With over 330,000 international students currently study in Australia, the education standards of Australia
are unmatched. Representing 54 different nationalities, international students have made Australia the 3rd most
popular destination for education in the world.
Australia has a market economy with high GDP per capita and a low rate of poverty. The Australian dollar is the
currency for the nation. Australia has a market economy with high GDP per capita and a low rate of poverty.
Australia is the world's thirteenth largest economy and has the fifth highest per capita GDP at $66,984;
significantly higher than that of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, and New
Zealand. The country was ranked second in the United Nations 2011 Human Development Index. Melbourne
reached first place on The Economist's 2011 World's Most Livable Cities list, followed by Sydney, Perth, and
Adelaide in sixth, eighth, and ninth place respectively. In common with many other developed countries,
Australia is experiencing a demographic shift towards an older population, with more retirees and fewer people
of working age.
Academics Australasia Polytechnic Pty Limited
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Australian School of Business Administration Technology and Research
Australian Institute of Commerce & Technology
ATMC-Australian Technical And Management College
Billy Blue School of Graphic & Design
Blue Mountains Hotel School
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Central Queensland University
Charles Darwin University
Charles Sturt University
CIC in Association with Curtin University
Edith Cowan University
Education Centre of Australia (ECA) & English Language School in Sydney
Hays International College
James Cook University (Brisbane)
James Cook University (Townsville & Cairns)
La Trobe University
La Trobe University International College
Le Cordon Bleu
Martin College (Study Group)
Melbourne Institute of Technology
PIBT In Association With Edith Cowan University
QIBT In Association With Griffith University
SIBT In Association With Macquarie University
Southern Cross University
Swinburne University of Technology
Taylors College (Study Group)
The Australian National University
The William Light Institute
University of Queensland
University of Southern Queensland (Sydney Campus)
Tropical North Queensland TAFE
University of Melbourne
University of New England
University of New South Wales
University of Newcastle
University of South Australia
University of Southern Queensland
University of Sydney
University Of Tasmania
University Of Technology, Sydney
University of The Sunshine Coast
University of Western Australia
UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
Western Sydney UniversityEducation System
In Australia, graduation / postgraduation level education starts post completion of 12 years of primary and
secondary education. Bachelor's programs are of three years or four years duration, and are offered by different
types of universities and Specialized programs like Engineering are also offered, and Masters of two years
Universities offer an extensive range of both Graduate and Masters programs, which is ideal for research work.
Admissions are offered to international students without any bias. It is interesting to know that Early admissions
are also a possibility for the some students who are yet to complete their graduation. Some universities offer an
Early Decision admission, for which the admitted students need to commit to enroll at the universities.
Normally, such universities take 'Early action' in notifying the students of 'Early Decision' based on which the
students have to accept the admission offer and make a deposit.
In addition to very good academic background from Class 10th to 12th, international applicants are expected to
have very good scores in IELTS OR TOEFL OR PTE, for admission into decent US universities at the
bachelor's level. Some better universities require even scores from SAT Subject Tests, before they make an
There are several other issues with respect to Bachelor's study in AUSTRALIA – like the location, size, majors
offerings, admission requirements, deadlines, costs, financial aid, housing, student life, academic programs,
latest technology on campus etc.
Cost of Education
Bachelor's and Master's level education in AUSTRALIA is costlier as Students are expected to take more credits
per semester, which leads to an increase in costs.
While the Average cost of tuition and fees is approx. 10,000-14000$ AUD per sem, depending upon program,
institution and location, Living expenditure would add up to another 8,000-10,000$ AUD per year, according to
the student's lifestyle.
Financial Aid is very rare for Bachelor's level international students. While there are several options like
SAVINGS A/C(of 3 months old) OR FIXED DEPOSITS (of 3 months old) or Educational Loan.
Since Bachelor's is a three or four-year program, the costs tend to be very high overall. This is one of the
reasons why most students prefer studying from the Master's level in AUSTRALIA or elsewhere. Of all the
international students, only very less percentage of students go for bachelors and most of them prefer masters
course due to the high cost of fee.
It is not easy to support oneself with part-time employment since the program is intensive and students hardly
find time to work beyond their study schedules. Also, Teaching and Research Assistantships are available for
Master's level and not for the Bachelor's. Thus, part-time employment options are limited and returns from the
same are rare.
Accreditation of colleges/universities is very important in choosing the right institution, since that ensures
uniformity in curriculum, proper designing of courses, meeting the infrastructure needs, proper faculty and
Applying for a visa After securing admission into the University one must show sufficient funding to the
universities. After getting financial approval from university, student can go ahead with the semester and
overseas student health cover payment.Then comes general medicals and then finally filing for visa.
Student visas are of two types 1. Paper Visa and 2. E-Visa.
Visa process for Australia is a drop-box and students visa status will be known through e-mails. Australia
process is simpler, and yet, tough to obtain! For those who are fully prepared with the required documentation
and interview preparation, the process becomes easy. However, professional guidance and careful planning of
the whole process is very important for success!
