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Masters abroad: preps and steps

Masters in Australia

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Ever wondered what it is like to study in Australia? Does your mind whisper a “You know nothing!” everytime you ask yourself “What do I know about studies in Australia?”

Don’t worry, I am here to answer this as well as your other Wh-questions about masters in Australia! This article will answer all of your “What?, When?, Why?, Who? And How?” regarding masters in Australia.

Why Study in Australia?

Australia is a hotspot destination for masters’ abroad. Australia is the host country of several top-ranked universities and known as one of the best student countries worldwide. The people of Australia are known for being friendly and welcoming, allowing you to feel the typical laid-back atmosphere from anywhere in the country. You can find the highly cosmopolitan environment and global influence throughout all the major cities in Australia.

If your decision of pursuing postgraduate is inspired by your love of travelling and spirit of adventures, then Australia is your soulmate destination.

If you are wondering “Why Australia?”, the following is your answer!

Following are the reasons why you should choose to pursue your masters’ abroad:

  • After the U.K. and the U.S, Australia is the 3rd most popular study destination in the world for international students.
  • Many international students choose Australia as their masters destination because of the diverse cultures, friendly natives and high quality of educational experiences.
  • Australian degrees are recognized all over the world.
  • The international reputation of Australian education system proves to be very fruitful for the graduate as the Australian degrees are sought after worldwide.
  • Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of courses and degrees, so international students can easily find the school and field that are right for them.
  • Students can choose between universities, vocational education, and English language training.
  • Students who study in Australia can take advantage of the country’s impressive technology and research resources.
  • Australia is the hotshot destination for international students because of its friendly, laid-back nature, excellent education system, and high standard of living.  

Intrigued?

This is just the tip of the iceberg! You must be wondering if you can study in Australia as well. Following Wh-question answers your dilemma!

Who can Study in Australia?

Australian universities are widely respected around the world, and attract students in many academic disciplines. Australia remains an especially popular choice for those studying natural sciences such as biology, zoology and chemistry, as well as mathematics, engineering, the social sciences and medical fields.

Just like there are eligibility criteria for admissions all over the world, Australia has its own checklist for admission process.

Eligibility for studying in Australian universities:

  • Majority of Australian universities accept the 3 year undergraduate of an international student as it is equivalent to the Australian Bachelor Degree which means you are eligible if you have a Bachelor’s Degree like BA, B.Com, BMS, BBA etc.
  • Some universities may have the requirement of 16 years of education which means you require a qualification of 4 years degree of graduation like B.Tech, B.E, CS etc.
  • Some universities ask for work experience along with the academic qualifications so to eligible for those universities you must have a work experience of 2-3 years in the relevant field.

Planning ahead of time for your masters’ is the smart choice students make these days. The process of studying abroad takes a good amount of time so you need to make sure you are eligible and start to plan your post-graduation.

Now that you are eligible and curious to know more about masters abroad, the question arises about what you can study in Australia. There are numerous options and programs available for ranging from 1-year masters to 2 years masters.

What can I study in Australia?

Australia provides a large ocean of programs and possibilities for international students. There are various post-graduate degrees are offered that also provide specialised major for students looking to master one specific field. There are degrees available for all fields of education and is suitable and flexible for international students.

Master degrees ranges from Administration studies till Tourism and Hospitality.

Some of the popular programs offered in Australia are:

  • Master in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Business Analytics
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master in Business Administration
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Information Systems
  • Master of Business Administration (Maritime and Logistics)
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Finance (specialisation)
  • Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Master of Marketing Management
  • Master of Legal Administration
  • Master of Finance and Banking
  • Master of Business (Operations Management)
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Business (Finance)

You can opt for any of the above or many more that are offered in the university websites. These courses are designed specifically to enhance your skills and channelise it in the right direction. Your communication skills and problem solving tricks will surely develop in these courses as they are created with the sole purpose of identifying your abilities and making them into much more than it was.

So, you are done browsing the courses and now you must want to know where you can study your suitable course and become the next entrepreneur!

Where can I study in Australia?

Students are provided with leisure time and the opportunities to explore deeper in their college-hood life in around 30 cities of Australia. It is the perfect spot for outdoor activities -  surfing, snorkelling, hiking, or biking. If you’re interested in discovering Australia’s heritage and culture, you have plenty of museums and art centres you can visit. Australia is home to over 41 universities, most of which are public institutions. Many Australian branches of Many Australian universities also have satellite campuses located overseas.

Major cities in Australia are Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Tasmania, Swinburne etc.

