Mar
18
2011

Destination Down Under

Perth skyline with surf cats on the Swan River

Ever since the 2000 Summer Olympics, Australia seems to have taken off as a study destination, whether it be for English language studies or for long-term undergraduate or graduate programs.  The great climate, fascinating history, lifestyle based on the great outdoors, friendly people with a dry sense of humour, high standard of living yet competitive cost of living all contribute to its reputation as a top destination for students and tourists.

Australian universities have a reputation for excellence, and they actively promote overseas.  Come to our fall Study and Go Abroad Fairs to meet with representatives from Australian universities and find out first-hand what programs they offer.

Interesting facts .. did you know … ?

  • Australia’s Aboriginal people were thought to have arrived here by boat from South East Asia during the last Ice Age, at least 50,000 years ago! Up to one million Aboriginal people lived across the continent, speaking 250 languages and 700 dialects.
  • Australia is the sixth largest country in the world – it’s about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometre.
  • Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s largest oyster, weighing up to 3 kilograms, while the world’s longest earthworm, stretching up to 4 metres, is found in Gippsland in Victoria. The heaviest crab, weighing up to 14 kilograms, is found in Bass Strait near Tasmania.
  • Did you know that Australians invented, among other things, notepads, aspirins, the pacemaker, penicillin, the wine cask, the dual-flush toilet and the bionic ear?

For more information on studying in Australia, check out these useful websites:

www.studyinaustralia.gov.au

www.pertheducationcity.com.au

 

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