A country of 24.5 million people, Australia is much more than what it is famous for – clean environment, Kangaroos, and Koalas. Known to be one of the best places to live for international students and with an 11% rise of students compared to 2017, Australia had about 690,468 in 2018.
Australia is estimated to leave behind the UK to become the second most popular study abroad destination after the U.S. according to the University College of London’s Centre for Global Higher Education. Be it ranking among top universities in the world or making an impact to the society producing a high number of global achievers, Australia stands tall with its world renowned education system of 1,100 institutions and 22,000 courses.
According to QS Best Student Cities 2019, which ranks cities according to crucial factors such as Student review, University Rankings, Student Mix, Desirability, Employer Activity and Affordability, seven cities from Australia form a part of top 100 in the list.
As a way of life, the Australian outlook is to embrace the ‘new’ than to stick to the old expectations and habits. This is a big plus for any country. In 2018, China and India combined form 43% of overseas students in the country. Also known as a nation of immigrants, the majority of people in Australia are English speaking.
The education system in Australia is divided into three categories- primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary, secondary and senior secondary education make up a part of school education with a duration of 13 years which is equivalent to completing 12th grade. Higher education and vocational studies can be understood as university programs and skill development-focused diploma courses in India, respectively.
These are offered by:
Vocational education and training (VET) institutions.
Some key features of these higher education schools are mentioned in the table below.
|Type of institutions||Duration|
|Universities||43 universities in Australia |
Offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees
|Vocational Education and Training||Designed with the mutual efforts of the Australian government and industries Qualifications provided by both government (Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions) and private institutions Focussed on imparting practical skills Teaching staff are experienced industry professionals Not only classroom environment but industry exposure too May also provide credit towards some higher education courses. Has to be checked with the institution.|
While universities majorly offer Doctoral, Masters and Bachelor degrees, following table briefs about the programs offered by VETs in Australia. Entry to these courses require 10, 11 or 12 classes equivalent to Australian education and depends on the institution. Some courses may also require a work experience or portfolio and hence a student is requested to check with the institution directly.
|Programs offered by Colleges||Duration||Outcome|
|Certificate I||4-6 months||4-6 months|
|Certificate II||About an year||Advanced operator|
|Certificate III||About an year||Qualified tradesperson or technician|
|Certificate IV||12-18 months||Supervisor|
|Advanced Diploma||2-3 years||Junior manager|
Different universities in Australia have varying requirements depending on the program. Higher education qualifications in Australia are briefed in the table below.
|Level of Studies||Requirements||Duration|
|Associate degree||Year 12 Certificate III or IV||2 years|
|Bachelor degree||Year 12 Certificate III or IV||3 years|
|Bachelor Degree (Honours)||If you do well in your Bachelor's degree, you may be allowed one more year to graduate with a Hons degree.||4 years|
|Master's Degree (coursework)|| |
|Master's Degree (Research)||Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor (Hons.) degree||2 years|
|Doctoral Programs||Master’s degree||Typically 3-4 years|
|Graduate Certificate||Bachelor’s degree||6 months|
|Graduate Diploma||Bachelor’s degree||1 year|
If you are worried whether or not your country’s degree would be considered by Australian institutions, stay assured as the Australian Government organisation National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) works closely with educational bodies to recognize overseas qualifications.
If you are from a non-English speaking country, you need to give either IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or CAE. IELTS and TOEFL are the most popular ones. This is not just required for University admissions but also Visa requirements. Although minimum scores vary considerably, here is a rough look at the general requirement.
|IELTS||At least 7 for each of the 4 test components|
|TOEFL||At least 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking|
|PTE Academic||At least 65 for each of the 4 test components|
|CAE||At least 185 in each of the 4 test components|
|OET||At least B for each of the 4 test components|
It is important for you to know about the cost of studying in any country before choosing it. There are various factors that determine the cost of studying in Australia including level of study (graduate or postgraduate) and location of the institution. Other than education costs, living expenses and accommodation, there may be additional costs of course materials and for availing institutions facilities.
Cost of education in Australia
Provided below is a brief of the range of fees for different programs. You are requested to get the exact information about your course and institution from its official website. Figures in the tables below are in Australian dollars.
Note: These figures do not include high fee courses such as veterinary science or medical degree.
|Type of Degree||Cost per year|
|Undergraduate degree||$20,000 and $45,000. (Rs. 971000 /- to Rs.2100000 /-)|
|Post- graduate degree||$22,000 and $50,000.(Rs. 10,00,000 /- to Rs. 24,00,000 /-)|
|MBA||Approximately 22.4L for 18 months|
|Doctoral degree||$18,000 and $42,000 (Rs. 8,75,000 to Rs. 20,00,000 /-)|
|Vocational Educational Training||$4,000 and $22,000 depending on the level at which you will be studying (Rs. 190000 to Rs. 10,68,000)|
Cost of accommodation in Australia Average cost of living in Australia for one month is approximately AUD1300 (Rs.63000/-) which includes rentals (on- campus accommodation), transportation, basic amenities and entertainment. The figures in the table below have been taken from the official website of Australian government. The numbers in Rupees are rounded off to the nearest approximating figures.
|Type of accommodation||Cost per week|
|Hostels and Guesthouses||$90 to $150 per week (Rs. 4000/- to Rs. 7000. /-)|
|Shared Rental||$95 to $215 per week (Rs. 4500. /- to Rs. 10000 /-)|
|On campus||$110 to $280 per week (Rs. 5000/- to Rs. 13000/-)|
|Homestay||$235 to $325 per week (Rs11000. to Rs.15000 /-)|
|Rental||$185 to $440 per week (Rs.9000 to Rs.20,000)|
Other living expenses including groceries, gas, electricity, internet, public transport, and entertainment may cost a sum of $275 to $540 per week. Living in Australia is not by any means cheap. The minimum cost of living is at least 19000 AUD per year. If you live in bigger cities, you may need a little more.
