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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.
Popular cities in Australia for education:
Popular courses in Australia:
Popular Universities in Australia:
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:
Some key features of these higher education schools are mentioned in the table below.
Type of institutions
Vocational Education and Training
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
About an year
About an year
Qualified tradesperson or technician
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.
In Australia, there is not a uniform criteria for course commencements dates, duration and number of semesters. As a general criteria, Australian universities have two admission intakes:
|Semester 1||February||October- November|
For vocational institutions, the intake may start from January, May or July. It is strongly recommended to check an institution’s website before applying as the exact deadlines may vary from course to course.
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.
|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|
According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Times Higher Education Rankings (THES) and the QS World University Rankings (QS), an elite group of universities are a part of the world's top 150. This group is known as Go8, the foundation of which is laid on intensive research facilities, significant economic impact and quality education. The table below briefs the admission requirements for higher education in the top 8 universities in Australia.
|University Name||Location||World Rank||IELTS Score||TOEFL Score (iBT)|
|Australian National University||Canberra||24||6.5||80|
|University of Melbourne||Melbourne||33||7||94|
|University of Sydney||Sydney||50||7||90|
|University of Queensland||Brisbane||43||6.5||87|
|University of New South Wales||Sydney||48||6.5||90|
|University of Western Australia||Perth||89||6.5||82|
|University of Adelaide||Adelaide||100||6||60|
Check the points below for backlog restrictions.
Australian universities count the number of attempts you have made to clear one exam/subject.
Once you have decided to study in Australia, you must plan at least 12 months before the admission season. You may take the following steps to move forward:
Along with the application form, you need to attach the following documents.
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.
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.
Education loans and Scholarships:
The Australian Government has invested over AUD 300 million in scholarships for international students.
See more scholarships for UG Programs.
Australia is known to be a friendly nation with people who never shy away from giving a friendly hand. “Mate” is the most used word, referring to a friend or just about anyone you meet. People are fine to deal with various cultures every day. Incidents of mugging and racial attacks are uncommon in Australia. Sydney and Melbourne are amongst the safest cities in the world. It is also an LGBTQ friendly country.
When in Australia, there are various ways to cut down one’s cost. Seniors recommend a good tip is to keep an eye on items on sale, and then buy, instead of buying things brand-new.
Students suggest that it is completely normal to feel homesick. In the end, it depends on one’s perspective. One can join various ethnic and curricular social groups. It is important to stay connected with one’s family back home. There is nothing wrong in seeking help for mental health, if required. Each university has a mental health program with support groups.
As a part of your Australian Visa application, you need to have an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It is mandatory to purchase one as a part of your visa application process as directed by Department of Immigration and Citizenship . Average cost of health insurance for an individual is $750 per year. It is needed to cover hospital and other medical expenses. This includes limited medicines and can be purchased privately or by your education provider. In any of the cases, you have the sole responsibility of maintaining the policy. Belgian, Swedish and Norwegian students are exempted from having an OSHC if they are covered under Reciprocal Health Care Agreement, National Board of Student Air and Norwegian National Insurance Scheme respectively. Following are the five providers from where either you or your institution can buy an OSHC. You can choose any basis for your budget.
Your salary will depend on the level of education and experience. The table below has been provided to give a rough idea of the promising careers and associated salaries in Australia. The figures are produced from publications of Business Insider and PayScale and are updated by 2018.
|Job Title||Average Salary (AUD)|
|IT Systems Architect||139,690|
|IT Security Architect||124,000|
|Doctor / Physician||103,400|
Types of Part-Time Work Options Available
It is important to be fluent at English.The Australian English accent can be difficult to start with but with time, you will get used to it. It may take longer if your English is not fluent. It is important to be aware of your employment rights in Australia.
Now, that you have spent so much time studying and exploring Australia, you might want to explore the stay back options in Australia. See the points below.
One has to reside for 4 years in Australia to apply for Australian Citizenship. This includes 12 months as a permanent resident. See the points below.
You must be fulfilling the following requirements to apply for permanent residency in Australia through the SkillsetSelect Program.