Australia is home to 43 accredited universities; forty public universities, two international universities, and one private specialty university. It is a global leading education power in research, facilities, diverse study options and teaching. Australia ranks third among the top countries of destination for international students, with an international students percentage of 42% in 39 universities amounting to a total of 448,411 nationwide in June 2016 (International Education Australia). Australia promotes innovation, creativity and independence in international students, it is also a culturally diverse country with various top ranking universities that often times offer low tuition, full scholarships, post study work and a safe haven for international students. With about 22,000 courses offered in 1100 universities in Australia (Study In Australia), it’s no wonder these universities are featured among the top 100 in various universities rankings. These courses include business management, arts and humanities, clinical health, engineering and technology, physical, biological and social sciences.
The number of Nigerian students in Australia is rapidly increasing, according to UNESCO, over 52,000 Nigerian students studied abroad in 2013. As an international student intending to study in Australia, you must possess the following admission requirements for undergraduates and postgraduate studies:
- Completed recognized upper secondary or equivalent studies comparable to Australian Year 12 for undergraduates
- English language proficiency requirements e.g IELTS
- Individual program subject prerequisites
- Completed a recognized undergraduate or postgraduate degree for higher education
- Certificate and/or relevant work experience
- Satisfied any other individual program entry requirements (i.e., CV, referee letter)
- Meet the specific academic grade required for the program via transcripts and report sheets
I have profiled 10 different Australian universities for your enrollment needs; I do hope they aid you in your search for the perfect study destination in Australia. Here are 10 of the best schools for Nigerian students.
This is a research university located in the capital city of Canberra. Its main campus in Acton encompasses seven teaching and research colleges, in addition to several national academies and institutes. ANU is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities. It offers courses in arts, sciences, Asia, business, economics, engineering, computer science, law, medicine and the environment.
The University of Wollongong is a modern public research university located in the coastal city of Wollongong, New South Wales. In 2014 the university had an enrolment of over 12,800 international students with about 3 international university campuses. The University of Wollongong has five faculties namely Business, Engineering and Information Sciences Law, Humanities and Arts, Science, Medicine and Health and Social Sciences. The University also provides access to differing levels of academic involvement and research through Simulation, Modeling, Analysis, Research, and Teaching Infrastructure Facility.
A research-intensive university in located in Perth, it is the oldest university in the state of Western Australia. The 2015 QS World University Rankings placed the university at 98th internationally. Due to its strong research culture, it has received more research funding than any other Western Australian university, annually the University receives in excess of $71 million of external research income, and a recently announced project is the Zadko Telescope.
This Australian public research university located in Melbourne, Victoria. The university comprises of eleven academic units, fifteen graduate schools, Melbourne Business School, Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Medical School, it is also in association with various institutes and research centres, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the Grattan Institute. In 2015, according to the QS World University Subject Rankings, the University is ranked 5th in the world for education, 8th in law, 13th in computer science and IT, 13th in arts and humanities, 14th in accounting and finance, 14th in dentistry and 18th in medicine.
This is another public research university in Australia located in Kensington in Sydney. The university has a very strong background in engineering and technology, commerce, economics, and law. According to the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the university ranked 13th in the world for accounting and finance, 13th for law, and 16th in civil and structural engineering. The university comprises eight faculties in which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees; these include the creative arts faculty, UNSW Art & Design, the Australian Defense Force Academy and various Research stations.
The University of Adelaide is a public university situated in South Australia; it prides itself as one of the most research-intensive universities in Australia, Its researches are active across a wide range of fields including agriculture, environment, health sciences, social innovation, mineral and energy resources, sensing and computation, biomedical sciences and engineering.
The University of Queensland is a research university situated in the Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane. The university comprises of various research institutions, such as the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Heron Island Research Station, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the Sustainable Minerals Institute, the University of Queensland Seismology Station, and the Institute of Modern Languages. The university has been the center for some notable achievements such as the HPV vaccine invention against cervical cancer and the development of high-performance superconducting MRI magnets for portable scanning of human limbs.
This public research university is located in Melbourne, Victoria. Monash is in the top 20% in teaching, top 10% in international outlook with 5 centres in Victoria, one in Malaysia, Italy, Mumbai, China, and South Africa, top 20% in industry income and top 10% in research in the world in 2016 (Times Higher Education). It prides itself as home to major research facilities in Australia which includes the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct (STRIP), the Australian Stem Cell Centre, 100 research centres and seventeen other research centres.
This university is located in Sydney, Australia. It is particularly strong in the fields of Law, Education, Medicine, Accounting and Finance. The university comprises 16 faculties and schools, through which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees, these faculties include Agriculture and Environment, Architecture, arts and social sciences, business school, dentistry, education, engineering, health sciences, law, etc.
Macquarie University is locates in the suburb of Macquarie Park, Sydney. It is a public research university with five faculties comprising of thirty-five departments such as faculty of arts, business and economics, human sciences, science and engineering, medicine and health sciences, it also boasts of various research institutes like the Macquarie University Hospital, Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Australian Hearing Hub, and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. The university also has other student friendly facilities such as the Macquarie University Library, nine museums and numerous sports facilities which are located on the main campus.
I really do hope this helps in making a well-informed decision on your Australian school choice.