Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,100 institutions and 22,000 courses to choose from. Australia’s educational institutions rank well in terms of student satisfaction, employability, quality of life and sense of student community, with Melbourne and Sydney ranking among the top five best cities for students to study. Both of these cities are home to some of the top ranking universities known for their quality education.
The education system in Australia is three-tiered with primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. University is the highest level of education in Australia. Australia has 43 universities: 40 government-funded public universities, two international universities and one private specialty university. Students can attend on-campus bachelor degrees or postgraduate courses (including certificate, postgraduate diploma, master and doctoral programs). Vocational courses focus on practical skills and industry training. Vocational training courses are offered in government-funded institutions, including TAFE (Technical and Further Education), or other private institutions. Many colleges offer students credit towards university courses.