While the U.S. and the U.K. were traditionally the top choices for many international students looking to improve their English, Southern Hemisphere nations are becoming increasingly popular among Asian and Latin American students looking to get more bang for their buck.
Australia and New Zealand, famed for their temperate climates, laid back lifestyle, and stunning scenery, are fast becoming key contenders for students looking for a different English learning experience. Students can expect highly-qualified teachers, along with industry-leading teaching technologies and facilities, not to mention exceptional, one-of-a kind programs.
Thanks to the range of courses available, as well as the outstanding teaching staff, the host of extracurricular activities on offer, and easy access to student visas, Australia and New Zealand cater to all English levels and nationalities with courses that won’t break the bank.
Students can choose from a wide variety of courses, including IELTS exam preparation, Cambridge FCE, CAE and BEC exam preparation, and more unusual options such as English + Surfing.
English is also the first language in both countries, meaning that students can practice outside the classroom in everyday situations, or while out socializing with friends.
Aussies and Kiwis – as they are affectionately known – are known to be among the most welcoming and laid back people in the world. Both countries are famed for their easy-going lifestyle, meaning that students will settle in and feel at home quicker than they would if they were studying in a large city like London or New York.
Another plus for studying in Australasia is the stable economy and political situation, while immigration is welcomed in both countries, with residents keen to share and explore new experiences with new friends from far and wide.
It’s good news for international students too, as there are plenty of work opportunities available. On a student visa, students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week, meaning you can supplement your education with income from a part-time job.
Students with less free time on their hands can also study a short English course or English for university preparation course on a Working Holiday Visa, meaning you can cram in some study time during a summer break. This is also great news for students keen to earn a bit of extra cash in order to explore and experience some of the exciting and breath-taking experiences these two unique countries have to offer.
Australia has something for everyone! Students can try diving the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Uluru, climbing the iconic Harbour Bridge, driving along the Great Ocean Road or exploring World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, just for starters. Wine buffs will be happy in the Barossa Valley or Margaret River. Nearby New Zealand is sure to delight with picturesque ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenery, adrenaline junkie-heaven Canterbury, the deep blue waters of the Bay of Islands and the glaciers and mountains of Milford Sound.
Read on to find out more about some of the world-class English programs available for international students looking for a unique pathway learning experience:
MONASH UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA
At Monash College, instructors are trained to teach and support international students. There are academic advisers on hand at each campus, in addition to counsellors and a student experience team to support students’ learning and to help them get involved in activities. Monash also offers outstanding facilities for students looking to develop their English language skills. Students will benefit from living and studying in Melbourne. Monash College offers English courses, ranging from beginner to advanced levels, to help students enter their Foundation year or get them on the right track to finishing their diplomas, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and even on to higher degrees of research. All aspects are covered, from presentations to essay writing and speaking. Read the full profile…
UNSW GLOBAL AUSTRALIA
Ever since its establishment in 1966, the UNSW Institute of Languages was the first university language centre of its kind on offer to students in Australia. UNSW provides students with an unparalleled range of English courses, language testing and TESOL and LOTE language teacher training programs. International students will be welcomed into an exciting and challenging learning environment, located on UNSW’s green and modern campus. Students will enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, which include modern educational learning technologies and purpose-built classrooms under the guidance of committed professional language teachers and support staff. Students can choose from General English courses, running from beginner to advanced level.
THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Auckland’s largest university, home to around 40,000 students, is an exciting and unique study destination for students looking to improve their English in a dynamic educational setting. The university offers students excellent study opportunities and placement programs, thanks to its established ties with businesses, governments, and other research institutions. The university’s English Language Academy (ELA) is an accredited IELTS testing centre, offering a range of IELTS preparation courses and IELTS examinations for international students looking to get ahead with their language training. Students can choose from a range of pathway programs to meet their needs, ranging from several weeks to entire semesters.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
The University of Melbourne is ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing the institution as #1 in Australia (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016). Students can take part in the Hawthorn-Melbourne program, which has provided students with English language training for over 25 years. Students on the program will experience a range of high-quality teaching methods to help them meet with the university’s English language requirements and prepare them for further study in Australia. The exciting and challenging 10-week program offers authentic academic activities, which aim to develop English language and study skills.