Australian Education system

Structure of learning

In Australia, four subjects or units are usually taken per semester in Australia, with lessons in the form of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students are encouraged to be critical and independent in their approach to learning.

Lectures, presentations and assignments are a mandatory feature in most subjects, with an examination at the end of the semester for some courses. Classes are often small in number, creating a very personal and supportive learning environment. For most courses, there is an emphasis on group-based projects that gives you real-world skills to work effectively in a team.

Grading system

The Australian higher education grading system consists of four levels, High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Pass and Fail. Assignments and exams are marked against an outcome-based grading framework where students are required to demonstrate their proficiency against learning outcomes and achievement standards to the best of their abilities.

This provides a very transparent and goal-driven learning structure for students, allowing them to acquire and retain real knowledge and expand on the guidance provided in lectures and tutorial, testing their ability to independently source and assess information, engage in critical analysis and adopt a solutions-based, problem solving approach to demonstrate satisfaction with learning objectives.

Completely different to the outdated, rote-based education systems that are still inherent in many countries, Australian learning outcomes are markedly different in terms of their focus.

While challenging and requiring real commitment on part of students, their ability to grasp and acquire the benefits of this system over the course of their educational journey is the foundation of the practical, job-ready skill sets that Australian graduates are equipped with once they venture out into the workforce.

Students are required to earn a certain number of credit or unit points each semester to complete their degree. These units can be transferred across universities and qualification levels, enabling students to continue your higher education in a streamlined manner.

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The Australian University Experience

In Australia, a university education extends beyond the classroom, and your campus can in many ways become the centre of your learning experience due to the various activities on offer. Universities are usually located in precincts designed to maximise every opportunity for you to participate in student life. Most campuses have shopping, eating, libraries, sports and other entertainment facilities in close proximity to each other.

You can also find opportunities to engage in your hobbies and interests as nearly all universities have student clubs focusing on sports, theatre and drama, music, writing, and departments have their own faculty-based networking events and groups. Participating in any of these activities will give you immense benefits by the time you graduate and embark on your professional career.

As an international student, the ‘International Office’ and ‘Student Union’ (either at the institution or faculty-level) takes care of your student wellbeing and course needs and can advise you on accommodation or job searches. Lecturers and supervisors can also provide you with additional support where needed.