Study abroad semester in Australia

Australia is a unique piece of land: it is the youngest continent while being the oldest. Sounds funny, right? Well, Australia was the last to be discovered, meaning that it is the youngest for humanity, while its geological age grants it the status of the oldest continent of the earth’s surface. It is also both the flattest and the driest continent.

Australia had historically been part of the British Empire and later declared independence in 1901. Its population reflects the British dominion, while still a small Aboriginal part exists and is regaining traction with a higher-than-average population growth. Nowadays the country is still part of the Commonwealth, even though its lifestyle is much more American rather than British or European. This is also reflected in education, with institutions laying on a higher fee, campus-based schema.

Its vast landscapes make even big cities breathe: you can still enjoy an urban lifestyle without compromising space. Australians love surfing and being in contact with the wild, astonishing nature of their country. There are some places in Australia that are completely foreign to human intervention. However, they can be the home of some of the most dangerous species of wild animals on the planet such as tarantulas, snakes and the cute tasmanian devils.

What are the best universities in Australia for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Australia might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 10 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Australia. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positioning of the Australian institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAME QS THE ARWU CWUR CWTS Eduniversal palmes U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings Webometrics
University of Melbourne 41 31 35 63 28 5 25 17
University of Sydney (Undergraduate level) 40 51 74 98 32 5 27 22
University of New South Wales 44 67 74 112 53 5 51 19
University of Queensland 46 62 54 106 37 4 36 250
University of Queensland (PhD level) 46 62 54 106 37 4 36 250
The University of Western Australia 92 139 85 151 176 4 79 81
University of Technology Sydney 133 160 201-300 402 422 3 162 156
The University of Adelaide 106 118 151-200 221 185 3 73 388
RMIT University 223 301–350 301-400 547 418 3 281 183
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (Research only) - - - - - - - -
Victoria University 551-560 351–400 901-1000 947 1045 3 543 625

Well, they are pretty impressive. Furthermore, there is a good homogeneity in performance. Why? Because Australia has established a “Group of Eight” union, which comprises eight of the best universities in the country. Among them we find:  The University of Adelaide, The University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland and University of Sydney. By belonging to the same league, they enjoy similar reputation inside the country and around the globe. Certainly, you can find differences among them in terms of single subjects, so for that I suggest you to take a look at the Subject Guides. Having said that, also the other universities not belonging to the Group of Eight enjoy a solid reputation, with the sole exception of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, that is probably either too small or too specialized on a single subject to surpass the minimum entry requirements of international rankings.

Hence, Australia is certainly a prestigious and interesting destination for free movers. Plus, the native English language of the country makes it easier to find courses in English. The choice on wearefreemovers is quite varied and wide encompassing. You’ll probably find your dream destination if your dream is to study in Australia as a free mover!

Costs and fees of studying in Australia

Australia is an expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are above 800€. Here you can find a detail of the various costs that you can encounter in this country. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Australia is quite expensive, with a median 6700€/semester for free mover students.

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