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These scholarships allow international students to receive a world-class education while enjoying a diverse, friendly and vibrant community. Source: Saeed Khan/AFP

World-class education, strong performance in global rankings, diverse campus communities — Australian universities are world-class. Everyone deserves a shot at experiencing this — these scholarships in Australia could make it possible for you.

It’s not just universities that will wow you. Apart from being culturally diverse — it is home to nearly 700,000 international students — these universities are strong in research, boasting a heritage of innovation. Australia itself is a proud contributor to global research, credited for discoveries such as penicillin, IVF and even Wi-Fi.

Students and graduates also enjoy an extensive range of work opportunities. International students have the option to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during their time in the country – a key perk for students who wish to save up to explore the country’s landmarks over holiday breaks. Graduates can also to stay in Australia to gain work experience through the post-study work visa.

Every year, there are several scholarships in Australia offered to international students. Here are some to keep your eye on this year:

Australia Awards Scholarship

This initiative by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia provides scholarships to students from developing countries. Applicants will be able to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes from some of the country’s highest-ranking universities.

The cost of economy class airfare, establishment allowances, supplementary academic support, medical health insurance, research field allowances and tuition fees will be covered. Universities hosting these scholarships in Australia include Bond University, Carnegie Mellon University, Curtin University of Technology, Monash University, TAFE Queensland, the Australian National University – amongst many others. The deadline to apply is Apr. 30, 2021.

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Macquarie Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is awarded to recognise academic excellence for international students. This highly competitive scholarship is based on academic merit and provides a partial tuition fee scholarship for outstanding candidates to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Macquarie University.

This scholarship provides up to 10,000 Australian dollars, applied towards tuition fees. The deadline is currently ongoing and the next course begins in July 2021.

University of New South Wales International Scholarships

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) offers a wide range of scholarships and awards to support international undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students commencing full-time study at UNSW. The list of the specific scholarships can be found on their official website. To begin in the second term, students are encouraged to send in their application by Mar. 31, 2021.

ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

The Australian National University (ANU) is offering the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships for international students who wish to undertake a master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science. The objective of the award is to acknowledge the outstanding academic performance of international students joining ANU and aims to support them in their transition to the Australian National University.

The award provides a 50% tuition fee scholarship for up to one year of a graduate diploma or master’s coursework programme offered by the college. To make it for the second semester, applicants will need to meet the deadline of May 1, 2021.