Home to top universities in the world, Australia is a leading destination for international students. Australian universities prepare students for successful careers with a blend of academic and practical approaches, and about the opportunity to stay and work after you graduate.
Top five reasons to study in Australia
- Get job ready with universities that focus on practical skills and creative thinking, and have a global reputation for producing high quality graduates
- You may be eligible to stay and work after your degree under the skilled independent visa program
- Enjoy a high standard of living with Australia ranked 5th in the world
- Experience a friendly, multicultural society with some of the lowest crime rates in the world
- Enjoy fresh air and beaches, vast open spaces, and seeing koalas, kangaroos and other unique wildlife in person
People and culture
Australia is a multicultural society. English is the official language but over 300 languages are spoken, including Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese and Greek. Australians take a relaxed and informal approach to life, which revolves around family, friends, sport, beaches, and parks.
Australia ranked 9th in the Universitas 2020 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, higher than France, Germany, Norway and Japan. In QS’s 2022 university rankings, seven Australian universities appeared in the top 100 worldwide, and 15 appeared in the top 250.
Top universities in Australia include the University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, and Monash University.
Top student cities
According to QS Best Student Cities 2022 rankings, almost all of Australia’s major cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast – are in the world’s top 100 student cities.
Cost of living
Cost of living will depend on where you are located in Australia and which university you attend. Average costs per year include:
- Cost of living for students – AUD$21,041
- Vocational education and training – AUD$4,000 to AUD$22,000
- Undergraduate Bachelor degree – AUD$20,000 to AUD$45,000
- Postgraduate Master degree – AUD$22,000 to AUD$50,000
For more detailed information, head to the government’s Study Australia website
Post study work options
If you are interested in staying in Australia to work after you graduate, you will need to get a new working visa before your student visa expires. As a graduate you may be eligible for:
- The Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), provided you have completed a Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degree
- The Australian Government’s SkillSelect program, which enables international students to stay in Australia as professional workers
- State and territory government nominations for skilled and business migration
Chat to one of our Dream Makers about your options.
Australia is currently experiencing a shortage of workers in the following areas:
- Accounting and finance
- Surveying and town planning
- Veterinary science
- IT security
- Trades work (electricians)
- Baking / culinary
- Aged care