Study Abroad in Australia
Covering a total area of 2.97 million square miles, Mainland Australia is the world’s largest island covering a total area of 2.97 million square miles – but is the smallest continent. It is approximately the same size as the continental US. Australia is also the only continent that is governed as a single country.
Australia has one of the most urbanized and coast-dwelling populations in the world, with more than 80 percent of residents living within 60 miles of the coastline. Australia currently has a population of almost 23 million people. Australia is divided into six states and two territories.
Australian society is made up of people from a rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. This is a defining feature of modern Australian society. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have inhabited Australia for tens of thousands of years. Most Australians are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants who arrived during the past two hundred years from more than 200 countries. The most commonly spoken language in Australia is English and the most commonly practiced religion is Christianity, although, foreign languages and other religions are also common.
*Video courtesy of Tourism Australia