5 Reasons to Study in Australia
StudyFree mentor Anna-Maria Frolovtseva is studying space design at Monash University in Melbourne. We asked her to talk about why getting a degree in Australia is a great idea.
In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced many international students to leave Australia with uncertain prospects of being able to come back. As of December 1, 2021, they can return and continue their offline education. There is a large waiting list of people who want to do that. However, if you’ve prepared all the paperwork correctly, have a visa, proof of immunization with a vaccine approved for use in Australia, and have patience, you won’t have any trouble entering the country.
Unique Cultural Experience
Australia is a very multicultural country. According to statistics, three in ten Australian citizens, which is 7.5 million people, were born in another country. That’s 29.7% of the country's over 25-million population, which is a mixture of very different cultures, including Britain, China, the United States, India, Vietnam, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Russia.
Living in Australia, you encounter all these cultures every day. This makes you realize how diverse and rich our society is. Hearing foreign languages, understanding accents, and learning traditions of different ethnic communities is a valuable experience that helps you grow as a person, develop your soft skills and empathy, as well as learn to understand and accept people of different mentalities.
Many university professors in Australia have extensive experience of studying, working, and living abroad. They know how to teach and work in a variety of cultures, which serves well to international students. Obtaining a university degree in Australia will make you fully prepared for being a part of an international company and fitting in with any multicultural team easily.
Of course, studying and living in Australia cannot replace traveling around the world altogether. However, it will definitely enrich your life. If you’ve always wanted to understand English humor, get to enjoy Asian food, and finally try surfing, Australia would be your perfect study abroad destination.
Opportunities for Creative Professionals
Australia is considered one of the best countries to study creative fields. There are many good programs in design, architecture, theater, special effects and animation technology in film, video, media, and others.
Most people in Australia live in private houses, so there is a high demand for architects, planners, and interior designers. One of the world’s top interior design agencies, Harper Lane, was founded in Australia.
There are also plenty of opportunities for those who pursue to study television, film, and visual special effects. Some of the leading schools offering degrees in these fields are the Sydney Film School, New York Film Academy Australia, and Australian Film Television and Radio School. Besides, these programs can be found in many Australian universities.
Discipline vs. Freedom: 50/50
International students have to attend all the courses if they don’t want to lose their student visa. Many Australian universities start to closely monitor a student’s work and provide them extra help if they show less than 80% attendance throughout the semester. If things keep getting worse, the student may even be invited to the International Student Affairs office to talk about the possible cancellation of the visa.
No need to panic though: when developing schedules for students, universities are very conscious about sticking to the work-life balance principle. There are usually no more than three courses a day, and one can last double or even triple time, which means three or six hours. There will be no other courses on that day.
If the class is scheduled for a time that is bad for you, you can change it, as long as there are vacant places in the group with a different schedule. Most work is done during classes, so you won't have to beaver away at your homework for hours.
Strict attendance rules keep students on their toes, and the learning process is organized in a smart way that leaves you time for personal life. In Australia, you can study, work 20 hours a week on a student visa, and still have time for your hobbies.
On Equal Footing With a Professor
All the teachers and professors here have huge professional experience. This helps you learn better, enhances your motivation, as well as gives you a lot of insight into your industry and what it is like to work in it.
For example, my professor in exhibition design came to Melbourne from Germany and worked as an exhibition curator at the National Gallery of Victoria while being a student. He would share his experience of immigration with us, the challenges of moving to another country, and give us tips on how to effectively use university resources to study, integrate into the community, and build a career in Australia.
My art history teacher is from Tasmania, but she studied in Melbourne and is now living here. During breaks between lectures, she would tell us insightful and funny stories about her life. Her advice and support helped me learn a lot about life in Australia.
Positive Attitude Towards International Students
Statistics say 4 million people are studying in Australia. Before the pandemic, about 870,00 of them were international students. A nice attitude towards foreigners is one of the reasons why so many people choose Australia as a study abroad destination.
If you don't understand some of the intricacies and rules of life in the country, you won’t be judged. Thanks to British politeness and a great sense of humor, Australians will just explain things to you in the most friendly way.
After graduation, you can stay in the country on a Temporary Graduate Visa or Post-Study Work stream visa (subclass 485). They are valid for up to 18 months and from two to four years respectively. They allow you to live and work in Australia, as well as apply for a visa from the list of work visas after you find a job here.
By Anna-Maria Frolovtseva