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Study in Australia

According to the latest surveys, over 420,000 international students from 151 countries were enrolled in Australian universities and professional colleges. This despite the fact that there are tuition fees in Australia that are comparable to those in the USA, New Zealand and Great Britain. But there is a lot on offer - and the country also offers plenty of attractions outside of the universities.

By Sabine Ranke-Heinemann

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1. Why Australia

“No worries” is the motto of the Australians - one worries elsewhere. And so the experience reports from German students in Australia are predominantly positive. They are enthusiastic about the first-class support, which starts with the application in their home country, the diverse range of courses and modern equipment at the universities, campus life and the internationally sought-after degrees.

The students are always impressed by how open and accessible the professors and university staff are. No long-term appointments and waiting lists for a consultation, but always open doors and ears.

Quality guaranteed

A small insert on the subject of tuition fees in Australia by Oliver Iost

The Australian student funding model HECS-HELP (Higher Education Contribution Scheme / Higher Education Loan Program; only accessible to Australian citizens) was - and is - also presented as a possible model in the debate about tuition fees in Germany (cf., for example, CHE suggests " Graduate Fees ”- although even the CHE felt compelled to mention the undesirable developments in the Australian model). Anyone who is benevolent towards tuition fees must at least take note of the reality: tuition fees in Australia have risen far above the inflation rate since their introduction (because the state has withdrawn part of the funding), the repayment terms have deteriorated significantly. So the social gap is widening (again) ...

The world is studying Down Under, because the Australians have made their excellent university education into an export hit that is in global demand - the proportion of international students is between 20 and 40 percent, depending on the university. Strict quality guidelines stipulated by law guarantee you excellent standards in research and teaching throughout the country.

All universities and academies must undergo a thorough government evaluation of their study programs and facilities before they can enroll international students. Only if they are successful do they receive the seal of quality, the accreditation in the national CRICOS Register (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students). The law to protect the interests of international students, the ESOS Act, also offers security, transparency and comparability in the university landscape.

Every student should find the best conditions for his / her tuition fees and be sure to start the leap into an international career with a degree "made in Australia". German students with Australian degrees often receive job offers in the USA, China, Japan, Australia or New Zealand.

International rankings confirm that Australia is a pioneer in the fields of research and development. For the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Australia is one of Germany's most important partners in international scientific collaborations.


2. The Australian education system - diverse study programs

The author of this article, Sabine Ranke-Heinemann lives in Switzerland and has been involved in student exchanges and international understanding for 20 years. The Studienstiftung, which she set up, supports students in Germany financially and ideally during a study visit Down Under.

The Australian education system combines a diverse range of interdisciplinary courses with intensive supervision. The range of courses offered at all educational levels is almost inexhaustible, so that a corresponding course is offered for every professional field.

The degrees build on each other in the national 10 levels of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), are nationwide permeable and offer international students an easy entry into the level that suits them. They are divided into the undergraduate area (Bachelor, Level 7) and the postgraduate area (Graduate Certificate - Level 8, Graduate Diploma - Level 8, Honors Level 7-8, Master - Level 9, PhD - Level 10) and the training area of the professional academies TAFE (Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor, Level 1-7).

The academic year starts in February and ends in December. Most universities have a semester system. Semester 1, the main semester, runs from February to June. The second semester follows in July and ends in November. In between there are the semester breaks, during which the students actually have free time. A few universities have a trimester system that can start in February, July and November.

Universities

There are 41 universities in Australia. Most universities are in or near the big cities on the east and south coasts. Some universities have campuses in different cities and abroad. Campus hopping is popular with students: one semester is spent in Melbourne, for example, and another in Singapore or Malaysia.