20 August 2008

Foreign students in Australia getting the best deal

According to Careerfaqs.com, international students in Australia are getting one of the best opportunities in the world, and the Government’s recent amendments to the immigration program mean more foreign students can join the Australian educational system than ever before.

In 2007, over 455,000 international students enrolled in Australian universities, showing a 30 per cent growth in numbers over the past five years.  The majority of students on Australian student visas are European, Asian, American and South American nationals seeking an overseas experience while studying.

Careerfaqs.com reports that more foreign students are studying in Australia because of the hands-on approach to learning, which involves more in-class discussions and freedom of individual thought, and because Australian institutions and educational facilities provide smaller and more dynamic learning environments. 

The changes to the Australian Government’s immigration policy have also created an attractive environment for international students; the Australian workforce is welcoming more foreign workers than ever before meaning international students are becoming an integral factor in the skilled workforce.  The shifting attitude of the Australian community to foreign skilled workers and international students, along with the increased demand for skilled labour in the workforce, has also created a wealth of employment opportunities.

Companies such as Amex, Westpac and KPMG are now realigning their recruitment strategies to attract more foreign students with specific skills and are offering more part-time roles, graduate positions and internships in their Australian and international offices.

"Employers who are involved with the program are so impressed by the skills and abilities of the [international] students that they take on more students," said Monique Gunn of Workers Solutions.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people apply for an Australia visa.

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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