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PhD Study in Australasia

Looking for a real study abroad adventure? You can't go much further than Australasia. No, really. You can't.

But you might be surprised at just how many people do make the journey to study a PhD in Australia or New Zealand each year. In fact Australia is one of the most popular destination for international study and New Zealand doesn't do too badly either.

The appeal of Australian and New Zealand universities isn't that surprising though. Sure, there's the sun, scenery and sport. But these countries are also home to some of the best universities in the world.

If you're interested in studying a PhD in Australasia, check out our detailed guides to postgraduate study in Australia and New Zealand. They cover everything you need to know, including fees, visas and applications.

This page offers some more general information about doing a PhD 'down under'.

How popular is PhD study in Australasia?

The flight times may be long, but attractive fees and top universities make Australia and New Zealand popular international study destinations. The weather doesn't hurt either.

Australia welcomes around 250,000 international students to its 42 universities. New Zealand only has eight public research universities, but the country welcomes over 40,000 international students.

Many of these students are enrolled on the countries' internationally respected postgraduate programs.

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How are universities in Australasia ranked?

Australian universities are well-ranked, with over 15% of them featuring in the top 100 of major league tables such as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings.

New Zealand's performance is equally impressive, particularly when the size of its higher education sector is taken into account. There are only eight universities in New Zealand, but all are globally ranked.

Both countries also do well in targeted rankings of smaller or newer universities/

How expensive are PhDs in Australasia?

PhD fees differ slightly between Australia and New Zealand. As an international PhD student in Australia you will pay fees at a higher rate. This doesn't apply to New Zealand, where a government policy ensures that foreign and domestic students pay the same PhD fees.

Both countries also offer generous funding opportunities, with scholarships and bursaries available from universities and government initiatives.

Our detailed study guides include more information on PhD fees and funding in Australia and New Zealand.

Where can I find out more about PhD study in Australasia?

The best way to learn more about studying a PhD abroad in Australasia is to check out our detailed guides to PhDs in Australia and New Zealand.

We've made sure they answer all the questions you're likely to have about studying a PhD abroad - including advice on visas, applications and fees. Each guide also includes a detailed overview of what makes PhD study in Australia or New Zealand unique.

Want to know more about PhDs in Australia or New Zealand?

How long does a PhD in Australia take? How do you apply for a visa as a postgraduate in New Zealand? Our dedicated study guides are the best place to find out more about studying a PhD in Australia, or New Zealand.

Last updated - 26/02/2016

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