What are the five major mistakes international students make while choosing courses and universities in Australia?
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 right college or a university, city to live in, courses to study, and even strategy for financing their studies.
Of the 43 Universities and many private colleges spread across Australia, international students have a wide 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 matter as much as the course itself.
Universities in Australia vary greatly in their reputation. On the top of the list are the group of eight or G8, which have intensive research and high-quality teaching arrangements (link with another blog). These are also the Universities that are situated in the major cities of this vast country. Overall, the quality of education in G8 universities is believed to be high in all the courses of studies.
University reputation matters
First, international students often make hasty decisions to move to Australia, without choosing a right university. They then end up with low-quality education in terms of university reputation, 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. One cannot neglect the quality of other Universities in some specific subjects/courses of studies. But, for this, you need to do a thorough research and career consultation before making your enrollment decision.
Where to stay makes a big difference in your student life!
The second mistake international student 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. As the plan to leave for Australia, they do not have the 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 these Universities. International students realize they are in the wrong place only after they arrived at their University.
As the plan to leave for Australia, they do not have the 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 these Universities. International students realize they are in the wrong place only after they arrived at their University.
Plan ahead about how you manage your finance
The third 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 the 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 alternative and University-based financial support which do not force you to return at the end of the course.
These scholarships are of course very competitive and require a careful and well-developed application. The mistake many students make is they rely too much on the educational agent which have limited skills and competence to support in preparing high-quality applications to maximize the change of getting such scholarships.
Choosing a right course is fundamental
Besides the university, the next choice you have to make is the course. A related mistake in financial planning is to choose a cheap course and cheap university. The demerit of such choice is to minimize the prospect of the job after graduation. Instead of minimizing the cost of fees and living, students could optimize job prospect during and after graduation.
Select subjects that are suitable for migration point of view
Many students come to Australia for studies with an intention to return home after graduation. In practice, over 60% change their mind and want to stay in Australia after their studies. But you cannot continue to live and work in Australia after graduation unless you secure permanent residence or work visa. To achieve these, you need to study particular subjects in the list of qualifications which Australia encourages retain (put SOL link).
“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 for 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.