Once you have a nod from the university, you need to proceed towards your visa application. Australian student visa applications take four to six weeks to process, hence it is important to think beforehand and apply accordingly.
1. Have a valid passport
2. Decide which visa to apply for.
3. If you go for studying full time you will most likely go for Subclass 500
4. Create an account
5. Upload the documents
6. Give other details such as passport, email, address etc.
7. Pay your visa fees
8. Give an interview at the Visa office
9. Provide character certificate and biometric information
10. Get health check-ups done by panel doctors
Non-English documents must be translated into English. If you are in Australia, your translator must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.
Mentioned below we give you a list of required documents to look at quickly.
Given below is a set of universities, third parties and government institutions that offer scholarship opportunities to international students wanting to pursue their studies abroad.
List of scholarships for Study Abroad for Fall/Spring 2020.
Like any other country, Australia also permits international students to work while pursuing a full-time governmentally recognized course. However, there are some rules and regulations to be followed.
The application and enrolment process varies for every institute in Australia, so it would be better to contact each institute to know more about specific application requirements. You can get a better idea about the education system and application process in Australia in our country guides https://yocket.in/study-in-australia
The educational requirements vary from institute to institute. It is therefore advisable to inquire with institutes directly to learn about their specific requirements.
Tuition fees vary depending on the course and institute in which you are pursuing that course. Check out our article on https://yocket.in/blog/masters-in-australia-1549 (Masters in Australia) to have a better understanding.
If your course is less than 3 months, you can study on a tourist visa in Australia.
You can stay in Australia for 18 months to four years after graduating depending on what kind of qualification you have. First you will need a Graduate Skilled Temporary (subclass 485) visa.
There is no automatic right associated with your student visa to stay and work for a period of time in Australia after you complete your degree. If you want to stay and work after you graduate, you must apply and obtain a work visa.
In Australia, students who have completed their studies in Australia can apply for a Post Study Work Permit or a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). This visa has replaced the earlier Skilled Graduate Visa (subclass 485) and came into effect from March 2013
The most common pathway for students is to get a Post study work visa after completion of studies and then they can apply for General Skilled Migration to achieve Permanent Residency (PR).
Each subject requires you to earn roughly 6 to 8 credits. These represent the number of hours you are expected to study for that subject in a week. In case, you have any prior work experience, published work or study experience, your number of credits requirement for the entire program may be reduced. It is advised to discuss this with the admission team or a course specialist in a university of your choice.
Australia is famous for its welcoming culture and accepts diversity. 6 Australia universities come in the top 100 rankings published by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. Cities in Australia have low crime rates and is considered safe for international students.
It can range from 1-2 years.
According to QS World Rankings, top 5 universities in Australia are The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney and The University of South Wales.
Intakes in Australia are called Semester 1 and Semester 2.
It is around October- November.
In Australia, Vocational Education and Training is called VET. Its qualifications are specified by government institutions called Technical and Further Education (TAFE). However, some private institutions provide these qualifications, too.
It is around AUD 620 (approximately INR 30,000).
These include Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Agricultural sciences, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering
The student visa is called Subclass 500 if you pursue full time course in Australia.
GTE requirement is a proof that a student needs to give to ensure the Australian government that he/she is coming temporarily to Australia for studies. A student needs to write a personal statement giving information about previous study, gaps in studies, if any, current employment, evidence of financial, family or social ties, economic situation in home country, immigration history. There can be more requirements.
There are two types of Masters Course including Masters (coursework) and Maters (research).
As a student while studying you can work up to 40 hours every two weeks.
Visit the link to know the visa application center in your region.
Average cost of health insurance for an individual is $750 per year.
During holiday breaks, you can work for unlimited hours.
It may cost around 1300-1500 AUD per month. This varies with the type of rental- on campus. Off campus, entertainment cost, basic amenities and transportation.
Endeavour Leadership Program, Australia Awards and Australian Government Research and Training Program (AGRTP)
It is around 3-4 years. However, it depends on the supervisor and a student’s performance.
Under temporary graduate visa subclass 485, you can stay up to 4 years depending on your visa. This time period also depends on your work stream and may vary from 18 months up to 4 years.
There is a list of doctors on a panel suggested by Australian government from which you can get your medical examination done.
The leading colleges or the Go8 Universities accept at most 3 backlogs. If you have 8 or more backlogs, chances of being selected are higher in the non-private colleges of Australia.
It is around April-May.
Yes, the 10+2+3 system is accepted by Australian universities for masters programs.
All students with subclass 500 visas are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight and full-time during vacations. Doctorate students can work full-time throughout the year.
Yes, degrees from Australian institutions are accepted worldwide and known for their quality of education.
Qualification depends on the program you enrol for. You should pass English proficiency test and arrange all required documents to get an admit.
IELTS is the most accepted English language test for Australian student Visa. Other tests include TOEFL iBt, PTE Academic, OET and CAE Advanced.
For a three year bachelor's degree, you may require 144 credits. For a postgraduate degree, it is around 96 credits per academic credit system in Australia.
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