It’s not hard to see why Australia is such a popular choice for international students looking at studying and/or travelling abroad. Australia has so much to offer - high-ranking universities, high quality of life, fantastic landscapes, never-ending sunshine and a diverse cosmopolitan society. It isn’t therefore surprising that Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students in the English-speaking world, behind the United States and the UK. This for a country with only 23 million inhabitants!
If you're looking for a gap year destination that has it all, Australia is for you!
Why Australia is such an attractive destination for gap year and international students:
- Stable economy; to date, Australia has experienced more than 20 years of continued economic growth.
- Five of the top 30 best cities with the best infrastructure in the world are in Australia. ‘In The Best Cities To Live in the World 2015’ using EIU, Mercer and Monocle’s , Sydney and Melbourne make it in the top 5.
- High quality education: Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world. There are over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions. Australia is ranked in the top 10 along with the Netherlands and Germany, in the Universitas 2015 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
- Australia’s standard of living is amongst the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs are considerably lower in Australia than they are in the United States and United Kingdom. International students are able to work part time while they study, allowing them to offset their living costs.
- There is also the possibility of scholarships for international students. The Australian Government provides more than A$200 million each year in international scholarships.
- Sports play an important role in Australian everyday life and at all levels. Popular Australian sports are; rugby, Aussie Rules, soccer, swimming, tennis, cricket, golf and hockey.*Australian hockey clubs are always on the look-out for talented foreign (especially Dutch) players to strengthen their team. Are you interested in finding out more about how to incorporate your sport with your studies in Australia? Please contact me for more information.
- Cultural diversity: of Australia’s 23 million population, almost half (47%) of all Australians were either born overseas or have one parent born overseas.
- There are various opportunities for students to earn an extra dollar.