Are there black students studying in Australia?

Study & internship in Australia

Australia is considered a safe and friendly place to study. This heavily advertised reputation is on the whole correct. Currently, places at Australian universities are so popular among Germans that the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can only grant a fee subsidy to every seventh applicant. According to the Ranke-Heinnemann Institute, a particularly large number of students are currently interested in postgraduate courses in law and business administration.

  • Australian universities generate a total of seven and a half billion Australian dollars annually. Education ranks sixth on the list of export goods. The sale of "access rights" to higher quality education is consequently an enormous economic factor - a rather unfamiliar perspective, especially for Germans. Australia is clearly committed to performance and the elite. Consequence: In Asia and parts of Arabia, Australia is THE country of education.

Universities structure

There are 36 public and two private universities in Australia with around 600,000 students - from Monash University in Melbourne with 42,000 students to Northern Territory University in Darwin with 4,000 students. In the Economics & Commerce Faculty of the University of Melbourne, for example, in 2005 43% of the total of 7,000 students were international. One of the top addresses for research is the Australian National University in Canberra.

The Australian state invests in the "Group of Eight" preferably for serious research. The reputation of some Australian universities is reflected in various rankings. The University of Melbourne ranks among the top 10 in the Asia-Pacific region in the ranking of "The Times Higher Education Supplement" and 22nd worldwide. The best-placed university in a non-English-speaking country is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 10th place. Not a single German university made it into the top ranks. In general, the universities in Sydney are very popular, probably due to the city's strong "brand". The choice of university should, however, be made more academic and what best suits the individual's plans.

Group of Eight website
University ranking from The Times Higher Education Supplement (free excerpt)

Study system

The system largely corresponds to the British one and is divided into an undergraduate and a postgraduate area. You get a bachelor's degree after three years. This is followed by a one to two-year master’s degree. The highest degree is the PhD. One year of study is enough to gain experience.

It is roughly estimated that 90% of German students in Australia are in the undergraduate area and "only" spend one semester abroad.

tuition fee

Foreigners generally have to pay tuition fees. A year in a state high school costs between A $ 7,500 and A $ 9,000; at a private school up to A $ 12,000. The courses are small; the student-professor quota is favorable.

In contrast to Germany, not all universities receive the same state funding - there are considerable differences. Australian colleges are increasingly dependent on non-government funding and foreign student fees are coveted sources of finance. The universities can help determine how high the fees are. The tuition fees are staggered according to subject. Studying medicine is considerably more expensive than studying a humanities subject. For medicine, for example, foreign students in Melbourne paid up to 46,000 Australian dollars annually in 2004. Australians pay uniform rates that cover an average of 20 percent of the costs. Unlike Australians, foreigners also have to pay their tuition fees immediately. This pours money into the coffers of Australian universities, which fund the advertising campaigns of Australian universities. From a global perspective, studying in Australia is by no means expensive. Studying in other typical educational countries such as the United States and Great Britain is sometimes far more expensive than in Australia. At an approximately comparable level, studying is only cheaper in Germany and Scandinavia, but sometimes unfortunately also cheap in the bad sense of the word ...

Advertise for students

Australian universities have been courting wealthy students in Germany for years. There is a very lively competition to attract paying students. The universities afford their own agencies, the appearance of which is sometimes more reminiscent of a travel agency. The placement of a student is a lucrative business that is now offered by many on the German-speaking market in different quality. Some of them have been active in the market for years or studied down under themselves. Each commercial agent negotiates their contracts individually. Billing is usually based on a clearly defined catalog of services. Agents also advertise your services from Australia.

The universities sometimes present their offer like a sporting event - with superlatives and various analogies from the competition. No wonder, given the Aussies' enthusiasm for sports. The image of Australia seems to attract - not only German - students to Australia.

According to our observations, the advertising efforts of Australian universities are also concentrated in the area of ​​"undergraduates". No wonder that fun, joy, travel and adventure are in the foreground in communication and one sometimes has the feeling that "Studying Holdays" are being advertised here (as a modification of "Working Holidays". Undisputed: The marketing of the Australian university schools is incomparably clever than that of their German counterparts. Instead of complaining about this, the Germans should probably take it as an example.

Performance evaluation

A very sensitive subject. Can you buy good grades in Australia? In 2005 there were increasing reports that universities turned a blind eye in favor of foreign students when they performed poorly. Among other things, the Faculty of Economics at the University of Sydney came under criticism. There the requirements for English exams for admission have been significantly reduced. Those who do not belong to the "Group of Eight" of the universities are usually little or not at all involved in research. These universities only hire faculty to teach day and night to make money. These universities are being built near the beach in the hope of attracting students. The obvious suspicion is that the quality could fall by the wayside and that entry requirements or English tests are taken less seriously because every additional student brings money. It cannot be ruled out that universities will turn a blind eye to the grading of international students. Their calculation: As soon as a student returns to his home country, he tells how he fared in his studies and the university benefits if the student (no matter how bad he is) leaves a positive impression in his home country. According to its own information, the Group of Eight conducts around 70% of all university research in Australia.

