Australia has 43 universities, two of which are private, so there is plenty of options to chose from! You can rest assured that you will receive world-class education as six of these made it to the global top 100 list published by the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
University courses are usually divided into two semesters per year with intakes in February and July. There are some exceptions where the academic calendar has three semesters instead.
Popular courses for overseas students include:
Diploma: basic program in a specialised field (1-2 years)
Bachelor Degree: required qualification for most professions (usually minimum of 3 years)
Master’s Degree by coursework or research: specialised further study after a Bachelor’s degree (1-2 years)
Doctoral degree or PhD: the highest award offered in Australia
As an international student, you will have to meet a minimum English language requirement to be accepted into a college or university.
Depending on the course and level of study you want to enrol in, you may also be expected to meet other academic requirements. In most cases, you must have completed the equivalent of year 12 in Australia in your home country.
It is not unusual for students who do not meet the minimum English requirement to enrol in an English study course first and then continue onto further studies as a ‘package’.