It is no wonder that many international students make a right decision to choose Australia for higher education. But still a large number of students make wrong decisions in choosing the college or a university, city to live in, courses to study, and even strategy for financing.
Of the 43 universities and many private colleges spread across Australia, international students have a range of educational providers to choose from. If you are intending to live and work in Australia, then the name and profile of the university you’re enrolled in matters as much as the course itself.
Universities in Australia vary greatly in their reputation. On the top of the list is the group of eight or G8, which have intensive research facilities and high-quality teaching arrangements. These are also the universities that are situated in the major cities of this vast country.
First, international students often make hasty decisions to move to Australia, without choosing the right university. They then end up with less reputed universities, which not only hampers their educational quality but also the job prospects in Australia after graduation.
Making the right choice does not mean you select just one of the eight elite universities, but also a far wider range of universities.
The second, quite common, a mistake many students make is enrolling in a course. Many students come to Australia for studies with an intention to return home after graduation. In practice, over 60% students change their mind and want to stay in Australia after they finish their studies.
But you cannot continue to live and work in Australia after graduation unless you secure a permanent residency or a working visa. To achieve these, you need to study particular subjects in the list of qualificationshttps://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/SOL which Australia encourages retain.
“If I had known I would intend to stay in Australia, I would have studied a different course than I am doing at the moment,” said a Bachelor level international student in Sydney. He came to Sydney to study with an intention to return home, but after he spent a year in Sydney, he changed his mind. However, he is worried about the course he is studying as this does not qualify him for a permanent residence.
The third mistake international students make is in choosing a city. Many anticipate living in a big metropolitan city like Sydney and Melbourne, but they are often placed at university campuses located in small regional towns, where the prospect for a job and professional networking are limited.
In general, international students lack knowledge of the vast differences in opportunities that exist between the metropolitan and regional Australia. Often the education agents prefer to enroll students in regional universities as they get better deals from universities. It is only after coming to the campus that international students realize they are in the wrong place.
The fourth mistake international students make is about the financing plan. They think that they are not good enough to compete for scholarships. They seem to be unaware of many kinds of scholarships Australian universities provide to international students, especially at the spot graduate level. Many are aware of Australian government scholarships such as Australian Leadership Awards or Endeavour Scholarships, but not about the university level scholarships and financial aids.
If you intend to stay in Australia, then it is better to look for such an alternative and university-based financial support which do not force you to return at the end of your course.
These scholarships are very competitive and require a careful and well-developed application. The mistake many students make is that they rely too much on educational agents that have limited skills and competence to support in preparing high-quality applications to maximise the chance of getting such scholarships.
A related mistake in financial planning is to choose a cheap course in a less reputed university. The downside of this decision minimizes the job prospects after graduation. Instead of reducing the cost of tuition fees and living, students could optimize job prospects during and after graduation.