Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.
A highly developed country and one of the wealthiest, Australia is the world’s 12th-largest economy and has the world’s fifth highest per capita income. Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere.
|Seasons in Australia|
|Summer||December – February|
|Autumn||March – May|
|Winter||June – August|
|Spring||September – November|
- Australian Universities have an International reputation for academic excellence
- Several Australian Universities are listed in the Top 200 Jiao Tong World University Rankings
- Australian qualifications are recognised and accepted globally
- Educational facilities and teaching resources are of the highest quality which means students get access to the very best minds and resources, in a wide range of study areas
- Australia offers an attractive lifestyle that is safe, stable and friendly. A multicultural society means international students quickly feel at home
- Studying in Australia promotes innovative, creative and independent thinking – valued by employers worldwide.
Perth is Australia’s only capital city where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the city. Widely known as one of the friendliest cities in Australia, it’s also the sunniest state capital, averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and boasting a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches, from iconic Cottesloe to the surf hotspot of Scarborough.
Perth Also has the lowest unemployment rate of any state in Australia, is listed in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world in the last 9 years, has the fastest growing state in Australia with a population close to 2.5 million (March 2013) and is the same time zone as 60% of the world’s population
Perth has a Mediterranean-style climate, which means that for most of the year, the weather is warm and sunny. Perth has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city. Even during the short mild winter the sun is often shining. These long summers mean many Perth activities revolve around the outdoors. Almost any time of year is great for sight-seeing, outdoor activities or lazing on Perth’s clean sandy beaches.
Perth’s rainfall is highest between May and September. February is usually the hottest month of the year, averaging temperatures of 31°C. A sea breeze called ‘The Fremantle Doctor’, blows from the south-west providing relief from the heat. Winters are relatively cool and wet with temperatures of around 18°C.
A city of magnificent architecture, Melbourne prides itself on its spectacular combination of the old and the new. Glorious parks and gardens, elegant streetscapes, and warm ethnic communities combine to make Melbourne one of Australia’s most popular destinations for migrants and tourists.
Melbourne has a vibrant intellectual and cultural centre and a creative and entrepreneurial soul. It has extensive parks and gardens, spacious suburbs, affordable housing, good education, accessible public transport and a modern road system. With a low crime rate, it provides a safe and healthy environment in which to live and work.
The city is only a short distance from many beautiful beaches, perfect for swimming and water sports. Many of Australia’s most significant sporting events are held in Melbourne such as One-Day, Twenty20 and test match cricket, The Australian Open Tennis and Grand Prix among others
Victoria’s climate is marked by a range of different climate zones, from the hot, dry regions of the northwest to the alpine snowfields in the northeast. Average annual rainfall ranges from less than 250 millimetres in parts to in excess of 1800 millimetres over some of the mountainous regions. Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather, but as a general rule, the city enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers; mild, balmy springs and autumns; and cool winters. Temperatures average 25°C in summer and 14°C in winter. Rainfall is highest from May to October.
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- Australia is the biggest island and the smallest continent in the world.
- Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, the driest is Antarctica
- The Kangaroo and the Emu were chosen to feature on the Australian Coat of Arms because they are incapable of walking backwards and therefore symbolise a nation moving forward
- No part of Australia is more than 1000 km from the ocean and a beach.
Population density in Australia is usually calculated in km2 per person, not people per km2.
- Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
- The Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic construction on earth. It also has a mailbox! You can ferry out there and send a postcard, stamped with the only Great Barrier Reef stamp.
- Australia has the world’s largest cattle station (ranch). At 30,028 km2 it is almost the same size as Belgium.
- The longest section of straight railway trackin the world at 478 kilometres crosses The Nullarbor Plain (South Australia to Western Australia).
- The longest fence in the world is approximately 5,400 kilometres long starting at Jimbour in Queensland and continuing on to the Great Australian Bight in South Australia.
On completion of your degree in Australia, you are able to stay back and work under the new Post Study Work Scheme:
- 2 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed a Bachelor degree, Masters by coursework degree or Masters (extended) degree in Australia
- 3 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed a Masters by research in Australia
- 4 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed a Doctoral Degree in Australia
* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.immi.gov.au/ for the most up to date information.
Can be done online at http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/students.html
Visa Application Fees
AU$535, payable by credit card
Visa Processing Time
Minimum processing time for Student Visa is 2 weeks. Applications must be lodged 8 weeks or earlier prior to applicants’ date of departure.
Student should be able to demonstrate the ability to finance the course for the duration of their study. Please get in touch with a PTC Advisor for further details.
Australian High Commission in Mauritius
2nd Floor, Rogers House,
5 President John Kennedy St,
Currency: AUD or AU$
Country Dialing Code: +61
Neighbouring Countries: New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Solomon Island, Vanuata, New Caledonia and Indonesia