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Australian Universities: A Brief Guide to Australian University Education

Australian Universities have a reputation for high quality, affordable education. Open to both Australian and non-Australian residents, qualifications earned at an Australian university receive worldwide recognition.

Modes of Study

  • Full-Time: Traditional full-time university courses require students to attend campus classes for approximately 20-40 hours per week, with additional afte- hours study required. On-campus learning involves a variety of lectures, tutorials, workshops, classes and practical implementation.
  • Part-Time: Part-time study options are available for most Australian University courses. Some courses are more relaxed than others, allowing minimal study of one unit per semester. Other more intense courses require a full time commitment without exception.
  • Online: An increasing number of university courses are becoming available through online study. Certain units in every university degree lend themselves to online study. For example a course in Dance Choreography might include a unit on Dance History. Obviously most choreography lessons could not be completed online, but the theory-based history unit would be perfectly suited to online study.
  • Correspondence: Universities often offer courses by correspondence. Course study materials are sent between the student and lecturers by mail, with support and assistance available by email and telephone.
  • Mixed-Mode: Mixed-mode study (also called flexible-mode) allows students to complete their course by combining both on-campus and off-campus study options. Some units will be completed as traditional classes and lectures, with remaining units completed via online study or correspondence.

Best Australian Universities

The best Australian University for you will depend on the course you wish to complete. Some universities are renowned for strengths in specific research areas. When choosing a university, consider each university’s reputation for producing successful graduates and contribution to research and development in your chosen field.

Eight of Australia’s oldest and most respected Universities have formed a coalition called the Group of Eight. Based on their graduate outcomes, quality of academic staff and volume of field research, these eight universities promote themselves as the best in Australia:

  • The University of Western Australia
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Queensland

You can find out more about these universities by visiting the Group of Eight website

University Life

On-campus accommodation is available at Australian Universities, but most Australian students attend university while living at home. There are a variety of activities available on campus including sporting clubs, on-campus gymnasiums, social occasions and community events. There is no compulsory student union, so students are free to participate in university life as little or as much as they please.

List of Australian Universities

A full list of Australian universities is available here. Visit the site to search universities by state and read more information about each campus. Alternatively, stay on this website to read more about gaining further qualifications.

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