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Perth, the capital city of Western Australia (WA), is ranked the world’s equal eighth ‘most liveable city’ (The Economist Intelligence Unit 2010) and was voted as one of the world’s ‘top ten future cities’ (Lonely Planet, 2006).Here are eight other great reasons to choose Perth as your study destination:1. World class education
WA’s world class universities, colleges and schools provide quality assured education with flexible study pathways. The state’s practical approach to education, guided by teachers who are experts in their field, ensures that you are taught the skills that employers are looking for in today’s competitive world.
2. A life style that’s hard to match!
Perth offers one of the highest standards of living in the world, and yet is more affordable than the UK and the USA. As a student, you will receive a 40 per cent discount on all public transport throughout the state. Perth also has a relatively low crime rate compared to other major cities, making its campuses, transport and city streets safe and secure.
3. A leader in science and innovation
Our universities are involved in cutting-edge research projects with leading institutions around the globe. If you study science in Perth, you will work alongside talented scientists and have the opportunity to contribute to life-changing projects such as clean water production, development of new vaccines and ways to combat climate change.
4. Most multicultural state in Australia
People of more than 200 different nationalities live, work and study in Perth, speak over 170 languages, and practice over 100 religions. There are numerous places of worship with most restaurants and campuses catering for religious and dietary requirements. So no matter where you’re from, you’ll always feel welcome and respected.
5. Get a part-time job
If you are on a student visa, you will have the opportunity to work part time for up to 20 hours per week. This allows you to become an active member of the community and, if you’re not a native speaker, it’s a great way to improve your English! If extra cash is not your concern, why not volunteer at one of Perth’s charities or community programs?
6. A perfect backdrop for festivals and fun
Visit the traditional and contemporary art galleries; enjoy a night of theatre, ballet, comedy or film; and take advantage of Perth’s amazing weather by enjoying the city’s outdoor festivals. There are also many funky lounge bars, energetic clubs and local pubs where you can dance, listen to live music or watch sporting events on the big screen.
7. A city of opportunities
If you gain a qualification that’s recognised in the WA Occupations in Demand List, you will be eligible for the General Skilled Migration program. West Australian’s are also amongst the highest paid in the country, with annual full-time earnings well ahead of the national average. So if you want to live in Australia after your studies — Perth is the ideal choice!
8. Discover a land of beauty
Whilst you are on your study break, don’t miss the opportunity to travel out of the city and experience WA’s breathtaking natural environment. You can swim with wild dolphins, trek 350-million-year-old ranges, dive with the largest fish in the world, try your luck at finding gold, surf awesome waves, climb towering Karri trees … the list goes on!
So what are you waiting for?
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