As the global population continues to grow, so does the demand for new buildings and infrastructure. Many cities around the world are aging, which is creating the need for new buildings to replace old ones. In addition, rural areas are quickly becoming urban ones, meaning that needs to be associated with infrastructure, housing, and other architectural-based areas are evident. All of this has resulted in the need for professional and educated individuals to carry this profession into the next generation and beyond.
Why study Architecture, Building and Planning in Australia?
Australia is home to the world’s best architectural schools. In a 2015 university ranking conducted by QS World University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales are better places to study architecture and the built environment than some Ivy League universities.
The University of Melbourne is Australia’s top ranked architecture school at 15, the University of Sydney just behind at 17, and the University of New South Wales came in 22. The three universities were all ranked before prestigious institutions such as Cornell University (27), Stanford University (30) and Princeton University (38).
Eligibility for admission to Architecture, Building and Planning in Australia
To study Architecture, Building and Planning in Australia you will need to graduate from an accredited and regionally accepted high school in your country. You will also need to be a minimum of 17 years of age at the time that your first course begins, and you will need to have achieved a passing in your GCE Advanced Level or STPM. Conversely, there are some colleges and universities in Malaysia that will accept your application if you have attained the United Entrance Certificate.
It is also advisable now to begin brushing up on your English if you wish to study Architecture, Building and Planning in Australia. One of the primary ways that institutions will measure your proficiency in the language is via either the IELTS or TOEFL exams. A score of 6.0 on each band of the IELTS, or a minimum overall score of 565 on the TOEFL is required.
Cost of studying Architecture, Building and Planning in Australia
Now that you are aware of the admission requirements, it is time to prepare for the expense of studying in Australia. While this will certainly be an investment, the cost of studying Down Under is relatively low compared to many other countries. You will need to plan for an annual tuition cost of roughly $9,500 AUD, in addition to planning for travel related expenses, additional course fees, housing, and any miscellaneous items that you might require. Begin the planning process early and you will be well prepared for a successful transition as a student abroad.