- GDP - $1.241 trillion
- Population - 24 million
- Number of Universities - 34
- Currency - Australian Dollar (AUD)
- National Language - English
The country is considered as one of the most diverse countries. There are more than 260 languages spoken in homes across Australia aside from English, such as Arabic, Italian and Mandarin.
There is a lot more to Australia than just kangaroos. It is the 6th largest country in the world by total area and is home to more than 23 million people.
Australia is also considered as a global leader in education, which is one of the many reasons why students from around the world choose to pursue their studies.
As it is a very popular study destination, applying for scholarships in Australia is highly competitive.
Part time work while studying in Australia helps students with their living expenses and gaining work experience in the study area. International students are allowed to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while the course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break.
Generally, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires $18,610 as the minimum cost of living to issue a student visa. Your living expenses in Australia will depend highly on which region you plan to live in. For example, more urbanized areas will have higher costs for accommodation. Hostels and guesthouses range from $80 to $135 a week, while shared rentals and on-campus accommodation will cost $70 to $250. More expensive options are home stay ($110 to $270 per week) and rental ($100 to $300 per week). Aside from accommodation, your weekly expenses will most likely include groceries or eating out ($80 to $200), gas and electricity ($60 to $100), phone and internet ($20 to $50), public transport ($10 to $50) and entertainment ($50 to $100).
Australia is so large that its climate varies. The greater part of the continent is desert or semi-arid. Only the south-east and south-west corners have a temperate climate and moderately fertile soil. The northern part has a tropical climate, varied between tropical rainforests, grasslands, and part desert.