Education system in American universities

Comparing Australian University to American Colleges

Education Building, University of SydneyThe Australian school experience is actually quite different from the American school experience. On first arrival, most American students might get excited to see that they only need a 50% to pass, and rather than having constant homework and quizzes, their entire grade is based on just one exam and a major essay. American students get excited because there’s a bar on campus, which for obvious reasons is an impossibility in the United States. Most American students are drawn to studying abroad in Australia because they don’t have to learn a new language, among other things. But there are still plenty of struggles involved in studying, even when the language barrier isn’t an issue.

University of Sydney1. Course Structure

The first difference that American students going to an Australian university will notice during the first week is in the course structure. At first it’s exciting to see that you only have one or two big tests and an essay. After a while, though, you come to appreciate how much American schools continue to hold your hand by making you do these little assignments and taking quizzes, reminding you that you need to attend class on the regular, read the book, and actually learn the material. For certain types of students that had been raised into this system, the Australian way is much better in that it’s self-directed. For an American student it basically means a whole bunch of goofing off during the semester and then a very hard, very intense push to learn all of the material at the end before the major project or test.

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