The 5 C’s to choosing the right uni
Congratulations! You have made a great decision to study abroad in Australia. With its rich and diverse culture and amazing landscapes, Australia is THE destination to study for international students. Now, with a range of over 40 universities in Australia, it can be confusing to choose where exactly to go. Choosing where you will go for uni can determine how the path of your future would look like. Here are the 5 C’s or criteria in helping you choose the right uni.
Knowing what to study is a helpful first step when deciding which university you will attend. Some universities are popular on some particular courses. For example, if you’re keen on studying business and management then University of Melbourne (VIC) or University of New South Wales (NSW) is the way to go. But if you want to study chemical engineering, the top 2 uni in Australia that offer the course is Monash University (VIC) or University of Queensland (QLD). You can find out more about which top university offer the course you’d like to study here.
Another thing you might want to consider when looking at different universities is their course structure. Different universities have different course structures, meaning core subjects also varies from different universities. You may like some core subjects more than the other. Also, see if they’re flexible on your choice of electives as well. This will be a good opportunity for you to learn the subjects that isn’t really related to what you’re going to major in.
Be aware of how much it will cost you study your course in the university you’re interested in. On average, undergraduate study in Australia will cost you around AUD30,840 per year. Some degrees are more expensive than others, especially when you require special tools to complete the degree. If you’re looking for financial aid there are plenty of scholarships that you can apply for. A popular one is the Australia Awards Scholarship, but there are plenty to look for from the Australian government, your country’s government, various foundations and different universities.
One of the important things that you should consider is the location of your campus. Knowing what’s around your university and what kind of area is it is a pretty crucial process when choosing your uni. It may not seem like a big deal, but this can really shape your lifestyle during the course of your study. What that means is it can be a big factor when deciding where you’re going to live, how you’re going to commute from home to campus and your daily activities (see if they’re near a shopping or entertainment centre / grocery shop, ask yourself if it’s going to be a problem for you if they aren’t near).
Sometimes it feels like it’s hard enough to leave your hometown. You might not know anyone to talk to and know where to go. When you move to a whole other country, it always feels good to feel like you belong in a community. Check to the university’s student website and have a look around their student union page. See what kind of clubs / societies / organisations they have and if any of them peaks your interest. From the cultural clubs or their international page, you should be able to also see how diverse they are. Try and ask yourself if that will make you more comfortable at all, knowing there’s a diverse community in your uni.
Of course, what we all seek after studying in university is what comes right after. Work. See how career-friendly your university of choice is. Do they offer services to help you find a job during (part time or internship) and after uni? Can they guide you towards creating a good resume, cover letter and other necessities for you to find a job? Do they hold events such as workshops for career advice and development or even job fairs? This will be an important aspect to consider.
If you’re still quite uncertain about where to go, the key is to research, research, research! Try to get to know everything about the uni you’re interested in going and be hopeful that your heart will tell you where would be the best place to go. We wish you the best of luck in finding the right uni!