It’s Australia Day! January 26 is like the July 4 of Australia, so it’s kind of a big deal. Today, Australians will reflect on being Australian (everyone else will just be jealous they’re not Australian) and we’ll celebrate contemporary Australia and recognize this amazing culture.
#1. They speak the same language
If you’re wanting to study abroad but are feeling apprehensive about the potential language barrier, then consider going to Australia. While you’ll still be thrown off by some of the slang, English is the native language. Plus, there’s nothing more fun than listening to an Australian accent all day. Don’t you agree, mate?
#2. They have amazing universities
Whether you’re studying at Deakin University in the Melbourne program or Griffith University in the Gold Coast program, you’re going to get a high-quality education with a variety of classes to choose from.
Deakin University has four campuses, you’ll attend one campus depending on your area of study. The university has won a variety of awards and offers opportunities to enroll in a wide range of courses from the following academic faculties: Arts; Business and Law; Education; Health; Nursing and Behavioral Sciences; and Science and Technology. You can also take advantage of unique internships in Business, Environmental Science, Journalism, Performing Arts, and Sociology.
Griffith has been ranked as a top-ten Australian research university. Griffith is also a leader in environmental science, international business, Asian studies, tourism and hospitality, sport management, exercise science and nutrition, visual and creative arts, criminal justice, social enterprise, multimedia, coastal and environmental engineering, and politics and public policy. Griffith is AACSB accredited.
#3. You’ll be outdoors
Bring your outdoor gear because you’ll be spending your study abroad outside at the beach, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, riding your bike, surfing, swimming, playing volleyball, skiing and generally enjoying what this beautiful country has to offer. Whether you study in Melbourne or the Gold Coast the outdoor activities on and off campus are endless. Whatever you want to do, Australia offers!
#4. The Great Ocean Road
Located right outside of Melbourne, The Great Ocean Road is a 151-mile coastal drive, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Stop at a variety of beaches, small towns, and iconic historic sites, like the 12 Apostles (pictured above). Some places to not miss include the Gibson Steps, Lorch Ard Gorge, Teddy’s Lookout, Bells Beach, and a stop at Anglesea Golf Club to see the kangaroos!
#5. The Great Barrier Reef
Although it’s quite a way away from Brisbane, if you’re going all the way to Australia, don’t miss your chance to see the world’s largest coral reef system. The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 400 different types of corals.
#6. Kangaroos and other exotic animals
They’re everywhere! And they’re adorable, and fun to take selfies with. You’ll also run into koalas, quokkas, reptiles, and a variety of other exotic wildlife only known to the region.
#7. The people are laid-back and friendly
Be prepared to be warmly welcomed and taken in by the locals. They’re laid-back, friendly, and ready to show you everything their wonderful country has to offer!
#8. The beaches
You don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate the plethora of amazing beaches that are in Australia. However, if you are a surfer, you’ll be in paradise. There are more than 10,000 beaches in Australia (according to the Coastal Studies Unit at the University of Sydney), so you’ll be sure to find one you love.
#9. Local Sports
If you’re up for watching the most intense sports competition, ever, head to a footy game (Australian football). The best way to explain it is a combination of American football, soccer, and rugby. The locals love it and crowd into the stadium by the tens of thousands. A truly unforgettable experience. If you’re not abroad during footy season, that means you’re there during cricket season. Cricket is Australia’s version of baseball, and once again, another favorite outing for the locals.
Australia is an ideal place to get your feet wet with study abroad. It’s welcoming and beautiful with plenty of things to do and learn. In addition, a wide range of courses in a variety of academic disciplines is available to international students. We’ll see you in Australia!