Why study in Australia/New Zealand?What comes to mind when you think of these two countries Down Under? A strong cricketing tradition? The home of kangaroos, koalas and kiwis? Australia and New Zealand are dynamic, cultural and exciting places to study. Their universities enjoy a growing academic reputation and have conducted some ground-breaking research. Australia ranks third after the USA and UK in attracting international students, and New Zealand isn’t very far behind.
Affordable education: The cost of education in Australia and New Zealand for international students is lower when compared to other countries like the USA and the UK. At the same time, the universities maintain excellent educational quality, and a degree from these countries is globally recognised as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or the Commonwealth countries. In addition, the Australian government regulates all universities in the country each year to make sure they are maintaining their high education standards. New Zealand universities, too, are evaluated regularly under Performance Based Research Funding.
Quality of education: These countries have an international reputation for excellence in all areas of education and training, and their universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. Between Australia’s elite Group of Eight (an Antipodean Ivy League, if you will) and the Australian Technology Network universities, New Zealand’s highly respected Universities of Auckland and Otago, and the many other high calibre institutions, Australia and New Zealand can boast some of the world’s best.
Work while studying: International students in Australia and New Zealand are allowed to work both on campus and offcampus for up to 20 hours a week, and full time during holidays and vacation. In addition, after graduation, students in Australia can apply for the Skilled Graduate (Temporary) Visa that allows them to remain in Australia for 18 months after they complete their studies to travel or gain work experience. In New Zealand, international students who have graduated with a local qualification can extend their stay to work in New Zealand for 12 months under the Graduate Job Search Work Visa.
Quality of life: Both countries are reasonably safe, with a low crime rate and social stability. They are famous for their stunning natural beauty and offer numerous choices for adventure sports enthusiasts! In general, New Zealand and Australia have a similar cost of living, which is lower than both the United Kingdom and the United States.