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Study in Australia

Want to study in Australia? We're not surprised! It's one of the world's most popular study destinations, and it's not difficult to understand why...

What comes to mind when you think of Australia? Sandy beaches and a deep azure ocean, cold cans of lager, and barbeques? Perhaps you might add some weird and wonderful creatures (amongst which more than a few are poisonous enough to kill you), miles upon miles of unpeopled wilderness, and an almost maniacal love of sport.

There is a large element of truth to these common suppositions. Australia does boast two beaches known as the Eighty Mile Beach and Ninety Mile Beach (and 10,683 other smaller beaches on its mainland alone), Australians – particularly students – do enjoy a drink on the weekend, and the warm weather does indeed lend itself to the outdoor preparation of food. But this by no means an entire portrait of the country - for one thing, it misses out any mention of Australia's impressive higher education system.

Fast Facts

  • Federal democracy with bicameral legislature

  • Monarchy – shares head of state with the UK

  • Head of government is prime minister (currently Malcolm Turnbull)

  • Sixth biggest and third most sparsely populated sovereign nation in the world

  • Population: 23.93 million (2015)

  • Former British colony, gaining total independence only in 1986, although British monarch is still head of state (Australians voted against becoming a republic in 1999)

  • Ranks only behind Norway in the UN’s Human Development Index

  • Unique in terms of wildlife – the vast majority of Australian wildlife does not live anywhere else in the world

  • Most successful nation in the ICC Cricket World Cup, and joint most successful in the Rugby World Cup

  • Main language: English

  • Currency: Australian dollar ($ or A$)

  • Australians drive on the left

  • Time zone: varies from UTC+8 to UTC+10.5, changing to UTC+8 to UTC+11.5 in summer

  • International dialling code: +61

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