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Australia

Why study in Australia

Australia is a safe, affordable study destination with highly regarded education institutions. For more than 45 years, while overseas study is expensive, Australia is more affordable than most other destinations and offers a high standard of quality education, excellent living condition and a tolerant multicultural society. Australia’s Higher Education Institutions rank among the world’s best and the quality of education they offer is correspondingly high. Higher education in Australia provides value for money by offering shorter and more intensive courses, they quickly incorporate latest innovations in science & technology, modern trends in marketing & management in their diploma/degree programs, hence Australian education is more practical and responsive to the needs of Trade & Industry.
Australia is known for some of the most reputable colleges and universities of the world. These colleges have attractive campuses and offer career oriented degree courses that prepare future leaders of Global standards. Advanced diploma courses in Australia are worth special mention in this regard. Appreciated globally for their academic excellence and research achievements, these institutions have been featured time and again in the list of top 100 universities of the world offering graduate diploma courses in Australia.
In Australia every course offered in a university has CRICOS Code which is given by Australian Government reflecting that the education system is fully controlled by the Government in Australia. There is no formal ranking of universities. Thus students from all around the world have long made Australia their education destination.

Living in Australia

Map and Climate
For international students from Europe and North America, the climate in Australia may take some getting used to, as the Australian seasons are opposite to those in Europe and North America. The climate in Australia varies widely depending on the area, as Australia consists of a variety of environments: from beaches to deserts to grazing lands to coral reefs.

People and Culture
Australia is an extremely culturally diverse country. It is varied in its religion, language, history, and art. International students who study in Australia will find themselves studying in a fascinating and diverse environment.

Accommodation
One of the first things international students will have to determine when preparing to study in
Australia is where to live. The majority of Australian students live off-campus, through home stay programs, hostels, or rental properties. However, some Australian universities provide their students with housing options, which allow international students to socialize with Australian students during their studies.

Getting Around
Australia is an extremely large country, making transportation very important. The public transportation system is very efficient, and international students should always be able to get to where they need to go, whether by bus, train, bike, or plane.

Money Matters
Tuition in Australia is generally less expensive than tuition in the United States or United Kingdom, but it is still important for international students to budget and be careful with their finances.

Entry requirement

Students must meet minimum academic requirements and need a sufficient level of English language proficiency which can be IELTS, TOEFL or CAE for entry to Australian education and training institutions. English language test like International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Language Test (PTE), and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) are acceptable in Australia. Institutions will assess whether you meet the selection criteria set for your proposed course of study.
Financial sponsorship with genuine sources of income is a vital entry requirement to get the admission. For undergraduate students most of the universities set high level of academic performance in order to get admission. Normally Universities do not entertain gap in order to join the undergraduate degrees. For postgraduate students, letters of recommendation and sample of writing may be required. If you are a research student, you should discuss your research interest with your nominated supervisor prior to the lodgment of your application.

Visa requirements

The student visa you need depends on your chosen course of study. As a guide, the typical key requirements you will need to meet are:

  • Issued an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate.
  • Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.
  • Sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs.
  • English language proficiency.
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Education costs in Australia

The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose. As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. There may be additional costs for your course, including course materials and access to institution facilities. The list below gives you an indication of the range of course costs for different types of qualifications.
School – $7,800 to $30,000
English language studies – Around $300 per week depending on course length
Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) -$4,000 to $22,000
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – $15,000 to $33,000*
Postgraduate Masters Degree – $20,000 to $37,000*
Doctoral Degree – $14,000 to $37,000

After graduation

After your graduation, you have several options available to you whether you stay in Australia or head home. You may be able to continue your studies in Australia to pursue a higher level qualification or another field of study, you may be eligible to undertake post study work to put your newly gained knowledge to use and gain work experience in Australia, or you may choose to go home to undertake further study or work there.
If you decide you want to undertake further study or work in Australia you will need to check whether your visa allows this or whether you need to apply for a new visa.