OVERVIEW ON AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES
The age of admission to university is usually 18 (although most admit exceptional students at a younger age) and courses are usually for three years, although some last for four. This could be seen as a big advantage for foreign students from countries where courses often last much longer and helps Australian universities attract a large number of overseas students.
Foreign students must have an adequate knowledge of English (unless studying English!). If English isn’t your mother tongue or the language in which you gained your previous qualifications, you must take the Short Selection Test (SST). Private health insurance is required by all students, e.g. Medibank Private overseas student health cover. Students must be attending full-time courses but are permitted to take part-time jobs of up to 20 hours per week to help cover their living costs.
TOP AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES
1. UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Up 16 places to rank joint 109th in 2018, the University of Adelaide is another of the oldest universities in Australia, established in 1874. Another Group of Eight member, the university has over 25,000 students enrolled at its five campuses in the state of South Australia.
2. UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY (UTS)
The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) continues to improve its ranking position, now ranked 176th in the world, up 17 places from last year. Despite its name, UTS has strengths in several non-technological subjects such as nursing, art and design, sports and law.
3. UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Up 21 places to now rank joint 224th, the University of Newcastle (UON) this year overtakes the University of Wollongong as Australia’s 10th highest ranked university. Established in 1965, UON is particularly well-regarded for the subjects of mining engineering, architecture, nursing and sociology