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Study in Australia: how to choose your university

1,400 French students went to study in the land of kangaroos in 2016. How to enroll in an Australian university? What are the institutions’ admission requirements? Our tracks to help you find your way.

Tempted by an academic stay in Australia? With a forty universities spread across its eight states, the country-continent offers you varied study opportunities. You will also find the “TAFE colleges”, institutions that offer short and professional training in several fields.

Warning: back to school delayed!

First aspect to take into account: the university calendar, which is different in the southern hemisphere. In Australia, Classes begin in February and end in October.

The vast majority of European students therefore choose to study for a single semester, most often from February to June, which corresponds in France to the second semester.

It is quite possible to study a full year but you will have to occupy the period from September to January, during which there are no classes, by following, for example, English classes. Note, however, that you may miss the next school year in France.

Few university partnerships

Then check if your institution has agreements with Australian universities. While the Grandes Ecoles have developed this type of exchange over the years, this is not the case with French universities, which are few in number to send students to the antipodes. Check with the international relations department of your university or school to find out what options may be available to you.

Departure solo

You do not have the opportunity to fly to Australia as part of a university exchange? To leave individually, know that the Australian university system is very selective. Each institution decides on its own how to apply. So you need apply directly to universities, which all recruit on file.

In addition to good academic results, you will have to prove your level in Englishby presenting your results to the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language). Australian accent is quite specific but the adaptation is quick once you have understood certain mechanisms and acquired the vocabulary specific to this country! In general, students return from their stay almost bilingual.

International reputation

One criterion to take into account in your choice is the notoriety of the universities. The prestige of a few Australian institutions transcends national borders, and they regularly appear in the top 100 rankings of the best universities in the world.

Times Higher Education 2018 QS Top Universities 2018 Shanghai (ARWU) 2017
1 University of Melbourne 32nd Australian National University 20th University of Melbourne 39th
2 Australian National University 48th University of Melbourne 41st University of Queensland 55th
3 University of Sydney 61st University of New South Wales 45th Monash University 78th
4 University of Queensland 65th University of Queensland 47th University of Sydney 83rd
5 Monash University 80th University of Sydney50th University of Western Australia 91st

Note that international rankings emphasize research. It is therefore interesting to watch them from the master level. Before that, other aspects are more decisive for your choice, such as selectivity or geographical location. It’s up to you to investigate!

Find information on the Australian study system and student life on the AustraliaMag, Etudes-australie.com websites and Francaustralia.

Another essential site to prepare for your departure: that of the Australian government. You can also go to the website of Registry of Commonwealth Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and finally discover free advice and procedures by Studies UP.

Are you hesitating between several establishments?

To narrow your choice, it’s up to you to carry out your little investigation by searching the sites of the universities. Here is a list of questions that can help you decide.
1. Is the establishment located in a small town or a big town?
2. Will you be able to receive lessons in the disciplines that interest you?
3. What services are offered to students?
4. Are there many international students?
5. Is extra-student life developed?

Note: the “CRICOS” code ensures the quality of teaching since each university must first be approved and registered by the Australian Ministry of Education before being able to welcome foreign students. An additional guarantee!

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