With its unique mix of thriving cities, regional centres, open spaces and spectacular landscapes, it’s no wonder that Australia attracts people from all over the world.
Australia is also a friendly and welcoming country that values individual freedom. Its legal system protects the rights of all its citizens and visitors.
Almost 30% of Australians were actually born overseas, which has created a country that’s rich with nationalities and cultures. The Australian people respect everyone, no matter where they come from!
Here are some more positive facts about Australia that may attract international students who are considering studying in this country.
A multicultural society
With more than 100 ethnic groups, Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Around 47% of people were born outside Australia or have a parent who was born outside Australia.
Due to this diversity, Australia also respects the freedom of people to practise their own religion. Most major cities have churches, mosques, temples and synagogues. Some universities even have their own spiritual groups on campus.
Other students are quick to accept new international students, and teachers are experienced in teaching students from many countries.
According to Top University Rankings 2012, 5 of the 30 best student cities in the world are in Australia. And it’s easy to see why.
Australia is full of diverse and welcoming people. They are open, relaxed and friendly, and give students a warm welcome when they arrive.
Many students live in homestay situations, so they get to experience Australian family life in a natural way. They often find that they’re treated like a new family member!
Safe and liveable cities
Australia’s capital cities consistently rank as some of the most liveable cities in the world. They also have some of the lowest crime rates in the world. Generally, Australia’s streets and public spaces are open and safe.
The quality of Australia’s education, healthcare, transport, infrastructure and government services all rate well above international averages.
Australia is also a technologically advanced country with a strong, globally competitive economy. You will feel very safe and comfortable living here.
The great outdoors
Australia is a land of contrasts and adventure – from beaches to snowfields, and from coastal rainforests to inland deserts.
Australians are passionate about protecting the beauty and sustainability of this environment. So they’ve created clean and sustainable cities and regional centres with plenty of green spaces and low air pollution.
When you’re not studying, you can have some great experiences in nature, including relaxing on golden beaches, wandering through national parks and exploring the outback.
Sports, culture and leisure
Australians take sport and leisure very seriously, so you’ll find lots of opportunities to participate in activities like bushwalking, diving, surfing, and rock climbing.
On any day, you’ll also find many cultural activities, festivals and sporting events to attend.
You can also explore Australia’s 17 world heritage-listed sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and Kakadu National Park.
There’s so much to do and see in this amazing country.