Xenophobia and racism

In 2005 there were isolated reports that students studying in Australia also encounter this problem. Asian students complained that they would no longer go out at night because they did not feel safe. Anyone traveling alone in Sydney at night would be the target of drunk people. The sociologist Simon Marginson of Monash University in Melbourne published a survey of 200 international students across Australia about everyday life in their host country. Accordingly, foreign students would be severely disadvantaged when looking for rooms or jobs compared to locals. Two in ten students did not feel safe in Australia. Young people from Asia, India or Africa would be insulted, disadvantaged, attacked or robbed much more often than fellow students from Europe and the USA.

However, the study does not claim to be representative. So it cannot be ruled out that young Australians do not necessarily want to meet drunk people in Sydney. In the metropolises - as in any other big city - you have to take certain precautionary measures to heart. The Ranke-Heinemann Institute is currently interviewing the students it supervises. After an initial preliminary evaluation, there were no reports of safety deficiencies. The editors have no knowledge of xenophobia towards German-speaking students either. On the contrary: While in Germany the term "multicultural influences" is often used as a glossing over label for socially disadvantaged areas, German-speaking students at Australian universities usually find such influences very positive. In the case of Australia, the definition of the term "foreigner" is also a challenge. Down Under is a country of immigration. For example, Australia's "native" population is now largely of Asian origin.

Information on safety in Australia


Sources of information

Study in Australia
Complete online guide to studying and living in Australia
• Among other things, information about the study system
• Cost of Living
• Admission requirements
• Student "Way Of Life"

Gostralia "GOstralia! -GOzealand!" is the official representation of Australian universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and a long-term partner of AUSTRALOIEN-INFO.DE. Students receive all services from qualified course counseling to processing the application free of charge. In addition, the representation regularly awards several grants for free study semesters (for bachelor's and master's programs) and advises on financing through student loans and other grants. Various internship programs are new to the program from 2013.

IDP Education Australia
• Organization of Australian universities
• offers information events in Europe about studying "Down Under".

Ranke-Heinemann Institute
The official representation of IDP Education Australia in Germany, the Australian universities and over three hundred other educational institutions are authorized to inform, advise and enroll pupils and students from all subject areas. Free, detailed, personal study advice. In Essen, the IDP information center offers lecture directories, videos, CD-ROMs and current brochures from all institutions.

Study down under
• The Australian University Representation is free to help students with all questions and the application process. Scholarships and guaranteed tuition fees are also offered.

IEC Online-International Education Center
• represents nationally recognized universities in Australia as a service facility for students.
Interested students can use an information service for the application process, funding opportunities, recognition of academic achievements, visa formalities and much more, which is available free of charge. Various events provide information about the study countries and the various higher education systems. Brochures, flyers and CD-ROMs are available to the universities.

Education funding

Australia studies

Australian Study Center in Germany: In November 1998 the European Center of the Australian University of Southern Queensland (USQ) was founded in Bretten near Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg). Distance learning is offered to students. An exchange program for interns is also planned. The project is financed through tuition fees and sponsors. The USQ was founded in Toowoomba before 1968. There, 600 teachers and 850 employees currently look after 5,000 students on site and 13,000 distance students. The students in Toowoomba currently pay tuition fees of around 5,000 euros per person per year. Degrees from bachelor to master to doctorate are taken there.

Australian Studies Organizations
e.g. the Society for Australian Studies e.V. - are described in detail on the association website of AUSTRALIEN-INFO.DE

Australians at German universities

Australians hardly ever study at German universities. Although studying abroad in Germany even offers financial advantages for students from Down Under. When Australians come to Europe, they usually don't want to study, they want to travel. They usually leave school at 17 and university at 20. After these sections, they often take a few months or even a year to drive through the small continent of Europe, where languages ​​and mentalities change every few hundred kilometers - surprisingly often for Australians.

Funding opportunities

As part of a research in October 2006, we were able to find on this website, among other things: Programs for practical semesters in Australia for college students, for students at vocational academies and programs of the Hermann Strenger Foundation and the Dr. Helmut Kraft Foundation.

Editor's note: We would like to thank the Ranke-Heinnemann Institute and Thomas Wirtky, who in 2004/2005 was one of two German full-time postgraduate students within the entire Economics & Commerce Faculty of the University of Melbourne for additional background information on expanding this topic.

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