About Australia

Australia which is the third most popular country for international education is also an incredibly beautiful country with long beaches and untouched wilderness. It is a 7.7 million square kilometre island continent located between the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. Canberra is the capital and it is one of the oldest and driest continent. The Australian sun is strong and the climate varies between tropical to temperate though large central portion is semi-arid or desert.

Though Australia was used as a penal colony since British colonised it from the 17th century, the migrations to Australia continued even after the use of Australia as a penal colony stopped in 1868. An old continent that is archaeologists delight, the aboriginals settled and made Australia their home 60000 years which explains the varied dialects, languages and cultures.

With most of the population settled around its major cities thus making it highly urban population. It is a part of British Commonwealth with English as its official language and Christianity as the majorly followed religion. A safe, secure and harmonious country, the Australian culture is a mix of various cultures that the immigrants are a part of apart from the indigenous variety it has to offer. Australia boasts of equality, freedom, liberty and a spirit of egalitarianism for its people.

Australia has a stable economy and is a part of the G20 nations. It is among the 15 advanced economies of the world with service industry, agriculture and mining contributing majorly to its economy. The parliamentary democracy in Australia is divided in three levels federal, state and local. It has six states and two territories. With good living conditions it offers a good standard of living to its people.

Why Study in Australia

Australia is one of the top most popular destinations for international education as it is known for its excellent education, beautiful nature, adventure and opportunities. The top reasons to study in Australia are

Globally Recognised degrees: In the top 100 Universities of the world, Australia boasts of eight Universities. The degrees and education from Australia Universities is highly regarded worldwide for its excellent standards which are maintained by the Australian Government.

Standard of Living: Australia is one of the safe and secure countries that offers the student a harmonious environment to study, travel and stay. The Student Support and health services are at par with international standards which makes it a good study abroad destination.

Affordable: Though the Australian Education boasts of highest standards, the living and tuition expenses are lesser than its UK and US counterparts. Thus you get more for less.

Work Opportunities: Apart from the various scholarship opportunities, the international students can work for 20 hours a week thus gaining valuable experience while earning their cost of living comfortably.

Varied Advanced Courses: The Students have the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of degrees and courses offered by more than 1000 Universities in Australia. From Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Science, Performing Arts to Business all the major fields as well as minor streams of education are catered to by the various educational institutes in Australia. Thus the students have the choice to select from more than 20000 courses.

Advanced Technology: The use of advanced approach towards learning and research enables the students and the professors to cherish the experience of learning thus making remarkable innovations in the various fields. The advanced infrastructure and research resources further enhances the learning experience offering high standards of quality.

Warm and Welcoming: A friendly country with cultural and linguistic diversity, you will meet people from varied ethnicities and nationalities that have made Australia their home. The people here are warm and welcoming to the international students who can travel and enjoy their life in Australia while they are studying.

Beautiful Country: Australia is known for its natural beauty and adventure sports. The laid back nature and welcoming people allow you to explore the country while studying and living.

EDUCATION SYSTEM

The tertiary education in Australia includes vocational education and training (VET) sector and higher education. To ensure high and uniform standards of qualification, Australia has the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) a unified system of national qualifications of schools, vocational training and education, regulates post-compulsory education and the higher education sector. It ensures that if you are studying at an institute certified by the AQF you can move from one study level to another and from one institute to another. It also ensures quality of degree and the fact that the institute is accredited and government recognised.

You have a great flexibility to choose from more than 20000 courses from 1000+ institutes. The Australian government maintain and promote high standards of education and protect the international students’ rights through laws like Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. There are around 43 Australian universities, and many other recognised higher education institutions located in and around the urban areas.

Cost of Living in Australia

Compared to the other leading international education destination, Australian Education is less expensive while it maintains good standards of education.

TUITION

Following is the range of tuition costs that could be incurred. The medical study will be slightly higher than costs given below.

  • 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*

LIVING

The living costs vary as per your choice of accommodation and lifestyle.

An accommodation on the university campus might cost between AUD 90 to AUD 280 per week. While a shared apartment rent might cost AUD 165 to AUD 440 per month

Thus in total the cost of living could vary between AUD 10,000 to AUD 20,000 depending on the type and location of accommodation

SCHOLARSHIPS AND ASSISTANTSHIPS

There are ample of scholarship opportunities available at the University level and also by the government based on your merit or nationality. The course level scholarships might cover part of tuition fees whereas there is some research scholarship which might cover 100% tuition where in you might be required to research or work on a project.

You should check with your institute to find out more about the scholarships or funding opportunities for which you would qualify at the institute level. You can also search for the scholarships you are eligible for here.

Here is information about some of the major scholarships programs available for international students:

  • Australia Awards - To promote knowledge, education links, and enduring ties between Australia and the neighbours this program brings together scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
  • Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP)
  • Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship aims to support women’s economic empowerment in the APEC region and raise the profile of female role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Visa Requirements

To study in Australia the international students require a student visa (Subclass 500). The students are required to meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement justifying the genuineness of their intention to study and not seeking permanent residency. The students should apply for VISA at least 12 weeks before their orientation. For all the other student visa category information check the steps on the home affairs website of Australia. The Cost of the subclass visas for students is AUD575.

Documents required

Valid Passport as proof of identity

Academic and Professional documents which would include marks sheet, transcripts and any additional certificates.

Enrolment: To show as your proof of acceptance and enrolment you would need an electronic copy of Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for each intended course of study with your visa application.

English Proficiency: You need to provide an evidence of your English Language Proficiency which could be your score card of the IELTS, TOEFL or PTE which are English language tests satisfying the score requirement for your course.

Financial Capability: Documents to prove that you have sufficient funds to cover your course fees, travel expenses and living costs for you and any accompanying family members.

Health Insurance: You must undergo health assessments and should have a certificate to prove sound health. Check the complete health requirements here.

Passport size photographs.

Character: You will require to answer few questions to verify your good character on the visa application form. You might also require to provide a character certificate from the police. Check the requirements here.

Steps:

  • Create an account an ImmiAccount
  • Fill up the application online and upload the required documents. Find out the checklist of documents for your visa subclass.
  • You must make payment of the application fee when you apply or your application will not be valid.
  • After you have applied, any additional documentation you need to submit should be uploaded into ImmiAccount.
  • A Transaction Reference Number (TRN) is a unique number assigned to each online application. You will need this to track and manage your application
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