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Australian Society and Environment

Australian Society and Environment

Multicultural

– Australia’s multicultural society is sophisticated and largely harmonious. – More than
100 ethnic groups are represented in Australia, making Australia one of
the most culturally diverse countries in the world. – 45% of
the population are either born outside of Australia, or have one
parent born outside of Australia. – International
students are readily accepted by other students, and teachers are
experienced in teaching classes to students from many countries. – Australians
respect the freedom of people to practise their choice of religion.
Churches, mosques, temples and synagogues are located in most major
cities. – Some
universities have their own spiritual groups on campus.

Safe

– Australia
has low crime rates and strict gun control laws that provide a safe
environment. – Study
plans and progress are not likely to be upset by political unrest. – The
2011 OECD Better Life
Index rates Australia as 9.3 out of 10 for safety.

Welcoming

– Australians
are open, relaxed and friendly people so students usually find a warm
welcome in Australia. Many students living in homestay situations
experience Australian family life in a natural way and often find they are
treated like a family member. – 5 out of
30 best student cities in the world are in Australia (Top University
Rankings 2012). – Even
though there are only 25 million people in Australia, it has the
third highest number of International students in the world. – Whether
staying in homestay, boarding school or campus accommodation there are
many opportunities to make lasting friendships.

Unique environment and experiences

– Australia
is a land of contrasts and adventure from beaches in summer to snow fields
in winter, and from coastal rainforests to vast inland deserts. – Students
can experience exciting leisure and sporting activities such as
bushwalking, diving, surfing, and rock-climbing. – Many
students enjoy the opportunity to interact with Australian people through
a range of cultural activities and sporting events. – There are
17 UNESCO Heritage Sites including The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera
House and Kakadu National Park