AUSTRALIA ADMISSIONS FOR INT’L STUDENTS
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Whilst Australia might not be the first place you associate with education and study, in reality it attracts the third highest number of international students, behind the USA and the UK, of any country in the world.
Whilst a few of these will choose Australia because of its sun-kissed beaches, warm weather, and outdoor lifestyle, most of them choose to study in the country because of the quality of education on offer.
The Australian Education System
Australia has a highly regarded educational system, which is modelled on the British system with suitable local variations. It begins with pre-school education, which can start as young as three years old, although this is not compulsory.
Formal compulsory education starts at age five or six – the requirement differs between individual States – and continues, through primary and secondary school, until at least the age of 16.
Those wanting to study further, and apply for university or vocational training, will go to senior secondary school for an additional two years.
Australia has a large number of public and private schools (the split across the country is 60/40), but all education providers must be licenced by the government, and are obliged to follow a national curriculum, which is intended to give all pupils a solid grounding in literacy, numeracy, communication and information technology.
In senior secondary school (Years 11 to 12) students study for their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education – this is a prerequisite for entry to most Australian universities, as well as vocational training and educational colleges.
Many international universities also recognise the Certificate as an entry qualification.
The Top Australian Universities
There are 43 universities in Australia, 15 of which are ranked in the global top 250 according to the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings. Seven of these, in turn are in the world’s top 100. In descending order these are:
Australian National University
Founded in 1946, ANU (Australian National University) is regarded as one of the finest research universities in the world, and numbers amongst its alumni and current faculty members two Nobel laureates and 49 Rhodes scholars.
University of Melbourne
Founded in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne. Nine Nobel laureates have been students or faculty members, the most of any Australian university.
University of Sydney
The oldest university in Australia, having been founded in 1850, US (University of Sydney) has been affiliated with 5 Nobel laureates amongst its graduates and faculty and 110 Rhodes scholars, and has seen seven future Prime Ministers, two Governor-Generals of Australia, and nine state governors pass through its doors.
University of New South Wales
A founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of leading research-intensive Australian Universities, UNSW (University of New South Wales) counts amongst its alumni former Australian prime ministers, state and federal ministers, Australian international cricketers, past and present, and two kings.
University of Queensland
Founded in 1909, UQ’s (University of Queensland’s notable alumni and staff include two Nobel laureates, actor and Triple Crown of Acting winner Geoffrey Rush, and former Chief Justices of Australia.
Monash is home to even 100 research centres and 17 co-operative research centres; amongst its list of research achievements, it lists the world’s first IVF pregnancy, the development of the anti-influenza drug, Relenza, and the first seatbelt legislation. 10% of the top 50 CEO’s in Australia completed their undergraduate education at Monash.
University of West Australia
Alumni of UWA include one Australian Prime Minister, five Justices of the High Court of Australia, various federal cabinet ministers, and seven of Western Australia’s eight most recent premiers.
Two members of the UWA faculty, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, won Nobel Prizes as a result of research at the university.