These cities provide students with scope of best opportunities of educational channels as well as the chance to let loose out of the hectic student life and explore the beauty and diverse culture of Australia.

These cities hosts the major universities in Australia and have a diverse background of academy as well as student life.

Some of the popular universities in Australia are:

These universities are the pioneer of healthy student life as well as excellent academic life. The degrees achieved from these universities are recognized world-wide and gives you the edge in corporate life as it's academic courses mold you into a perfect handler and survivor in corporate situations.

Now that you know which university you wish to study in, the question comes of application process. You need to apply and make your resume stand out in the crowd.

How to apply?

There are two methods of application:

  1. You can apply online, directly for the university study programme, by downloading the application form and submitting all required documents.
  2. You can also apply through websites dedicated to higher education studies in Australia. Each programme has an application section where you can find all the requirements for applying.

You also require to appear for TOEFL or IELTS as it as a mandatory requirement of Australian colleges. If you’re attending a degree programme in Australia, you will sometimes need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures.

You will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following levels of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

  • TOEFL Internet: Test score of 79. Section score no less than:

    • Listening: 19

    • Speaking: 19

    • Reading: 18

    • Writing: 22

Applications and deadlines:

  • Applications are accepted for a specific amount of time and every college has it's deadlines which you should be well aware of or you might miss it.
  • Application time usually range are:

Late October - mid-November: application period for the first semester;
Mid-April - mid-May: application period for the second semester.

Now that you are well aware about the application process and you know the deadlines, the next obvious question should be, “What will it cost?”

It is the natural question to arise in a student’s mind and we have the answer here for you.

What will study in Australia cost?

Australia has around 40 public universities, two international and one private university, providing any type of study degree you can imagine, from business and engineering to history and arts. Tuition fees range depending on the discipline you choose to study, degree level and university. The average tuition fee for international undergraduate students in 2017 was AU$29,235 (~US$23,400)

Most Australian universities provide detailed breakdowns of the cost of living in Australia on their websites, including student accommodation and sometimes even local area prices and advice.

There are various affordable courses offered by universities as well.

Check out the universities and it's fees on Yocket.

Student accommodation also is listed under expenses. Students would need between 1,200 and 2,200 AUD/month to cover all their living expenses, including accommodation, food and social activities. Most universities only provide a small number of student dormitories for on-campus-accommodation in Australia. The majority of international students find housing in a homestay with a local family, a rental property or a guest house.

The cost of accommodation depends on the area and city you choose to live in but it generally ranges around 500 AUD/month.

Books, supplies, and other learning materials might cost from 500 to 1,000 AUD/year.

Does it sound a bit too much? Don’t worry because there are several scholarships and educational loans available for your dreams!

How can I fund it?

There are educational loans available for abroad studies as well as scholarships that will make your master abroad a plausible journey.

To gain assistance about educational loans, sign up for Yocket Loan Assistance program

There are several scholarships in Australia available as well,

  • Australia Awards- Scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government that cover full tuition fees, travel expenses and part of the monthly living costs among others is one of the best scholarship available for students.
  • APEC Women in Research Fellowship Program- Financial support dedicated to female researchers from developing APEC economies who plan to pursue a research programme in partnership with Australian universities and research institutions.
  • Endeavour Postgraduate awards- Offers financial support to international students who enrol in a Master’s or PhD degree. The scholarships include tuition fees, travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend as well as health and travel insurance.

There are internships and part-time jobs available for international students. As the Visa guidelines go, a student, ideally, should opt for a part time of 20 hours a week.

Now that you are all done with mugging up the information, you need to know about Visa guidelines as well!

What is the process of student visa for Australia?

As an Indian student, you'll need the Student visa (subclass 500) to study in Australia. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are all set to begin their study abroad adventure in Australia.

  • To apply for the Australian Student visa (subclass 500), you will also have to pay a fee of 550 AUD.
  • You will need a good amount of time to gather together the relevant documents so keep a margin of 3 months for visa procedure after your applications are done.
  • You will need to appear for a medical test before your visa.
  • You will need the relevant documents like your test scores, your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
  • Schedule your appointment with the consulate and be prepared to answer his questions in a professional manner. Being nervous is alright, but don’t let it rule your senses.

You will need to be confident and prepared for your visa applications. If you are biting your nails about this, there are others going through the same feeling so read all about their experiences on Yocket.

There are many benefits of pursuing masters in Australia. Yes, it might seem a bit expensive but nothing good ever came easy and free. All you need to do is take a leap of faith and jump for an adventure full of fun and educational. Have some “koalaty” time in Australia!

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