The Australian education system offers international students many options to study, from English as Second Language (ESL) programs to graduate degree programs. Australia also has very strong vocational and technical programs through the TAFE system. When it comes to world university rankings, Australia has a strong, proven track record. Across all global ranking systems, criteria and fields of study, Australia ranks highly for quality of education, student satisfaction, and global reputation. In fact, eight of Australia’s universities feature in the top 100 ranked universities in the world in the latest ranking and Australia also has 16 universities ranked in the top 100 ‘under 50’ in the latest Times Higher Education ranking results.The options that are available are broadly classified as below:
VET – Vocational Education and Training
Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications are provided by government institutions, called Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, as well as private institutions. VET institutions specialise in providing students with hands-on experience and real-world skills. Courses are taught within an array of industries, including: administration, retail, tourism and hospitality, construction, transport and technology.
VET qualifications are outcome-based and focus on the occupational skills and competencies gained. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognises prior learning (RPL) or current competence in the industry. Qualifications in the VET sector range across four levels of certificates (Certificate I, II, III and IV), as well as Diploma courses and Advanced Diploma courses.
Higher Education Courses
Higher education courses can be taken after you have completed High School. Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses – from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance. You can study either at the undergraduate level (Bachelor degree) or postgraduate level (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters or a PhD).
ESL – English as a Second Language
Almost 20% of all international students who come to Australia enrol in an intensive ESL program, known in Australia as English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) to improve their English. ELICOS can be a stepping stone for students seeking to pursue higher education.
As of feb 2017, there is a 14% Increase in number of International Students in one year
54% of International Students are from India, Nepal, China, Malaysia and Vietnam