Why choose study in Australia
Home for the best universities in the world
Australia has some of the best colleges in the world. Several Australian universities are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world. With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course.
The numbers above show that Australian education has the quantity and variety, but it is also worth noting that the country leads in quality. Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Their university system also ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. With these, Australia is recognized as a country that offers world-class education.
Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, social sciences and medical fields. Australian study programmes cover almost every possible subject students might need.
Australian degree is a globally recognized degree
When you study in Australia, your degree is trusted and recognised internationally. The Australian education system maintains its international reputation through high educational standards, with its universities standing out in world league tables. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.
Be at the forefront of Technology and Innovations
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology. One of the most appealing aspect of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations. Students who study in Australia can take advantage the country’s impressive technology and research resources. Australia has quality of scientific research programs available for international students.Pay reasonable tuition fees
Australian education programs represent great value for money. Fees for vocational courses in Australia start from $AUD7000 and can reach around $AUD30,000 per year. An undergraduate program can cost you from $AUD15,000 to $AUD33,000 per year and postgraduate tuition fees range from $AUD20,000 to $AUD37,000 annually. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses start at around $AUD4000 while fees for foundation studies start from $AUD15,000 per year. Planning to take up an English language course? These courses start from only $AUD300 per week depending on the course length.
Australian courses are often shorter than alternatives in other countries, particularly in the US. Most Australian bachelor degree courses can be completed in three years and even less if the education provider works on a trimester system. This means that you can save a whole year's tuition fees if you choose to study in Australian rather than in the US or the UK.Start a successful career while studying
Australian cities have excellent job prospects and a multicultural community of students who are supported through student services programs. Australian graduates have excellent job prospects from their internationally-trusted universities. Working during your studies is also encouraged – international students on student visas are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to boost their living expenses. Work experience and internships are all ways in which you can gain Australian work experience in your field of study and be competitive in the international job market after graduation
UOW recognises secondary qualifications from more than 40 countries and education systems, and can assess students who have completed the equivalent of Australian high school (Year 12) for direct entry to the first year of a bachelor degree.
If students do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to their chosen bachelor programme, they may receive an offer to study a pathway programme at UOW College that can guarantee entry into a range of UOW undergraduate degrees, at first or second year level.
Students who have completed a Diploma, or partially completed a bachelor degree, may apply directly for admission with credit transfer.
All students are required to provide evidence of satisfying English language requirements. Results in major international tests are accepted, including IELTS and TOEFL. Students can also meet the language requirement by completing an English course at UOW College.
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While the free local shuttle buses will get students to Wollongong city or the beach in less than 10 minutes, the campus has seven coffee shops, more than 15 food outlets, a bar, supermarket, hairdresser, travel agent, post office, three banks, health clinic, dentist, physio, sporting fields, gym, swimming pool and one of the biggest movie screens in the region.
UOW provides a wide range of living options that suit different budgets and living needs. Brand new studio apartments and four or five bedroom units are now available in Kooloobong Village. The University is International House, for instance, is home to many Australian and international students. It proudly boasts of a community representing over 30 nations.
The University is award-winning library and dedicated staff supports students during their study at UOW. Students will have access to print and digital collections containing over a million volumes that cover a variety of topics. The library also houses dozens of learning spaces, from quiet study areas to group seminar rooms.
UniActive at the University of Wollongong provides a world-class facility to meet the training needs of individuals and sporting teams. Its highly qualified staff have provided training to some of the region's finest athletes and Australia's future sporting champions. UniActive is recognised as the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) regional training facility for its athletes. The University of Wollongong is also listed as an Elite Athlete Friendly University.
The University has a myriad of cuisines served at its many food outlets. From Indian to Korean, and Pizza to Pide, students can explore the world through the campus cuisine. UOW also has super skilled baristas and a fantastic selection of coffee.
IGA grocery store
IGA offers UOW students the convenience of grocery shopping on campus. Products available include fresh fruits and vegetables, delicatessen including BBQ chicken, international and ready-to-eat meals, among others.
'Campus Clinic' is UOW's very own General Practice, available 5 days a week to provide friendly and confidential treatment of any health concerns students may have. It provides an extensive range of medical services such as vaccines, skin checks, travel medicine, and VISA medicals.
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UOW views its graduates as its greatest achievements. Employers in Australia and around the world agree; UOW is ranked as the best university in New South Wales (QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey 2017) and in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of its graduates (QS Graduate Employability Ranking).
