Australian and New Zealand universities are proving a popular choice for UK students, who are drawn to the excellent range of courses, heavyweight international reputations and attractive lifestyle on offer.
Universities currently ranked in the top 100 in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement will be among those taking part in the event, including the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and the Australian National University.
Laura Styles graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010. She spent the second term of her second year studying at the Australian National University in Canberra and says: “It was definitely was one of the best decisions I ever made. The university in Australia was fantastic and I had lots of contact time with my lecturers, which I did not get in the UK. This really helped me academically to improve the standard of my work plus the experience certainly helped me to secure my first job. My employer was impressed that I had done something totally different and acquired important life skills such as independence, initiative, and problem-solving from my overseas experience.”
According to the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), many British students do not appreciate how the world of global recruiting has changed and that multinational businesses want globally aware graduates.
Stefan Watts is a director of Study Options, the official UK representative for 18 Australian and seven New Zealand universities and a free advice and application service for students. He explains: “Studying at an Australian or New Zealand university can make your CV stand out and shows that you are able to view the world from a different perspective. Australian and New Zealand university degrees are internationally recognised as being the equivalent of those awarded in the UK, and there is excellent professional degree recognition between the three countries as well. If you qualify as a vet in Australia or New Zealand, for example, you can work in the UK straightaway.”
The Australian and New Zealand University Open Days are a series of FREE information events taking place in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and London from June 11th-15th. Full details of venues and opening times are available at www.studyoptions.com
Students can register at www.studyoptions.com/