrictions, many of these universities are expected to witness a fall in the number of applicants in 2020. To address this, the Australian government plans to reform its current work visa regime to make it more accessible to students, including those who are currently pursuing it through online mode. Therefore, international students now have an opportunity to not secure admission in these higher education institutions in Australia but also get work visas to stay and work in Australia for a period of 2-4 years.
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