There are many great sites for international students that will guide you on the Australian student life at our universities.
That showcases university profiles, their majors / focus subjects and their rankings.
The biggest challenge is that the information is scattered all over the place.
Good news is: I’ve compiled the good ones in one place together in this article 🙂
The list of 7 below, came together not just because they’re 100% perfect, but because they’re focused on your international student journey.
These provide the right information so you can make an informed decision about studying in Australia.
I hope this helps you get a better understanding of student life in Australia.
Studyinaustralia.gov.au is the official website for international students by the Australian government.
It’s here to make that decision to study in Australia that much easier with essential information.
It’s aim is to help you our student community have a safe, rewarding and enjoyable international study experience with the right resources at hand.
First things first, here are 10 great reasons to study in Australia with a cool infographic they’ve put together
With seven of the top 100 universities in the world it’s no surprise we’re in 3rd position behind US and UK as the most popular student destination.
Australia also has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students.
If that wasn’t enough, most recently Melbourne was crowned world’s most liveable city for a record seventh time not just for students but for the “entire human race” as Michael Jackson once said 🙂
Image credit to ABC and it’s contributor Shayne T Wright
You mention majors, these are well covered by our universities with “at least one Australian university in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics.” Source Study In Australia
For your viewing pleasure I’ve recently put together a quick video on why you should come downunder to study that summarises these facts … watch it and let me know what you think?
Most importantly Studyinaustralia.gov.au also has a section that focuses on Universities and Higher Education where they talk about the levels that can be earned like Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees.
Image credit university map to study in Australia
Quality assurance of higher education
Australian government takes quality seriously and has a national regulatory.
Quality agency for higher education – the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) upholds stringent standards monitoring risks that students may face.
In addition they mention a very important fact that ensure you will be well looked after whilst studying in Australia.
Your rights are protected by law under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework.
They even have a handy International Student Factsheet that provides tips around;
Choosing a course to study, using an education agent, your rights before you enrol, paying tuition fees, your responsibilities as an international student and more
On top of this there’s plenty to read on Studyinaustralia.gov.au in useful sections such as
- Australian education system,
- educations costs,
- vocational education,
- english courses,
- education pathways
- and more
Topuniversities.com is another great site – they’re one of the famous ones that put together university rankings from around the world.
They provide top tips on admissions, jobs and student life.
There is a nice section where you can find university profiles from all around the world.
Providing a glimpse into each universities high performing majors.
For example check out (ANU) The Australian National University, it ranks highly for politics.
Image credit to QS Top universities
Whereas The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) ranks highly for engineering mineral and mining.
And one other top uni The University of Melbourne ranks highly in education and training.
Other than the useful section for majors focus, you can also check out the QS university world rankings with their latest article on Top Universities in Australia 2018 to see where each Australian university ended up on the 2018 list.
Image credit to Australianuniversities.com.au
They also have a nice section with a table that shows majors / subject rankings for Australian Universities.
Although last update was 2015 – you’ll get an idea of where each universities strengths lies historically.
As they say – past is a pretty good predictor of future focus 🙂
They also provide great advice around these rankings saying …
“rankings might contain some useful information but overall it is essential that students focus on their own requirements and how they can best be met.”
4 – QILT
The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website has a nice comparison engine.
You can compare up to 6 universities and or higher education institutions.
It looks at 3 factors like student experience, graduate satisfaction and graduate employment.
Measuring universities and higher education institutions across undergraduate and post graduate programs offered in Australia.
Image credit QILT – this chart looks at 6 universities against the student experience measure on undergraduate programs
The website is maintained by the Social Research Centre which is an (ANU) Australian National University enterprise business and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
If you want to concentrate on a study area / major, you can also do that.
For example you can view 49 institutions and compare the listed on a particular subject.
Let’s say Computing & Information Systems across undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
You can simply filter to a specific level, institution type and location.
Image credit to QILT
Then there’s The Good Universities Guide.
A site that rates quality of Australian universities and the courses they offer.
The ratings are based on graduate salaries, teaching quality, learning resources, graduate employment rates and more.
Image credit The Good Universities Guide
They also publish a copy of this guide.
Which means it’s a printed handbook / guide that is for sale for local students that are thinking of attending university next year.
Luckily they offer that info for FREE after registration on their site as an ebook.
There is also a FREE ebook for international students called the Studies in Australia 2017
Covers topics around all the levels of study in our Australian Qualification framework that are available for international students.
As an example, if we look at the Overall Experience ratings from the 2018 publication.
That takes into account proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience.
You’ll see that top 3 for this year were not the usually popular University of Sydney or University of New South Wales.
Image credit to The Good Universities Guide
As well as the guide, the site will allow you to look up courses, institutions, career related information, scholarships and more.
6 – Insider Guides
Then there’s of course an awesome site with specific guides that will help an international student called the Insider Guides.
Image credit to Insider Guides
James Martin the founder has been at it since 2008.
Producing high-quality, best practice guides to ensure students are prepared, welcomed, connected and supported in Australia.
They’re so good that partners like Service NSW is promoting these guides.
On the Insider Guides site and in the published guide, you’ll find information on what you need to know at different stages of your student journey.
Covering wide areas of topics like;
- Learning about Australian Culture
- Pre-departure tips before coming to Australia
- Accommodation know hows
- Stories from international students
- and more … like their FREE online resources
7 – Stuzenter
And lucky 7th is a quick shameless self promotion 🙂
Our site Stuzenter is a search engine and our blog has awesome tips for your international student adventure in Australia.
Our aim is to simplify how our international student community find, connect and apply to the courses and institutions that matter to their individual needs in their Australian student journey.
Another video from us!
Check out a video of Stu your friend in study, that half alien half adventurer that can help answer all your study questions for studying in Australia.
So there you are, great guidance for choosing the right university to study in Australia at the tap of your finger tips.
In summary, below you have 7 great resources to guide you in your student adventure downunder Australia.
- http://Study.gov.au is the official Australian government website for international students that assists them in making their decision to study in Australia.
- QS top universities provides top tips on admissions, jobs and student life.
- Australian Universities is a comparison site of all rankings from the most famous and recognised ranking systems like the QS, Times, ARWU and more.
- QILT The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website looks at 3 factors like student experience, graduate satisfaction and graduate employment to measure universities and higher education institutions across undergraduate and post graduate programs in Australia
- University Ratings and Rankings | The Good Universities Guide. A site that rates quality of Australian universities and the courses they offer.
- Insider Guides specific guides to ensure students are prepared, welcomed, connected and supported in Australia.
- Our very own Stuzenter a simple zenful search engine for international student approved courses and blog with Tips for your international student adventure in Australia
Hope that helps guide you a little on how schools and student life is like in downunder Australia.
Any questions reach out anytime.
Baris, Bazza, Barry (I answer to any of those 🙂
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