Whether a semester abroad or a complete study program away from home, studying abroad is always enriching, both for you personally and for your professional career. The best way to get the famous view over your plate is to get out of your familiar surroundings and leave your comfort zone. Studying abroad promises to improve your language skills, means a plus on your CV, and helps you to use your soft skills even better. So everything speaks in favor of studying abroad, the only question left is: where should it go?
How about the other end of the world? There are several reasons for studying in Australia or New Zealand. We have selected five for you and also tell you what the next steps are for successfully applying for a place at a university.
International reputation: Study at the best universities in the world
Australia and New Zealand are home to the best universities in the world. Of the around 40 universities in Australia, a total of 35 are represented in the current QS Ranking 2020. The Australian National University leads the ranking among Australian universities. It ranks 29th worldwide, followed by the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. In New Zealand, all eight universities are represented in the top 500, with the University of Auckland in 83rd place. Also, every second New Zealand business school has Triple Crown accreditation, an award that only around 1% of universities worldwide have.
Countless study options: Study exactly what you want
The range of courses is huge. Regardless of what you study in Germany, there is a suitable program in Australia or New Zealand for almost every field of study. From marine biology to law to every discipline of economics, everything is included. And the best thing is: during a semester abroad you can freely choose your courses. For example, you can learn a language, take a photography course and choose one or two subjects from another desired subject. How about a course in Maori, or would you prefer outdoor education?
Flexible start to your studies: Study when you want
The academic year in Australia and New Zealand starts in February. Unlike with us, for example, you can usually start your master’s degree in any of the semesters offered. Most universities have two starting options, always in February and July. Some Australian universities teach in trimesters, which means you can even start three times a year. These include, for example, Griffith University in Queensland or Deakin University in Melbourne. So nothing stands in the way of a quick start to your studies.
Mentoring, student support and internships: Study practically
If you like to study practically and not only value theory, then Australia and New Zealand are the right places for you. Some master’s programs provide for a full semester internship, there are many support services such as the Career Center, which checks your CV and supports you with applications, or extra-curricular programs that can be used for networking. Mentoring is also an issue. If you only want to spend a semester abroad, you can take an internship course at some universities. As an alternative, there are many courses with a practical component, for example, you can go diving on the reef or research in the rainforest and get a grade for it.
Perfect study-life balance: studies are not everything
Hand on heart, studying alone doesn’t make you happy either. It is also important that you can switch off or experience something after a successful day at university. Thanks to the study system in Australia and New Zealand, you really only have something to do during the semester and the examinations are spread over the months. This is how you build up your grade and during the semester break, you have time for traveling, discovering, or earning money. And there is a lot to discover in Australia and New Zealand: endless sandy beaches, the largest coral reef in the world, pristine rainforests, the vastness of the outback, and of course metropolises such as Sydney, Melbourne, or Auckland.
Sounds too good to be true? Wondering what’s the catch? Unlike in Germany, you pay tuition fees in Australia and New Zealand. Depending on the university, this can be between 3,000 and 12,000 dollars for one semester. Even if that sounds like a lot, you shouldn’t be put off straight away. The tuition fees of more than ten universities can currently be completely financed for a semester abroad through the Auslands-BAföG, there are many scholarships from Australian or New Zealand universities directly, and you can also receive funding from the DAAD from the German side. Besides, some organizations award grants.
Applying to Australia and New Zealand is very easy. For the place of study, the current grades in the course or the last degree, which should not be worse than 3.0, are particularly important. Also, proof of language skills is required. For a semester abroad, however, the English grades from the Abitur are often sufficient.