Australia is fast becoming one of the most preferred study abroad destination among International students. The country attracts hundreds and thousands of students every year mainly because of the outstanding education system, friendly nature of the people, laid-back nature, unique blend of cultures, relaxing atmosphere, and high standard of living available there. Foreign Education in Australia for Indian students is generally considered as golden opportunity because students get the best courses according to their aim, interest and career objectives, out of hundreds of various specialisations provided by the world renowned Australian universities.
The nation’s high standard of teachings, advanced facilities, unmatched students exposure, and worthy lifestyle makes it an obvious choice for international students to study in Australia. After completing the studies, students can easily get a job, due to the remarkable reputation of the Australian education system all over the world.
1. World-class education
For a very sparsely populated country with a relatively small number of universities, housing 8 out of the top 100 universities in the world is quite a feat. Australian universities regularly feature in global rankings like QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education Rankings, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities. With such strong credentials, today, Australia is the 3rd most popular study destination for international students in the world behind only the US and the UK.
2. Great diversity in course options
With over 22,000 high-quality courses and programmes on offer in as much as 1,100 institutions, study in Australia is a great choice for you—whether you want to be taught by the best or undertake your own research.
3. Universally recognised degrees
Degrees from Australian universities are recognised by universities and employers all over the world. It is not surprising to know that there are now over 2.5 million international students all over the world who have studied in Australia. Some of these students are among the world’s finest minds. Did you know that Australia has produced 15 Nobel laureates?
4. Part Time Work Right
You can work part time while studying, which would help you offset some of your living costs. International students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours/ 40 Hours per fortnight a week during semesters and full-time during the university holidays. Australia’s minimum wage is AU$ 18 per hour. While studying in Australia many international students find work in sectors such as hospitality and retail. These jobs often have flexible working hours to avoid a clash with classes.
5. Numerous Scholarships opportunities:
You can apply for Scholarships in Australia based on courses and universities..
6. A safe, multicultural environment
Australia is considered as one of the safest countries in the world with multicultural, friendly and pleasant society. Did you know that 5 out of 30 best student cities in the world are in Australia? Melbourne has been named as the world’s most liveable city and Sydney has been voted as the friendliest city in the world. This ranking is based on various parameters such as the mix of students based on nationalities, cultures, races and religion; affordability; quality of life, and employability.
7. Great place to visit along with your education in Australia
There are over 500 National Parks in Australia to explore and 19 UNESCO World Heritage sites to tick off your list if you do set out on such an endeavour. You can go scuba-diving in the Great Barrier Reef or snorkel alongside gigantic whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef. There are countless other things to see and experience.
8. Easier Visa norms:
An Australian study visa is relatively easier to get than visas for the US and the UK. On 1st July 2016, the Australian government has abridged the visa subclasses and introduced a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to provide more efficient visa services to applicants. As per the new SSVF, all the study visas came under a single platform or a class (subclass 500).
9. Relatively lower cost of education
We are not saying that studying in Australia is very cheap. But, a simple analysis and the comparison of quality against the cost for all countries that are leading education powerhouses will easily reveal that Australia is relatively one of the cheapest countries. The cost of living and tuition costs are significantly lower as compared to the US and the UK and the living standard is amongst the highest in the world.
Applications for overseas education in Australian Universities are accepted all-round the year. Most universities accept new students in two intakes in each academic session, which usually in February and July or November, with slight variations according to a university’s academic calendar.
However, it is better to apply as early as possible because visa processes might take up takes 1 Day -12 week turnaround time. If you wish to begin your studies in Australia for February intake, you should aim to have your application completed and submitted by mid-November/late-December, depending on the institute. If you are targeting the July intake, you should complete your application by May.
Australian academic intakes:
- Foundation courses: Duration is 1 year and intake is in February (depends on the university).
- Vocational Education and Training courses: Duration is 6 Month-1year and intake are in Jan, May, June, Oct, TAFE Institutions
- Undergraduate courses: Duration is 3 years (4 years for honours degree) and intake is in Feb, July and November, (depends on the university).
- Postgraduate/Masters courses: Duration is 1-2 years and intake is in March (depends on the university) Feb, July and November.
- Doctoral degrees: Duration is 3-4 years and round the year intake as the supervisor or the project demands.
The general criteria for applications in Australian universities are mentioned below:
English language proficiency:
All applicants are required to take a recognised English language proficiency test.IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score is generally considered by Australian Universities/institutions
- For undergraduate programmes, a minimum IELTS Band score of 6 with no less than 6.0 in each section is required and for post-graduate programmes a minimum IELTS Band score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in each section is required.
Undergraduate study in Australia
- High-school certificate or Year 12 of school education
- Academic scores with a minimum 60 % or above in class XII
- Mathematics in class XII as prerequisite(for some sciences and technology courses)
Postgraduate study in Australia
- Recognised undergraduate certificate or 15 years of education
- Strong academic background
- Relevant work experience (some universities require this for MBA programmes)
Following is the list of documents required for applying to universities:
- Higher Senior Secondary and Senior Secondary school Mark sheet and Passing Certificate
- Passport Copy
- IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score (whichever applicable)
- Statement of purpose
- Portfolio of work (for courses in art, design, etc.)
