Australia is a large, vibrant country populated with energetic, friendly people. Every year, more and more international students choose to study in Australia, and it is now the third most popular study destination for international students, behind the United Kingdom and the United States.
There are a number of reasons that international students are drawn to Australia, from the culture to the strong academic credentials.
Australia is home to eight of the top 100 universities in the world, and qualifications from Australian educational institutions are recognized by employers and leading educational institutions around the world. Students who study in Australia can rest assured that they are receiving a top quality education for a much lower price than they would in the US or UK. For students who have a specific area of interest, there is every chance that that interest is covered in Australia; at least one Australian university is ranked in the top 50 worldwide in Natural Science and Mathematics, Life and Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, and Physics.
The standard of living in Australia is among the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably lower than they are in the UK and USA, and Australia has a low crime rate and strict gun control laws, creating a safe environment for students. Australia is also home to five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity, so it is no wonder Australia is fast becoming such a popular destination for international students.
Australians receive universal health care coverage through Medicare, a tax-funded public insurance program. It provides free treatment in a public hospital, and also provides free or subsidized payments to health professionals for specific services.
Roughly half of all Australians also purchase private health insurance in addition to Medicare. This allows them use of both public and private hospitals, and covers some services not included under Medicare.
International students are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their stay in Australia. OSHC includes cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover, and limited medicines.
You can learn more about the health insurance system in Australia, and work out what plan/ plans are best for you - we also highly recommend talking with your school or sponsoring agency as they will also be able to help you with information about the best plans.