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Studying Civil Engineering

For any city or human settlement to function effectively, we need proper infrastructure. This essential infrastructure comprises residential buildings, commercial buildings (shops, schools, and hospitals), water works and power stations. Civil engineering is the engineering disciple concerned with the design, building and use of these structures.

In Australia, you can either pursue a degree in civil engineering or choose a specialisation. Universities guide students in choosing one best suited to their education background and career aspirations.

Some of the specialisations offered are:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Civil Engineering (Water)
  • Civil Engineering (Infrastructure Systems)
  • Civil Engineering (Transport)

Australian universities deliver well-organised, industry-relevant programmes that are valued by employers. In fact, most of the programmes are embedded with a work experience option, which involves either undertaking a work placement or completing a suitable project at an external organisation or company.

Several of Australia’s 37 universities offer programmes in civil engineering.

Some of the universities where you could study are:

  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Monash University
  • University of Wollongong
  • Western Sydney University

Salary and Career Prospects

Civil engineering graduates find work at engineering companies like AECOM and AMEC and the government. Some of the roles graduates take up are Civil Engineer, Principal Civil Engineer, Site Civil Engineer and Civil Engineer (Land Development).

Salaries vary depending on qualifications, job role, location and experience. As a guide, civil engineers earn around an average of $72,000 a year (49 lakhs INR approx).

Why Study in Australia?

Australia has cemented its place as one of the best study destinations for international students. There are 37 universities in Australia; with 7 featuring in top 100 and 15 in top 250 in QS World Rankings 2019.

Tourism, financial services, education, mining and agriculture are the largest sectors in Australia. Prominent IT and technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, in addition to home-grown brands like Atlassian, Gridware, Aconex operate in Australia. Cities of Melbourne and Sydney have a thriving start-up and innovation landscape.

Australians enjoy year-round good weather, high salaries, access to spectacular beaches and a healthy work-life balance. The country is vast and beautiful and has something to offer for everybody, be that opera, music concerts, films, outdoor activities or beaches and surfing.

International graduates are typically offered post-study work visas of up to 3 years upon graduation.

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