Education in Australia

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Benefits of studying in Australia

The Australian higher education system is respected throughout the world. It is ranked in the world top 10 (Universitas 21 2019). Universities in Australia tend to focus on practical learning so your degree will be relevant to the real world of work. You can also study vocational courses at colleges in Australia.

How you will learn

During your education in Australia, you will be encouraged to think for yourself and develop your own ideas. At the University of Sydney, you will study real-life problems from all angles in collaboration with expert teachers and students from multiple disciplines. Studying in Australia gives you the freedom and responsibility to explore your ideas and interests.


The balance of teaching methods you will experience at the University of Sydney depends on the degree you choose. You will learn in group lectures, group discussions and through studying individually. Certain degrees may include opportunities for practical work or fieldwork. 


The type and number of assessments you will need to complete also depends on the degree you choose. Some degrees involve regular assessments. Some may be assessed with one final exam. Some may include both assessments and exams. You may be asked to submit coursework, essays and a final dissertation, take part in group work and presentations or sit exams.

University degrees

There are 3 levels of degree study available at Australian universities.University degrees

Bachelor degrees

A Bachelor degree in Australia usually takes three years to complete. During your degree, you will develop the knowledge, principles and problem-solving skills you need to enter your desired field of work or further study.

Study for a Bachelor degree can lead to postgraduate study and is more in-depth than study for an Associate Degree. If you do well in the first three years of your Bachelor degree, you may have the option to take your degree studies into a fourth year and graduate with a Bachelor (Honours).

Master's degrees

A Master's degree in Australia helps you to become more expert in your field of study.

It may involve independent research, coursework or a combination of the two. A Master's degree takes one year to complete following a four-year Bachelor (Honours), or two years to complete following a three-year Bachelor degree in Australia.

Doctoral degrees

Typically taking three years to complete, a Doctoral degree is the highest level of degree study at an Australian university.

It involves an original research project and may also involve some coursework. You are required to submit a long thesis detailing your research findings.

Degree preparation programs

Taylors College Sydney works with the University of Sydney to provide the University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) and the High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP). These pathway programs to degree study support international students to adapt to studying and living in Australia. HAPP takes 20 weeks to complete and is for students with an exceptional academic record. USFP takes 40, 52 or 75 weeks to complete depending on your academic and English level on entry.

Expert teachers deliver English language tuition, study skills training and academic subject knowledge. This carefully designed combination ensures you have the best chance of success when you progress from Taylors College Sydney to study your degree at The University of Sydney.