Australia is one of the most beautiful countries that you can visit. It ranks as one of the best countries to live in the world by international comparisons of wealth, education, health and quality of life. The sixth-largest country by land mass, its population is comparatively small with most people living around the eastern and south-eastern coastlines.

There are several reasons as to why international students choose Australia as their study destination. These reasons are:

  • High educational standards that ensure unique learning opportunities
  • Fantastic employment rates for vocational and university graduates
  • Vibrant and tolerant culture that accepts people of all races and ethnic backgrounds
  • Wide range of courses

Information about Australia

  • Location: Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean
  • Area: total 7,741,220 sq km; land 7,682,300 sq km; water 58,920 sq km; coastline 25,760 km; climate: mostly low plateau with deserts; fertile plain in southeast.
  • Land use: agricultural land 53.4% (arable land 6.2%; permanent crops 0.1%; permanent pasture 47.1%); forest 19.3%; other 27.3%
  • Population: 23,232,413 (July 2017 est.)

Australia’s past

Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. The first formal territorial claims were made in 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II.