Study opportunities in Oceania
So if you're dreaming of studying in paradise, you're in
the right place in Oceania. Countries like Australia and New Zealand in
particular have an excellent education system in addition to
wonderful landscapes. International rankings show that the universities in
Australia and New Zealand are at the top of the world. Based on
for this include:
- Excellent research
- Practical study programs
- Good study conditions: The universities are generally well equipped, the
course sizes are manageable and service is very important.
The study system corresponds to the British model with its
division into an undergraduate and a postgraduate study
section. The universities award Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees. Courses are
offered from all subject areas, including subjects typical of the country such
as Marine and Tropical Biology or Māori Studies.
Requirements for application in Oceania
In contrast to other English-speaking countries, applying for a degree in Down
Under is relatively easy. The universities generally only require a (technical)
high school diploma and sufficient knowledge of English.
Use new opportunities - TAFE institutes and transfer Bachelor
Particularly interesting for prospective students without a high
school diploma : Students without a high school diploma can also obtain
a degree at the Australian TAFE institutes, which are responsible for vocational
training. With this, they can be classified into the second year of a regular
The Transfer Bachelor is an interesting option for all those
who are already studying. This makes it possible to continue a bachelor's degree
that has already started in New Zealand or Australia and to acquire a bachelor's
degree there. The prerequisite is that at least half of the study time is
completed in Oceania.
Funding options for studying in Oceania
The diverse financing options also make studying in Oceania interesting. For
example, students who only want to spend one or two semesters down under can
be supported by the Auslands-BAföG. There are also organizations and foundations
that award scholarships for studying abroad, such as the DAAD or talented
The Australian and New Zealand universities are particularly keen on students
in the postgraduate field : the Australian
government supports master students with outstanding achievements as part of
the Endeavor Scholarships. For a PhD degree in New Zealand, German
students only have to pay the same tuition fees as their local fellow students.
If you are not entitled to a BAföG abroad and do not receive a scholarship,
you still have the opportunity to finance your study abroad in Oceania with
an education or student loan. In addition to the KfW student loan or the student
loan from the Sparkasse, there are now numerous organizations that support
students financially through various educational funds.
Various historical theories exist about Polynesia's first residents. Some
believe that they are from Latin America, others that they are from Indonesia,
but the question remains unresolved.
In 1840, the islands were occupied by France and, despite opposition from the
indigenous population, in 1880 they were made French colony under the term
"French possessions in Oceania". In 1958, they were declared French overseas
Apart from some concessions at local political level, France continues to
dominate the islands. The colonial powers have used a hard hand in dealing with
population and islands because of their strategic location, and especially
because France has conducted nuclear test blasts on the Mururoa Atoll since
1966. In 1975, the blasts extended to the Fangataufa Atoll despite the
resistance of the population and protests from other countries in the region.
The relentless stance of the colonial power has led to ever stronger
opposition from independence groups that have brought the matter before the UN
decolonization committee, without, however, having had any major impact until
The test blasts in the area have destroyed the traditional economy of Tahiti.
It is now largely dependent on the French military budget. Just a generation
ago, the islands were predominantly self-sufficient. By the late 1980's, 80% of
the food had to be imported.
The environment and population health have deteriorated in recent decades,
and there has been a drastic increase in the number of cancer cases: brain
cancer, leukemia and thyroid cancer. Therefore, in recent years, the French
government has completely stopped publishing health statistics from the islands.
In 1985, French intelligence Greenpeace spun the Rainbow Warrior ship into
the air in New Zealand. The ship was on its way to Mururoa to protest the French
nuclear test. In 1992, French President François Mitterrand decided to
temporarily suspend trial, and Paris began negotiations with Papetee to devise
an economic plan to secure the region's development following the closure of the
Mururoa and Fangataufa military bases.
The "Progress Pact" between Paris and French Polynesia is based on the same
principles as the IMF structural rationalization programs. Ie liberalization of
the economy, privatization and balance of public budgets. Paris promised
significant financial support in the period 1994-98 to ensure the plan's
success. Yet the Independence Party Tavini Huiraatira ("serving the people" in
Polynesian) - led by Oscar Temaru and holding 15% of the vote - wants to
implement nationalizations and increase free service.
In January 1996, French President Jacques Chirac announced that the trial
blasts would be definitively suspended following a new series of controversial
blasts. After the first of these blasts, there were demonstrations and clashes
with the French police in Tahiti. Two years after the nuclear test, tourism had
increased by 35%.
In May 1997, the conservative Tahoeraa Huiraatira-RPR won the elections to
the Local Assembly, followed by the independence tendencies. In February 98, it
was found that tourism from Japan and Italy in particular had increased by 35%
in 1997. This development was thought to be linked to the declaration that
nuclear tests would cease.
A French court acquitted the President of Polynesia and a member of the
French Senate, Gaston Flosse, guilty of corruption. In November 1999, Flosse
received a conditional sentence of 2 years in prison for receiving tens of
thousands of dollars, in exchange for looking through fingers with the
establishment of illegal casinos in Tahiti. However, Flosse refused to resign
and declared his readiness to appeal the verdict.