Study in Australia
Australia has emerged as a popular destination for higher education because of its strong educational infrastructure, a high quality of life, and relatively lowers expenses. Australian degrees are gaining increased acceptance in the global arena. Australian campus boasts of state of the art facilities & a thriving life. It has lately emerged as a much publicized destination for Asian students as well.
Why Study In Australia?
Australia offers a stable economy with a good employment ratio for locals as well as immigrants. An Australian undergraduate degree takes three years, which is one year shorter than a US degree. Also for a majority of courses, there is no requirement of the entrance exams, except for a proof of English language ability. And these are the reasons why the number of Indian students opting for courses in Australian universities is witnessing a considerable rise.
Education System in Australia
Australian courses are recognized internationally. Education standards are high and the academic environment is stimulating. The Australian education system can be broadly classified into – primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Types of Degrees at Undergraduate & Graduate Level (expansion option)
- Doctoral Degree
- Master’s Degree
- Graduate Diploma / Graduate Certificate
- Bachelor’s Degree
- TAFE Certificate III & IV
- Undergraduate Diploma / Advanced Diploma / AQF Diploma
- Foundation Programmes
Living In Australia
Most universities and some vocational institutions offer a variety of accommodation on or near campus, such as apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. Residential colleges are slightly more expensive and provide accommodation with meals. Halls of residence are located on or near institution campuses. Students usually have meals and some cleaning services provided.
Types of Accommodation :
- On-Campus Accommodation
- Off-Campus Accommodation
- Short – Term Accommodation includes :
- Hostels and discounted rates on hotels.
- Temporary housing which may be offered through your institution while you get settled.
- Hostels and Guesthouses
Working in Australia
Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. If you have existing qualifications and/or professional work experience, you may be able to secure casual or part time work in your field. You will also need to get a tax file number to work in Australia. Part-Time job opportunities are available in supermarkets, departmental stores, Cafes, bars, hotels, sales & telemarketing, Administrative or clerical roles etc.
Most student visas allow you to work for up to 20 hours a week while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break, but before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work.
Paid or unpaid internships can be a great way to get exposure to the professional, financial and creative industries. Internships more or less can also be found as a part of you curriculum.
Application for Study in Australia
- A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling
- Some courses such as Computing and Engineering will require Mathematics and /or Science as pre-requisites
- IELTS score 6
- A good academic record in Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university is necessary
- Any work experience in the field will be helpful
- For MBA programs at some universities, students need to have work experience along with their Bachelor’s degree
- IELTS score 6.5
- Jan – Feb
- June – July
- September & November (in a few universities offering multiple intakes)
Documents required to apply for the Visa
- Application form can be downloaded from the website – www.immi.gov.au
- Visa Application fee
- Confirmation of Enrolment Form (COE) will be issued by the host university once the offer has been accepted and the fees paid.
- Offer Letter (from your host university which will include the proposed study plan & confirm your status as an International Student)
- `Overseas health insurance receipt (issued when OSHC has been paid).
- 2 passport sized photographs.
The Australia Visa Application Procedure
- Deciding on your preferred course and institution.
- Submitting your application to the institution.
- Receiving and accepting a Letter of Offer.
- Receiving your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (ECoE).
- Applying for your student visa.
Cost & Scholarships In Australia
Tuition Fees (expansion option)
*This is an indicative range of course costs for different types of qualifications:
School – AUD$7,800 to AUD$30,000
English language studies – AUD$300 per week (depending on Course length)
Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) – AUD$4,000 to AUD$22,000
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – AUD$15,000 to AUD$33,000
Postgraduate Masters Degree – AUD$20,000 to AUD$37,000
Doctoral Degree – AUD$14,000 to AUD$37,000
**Note: This does not include costlier courses such as veterinary and medical studies.
Please note that the actual cost will be dependent on your location, lifestyle and the course or institution you choose.
Scholarships (expansion option)
Scholarships are offered by the Australian government, education institutions and a number of other organizations. Although most international students in Australia are full-fee paying students, one could consider the option of applying for a scholarship. All the scholarships are merit-based and students need to demonstrate their eligibility when applying. It is advisable that international students should check the criteria before applying for scholarships.
The study abroad scholarships available to students can be broadly classified into: