Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the world’s largest island but the world’s smallest continent. It consists of six states, two major mainland territories and other minor territories. The states are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The major mainland territories are the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory where Canberra, the capital city is located.

The name Australia itself was derived from the Latin word: ‘Australis’ which means ‘of the South’. In 1824, the British Admiralty agreed that the continent should be officially known as Australia. The Commonwealth of Australia was formed in 1901 through the federation of 6 states under a single constitution. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have inhabited Australia for tens of thousands of years. Most Australians are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who arrived during the past 200 years.

The Weather

Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.

What Australia has to offer

Australia – the sporting nation. Australians love sports. Almost 70 per cent of Australians take part in some sort of physical activity at least once a week. Australia has over 120 national sporting organisations and thousands of local, regional and state sports bodies. There is bound to be one sporting activity that you would try out at least once during your stay there. Australia is a vast and varied country - skyscrapers and shopping strips are just a short drive from mountains, ocean, river and bush - from tropical rainforests in the north, to the deserts of the Red Centre, to the snowfields in its south-east, to the Australian Antarctic Territory. You would not want to miss visiting Australia’s internationally recognised World Heritage sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, Sharks Bay and the Sydney Opera House. How about the Blue Mountains south of Sydney, Melbourne’s cutting-edge cultural precincts, Darwin’s laid back ambience, Tasmania’s nature reserves, Canberra’s national attractions, Perth’s white beaches or Adelaide’s expansive parklands?

The Education

Australia is known as a vibrant country with a great deal to offer. At present, there are over 400,000 international students from over 140 countries studying in Australia. They are enrolled in a wide range of disciplines at every level of education, including short-term English courses, bachelor and master degrees right through to doctorate degrees.

Why do so many people choose Australia as their preferred overseas study destination? It is because Australia has a dynamic and progressive education programme that is known for its high standard of teaching and its internationally accepted qualifications. (The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) designed by the Australian Government ensures that Australian qualification titles are of the same quality high standard throughout the country). It is because of the country’s vibrant & appealing multicultural cities. It is because of the friendliness of Australians and the welcoming atmosphere at the Universities.

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