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Jun 29, 2016 10:40 AM EDT

Australian Students Chose Domestic Universities Over US Universities Despite No Difference In The Associated Costs!

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Applying to universities in the United States is not a walk in the park as there are arrays of processes international students need to first understand and navigate.

Nearly every US-based university require international students to opt for English as a second language test, such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), along with SAT )Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams for undergraduate students or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) for postgraduates students.

But that's not all. Students should be determined to complete the aforementioned exams before they actually start the university - ideally in the month of August, Times Higher Education reported.

But the complicated admission process is not the sole reason why young Australians looking to commence tertiary study are eight times keener in joining a domestic university rather than one in the United States, even supposing the associated costs are the same.

These statistics stem from a new survey administered by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney gauging the reputation of US-based universities in the Asia-pacific region.

Authors of the survey asked prospective students from Australia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China about their point of view toward studying the United States as compared to the studying in their home country.

In a response that was not short of shocking, only 5 percent of Australian students said they'd "definitely" study at an US-based university.

Given a choice between a local university and one in the United States, South Korean young students were least likely to go for the former, with merely 3 percent of respondents stating they'd "definitely" join a Korean university.

About 40 percent students, on the other hand said they'd rather enrol in an US university, provided costs were no object.

According to Professor Jackman, the older generation shows clear-cut tendency to be pro-America, the young people; however tend to be considerably more leery when it comes to studying in the US. Interestingly, this just flips around when it comes to higher education, The Australian reported.

Undertaking university study in Western countries is not uncommon in East Asian nations such as China, South Korea, and Japan.

Last year, nearly 1 million students from China alone enrolled in some sort of course at Australian universities, government data reveals.

Professor Jackman noted that the stats for Australian students could probably be understood by the anticipated differences (or lack thereof) between the United States and Australia.

Without-a-doubt, there is not much of a quality difference in terms of degree a student might get in the United States or Australia, Professor Jackman noted.

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