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Why international students choose Australia

Curtin College Student Advisors Ella and Pranavi recently attended a conference focusing on international education in Australia. Here are some of the useful facts and advice they found out:

  • In 2012 there were over 500,000 international
    students enrolled in courses in Australia, most of those in universities.
    Over 40,000 students were studying in Western Australia.
  • A national survey of international students in 2012 revealed 87% were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their overall experience in Australia. 86% were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their study experience. 88% were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with living in Australia.
  • The top five factors international students in 2012 recorded as their reasons for choosing Australia were:
    1. Quality of teaching – 96% said it was very important!
    2. Reputation of a qualification from the institution (94%)
    3. Reputation of the institution (93%)
    4. Personal safety (92%)
    5. Reputation of the Australian education system (92%)
  • The Tuition Protection Scheme, founded in July
    2012, is designed to protect students and their tuition fees, in case an
    education provider closes suddenly.
  • All international students studying in Australia have access to the Overseas Students Ombudsman to manage complaints about education providers at no cost to the student.
  • From March 2013 a new visa was introduced for international students who have
    recently graduated from Australian universities called the Temporary Graduate
    (subclass 485), which is valid for 18 months and provides opportunities to gain
    practical work experience and enhance their Australian qualification.
  • The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is regularly on the look-out for non-genuine students, so make sure you always provide authentic documentation and you choose a course that matches your interests, abilities and experience.
  • Don’t forget to always keep your contact details up-to-date so you can hear of any changes that might apply to you.
  • If you have any questions at any time feel free to contact DIAC
  • The current focus of the Council of Australian Governments’ 2010-2014 strategy for international students is:
    1. General wellbeing;
    2. Quality of education;
    3. Consumer protection;
    4. Availability of better information.

    International education is a significant export in Australia, so the government is serious about improving services for international students!

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