With extremely high investment in education, Australia offers excellent quality of education, being one of the most sought-after study destinations by international students, both those who have an eye on an English course, as those who wish to study at a university abroad. The land of kangaroos has several options for undergraduate and graduate programs for those who want to obtain a professional qualification with international recognition.
If this is your goal, the tip is to focus your program searches at the Tertiary Education level, which is divided into Vocational Education (vocational education) and Higher Education (higher education). Usually, courses take place every six months, as in Brazil. Classes start in March and finish at the end of November.
For those who want to increase work opportunities and gain an international qualification, general English programs are a great option. There are English courses for all levels, from the most basic to the advanced. A basic course may not get you a certificate but there are qualified courses like a PTE course (Pearson Test of English) that teach you English but also demonstrate English proficiency, which is mentioned for bachelor’s degrees below. In addition, the student who takes a course from 14 weeks at a language school is already embarking on a study visa for Australia.
For those looking for a degree, the Bachelor’s Degree is the best option in the land down under. There are two different categories for this level: the Bachelor Degree (minimum duration of 3 years full-time) and the Bachelor with Honours, which expands academic training focusing on scientific initiation research. To apply for a vacancy, you must be at least 18 years old and demonstrate fluency in English with a proficiency exam (PET, IELTS, or TOEFL).
In Australia, the postgraduate course is divided into Master, MBA and Doctoral Degree. The Master usually lasts from 1 to 3 years and is divided into two types of programs, the Master by Coursework (the traditional postgraduate course) and the Master by Research (which involves scientific research). The MBA is 1-2 years old and is focused on the management area. Finally, the Doctoral Degree (PhD) takes 3 to 4 years and is an academic opportunity for the researcher to specialize in a specific area of knowledge.
And in New Zealand
Education is also one of New Zealand’s greatest treasures. There is not much difference between their educational system and Australia’s. The NZQA body is a possibility to keep in touch and find out details about education in the country, but we explain some specifics of English, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the land of the Kiwis.
As in Australia, New Zealand offers several courses for those who want to advance in their English level. The student must stay tuned, however, when looking for the institution, as the work permit rule for a student visa has some specificities, as mentioned in item 6. There is the option of full-time English courses (up to 30 hours/week) or part-time (up to 15 hours/week).
Bachelor Degree and Postgraduate
With 8 renowned public universities, the structure of the Bachelor Degree in New Zealand is also divided into two levels: the Bachelor Degree and the Bachelor with Honours. In Postgraduate, there are two types of programs: Master by Coursework and Master by Thesis, with the same criteria as in Australia. For professionals in the planning area, there are also two-year MBA courses. For those who want to take the Doctoral Degree, preparation for a more specific research (with a maximum duration of 4 years) in an area of knowledge is required.
Studying abroad can be a great solution not only to grow professionally, but also to become a better person, whether with your family or friends. In the field of work, living abroad will boost your English, which means better chances of getting a good salary. Also, if you have been an international student, recruiters will notice that quality in your CV, which exponentially increases your chances of getting that dream job!
However, the effects of studyinga abroad are not restricted to work! Although countries like Australia and New Zealand are a universe in terms of employability, living in these places will put you in touch with your “inner self”! Being a citizen of the world can also help you to have many friends – and from many cultures! This will be possible if you pack your bags right now and start planning your study abroad!