International students who study and live in Australia soon find that their education is challenging, fun, and rewarding. Australia promotes innovation, creativity, and independent thinking throughout its universities. As an international student in Australia, you can expect to live, grow, and learn in a young, friendly country full of opportunities. For those international students who successfully complete their diploma or degree, they will soon find that they are competitive in today’s international job market.

Choosing the Right Program

The Australian education system offers international students many options to pursue, from ESL programs to graduate degree programs. Australia also has very strong vocational and technical programs through the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system. Here is a list of the most popular types of programs offered:

ESL – English as a Second Language

Almost 20% of all international students who come to Australia enroll in an intensive ESL program (known in Australia as ELICOS) to improve their English. This number increases as students choose the multicultural atmosphere of Australia to learn English.

There are hundreds of institutions that currently offer English language programs and they vary by school. Programs cater to all levels, from beginner to advanced, and there are normally no admission requirements. Students will also take an ESL program as a foundation for their undergraduate studies in Australia.

Undergraduate / Graduate Degrees

There are more 40 registered universities in Australia offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs fall under several categories:

VET – Vocational Education and Training

Australia’s VET system, called TAFE (Techical and Further Education) is a network of institutions that offer programs that are both practical and career-orientated. These programs enable students to begin their career path with study and work all rolled into one program. The main benefit to employers of VET graduates is that they know the individual has practical, work place experience as well as the theoretical background. International students sometimes use TAFE/VET programs to enter Australia and increase their chances of becoming permanent residents.

Private/Specialized Colleges

There are many colleges in Australia that offer diplomas, or certificates in most every area of study. These private/specialized colleges vary in price depending on the school but they all basically offer program that can range from 3 months to 3 year. Credits from these courses may be able to be transferred to universities, but this it dependent on the college and its relationship with Australian Universities.