"Thinking of studying overseas but cannot decide where to go."

I remember when I was a high school senior, I walked into an overseas study agency and received a thick guide book on study destinations. The choices were overwhelming: United States, Canada, England, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, Japan, China, and more. With so many options, it's natural to feel confused.

How do you narrow down all these choices to just one country? You might be asking yourself the same question. There are many factors to consider, but it's important to be clear about what you want from your educational journey. Ultimately, I chose Australia, and it was a decision that changed my life and was absolutely worth it. Here are some reasons why:Here are some of the main reasons:

Excellent weather:

Australia has a great climate. Coming from Southeast Asia, I personally prefer a warm climate. While winters can get cold, most places in Australia don't experience snow. Having experienced Australian winters multiple times, I can assure you that the cold season here is bearable and quite pleasant compared to other parts of the world. In the summer, pretty much everywhere in the country is warm. Enjoy the sunshine and beaches!

Bombo, NSW - Adele's Personal Photo
Bombo NSW —Adele Valeria

Cultural diversity:

Australia embraces cultural diversity, with a large population of students from all over the world coming here to study. This creates a diverse study environment. In cities like Sydney, where I live, you can experience cultural elements from various countries. From Lakemba's Ramadan Markets selling Muslim street food to Chinatown in Haymarket, Thaitown, Korean festivals in Strathfield, and more, there are plenty of opportunities to explore different cultures. You can also learn about unique Australian Aboriginal cultures through museums, natural landscapes, and guided tours. Most importantly, Australia is a friendly and welcoming country where you'll meet open-minded and laid-back people.

Top education system:

Apart from world-leading universities, Australia also offers many English language schools and affordable colleges. If you're looking for cheaper options, English studies and vocational education and training (VET) courses can cost around $1,500 per term, making the annual cost roughly $4,000 to $8,000, respectively. Educational institutions in Australia not only focus on academic results but also emphasize soft skills like teamwork and independent learning.

Work opportunities:

During my studies, I was able to work up to 20 hours per week during the term and full-time during breaks. Websites like Gumtree and SEEK are useful for job hunting, but make sure to apply for an Australian bank account and a Tax File Number (TFN) before applying for a job.

Adventure:

For me, this was a major factor in choosing Australia as a study destination. As someone who loves bushwalking, I was thrilled to discover that Australia has over 500 national parks. This country offers more than just iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru. Have you heard of Blue Mountain, Port Campbell, Kakadu, Kosciuszko, and Cradle Mountain National Park? Despite living near Sydney's CBD, I can easily visit some of these national parks. For example, the famous Blue Mountains and Royal National Park are within a 2-hour drive, slightly longer by train.

Bombo NSW — Adele

Studying in Australia has been an incredible experience for me, and I believe it has a lot to offer. Consider these factors and make an informed decision about your study abroad destination. Good luck!

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