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Education in Australia

Benefits of studying in Australia

The Australian higher education system is respected throughout the world and universities in Australia tend to focus on practical learning so your degree will be relevant to real workplaces. You can also study vocational courses at colleges in Australia.

Australian education system

During your time as a student in Australia, you will be encouraged to think for yourself and develop your own ideas. You will do this while becoming an expert in your subject. Studying in Australia gives you the freedom and responsibility to explore your ideas and interests with the support of your teachers.


You will learn in group lectures, group discussions and through studying by yourself at university in Australia. Your degree may also include opportunities for practical work or fieldwork. The methods of teaching you will experience depend on the university and the degree you choose.


The type and number of assessments you will need to complete depends on the degree and university you choose. Some degrees involve regular assessment. Some may be assessed with one final exam. Some may include both assessments and exams. You may be asked to submit coursework, essays and a final dissertation, take part in group work and presentations, or sit exams.

Australian universities

You can study a degree in Australia if you would like to explore your chosen subject in greater depth. Qualifications you can work towards include Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees.

Associate degrees

Lasting two years, an Associate degree teaches the foundations of an area of study and allows you to develop work-related skills. It can be a pathway to a Bachelor degree. It can also prepare you for an Advanced Diploma in specialist industry training.

Bachelor degrees

A Bachelor degree in Australia usually takes three years to complete. It teaches you the knowledge, principles and problem-solving skills you will need to enter a specific field of work. Bachelor degree courses can lead to postgraduate study and are more in-depth than study for an Associate degree. If you do well in the first three years of your Bachelor degree, on some Australian degree courses you can study a fourth year and graduate with a Bachelor degree (Honours).

Master's degrees

A Master's degree in Australia helps you to become an expert in your field. It may involve independent research, coursework or a combination of the two. A Master's degree takes one year to complete following a Bachelor degree (Honours) or two years to complete following a Bachelor degree in Australia.

Doctoral degrees

Typically taking three years to complete, a Doctoral degree is the highest level of degree you can complete at Australian universities. It involves an original research project and may also involve some coursework. You are required to submit a long thesis detailing your findings.

Vocational courses

You can study a vocational training programme in Australia if you would prefer to focus on developing skills and qualifications directly suited to a specific field and valued by industry bodies.

Vocational qualifications in Australia include Certificate I – IV. These qualifications help you develop from a competent operator to a supervisor. You can then study for a Diploma to take you up to para-professional level, which takes up to two years. The highest level of vocational qualification in Australia is the Advanced Diploma. It takes up to three years to complete and qualifies you for junior management positions.

Degree preparation programmes

ANU works with ANU College, which provides its pathway programs and supports international students to adapt to living and studying in Australia. University preparation programs include English language courses.

Expert teachers deliver English language tuition, study skills training and academic subject knowledge to ensure international students have the best chance of success when they progress to degree study at ANU.

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