Provider of Quality Education and Training
Australia's Growing Reputation For Quality Education
Australia’s reputation as a provider of quality education and training continues to grow; it is the third most popular English-speaking destination in the world, and the fifth most popular overall.
In 2007, there were over 450,000 enrolments from 270,000 international students choosing to study in Australia and another 100,000 were studying Australian courses at off-shore campuses or by correspondence.
Asia remains Australia’s main source of international student enrolments, with more than 75 per cent (including more than 700 students from Brunei), but enrolments from the Middle East, South America and Africa have grown strongly. 5,000 of those students were funded under Australian Government scholarships.
Around 40 per cent of these enrolments are in the higher education sector with vocational education and English language courses also very significant.
Australia’s first higher education institution, the University of Sydney, was founded in 1850, since then, the number of universities has grown to 39. There are also about 100 institutions accredited by state and territory governments to deliver specific higher education qualification courses, usually in association with a university.
Australia : A Destination of Choice
Australia is a destination of choice for international students for a number of reasons including:
- the benefit of an English-speaking education;
- the high quality offered by Australian education providers, with courses delivered by experienced teachers;
- students also benefit from living in the broader Australian community, where they enjoy a lifestyle and culture that encourages personal growth, freedom and opportunity in a safe and clean environment; and
- Australian qualifications are internationally recognised. This gives graduates scope to find rewarding careers throughout the world.
On 16 December 2010, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, announced the release of new research from Australian Education International (AEI) regarding the study and living experiences of international students in Australia. The survey results confirmed that a high percentage of international students in Australia are satisfied with their study and living experience.
Interested students can find out more about studying in Australia by going to the Study in Australia website. The website has content in numerous languages and provides comprehensive information on options open to students, a search facility covering all the courses and institutions available to international students, information about student visas, and a database with lists scholarships by field and level of study.
Australian Education International (AEI) Malaysia is responsible for education matters in Brunei. The office is located at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. Information on AEI can be obtained at the AEI website. If you wish to contact an AEI officer, you can email your enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australian Government does not rank Australian universities.
There are two broad categories of schools in Australian-government and private schools.
All schools accepting international students must be government-registered and have to meet particular requirements under Australia Government legislation in order to ensure high educational standard.
Australian schools provide international students with excellent preparation for entry into a wide range of courses at universities and other institutions in Australia and elsewhere.
Schooling in Australia starts with a kindergarten or preparatory year followed by 12 years of primary and secondary school.
More information is available on the Study in Australia website.
Can I work in Australia while I study?
Yes. International students on a student visa can apply for a permission to work up to 20 hours a week during course time and full time during vacation periods. Please refer to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website for more detailed information.
Are Australian qualification of International standard?
Australian qualifications are internationally recognised when seeking employment or further study at leading international universities.
Most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia on a student visa are covered by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF is a national system of learning pathways which is endorsed by the Australian Government and recognised throughout Australia and by other countries.