Each year, thousands of international students choose to pursue management education in Australia. Depending on your interests and the type of qualification you want to gain, you may consider two options: a general management course (studying management either on its own or with a specialised focus on a particular industry) or the master of business administration (MBA).
There are a number of advantages to completing an MBA or management course in Australia.
- Studying management in Australia means that you will graduate with a high-quality, internationally recognised qualification, which can significantly improve your career progression at home or anywhere in the world. There are around 75 internationally recognised MBA programs in Australia, many of which have global accreditation from the AACSB and EQUIS.
- Australian management courses provide students with a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, with a focus on developing your communication, personal and leadership skills. Australian courses encourage creativity and independent thinking.
- Many Australian management courses give international students the opportunity to gain experience by completing an internship with a local company or completing an international exchange or study tour.
- Australia’s multiculturalism means you will have the opportunity to study alongside students from many different cultures, giving you a broad cultural perspective on management. You will also have the opportunity to study in an environment that merges Eastern and Western perspectives of business and management.
What to look for when choosing a management course
There are a number of things to look out for choosing a management course.
You should consider:
- the location and facilities offered by institutions you are considering
- course duration and workload (some programs may have a heavier workload than others)
- staff expertise
- program accreditation (look out for MBAs that are accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS)
- international student support programs (these can be very helpful in your first few weeks when you’re settling into your studies)
- specialisations and majors offered
- options to complete a double degree (an MBA combined with a master of professional accounting, for example)
- advanced study (such as an accelerated course for students with significant management experience)
- pathway options (such as the option to complete a graduate certificate in business administration should you not be admitted to an MBA program)
- international exchange and study tour opportunities
- the nature of the subjects offered (many graduates say that they most enjoyed practical subjects that used real business case studies and involved working in teams).