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|Area||7,682,300 sq km|
|Religion||Anglican, Roman Catholic, Protestant|
Australia is rich in the arts. There are eight professional orchestras and a national opera company. Within Australia there are more than 1000 museums preserving and displaying Australia’s diverse cultural heritage.
Australian films are winning international acclaim and many Australian film directors, actors and technicians have been acclaimed in Hollywood at the highest level.
Australian authors have received international recognition particularly with the Booker Prize, won twice by Australians and with Patrick White winning the Nobel Prize for literature. Novelists, dramatists and poets are internationally accepted by their peers as having made a substantial contribution to world literature.
Australians traditionally have provided strong support for theatre, from regional amateur troupes to polished professional companies.
In music, Australia has developed a fertile environment that supports a great range of musical tastes ranging from the most avant-garde experimental to folk, from the youthful sounds of chart-busting pop to the unique music of the
Painting in Australia has a history that can not only be traced back over forty thousand years of Aboriginal culture but also is represented in the major museums and galleries of modern and avant-garde art, worldwide.
Australia growing up quickly as a popular study destination among the students around the world. Most of the students go to Australia to study in the vocational education and training system and at university level. The most popular fields of study are business and management, information technology, engineering, and tourism and hospitality. Students these days are increasingly studying in a wide range of disciplines at Australian institutions.
Australia is the safe, multicultural and internationally recognized environment for further education, innovative research intensive culture and international rapport has made Australia a leading provider of top quality education to international students from all over the world.
Australia is one of the leading destinations for students who are looking to study abroad, and every year the number of international students increases. Over 500,000 international students, including 85,000 Indian students, chose to study in Australia last year. There are many factors that contribute to the popularity of Australia as a study abroad destination, with the low cost of living and tuition fees and excellent lifestyle and weather being important contributors.