How to choose an Australian university that is right for you (Issue 19, 2011)

Choosing the right uniWhen looking to study in Australia, there is a lot to consider when choosing a university. You not only need to look at the credentials of the university, but also the physical and social environment you will study in. Below are some of the things that you can consider before making this important decision.

University reputationReputation and rank is extremely important when deciding on an Australian university. La Trobe is a world renowned education provider with several high rankings.

Industry connectionsIndustry connections are integral to ensure qualifications are not only recognised by employers, but preferred. It also helps with placements, internships or work experience, which can lead to ongoing employment in a particular industry.  La Trobe has a dynamic and entrepreneurial approach to business partnerships.

We are actively engaged in seeking new opportunities and enriching existing relationships.
Our students welcome the opportunity to improve their skills through work placements and offer a prospective employer a unique chance to assess their abilities.

Courses on offerMaking sure the university you choose has the course you truly want to study is essential. You need to perform thorough research to ensure you can study what you want. La Trobe University makes this easy for prospective students through our Find a course online directory.

Campus environment
A campus that will allow for study, relaxation and also some fun is something you must consider. Study/life balance is very important, and you want to make sure the environment you allows for this.

La Trobe not only has state of the art facilities, such as our newly refurbished Borchardt Library or Student Hub, there are constantly fun events happening around the campus for your enjoyment.  

Staff
Staff are an integral to a quality education. La Trobe offers staff who are experts in their fields and who are dedicated to ensuring excellence in education. All La Trobe University staff are helpful and understanding, to find out more click here.

Lifestyle, people and culture
This factor must be considered, not only regarding the university, but also the city or region it is in. La Trobe University has 6 campuses, all located in the state of Victoria. Victoria, and especially its capital Melbourne, is known for being multicultural, accepting and accommodating to people new to its shores. Melbourne was recently ranked the world's most liveable city, and has hundreds of great features, to find out more, click here.

Support and safety
No matter where you are, you have a right to feel safe and supported. La Trobe University understands that it can sometimes be difficult studying in a new country, and that is why we have a group of staff dedicated only to the needs of international students. You can find out more about the support and services La Trobe offer international students by clicking here.