How To Choose The Right University For You

Confused about where to start searching for the perfect place to study? Here a few steps to help you choose the right university for you!

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1. University Rankings

Universities are ranked all around the world in two different aspects. Firstly, the Universities are rated on their overall elements- the research outcome, faculty, research excellence, etc. Secondly, Universities are also ranked on the subjects they are known to teach the best at. Some colleges might be known for their STEM Education, while some might be globally acclaimed for their phenomenal research. It depends on which ranking are you interested in. You can check the global ranking systems to make better decisions. Check out the different available ranking systems and sort them out into a list.

2. Types of Colleges and Universities in Australia

‘Group of 8’ Universities

The Go8 are considered to be a group of the most elite Universities who excel in the research facilities throughout the country. They are present all over the country, but present in the major cities, attracting large crowds. They are very famous, not only in Australia but all over the world; thus, getting through these Universities is really difficult and a big deal. The quality of education is supreme and is best suited for students who are academically strong, or who have strong will into pursuing their postgraduate studies.

The Go8 universities are:

  • The University of Western Australia, Perth
  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The Australian National University, Canberra
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Queensland, Brisbane
  • UNSW Australia, Sydney

Public Universities

Most of the Universities in Australia are public Universities. Thus, these are all funded by the government of Australia. The quality of education is also really good, similar to those provided by the Go8. Public Universities are placed in both the big metropolitan cities, as well as the smaller towns too. Thus, they are more accessible to local student outreach. As international students, you can opt for these universities as well, as the cost of living in these places will also be low.

Private Universities

Australia is home to only 3 Private Universities! These universities are explicitly aimed in different fields, and might give students a chance to complete their degrees in a shorter time as well!

These three private institutions are:

  • Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia
  • Torrens University Australia, Adelaide

Institutes of Technology/ Australian Technology Network

The Australian Technology Network is a group of 4 institutions, which are more closely linked to the industry. They are more aimed towards technological and practical learning, with core training and opportunities of hands-on experiences with the latest developments in Australia.

The members of the ATN are:

  • RMIT University
  • Curtin University
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of South Australia

TAFE: Technical and Further Education

The TAFE institutions mainly aim for vocational training programmes, and courses involving work experience and apprenticeships too. The study schedules are more flexible, allowing students to be involved in other part-time work and traineeships as well. They are owned and administered by individual state governments usually.

Private Colleges

Private colleges are abundantly found in Australia. There may be a few suspicious institutions which offer not-so-good quality of education but for the high cost of tuition. It is recommended to do a thorough research on these colleges before joining them.

3. Admission Intakes and Course Requirements

American universities offer two admission intakes in a year, unlike the single admission intake policy at Indian Universities.

If you are aiming for semester 1, which usually begins in late February, extending to June, your deadline can be anywhere from October to November of the previous year. If you are applying for semester 2, which begins in July till November, your deadline is probably anywhere between April to May. Make sure you have seen all deadlines and decide accordingly. If your favourite course is offered only in either of the semesters, do not hesitate to apply and immediately go for it.

4. Course curriculum

This is a mandatory requirement to be looked into before you decide to apply for any University. Go through the course curriculum which your preferred courses will be offering. Check the faculty’s expertise, distribution of credits, specialisations, alignment with your Undergraduate degree and other things like Traineeships and the Master thesis/coursework which need to be completed to get your Masters’ degree. Make sure that the programme syllabus aligns with your career interests. Cross out all options which do not interest you.

5. Other Influencing Factors

One smart thing to do is to talk with the alumni of your interested Universities or the people who are currently studying in Australia and inquire on the social media groups. Lastly, keep these factors in mind.

  • The place you will be staying in
  • Your average monthly expenses
  • The climate of the place
  • Research opportunities at the University
  • Student employment opportunities
  • Accommodation facilities

Remember. Do not be too optimistic. We would ask you to pick no more than 5-7 institutions. You can focus on these institutions properly then. Also, you would know the right reasons why you want to go to those universities.

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