The University is QS Graduate Employability Ranking places it 73rd in the world for graduate employment rates and shows that more than 87% of its graduates find employment within six months of graduation.
UOW has a strong focus on internship programmes and links with industry to ensure that its students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in the global workplace. It also offers students career counselling and job-seeker workshops to ensure they are thinking about their careers and building their professional networks before they graduate.
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Located near the pristine beaches of Australia is east coast, and just an hour and a half from Sydney, the University of Wollongong (UOW) boasts an impressive ranking of being among the best 20 modern universities in the world - as well as being placed in the top 2% of universities on the planet.
Wollongong is the tenth largest city in country and can be found between the Tasman Sea and the mountains, providing a truly Australian experience for international students.
UOW welcomes almost 6000 international students each year to its campuses in Wollongong, the Sydney CBD, and South Western Sydney (Liverpool). The University is Wollongong campus combines modern teaching facilities with stylish study spaces. UOW is newest campus is located in Liverpool - a rapidly growing, culturally diverse suburb near Sydney.
The University has an excellent international reputation for teaching standards across all of its faculties, and has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready. In fact, UOW is ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality in QS World University Graduate Employers survey, and 73.1% of UOW students secure full-time employment within four months of leaving the University.
Students can choose from a range of UOW accommodation options, located on-campus or in the Wollongong CBD, including brand new self-catered facilities in Kooloobong Village. Students are provided with brilliant academic and wellbeing support throughout their time at UOW, and have access to the online CareerHub which supports them in their job search.
With 120 clubs and societies, and more than 60 sports teams, UOW is UniActive provides top-class sporting facilities to help you stay active. Live international acts entertain throughout the year at the UniBar.
UOW has a strong international focus and reputation, and offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries which assist students to transfer from its Dubai, and Hong Kong campuses, from partner institutions in Singapore, and Malaysia, and from four Chinese universities.
Scholarships & funding
Wollongong enjoys a very reasonable cost of living, meaning you can focus your efforts on your study, and not your finances. The lower cost of living in Wollongong is a major advantage of being located outside of a capital city like Sydney or Melbourne. The prices of rent, food and entertainment in Wollongong compare very favourably with big-city options, meaning that you can make the most of your study in Australia.
UOW offers a range of scholarships that help with the costs of study. These offer a tuition fee reduction of up to 30 per cent. Students will be automatically considered for a scholarship when they submit their application.
UOW student Anne Fernando moved from Sri Lanka to UOW in 2015 to study Maths and Finance. Anne received an international student scholarship as well as one from her Faculty, in the form of a fee reduction. I was tossing up between a university in Melbourne, Brisbane and Wollongong, but the Wollongong course fees were a lot more affordable. On top of my scholarships I also received the Dean is Scholar award, which means I get a text book allowance every year .
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UOW offers its students the kind of personal and academic support they need to succeed. It is a truly student-centred university with individual attention, available staff, dedicated research supervisors and a personal approach. From day one of becoming a UOW student, the University will offer guidance and support.
Support services offered include:
Each faculty has advisers and coordinators to assist students with questions about their subjects or course. Students can also consult their respective tutor, lecturer, or the course coordinator for the same.
Learning development centre
For those students who wish to improve their academic and English language skills by accessing workshops, individual consultations or self-directed resources can do so free of charge.
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
At PASS students will develop their study skills and academic performance. PASS is a group-learning programme that gives students additional support in core subjects. The programme consists of weekly one-hour sessions, led by peer leaders - students who have excelled at these subjects in the past.
This free and confidential counselling service is available five days a week to assist students with personal, study or work-related difficulties.
IT services on campus
Students at the Wollongong campus can access campus-wide wireless internet, and freely use the large computer labs. Many private and collaborative study spaces across campus have network facilities for student computers.
Student support advisers
These advisers provide support and referral services to UOW students. They also provide programmes supporting student equity and diversity both within faculties and across the campus. They assist students with a range of issues such as orientation to the local area, study difficulties, and academic concerns.
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What is new
The University of Wollongong is South Western Sydney campus at Liverpool is where the region is best and brightest can earn an internationally recognised degree. This campus is the first major university campus in Liverpool and builds on an already thriving relationship between UOW and the Great South West.
Opened in February 2017, the new campus occupies two floors in the Liverpool City Council is Moore Street building. The University offers various programmes from UOW is Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, and the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health. UOW College also offers university entry and vocational training programmes.
Many UOW students undertake placements and internships at partner organisations in the Great South West region, including around 330 Nursing students undertaking placements in local hospitals, mental health facilities and aged care facilities.
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