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Study in Australia


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.

Education System

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
Diploma 18-24 months Para-professional
Advanced Diploma 2-3 years Junior manager

Top Courses

Popular courses in Australia:

  • Accountancy
  • Actuarial Science
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Computer Science/IT
Public Health
Course Duration - 24 Months
Biological Sciences
Course Duration - 24 Months
Environmental Science
Course Duration - 24 Months
Course Duration - 24 Months
Course Duration - 24 Months
Course Duration - 24 Months

Admission Process

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)

Bachelor’s degree

1-2 years
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.

Tests Required scores
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

Cost of Attendance

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.


Best student cities

Popular cities in Australia for education:

  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Canberra
  • Adelaide
  • Perth
  • Gold Coast
  • Wollongong
  • Newcastle
  • Bathurst


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.

  • Proof of travel cost, 1 year funds for living expenses and tuition fees
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport Identity Page
  • National Identity Card
  • A CV
  • All Pages of Household Registration Book
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)
  • Health Assessment Portal ID
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • English language test scorecards
  • GTE (Genuine Entrant Statement)

Top Scholarships

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.

  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
  • GyanDhan Scholarship
  • ANU CBE International Undergraduate Scholarship
  • ANU College of Business & Economics Terrell Scholarship
  • Future of Change Scholarship
  • Arts & Social Sciences UG International High Achievers Award
  • Science International Scholarship
  • India Global Leaders Scholarship
  • EAIT International Award
  • Global Academic Excellence Scholarships
  • Global Leaders Scholarships
  • Global Citizens Scholarships
  • Monash International Merit Scholarship
  • Monash University Jubilee Honours Scholarship
  • Monash International Leadership Scholarship
  • Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarship
  • UWA Undergraduate Scholarships (India)
  • UWA International Achievement Scholarship India
  • ANU CBE International Undergraduate Scholarship
  • ANU College of Business & Economics Terrell Scholarship
  • Future of Change Scholarship
  • Arts & Social Sciences UG International High Achievers Award
  • India Global Leaders Scholarship
  • Science International Scholarship
  • EAIT International Award
  • Global Academic Excellence Scholarships
  • Global Leaders Scholarships
  • Global Citizens Scholarships

Work Opportunities

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.

  • You are permitted to work 20 hours a week during college/class days.
  • During holidays or vacations, when the classes are officially off, you can work upto 40 hours a week.
  • You are permitted to enter Australia 90 days before your course begins. However, you are permitted to start working only after your course begins.
  • If a family member or spouse is accompanying you, they can work upto 20 hours a week after the beginning of your course. Not more than 20 hours at any time.
  • Apply for an Australian student visa only after you have received an official acceptance letter (duh).
  • You have to fulfill the requirements of the program you’re registered in consistently.
  • You must maintain regular attendance, as required by the program.
  • You are required to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).


1. What is the enrollment process for universities in Australia?

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

2. What are the minimum qualifications and requirements to 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.

3. What is the cost of studying in Australia?

Tuition fees vary depending on the course and institute in which you are pursuing that course. Check out our article on (Masters in Australia) to have a better understanding.

4. In what cases can I study without a student visa in Australia?

If your course is less than 3 months, you can study on a tourist visa in Australia.

5. How long can I stay in Australia after my masters?

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.

6. Can I convert my student visa to a work visa in Australia?

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.

7. How can I get a work permit after study in Australia?

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

8. Is it easy to get PR in Australia after Masters?

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).

9. What is the credit system in Australia?

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.

10. Give 3 reasons for studying in Australia?

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.

11. What is the duration of Masters in Australia?

It can range from 1-2 years.

12. What are the top 5 universities in Australia?

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.

13. What are the two intakes in Australia called?

Intakes in Australia are called Semester 1 and Semester 2.

14. What is the deadline for February intake?<

It is around October- November.

15. What is VET and TAFE?

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.

16. What are the student visa fees?

It is around AUD 620 (approximately INR 30,000).

17. What are the top 5 courses to study in Australia?

These include Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Agricultural sciences, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering

18. What type of visa do you apply for a student visa?

The student visa is called Subclass 500 if you pursue full time course in Australia.

19. What is the GTE process 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.

20. What are the different types of Masters in Australia?

There are two types of Masters Course including Masters (coursework) and Maters (research).

21. How many hours can you work part time during classes?

As a student while studying you can work up to 40 hours every two weeks.

22. What is the tuition cost for Masters in Australia?
It broadly lies between 20,000 to 40,000 AUD for international students.

23. How do you book the visa appointment?

Visit the link to know the visa application center in your region.

24. What is the cost of health insurance?

Average cost of health insurance for an individual is $750 per year.

25. How many hours can you work during vacation in Australia?

During holiday breaks, you can work for unlimited hours.

26. What is the SOL list?
It is a Skilled Occupation list that contains all the types of visas for those who can work or train in an eligible skilled occupation in Australia.

27. What is the living cost for MS in Australia?

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.

28. Name 3 scholarships for MS in Australia.

Endeavour Leadership Program, Australia Awards and Australian Government Research and Training Program (AGRTP)

29. What is the duration of PHD in Australia?

It is around 3-4 years. However, it depends on the supervisor and a student’s performance.

30. What is the stay back duration in Australia after completing the MS?

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.

31. How do I get the medical examination done for an AUS visa?

There is a list of doctors on a panel suggested by Australian government from which you can get your medical examination done.

32. How many backlogs are allowed in Australia?

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.

33. What are the deadlines for the August intake In Australia?

It is around April-May.

34. Do Australian institutions accept 10+2+3 education system of India?

Yes, the 10+2+3 system is accepted by Australian universities for masters programs.

35. Can students work during studies in Australia?

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.

36. Are Australian qualifications recognized worldwide?

Yes, degrees from Australian institutions are accepted worldwide and known for their quality of education.

37. What are the minimum qualifications and requirements to study in Australia?

Qualification depends on the program you enrol for. You should pass English proficiency test and arrange all required documents to get an admit.

38. What English language tests are accepted for Australian student Visa?

IELTS is the most accepted English language test for Australian student Visa. Other tests include TOEFL iBt, PTE Academic, OET and CAE Advanced.

39. How many credits do I need in my program in Australia?

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.