Australia's history is heavily influenced by World War II when millions of people left their home countries and migrated to Australia. The culture of the former residents and new immigrants merged to create a multicultural society made up of more than 200 ethnicities. The long-standing history and variety of languages created a very welcoming atmosphere for foreign nationals.

As an international student in Australia, you can expect to thrive in a young, friendly country full of opportunities. Students who complete their studies will be maximising their opportunities and competitivity in today’s global job market.

Australia has the third-highest number of international students in the world (just behind the U.K. and the U.S.) with over 150,000 international students from 140 countries each year.

The Group of Eight Universities was constituted in 1999 with the mission of improving academic excellence. It comprises Australia's leading research-intensive universities such as the University of Western Australia, Monash University, and Australian National University, to mention a few. Some of them are the largest and oldest universities in Australia and are consistently the highest ranked of all Australian universities,  The 'Go8' focuses on “influencing the development and delivery of long-term sustainable national higher education and research policy, and in developing elite international alliances and research partnerships”. The Go8 has numerous international alliances and agreements with universities and research organisations in Brazil, China (with the C9), Chile, France, and Germany. The Go8 also works closely with university groups in the UK, Canada, the US and Japan.

Student life is a dominant part of the Australian university experience. Most university campuses offer a variety of events, activities, student associations, clubs, and interest groups that welcome international students.

In 2022, the government has increased the length of post-study work permits for master's degree students by course work and research from 2 to 3 years. This is great news for international students looking for master's programs in Australia and it also makes Australia one of the top choices for all international students.

If you are on a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester and unlimited hours during university holidays. This can be an option to earn extra spending money and get a taste of the local culture.

Things to Consider

  • What is the benefit to you? Any post-graduate course needs to add value to your personal education and knowledge portfolio. How does your chosen postgraduate course further your career goals, your knowledge base or your life experiences? It is important you assess the net benefit of the postgraduate course to ensure its a worthwhile investment before applying.  

  • Consider the total cost.  Have you considered the affordability of funding your studies abroad? Studying in another country is not a cheap undertaking. A Master's or PhD can bring many benefits while studying and can be a great investment in your future. However, it is an investment that needs to be affordable for you. Before you consider further study, please consider the costs. 

  • Being away from home. Studying abroad is an adventure but have you considered the personal impact of studying in another country away from your family and friends? Studying abroad should provide a positive benefit to your life experiences and not have a negative effect. Before completing the application form, please consider how you will adjust to the change. 

  • Do your research. The GRB prides itself on providing impartial advice solely for the benefit of our students. However, there are many other valid sources that you should consider. It is important that when making a life-changing decision you research all the potential avenues available not just the information on