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Welcome to Australia

If you’re searching for plenty of opportunities for adventure and outdoor activities, head to the land down under. Australia is a vast and sparsely populated land of cosmopolitan cities and endless wilderness. The country is impressive for its high standard of living, its natural and geographical diversity, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. Most of the population lives on the coast, and more than half the population of twenty million lives in the five state capitals. The cities of Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney feature the most iconic images of Australia.

Australia has large percentage of immigrants and nearly a quarter of residents were born overseas, particularly in Asian countries and the U.K. Many U.S. students favor studying abroad in Australia because English is the official language, its universities are highly-ranked, and the higher education system gives students more opportunity to conduct independent research. Sydney is also expected to experience significant job growth for international professionals over the next 5 to 10 years.

Visitors to Australia should see famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House. Lovers of adventure should definitely take the opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains National Park.  Don’t get too caught up on the east coast. Perth, on Australia’s western shore has beautiful beaches and a urban nightlife ideal for students wanting to unwind.

Diversity Abroad Tips

Have you visited or studied abroad in Australia? Share your most essential tips and most important do’s with other students who may want to travel there! Contact us at content@diversitabroad.org for more information!

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

For more scholarships, visit http://www.diversityabroad.com/search/scholarships/australia

Staying Healthy & Safe in Australia

A couple of important links to help you stay healthly and secure while traveling to Australia:

Health & Saftey Information for Travel to Australia

Australia Safety & Security Overview

For Alumni

If you have studied abroad in Australia, consider creating a profile and sharing your experience. What you have to say could help inspire another student considering studying abroad. You can also submit an article to be considered for publication on our website. Contact us at content@diversitabroad.org for more information!

Create A Diversity Abroad Profile

Also, here are some links to potential opportunities for students who have studied abroad and graduates interested in work opportunities in Australia.
Teach Abroad in Australia
Intern Abroad in Australia
Volunteer Abroad in Australia

Diversity Guide to Australia

Note: These tips are intended to serve as an overview and are not exhaustive. Be sure to research your destination thoroughly as your identity can have a significant impact on your experience abroad

  • Tips for African American and Latino Students

    Australia is generally accepting of people of various cultures and ethnicities. Black and Latino students however, should still be aware that Australia is over 92% white. You may experience stares simply because people are not used to seeing many people of color. Australia does have a history rooted in colonialism, so students should be aware of the way race and colorism plays out for indigenous people of color.

    Hear from a Diversity Abroad Alumni who studied abroad in Australia!

    Nicole in Sydney

  • Tips for Asian American Students

    The Asian population in Australia is growing rapidly. In fact, Mandarin is the second most spoken language in Australia behind English. This is due to the growing economy, especially the mining industry, attracting large numbers of workers to Western Australia. Generally, Australians are used to seeing Asian immigrants and tourist, so you will not have any significant problems integrating into everyday Australian society.

    Hear from a Diversity Abroad Alumni who studied abroad in Australia!

    Daniel in Brisbane

  • Tips for LGBTQ Students

    Although Australia is a popular study abroad destination for American students, LGBTQ students should be aware that there is still much discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Attitudes to LGBTQ people are becoming more progressive, especially among younger Australians in urban areas. Unfortunately, the legislation to support the rights of the LGBTQ community have lagged behind. The Australian government has outlawed discrimination on basis of sexual identity, but has not yet recognized same-sex unions or marriages. Despite the challenges you will find communities of other LGBTQ people and enjoy a safe time and robust social life.

    LGBTQ Social Life in Australia

  • Tips for Students with Disabilities

    Generally, Australia is very accessible with streets, public transportation, facilities and other infrastructure suited to meet the needs of the country’s disabled population. You should not have any major issues with having adequate accommodations. You should always plan ahead, however, especially for trips to wildlife parks or other outdoor activities.

  • Tips for Religious Students

    Christianity is the primary religion practiced in Australia. Christian students will have no problem finding faith communities. Students that practice Islam will find small, but growing numbers of followers and a number of religious centers to worship in. The fastest growing religions in Australia however, are Hinduism and Buddhism. This is no doubt due to Australia’s proximity to Eastern Asia and growing immigration. Muslim students should always be aware of growing Islamophobia, but will generally experience major issues while in Australia.

  • Tips for Women

    Gendered violence and sexual violence is generally believed to be underreported in Australia. Although the overall crime rate in Australia is lower, sexual assault happens at a slightly higher rate to Australian women than American women. You may experience catcalling in urban areas, and should also be aware of pickpocketing. Despite these concerns, taking reasonable precautions should ensure safety while studying abroad. You should not anticipate any more trouble than you would in the typical American urban environment.

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