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How well do the top universities in Australia compare to other top universities around the world?

I’m in my final year of high school. I want to start applying to colleges around the world, but I’m torn between going to the US, the UK, and Australia. Do universities in Australia rank well compared to their counterparts in the more popular US and UK? What are the current Australian university rankings, both local and international? As an afterthought, once I finish my undergraduate studies, would you advise that I go for an MBA in Australia?

Carlton Burgess

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Melissa Norris on April 12, 2018

All the three countries that you’ve mentioned have considerable repute when it comes to world university rankings and in fact are the three leading nations when it comes to world university rankings. Australia is one of the world’s most popular study destinations. The nation is popular, not just because of the strength of its higher education system but also because of its welcoming attitude towards international students. The country has great weather, great student culture and a variety of other factors that make it quite appealing to students.

Australia ranks highly in the overall world university rankings, including the QS Strength ranking 2016. The highest ranked institutions there are the Australian National University (ANU), The University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales. Others include the University of Sydney, Monash University, and the University of Queensland.

Australian Universities also have some of the lowest cost for attendance for international students compared to their counterparts in the US and the UK. Granted that these rates are some of the most expensive in the world, it is worth noting that most international students would be admitted to colleges in the UK and the US which are a bit more expensive, it is fair to say that Australian universities are better places to offer you better rates. For example, the average undergraduate international student in a top placed college in Australia would part with around 17,200 pounds yearly. A Master’s degree would cost in the region of 21,000 pounds while a doctoral degree would cost up to 37,000 pounds. Local students pay considerably less than their international counterparts, but that’s because their education costs are subsidized through the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP). The cost would also include living expenses and other utilities, and generally these vary with the region you’ll be living in. For example, it is more expensive to be a student in the more cosmopolitan areas such as Canberra and Sydney and costs less in the more rural and hinterland areas.

University rankings in Australia also give an index of the living and hospitability and general student life. The top universities have a high international student population and this one of the reasons why these universities are quite attractive to students. It’s always a good thing to find folks from all over the world in a learning institution. For an Australian MBA, see TopMBA.

Brian Warnera year ago

If you choose to go to business school and pursue an MBA in Australia, you’ll have the distinction of attending some of the finest schools in the world. Some of the better-known names include Monash, La Trobe, Melbourne Business School, Macquarie Graduate School and Sydney. An MBA from these universities will get you a great job anywhere. There are numerous reasons to look for Australian education. More importantly, is trying to remain competitive when you go to these schools. Australia ranks highly across the world and top in the Asian Pacific region in QS’ applicant survey for top business schools. The fact that the Australian job market is also quite open to foreign nationals and immigrants means that you won’t get stuck with a degree that you can’t use. With an appropriate Visa, you can live, work and study concurrently in the land of the Great Barrier Reef.


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