Murdoch University is helping more international students who want to study in Australia by broadening the scope of its International Discoverers Scholarship Scheme.
The scholarship scheme, launched last year, is designed to make studying at Murdoch University more affordable at a time when the strong Australian dollar could mean that families across the globe are considering alternatives to Australia for higher education.
The scheme already applies to a wide range of Murdoch University courses at undergraduate level and has this year been broadened to include many postgraduate level degrees for commencement in 2012.
Depending on the course selected, the International Discoverers Scholarship Scheme allows for a reduction in annual course fees from between AUD $500 and AUD $5,500.
Professor Gary Martin, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, said: “The high Australian dollar is not good news for the parents of students who have worked all their lives to ensure their son or daughter can come to Australia to study.
“The International Discoverers Scholarship Scheme is designed to help these families, who, through no fault of their own, are currently not in a position to realise the dream of having their son or daughter study in Australia.”
Part scholarships are also available to all students who apply for entry into an eligible undergraduate, postgraduate or study abroad program at Murdoch University for commencement in either semester one or two in 2012.
The scholarship will be applied to the annual published course fee for the duration of the degree. A full list of scholarship opportunities can be found at Murdoch University’s dedicated website.
“Murdoch University’s international onshore commencements increased around eight per cent in semester one in 2011 and we are anticipating an increase of 15 per cent as this intake comes to a close,” added Professor Martin.
“While the scholarship scheme is not the only reason for this growth, students have told us they are pleased our university is recognising the hardship their families are experiencing.”