I am from German and I am now studying Journalism and Communication Science at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. I would like to tell you a bit about my experiences down under here, hoping you will get a good understanding of Australia and its universities.
Facts of Brisbane
If you are also in the Brisbane area and you are not sure yet which university you would like to visit, here are some facts:
– There are many facilities to study in Brisbane itself, and since all have a different focus, there is no optimal or best university per area, so look for the one that best supports and covers your desired subject area.
– Most universities do not differ in tuition fees, so do not be afraid to see all the different colleges (except for private universities such as Bond University, which are usually a bit more expensive).
Too know detailed info of tuition of each university, you can check CatEight. Find the course you are interested via CatEight and see the info of tuition, study duration, requirements, etc in the detail page.
– Making sure you enjoy your studies and have fun – so when choosing your university, look for out-of-school opportunities, the environment, and maybe even the housing situation if you’re not in a college. Overseas study experience is quite valuable, so try to make your study life comfortable and unforgettable. Not only pay attention to your school study but also highlight broadening your horizon and gain more outlook of world and society.
Understanding of Australia and its universities
If you have a specific focus and value a well-established and well-respected institution that can offer you a great deal while studying, I highly recommend the University of Queensland – my semester there was a lot of fun. However, all universities have a focus that makes them unique – for example, the University of the Sunshine Coast has a focus on marine biology, which allows students to explore this field with more expertise than other facilities allow; So find the perfect university for you.
The enrollment process at a university in Australia is quite simple for you: since the Ranke Heinemann Institute can assist you in your application and in completing the documents, this step will greatly ease you what a lot of stress and headaches after graduation prevented. Your final grades will be adapted to the Australian system to determine if you will be accepted in your desired course. From my own experience, this conversion is very generous and you will be included in many courses with a good average. However, if it is not enough, if you plan a stay over several semesters, you can always complete a bridging course, which then brings you finally in your desired course; talking to university staff on site or by e-mail.
As a foreigner you also need an English language certificate in the form of a passed IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge test at a certain level, which you can read on the website of the respective university.
Finally, I would like to say that this time I have been able to stay in Australia so far, and it was definitely worth and I highly recommend Australia to you if you have an interest in other cultures or the English language. I have taken many pictures of my homestay Kooralbyn, the city of Brisbane, the University of Queensland and the surrounding nature. I hope you get a better understanding of Australia and enjoy this country as much as I do.