Australia is a highly developed country, with the world’s 13th-largest economy. It has a high-income economy, with the world’s tenth-highest per capita income.
Australia has six states −
- New South Wales (NSW)
- Queensland (QLD)
- South Australia (SA)
- Tasmania (TAS)
- Victoria (VIC)
- Western Australia (WA)
and two major mainland territories −
- The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and
- The Northern Territory (NT).
Cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and the national capital Canberra, are considered as some of the best places to live on earth.
Study in Australia
Australia is known for its high quality academic framework and innovative policy developments. There are 43 universities in Australia: 40 public universities, two international universities, and one private university. The Commonwealth Higher Education Support Act 2003 sets out three groups of Australian higher education providers: universities, other self-accrediting higher education institutions, and state and territory accredited higher education institutions. Students can choose from various courses offered from these institutions. This provides students a wide array of education options to choose from.
The country stands right at the forefront of technological achievements and breakthroughs. Universities here have some amazing resources for students who are looking to pursue research based courses. Vocational courses offered by Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes are highly regulated and meet international standards regularly. Australia has a national regulatory and quality agency for higher education − the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards agency (TEQSA)(opens in a new window). It was established by the Australian Government to monitor quality, and regulate university and non-university higher education providers against a set of standards Developed by the independent Higher Education Standards Panel.
Courses in business, IT, tourism, hospitality, sports, management, science and technology, engineering, horticulture, English and health are widely opted for by students. Universities and governments also offer a number of scholarships and grants for meritorious students as well.
Cost of Education
The costs of studying in Australia depends on the institution and the level of study you choose. Generally it is considered as one of the most affordable places to study in the world. 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(in AUD) for different types of qualifications.
English language studies costs around $300 per week depending on course length Vocational Education and Training(Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) are around $4,000 to $22,000.
Bachelor’s degree will set you back $14,000 to $33,000* and Postgraduate Masters Degree is in the range of $18,000 to $37,000*.
*Note: This does not include high Value courses such as veterinary and medical. Please visit institution websites directly to see costs for these courses.
Living expenses will vary from city to city. For example Sydney is more expensive compared to Melbourne and Canberra is cheaper than both. Monthly expense can run to $1000-$1500 depending on the lifestyle and host city..
Main intake for colleges and universities is in the months of February and July. Though few universities offer intakes in September and November as well.
Complete college application procedure could take 6-8 months in total. Therefore it is ideal to start preparing application 7-8 months beforehand and apply as soon as universities start accepting intake applications.
There is a host of documentation required to apply to universities depending on the course and the level you opt for.
Documents mainly required but not limited to are — resume, statement of purpose, marksheets, and passing certificates from the 10th standard onwards. The student must also provide two reference letters from their last college and/or employer along with a copy of their passport and birth certificate. For post graduate courses a degree, of three years or more, from a recognised university is mandatory.
A minimum score of 6 for IELTS(Academic) is usually required for Australian universities for undergraduate courses. Enrollment for english courses is required if the students are unable to secure the IELTS score required. Post graduate courses usually need 6.5 bands in their IELTS, a sturdy academic record and work experience documents.
ANU will assist you at every step in preparing your application to your desired college.
The minimum age to qualify for a student visa is 18 years. The course selected for enrollment should be have duration ranging from 10 weeks to 52 weeks.
Student visa allows work for 20 hours in a week. Post graduate students are eligible for a two year work permit after complete of their to gain employment in Australian industry. Student visa will usually be granted for the duration of the course enrolled in. In some cases the visa duration may be over 1-2 months from the course duration.
ANU will guide you through every step of the visa application process to ensure a successful outcome .
There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries which can help support you financially with your studies in Australia. They are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions, and a number of other public and private organization.
All applications and enquiries for scholarships are made through the scholarship provider. Here is information about some of the major scholarships programs available for international students:
Australia Awards − The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links, and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbors through Australia’s extensive scholarship programs. The program brings together scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), theDepartment of Education and the Australian Center for international Agricultural research(ACIAR) . Read more about Australia Awards and Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships.
International Postgraduate Research scholarships − The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships(IPRS) program focuses on improving the Quality of Australian research Scholarships lets you study in Australia with some of the best researchers in your field. You can read more about these scholarships at the Department of Education Australia website.
Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship − The Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowships are open to high-achieving female researchers from APEC economies for research. .