The Australian Universities usually take around 2 days to 4 weeks to respond or to process student’s application. Students are advised to apply as soon as possible.
Australia’s high-quality courses, supportive institutions, liveable cities and excellent lifestyle make it an economical option for international students. Please note that course fees can vary widely and should always be researched with the relevant institution. Your living costs will vary according to factors such as your lifestyle and location.
Study costs in Australia
|Education program||Average tuition costs ($AUD)|
|Secondary education||$7,800 to $30,000 per year*|
|English language courses||Around $300 per week, depending on course length*|
|Vocational Education and Training (VET)||$4,000 to $22,000 per year*|
|Technical and Further Education (TAFE)||$4,000 to $22,000 per year*|
|Foundation courses||$15,000 to $39,000 in total**|
|Undergraduate bachelor degreee||$15,000 to $33,000 per year*|
|Postgraduate masters degree||$20,000 to $37,000 per year*|
|Doctoral degree||$14,000 to $37,000 per year*|
|MBA||E$11,000 to more than $121,000 in total**|
Living costs in Australia
|Activity||Average living costs ($AUD)|
|Groceries and eating out||$80 to $280 per week*|
|Gas and electricity||$35 to $140 per week*|
|Phone and internet||$20 to $55 per week*|
|Public transport||$15 to $55 per week*|
|Car (after purchase)||$150 to $260 per week*|
|Entertainment||$80 to $150 per week*|
* Source: studyinaustralia.gov.au
** Source: institution websites in 2018
If you intend to study in Australia, you will need to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500).
You can apply for the following types of study on this visa:
- English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
- school – primary or secondary
- secondary school exchange program
- vocational Education and Training (VET) courses –a registered VET course or a registered course for the award of an advanced diploma
- higher education courses –a bachelor or associate degree, a graduate certificate or graduate diploma, a masters degree by coursework or a higher education diploma or advanced diploma
- postgraduate Research degrees –a masters degree by research or a doctoral degree
- non-award courses – non-award foundation studies courses or components of a course that do not lead to an award
- students sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs or Trade or the Department of Defence.
You may be able to package your courses if you would like to study more than one course. This is known as course packaging.
Please fine complete information here .
Prerequisite for the visa are as below :
- provide evidence that you’ve been accepted onto a course, be this a copy of your confirmation of enrolment (CoE) or offer letter;
- meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement;
- provide proof of your finances;
- possess English language proficiency skills ( IELTS, TOEFL, PTE ) .
- have health insurance, which can be provided by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC);
- not have a substantial criminal record.
You’ll also need to submit application form 157A, passport photos and proof of your academic record.
Financial requirement for Visa :-
If you need to provide evidence of financial capacity, you will be able to demonstrate this by providing one of the following:
- evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia and 12 months’ living, course and (for school aged dependants) schooling costs for the student and accompanying family members
- evidence that you meet the annual income requirement
- an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form (secondary exchange students only)
- a letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.
Twelve months’ funds option
Evidence of funds can include money deposits, financial institution or government loans, scholarships or sponsorships.
Annual income option
The annual income option requires a student to provide evidence of personal annual income of at least AUD 60,000. For students accompanied by family members, the requirement is at least AUD 70,000. The income demonstrated must be the personal income of your spouse (who is not coming with you) or parents. Where both of your parents are working, their combined income can be considered for this requirement. Evidence must be in the form of official government documents such as tax assessments. Evidence in the form of bank statements or information directly from an employer is not acceptable.
From 1 July 2016, the 12 month living cost is:
- student or guardian – AUD 19,830
- partner or spouse – AUD 6,940
- child – AUD 2,970.
Where school aged children are included in your student visa application, schooling costs of at least AUD 8,000 per year for each child will need to be added to the amount of funds required. You are responsible for researching schooling costs, which vary between states, territories and schools in Australia.
You do not have to provide evidence of schooling costs if you are:
- a PhD student and can show you have enrolled your child in an Australian government school where the fees have been waived
- received an Australian Commonwealth Government scholarship, including Foreign Affairs and Defence sponsored students, and you can show you have enrolled your child in a government school where the fees have been waived.
Genuine access to funds
You and your accompanying family members must be able to access the funds shown while you are in Australia.
When considering whether the funds will be genuinely available, we will take into account:
- the nature of the relationship between you and the person who is providing the funds, where applicable
- your income, assets and employment or those of the person providing the funds
- your previous visa history and that of the person providing the funds.
Acceptable form of Funds
Balance in saving accounts
Public Provident funds
EPF, GPF, CPF, EF
Post office savings
Bank Loan ( Educational loan , Term loan , Personal loan or overdraft)
NB: Funds must be in nationalised bank, Foreign bank , or in Private bank.
Importantly , if students enrolled at an education provider with the lowest immigration risk outcomes will have lower evidentiary requirements, regardless of their nationality. Students enrolled at an education provider with the highest immigration risk outcomes will have access to reduced evidentiary requirements if they are from a country with the lowest immigration risk.