Living in Australia
A growing economy and a streamlined visa application process make Australia a popular destination for career-minded international students.
Reasons to study in Australia
Quality Career-focused Education
Australia delivers on quality of education. The Universitas 21 Rankings place the Australian university system 8th in the world. Founded on this high-ranking education system, CSU Study Centres can provide you with the employment-focused degree you need to set yourself up for a successful career.
Student Cities in the Global Top Five
Stacking up the great reasons to study in Australia, Melbourne is the 5th best student city in the world, with Sydney leading the way in 4th place, according to the QS World University Rankings (2013). With this in mind, it’s easy to see why Australia is the third most popular country in the world for international students (OECD), taking its place just behind the US and the UK.
A Happy Place to Live and Study
Also making it into the top three on Forbes’ happiest country in the world list (2014), Australia adds up to an ideal choice for international students looking to gain an industry-relevant degree from an English-speaking university.
What’s it like to live in Australia?
Laid-back and welcoming, Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world, with a variety of landscapes and cultures more than worthy of its size. Whether it’s the country’s places or people that attract you most, the rich tapestry of cultural heritage and terrains – including over 500 national parks and 17 World Heritage sites – makes Australia a fascinating place to live and study.
On land, there are some of the widest open spaces you’ll find on the planet, featuring seemingly endless deserts, rugged mountains and dense forests, with vibrant urban settlements mainly found clinging to the spectacular coastline. Underwater, there’s another equally colourful and captivating world to explore, from the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef to Ningaloo Reef, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. Choose to study in Melbourne or Sydney – two of Australia’s most exciting cities – and you’ll have easy access to the rest of the country by air. Visit an unfathomable range of natural wonders, from the fascinating flora and fauna of Kakadu National Park, to World-Heritage listed wilderness in Tasmania.
The capital city of Australia is Canberra. Australia comprises 6 states and 2 territories:
- New South Wales (state capital City: Sydney)
- Victoria (state capital city: Melbourne)
- Queensland (state capital city: Brisbane)
- South Australia (state capital City: Adelaide)
- Western Australia (state capital city: Perth)
- Tasmania (state capital city: Hobart)
- Northern Territory (capital city: Darwin)
- Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (capital city: Canberra)
When it comes to this incredible country’s inhabitants, they’re as diverse as the landscapes they call home. Australia has a population that’s made up of over 200 cultures and, perhaps even more impressively, its people can speak over 260 different languages between them. Despite the distance from coast to coast, this continent-sized country shares common interests across its far-reaching corners. Warm and sunny weather encourages an easy-going outdoor lifestyle. Besides being brilliant at surfing, cricket and rugby, this team-spirited, sport-loving nation even has its own version of football: Aussie Rules Football.
Public holidays in Australia are either national or state based. But it’s up to each individual state to decide if holidays can be substituted when they occur on weekends.
On public holidays, most government institutions (e.g. banks, post office) and some businesses (e.g. shops, restaurants) remain closed. There are no additional public holidays for other cultural or religious occasions such as Ramadan, Jewish holidays or Chinese new year.
If you are studying in Sydney, the NSW public holiday dates applies to you; if you are studying in Melbourne the VIC public holiday dates apply to you, and in Brisbane, the Qld public holidays apply to you.
For a detailed list of public holidays by state, and for information on what occurs during these days, visit the Australian Government's official website.
Our love of great food (often cooked outdoors on a barbecue) comes pretty near the top of the list, too. Covering a wide spectrum of climates, the land provides perfect growing conditions for just about everything you can find elsewhere in the world. Using produce that hasn’t had to travel a million miles, Australians are passionate about cooking with quality ingredients. Local traditions are honoured on menus and kitchen tables throughout the country, while new styles and culinary experiments are enthusiastically embraced. You’ll find a range of meal and snack options that don’t break the bank, in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, as well as restaurant menus offering world-leading culinary experiences.
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