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Old 10-22-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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I'll be finishing my Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from a school in California USA in May. After returning from a year abroad in London, I'm strongly considering going after a masters degree abroad, partially as an easier way to get to Australia, get my foot in the door in the industry, and a MS will only help my future career anyway, right? I have several questions:

Is there a national entrance exam to graduate schools for Australia (similar to the GRE in the USA?) Are international students required to take an exam?

Looking at several universities, but can anyone suggest schools with reputable engineering programs?

Many Graduate programs in the USA offer stipends, fellowships, grants etc.. how would I find out more about these options at Aussie universities?
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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The rules for international students are very different than for local students, so I'm not entirely sure. Normally there's no exam, they go by your marks in your bachelors/honours and there are no fees. But international students pay, and there are at least exams to check your English. Melbourne's website has a lot of info, and they have some scholarships.

Master of Engineering (Civil): Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

You should be warned that your grades won't be what they would in the US, so if you're at all likely to return to the US you should study there and get those inflated grades. Note the entry requirements for the Melbourne uni course is a 65% average? That's a B, and only 15-20% of students get that or higher.

Academic grading in Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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generally, only 2-5% of students who pass (that is, who achieve raw marks of 50 or more) may be awarded a High Distinction grade, and 50% or more of passing students are awarded a basic Pass grade. Raw marks for students who fail are not scaled
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:51 PM
 
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I'll be finishing my Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from a school in California USA in May. After returning from a year abroad in London, I'm strongly considering going after a masters degree abroad, partially as an easier way to get to Australia, get my foot in the door in the industry, and a MS will only help my future career anyway, right? I have several questions:

Is there a national entrance exam to graduate schools for Australia (similar to the GRE in the USA?) Are international students required to take an exam?

Looking at several universities, but can anyone suggest schools with reputable engineering programs?

Many Graduate programs in the USA offer stipends, fellowships, grants etc.. how would I find out more about these options at Aussie universities?

It would depend on the University, for example, for an MBA at Melbourne Business school a GMAT was required, and until recently, you did not need GMATs for say Adelaide.

I have 2 masters degrees, one from the US and one Australia; and one can't make a blanket statement about where one is easier or one has grade inflation, IMO. You have to take what anything one tells you with a grain of salt. A suggestion would be to contact Australearn in the US to help you pick a program and they will send you brochures from various Australian Uni. One thing to check is if your programme will qualify for points towards your migration points; for example the Adelaide MBA doesn't but UNISA, also in Adelaide, does.. it has something to do with how many weeks the Uni declares that their programme takes to complete.

Generally the Group of 8 are the Unis with the best academic reputation in Oz.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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I'll be finishing my Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from a school in California USA in May. After returning from a year abroad in London, I'm strongly considering going after a masters degree abroad, partially as an easier way to get to Australia, get my foot in the door in the industry, and a MS will only help my future career anyway, right? I have several questions:

Is there a national entrance exam to graduate schools for Australia (similar to the GRE in the USA?) Are international students required to take an exam?

Looking at several universities, but can anyone suggest schools with reputable engineering programs?

Many Graduate programs in the USA offer stipends, fellowships, grants etc.. how would I find out more about these options at Aussie universities?
For a graduate degree in Civil your best bets are Melboure, Sydney and UNSW. There is no entrance exam but there are two different modules, Masters by coursework or Masters by thesis. No stipend but usually if you're in the masters program you can get a job as a TA/Tutor in the faculty.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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Generally the Group of 8 are the Unis with the best academic reputation in Oz.
That is not true in all fields. It is in general, for arts, science, medicine, etc, but specialised and technical degrees are somewhat different.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:40 PM
 
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That is not true in all fields. It is in general, for arts, science, medicine, etc, but specialised and technical degrees are somewhat different.
I know that, this is why, if you note, I prefaced my comment by the term "In General" which denotes that the statement is not an absolute fact.

However, in general, Group of 8 Unis represent Australia well in international rankings, and specifically in Engineering, I did a google, the top Aussie schools in engineering appear to be all G8.

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Old 10-30-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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I'll be finishing my Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from a school in California USA in May. After returning from a year abroad in London, I'm strongly considering going after a masters degree abroad, partially as an easier way to get to Australia, get my foot in the door in the industry, and a MS will only help my future career anyway, right? I have several questions:

Is there a national entrance exam to graduate schools for Australia (similar to the GRE in the USA?) Are international students required to take an exam?

Looking at several universities, but can anyone suggest schools with reputable engineering programs?

Many Graduate programs in the USA offer stipends, fellowships, grants etc.. how would I find out more about these options at Aussie universities?
Generally speaking, national entrance exam is not required to pursue post-grad studies. Each university will set their own entry requirements.

The University of New South Wales is quite renowned for Engineering. It is also an excellent way of networking with other professionals.

Faculty of Engineering

(The university is not too far away from some lovely beaches )
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