International students are flocking to Australia, and according to Savills Accommodation Market Report 2017, it is now the third most popular destination for studying abroad. University and other education sectors continue to attract more foreigners, especially those from Asian countries. In fact, here are the top 10 nationalities studying in Australia based on student visa numbers for 2016:
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
And this is part of the magic of studying or traveling in Australia: it can be a beautifully multicultural experience set on a backdrop of the laid-back Australian culture. With students and working holiday makers from all over the world – by no means limited to the countries listed above – there is no shortage of people to meet and relationships to be formed.
In addition to the opportunity to make friends from other countries and thus broaden your network for future travels, the schools here are world class (link to top 7/100 Australian universities article above). Students can qualify for visas to study a number of topics at undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and certificate course levels. With over 20,000 government-approved courses on trades, the environment, business, yoga, and so much more, there are tons of possibilities for your studies in Australia.
Beaches galore (there are more than 10,000 of them!), waterfalls, and astoundingly beautiful natural wonders, provide plentiful ways to fill up school breaks. In fact, the hardest part is choosing what to do! And if instead, you are looking to make some money when you’re not studying, student visas allow for forty hours of paid work fortnightly and unlimited hours while school is not in session.
With opportunities to study in Australia’s best-known cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) or in any of the regional centres in between (Gold Coast, Cairns and Newcastle to name a few), there is truly somewhere for everyone in the beautiful land of Oz.