why are australian engineering program so underrated. I just did a year in an Australian university for a study abroad program and found it much harder than what I was exposed to in Purdue. Some things I noted was the following: - no freshman engineering a lot of the second year ECE courses are taught from first year (EE201 and EE202 taught as a first semester course) - their math courses are combined with linear algebra, complex analysis and DEQ for the first year of mathematics - With less deadlines they concentrate on solving a variety of problems in their own time - the final is worth 75-80% of their final grade, a very traditional method which I'm not very fond of - but cramming becomes obsolete as its impossible to cram 14 weeks of material into a couple of days before the final - 3 hr labs ?!? heres a sample look at their program: My question is - why are Australian engineering programs so underrated? To be brutally honest I chose the college based on its location - near the city and 20 minutes to a beach, and that it was rated the top engineering college in the Country. Why isn't it ranked higher when compared to other colleges?