Area: 7 686 850 km ²
Climate: Dry to semi-dry moving from the South to the East; tropical in the North
Population: 21,262,641 (est. from July 2009)
Languages: English 78.5%, Chinese 2.5%, Italian 1.6%, Greek 1.3%, Arabic 1.2%, Vietnamese 1%, Other 8.2%, Unspe
Type of Government: Federal democratic government of a royal Commonwealth Independence: January 1, 1901 Voting age: 18 years old, universal and requiredGDP: $800.5 million (estimated from 2008) GDP – per capita (PPP): $38,100 (estimated from 2008) Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (estimated from 2008)
Information for Foreign Students in Australia
Obtaining a VisaThe Australian visa is extremely easy to acquire. Everything happens on the Internet at the following address: www.immi.gov.au. However, you must have your confirmation of enrollment from the Australian University of your program before beginning the process.
HousingA good location for housing is difficult to find and usually very expensive. Here are some sites that will help you find appropriate housing options:
International Driver's LicenseTo obtain an international driver's license, you will need to go to your prefecture and present your original license. Please note that this process often takes a long time to process.
Health RequirementsIt is required to register for the Australian Health Insurance that covers all international students (OSHC Worldcare).