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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Study in University of Adelaide


‘A good time to study in Australia’


THE University of Adelaide is a public university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third oldest university in Australia and is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight - the Australian Ivy League. It has produced five Nobel laureates and over 100 Rhodes scholars. "We have approximately 19,000 students, of which 4,000 are international students from over 80 countries," informed Joanne Barker, director of the university's International Office. She was in India recently to conduct the university's pre-departure session for July.


   According to Barker, the university welcomes applications from Indian students on account of their strong English. "The majority of Indian students studying at Adelaide University (AU) are pursuing postgraduate programmes and the number of undergraduates is increasing as well. The three areas that Indian students apply for are engineering, IT and business," informed Barker. The university has 170 Indian students enrolled at present. However, as Barker added, there aren't many Indian PhD students at the university. "It's not that they don't apply. We do receive numerous applications, but most of them aren't qualified enough."


   Students studying in Australia can work part-time for up to 20 hours every week during semester-time. But, as Barker cautions: "Students should keep a few things in mind while looking for jobs. Firstly, not all jobs are available for 20 hours of work in a week. Second, one shouldn't think they can pay-off their tuition fee this way, which is usually over 20,000 Australian dollars peryear. And third, a balance must me maintained between work and study, and academics should be one's first priority."


   Further, if a student has an IELTS score of seven or above and has completed a two-year programme, he/she gets a visa extension of 18 months 'almost automatically.' "During this time they can search for jobs and do pretty much anything they feel like. Besides, if they do get a job, they could also apply for the recently launched permanent residency programme.This is a good time to come to Australia. Our economic rate is fairly low and a lot many jobs are available."


   The university was ranked 62 in the Times Higher World University Rankings for 2007. "I think students come to Adelaide for its academic quality. Besides, living in Adelaide is cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne," added Barker.



Sunil Sharma


Dil Se Desi Group


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