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Study Psychology in Australia
When it comes to studying internationally, college students have the opportunity to study almost anywhere in the world. Prospective students should look not only for the experience that comes with living in an entirely new country, but focus on the quality of the program in the field of their choice.
One of the most sought after locations for both short term and full college length is Australia. The land "down under" offers many different programs of study held in high regard around the world. One such program is psychology, a popular path of study for many undergraduate students. Psychology is the study of understanding human behavior and factors that contribute to the well being of individuals and groups. One of the first things to look at when choosing a program is whether the program is approved and accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA); only students who complete a program approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council are able to work as a practicing psychologist.
Top rated Universities
With over forty different universities located in Australia, there are many different psychology programs offered for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Some of the top psychology programs are offered at the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne, which were all ranked within the top twenty programs for psychology in the world in both 2014 and 2015 (the 2016 ranking list has not been released yet).
How to select a program
As previously stated, the first step in choosing a program is to check if the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and also the Psychology Board of Australia approve the program. As with most universities, students looking to study in the psychology programs must complete an application to be accepted into the university. To meet qualifications for general entry, prospective students must have a completed Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent qualification documentation (proof of previous education completion); attend and pass interviews and meet prerequisite grades and test scores; meet an English language requirement (testing is possible for proof). Prospective students must also must meet the minimum required scores for the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), which are typically listed on each university's website; for international students, standardized tests for college acceptance can replace the ATAR scores. Cost of tuition for studying psychology can vary based on the university and location in Australia; the range can be anywhere from $39,000 to almost $60,00 each year and not always inclusive of residence fees or housing provisions.
Min. requirements to become psychologist
To reach the point of practicing psychologist, students must complete a minimum of a combined six years of education and training to show experience and preparedness in their field of study. The six years of education and experience are combined of different periods of study. To begin, students must complete a three-year program in psychology; this three-year program provides the student with a bachelor degree. Following the three years of undergraduate study, students then pursue a fourth year in either a specialty course of psychology or a post-graduate program for higher educational levels. Once the education portion has been completed, students then complete one to two years of an internship to gain experience in the field of psychology. Once the total six years have been completed, students may continue on to search for a career as a practicing psychologist in their focus or subject.