Australia Application Procedure
Australia Universities have 3 intakes
1. Spring: February/March
2. Fall: July/August
3. Winter: November
Major intakes are spring and Fall Intake, but some of the universities are even open for winter intake. However
all subjects commence in spring and fall intake.
English Language Requirement:
All students must have the required English Language proficiency with regards to the course. IELTS of 6.0 or
above, TOEFL score of 80 and above, PTE score of 52 and above for graduate and postgraduate degrees.
Entry Requirements & Eligibility:
Postgraduate: 15 years of education is required (10+2+3)
Some institutions accept of 16 years of education for Master Programs.
Good and Strong academic Background.
Good scores in entrance exams like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, GMAT etc.
To the point Statement of Purpose & Resumes.
Certificates of achievement & extra-curricular activity participation.
Strong financial background.
Passport, SSC, Intermediate, Bachelors (Individual memos, Provisional, Consolidated Memo), Statement of
Purpose, Resume, Bank Statement, Affidavits , Test Score Report
Level of Qualification Per Annum in AUD
Foundation Studies such as university entrance, preparatory and bridging courses A$9,000 to 14,000/ year
Non Laboratory Based such as courses in arts, business, economics and law A$14,000 to 35,000 / year
Laboratory Based such as science and engineering courses A$16,000 to 38,000 / year
Graduate Certificates A$15,000 to 36,000 / year
Masters A$15,000 to 36,000 / year
Doctoral Degree A$14,000 to 36,000 / year
Vocational education and training
Certificates I – IV A$5,000 to 20,000 / year
Cost of Living:
Living expenses vary from city to city, however international students in Australia should budget between AUD
18610 per year. This cost would normally include the following:
Accommodation Note: Living expenses for the student dependants are as follows
Food Partner/Spouse: AUD6515 per year
Clothing First Child: AUD3720 per year
Entertainment Each other child: AUD2790 per year
International students studying in Australia must have adequate arrangements in Australia for health insurance.
Australia has a special system of health care cover for international students. This is called Overseas Student
Health Cover (OSHC) and you are required to have this for the duration of your student visa in Australia. The
average rate of OSHC starts from AUD900 and varies depending on the course duration.
Working Scope During & After Studies:
Under the current arrangements, student visa holders and their dependant family members (except masters by
research or doctoral degree student dependants who can work full time), can work a maximum of 20 hours per
week during the term once the course has commenced, and unlimited hours when the course is not in session.
Under the proposed arrangement, the student work visa conditions would be measured as 40 hours per fortnight
during any fortnight in the course session. A fortnight means a period of 14 days commencing on a Monday.
From next year, students will be eligible for up to four years post-study work depending on the level of study
completed. Previously, students were only allowed 18 months post-study work if they had completed a select
skilled occupation (medicine, trades, engineering, etc). Now, all graduates, regardless of field of study, are
1. 2 years post-study work upon completion of a bachelor degree
2. 3 years post-study work upon completion of a master’s degree; and
3. 4 years post-study work upon completion of a doctorate
Student visas are granted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). DIAC will only
grant you a student visa if your course is registered, or is part of a registered course, on a full time basis.
Visit the Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website for
more information on registered courses and education providers.
Courses under three months’ duration can be undertaken on a visitor visa or courses of up to four months on a
working holiday visa. If you intend to study a longer course, you must apply for a student visa.
Advantages to studying on a student visa include:
You will have access to Australia’s subsidized student health cover;
You will be allowed to study for longer; and
You can work part time.
To obtain a Student Visa you will need to:
1. Submit a student visa application;
2. Pay an application fee;
3. Provide a valid passport;
4. Provide appropriate information about financial ability to pay for the study;
5. Provide appropriate information about academic and English ability;
6. Provide an e Coe (electronic confirmation of enrolment) for a course;
7. Provide information that you have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC);
8. Prove that you are of good character, sound health and have no debts to the Australian Government.
To maintain a student visa in Australia students must comply with a number of visa conditions including
attendance and academic performance.
Spouses & Dependants
Members of a student’s immediate family (spouse, unmarried dependent children under 18 years of age) may
accompany them to study in Australia on a ‘Dependents’ Visa.
Australia is one of the best study destinations in the world. The majority of Australians derive most part of their
income from occupational earnings. The highest occupational groups are professionals including physicians,
mathematicians, financial managers, software publishers, computer engineers, hospitality, telecoms, medicine,
health care and genetics.
International students can take up on campus jobs, they are allowed to work 20 hrs per week or 40 hrs/fortnight
during semester. On campus jobs may include teaching assistantships, research assistantship where a student is
paid an average of 15$ to 30$ per hour thus student earns approximately $1200-$2000 AUD per month or get
waiver in their tuition fee. With this, student can do internship in the related field which may be paid.
During vacation the student is allowed to work for 40 hrs per week. On completion of the course, student is
allowed to work for 2 years popularly known as PSW(Post Study Work). On completion of thier PSW; the
student can later apply for work permit visa or Permanent Residency.