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About Australia

Australia Australia is situated in the southern Hemisphere between Indian and Pacific Ocean. The total land area is about eight million square kilometers. Most of its 18 million people live in coastal cities and regional centers. Australia is an English speaking country. 25 percent of its population are born overseas.

Australia is one of the best harmonious multicultural societies in the world. Communities of various sizes throughout the nation represent people from every nation and ethnic group of the world. Australia offers a dynamic, multicultural and supportive environment for international students. Australians are open and friendly people. The healthy, safe environment combined with the excitement of cosmopolitan cities make Australia a favourite place for students and tourists to explore its unspoiled environment.

Climate in Australia is exact opposite to the Northern Hemisphere; Summer is December to February, Autumn is March to May, Winter is June to August and Spring is September to November. In the mainland the temperature rarely drops below zero and seasonal variations are not extreme. Climate is very tropical with heavy rainfalls in the northern regions. In summers, light clothing is usually sufficient though a sweater or a light jacket can be necessary in the evenings. In the winter months in Southern Australia warm clothes including overcoat or jacket are necessary.

Australia is proud of the quality of its education and training. In the past 10 years, more than one million students from overseas have studied in Australia.

The internationalization of Australian education and training has been occurring at a rapid rate. Linkages between Australian and overseas schools, universities and colleges, and linkages and exchange between individual students and staff have blossomed .The Australian Department of Education, Science & Training is represented in India at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. “Our role is to enhance the international education links between Australia & India and provide information about the Australian education system to students interested in the opportunities available in Australia.

Australia has an internationally recognized university system offering world class education and research opportunities. Australian institutions offer both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in arts, sciences, computing, engineering, health sciences, business, law, economics and agriculture.

The number of international students in Australia are in the region of about 250 thousands. India ranks among the top ten major source countries along with Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and the USA in terms of number of international students in Australia for higher studies in recent years. The figure of 1100 students in 1994 has gone up to 10,000 as on July 2004. According to available trends this number is likely to cross the 40,000 mark by the end of 2007.

Higher education (47%) and Vocational education (51%) are more popular with Indian students. Business studies are the most sought after courses followed by Science subject among Indian students. Australia is becoming a major destination for Indian Students as compared to other countries in the recent years.

The academic year in most of the Australian Universities is divided into two semesters: February - June and July - November. There are semester breaks in each semester. The majority of universities commence intakes in February and mid year intakes in July. There are other private and public funded universities which operate on trimester basis with intakes in January, May and September.

Tuition fee varies from course to course and among institutions. Depending upon the course of study, it can range from AUD $8000 to AUD $20,000.PA. International students have to pay the full cost of their education unless scholarships or exchange programs covers them.

Living expenses for single students range between A$6000 to A$12000 a year. This covers accommodation, food, transport, clothing and entertainment. Married students would need about A$3000 more a year for a spouse and A$2000 more for each child. Air fares, course related costs such as health insurance, costs of large non-essential items such as television, video or car are not included in the above figures.

Many educational institutions have on campus accommodation generally known as halls of residence and they do help with accommodation needs. There is a high demand for on campus accommodation, therefore one has to exercise their choice earlier to the institution for better chances of success. At a residential hall students usually have a room of their own and share bathrooms, laundries and recreational facilities. Most halls do provide meals and some offer kitchen facilities where students can cook and store food. Many students rent an apartment or a house, which they share with other students. Rents vary depending upon the location, size and facilities provided.

International students must provide evidence of their English language proficiency to study in an Australian Institution. All international students must apply for a student visa to enter Australia. Pre-conditions for studying in Australia are:

  • Enrolment in full-time study in a course registered by the Government .
  • Comprehension of English appropriate for the purpose of course of study.
  • Genuine intention to undertake studies and abide by visa conditions.
  • Financial capacity to meet fees and living expenses.
  • Adequate arrangements in Australia for health insurance for the full duration of stay

Most Australian Institution actively promote their international programs by holding seminars and directly meeting the prospective students at the major cities of India every year. Most of the institutions also have authorized representatives to provide service to students with regard to admission and visa formalities. Speak to our counsellors for more information on Australian Education or to apply in Australian University or College.

Education System

Higher Education in Australia:

Higher education in Australia has evolved over the last 140 years, with the first university established in 1850 and has now grown to become relatively large for a nation of 17 million people. Today Australian higher education comprises of 38 universities and general specialist institutions offering quality and diversity.

Australian universities are set up under state or federal acts of parliament. They are controlled by a governing body called a council or senate, comprising of representatives from universities and general community. The federal government has financial responsibility for funding the universities. However, there are also a couple of private universities in Australia.

Universities provide courses and conduct research in a wide range of professional and academic disciplines.

Universities vary enormously in size, location, and in research and teaching interests. There is also diversity in the structure of courses and research programs. Student life in all Australian universities is very similar with heavy workload involving lectures, tutorials and seminars, plus individual work in laboratories and libraries.

Students can also choose from a wide range of extra-curricular activities to balance their academic pursuits.

Types of Formal Awards:

The following formal award courses are offered within the higher education sector:

A Doctoral Degree: PhD is the highest award conferred by universities. Traditionally, it is a research degree though some universities offer coursework programs. Candidature takes minimum of 3 years.

Master Degree: Master degrees are either undertaken by coursework (which usually involves the preparation of a minor thesis or project) or by research. Coursework masters tend on the average to take less time than research masters (one year to eighteen months, compared with eighteen months to two years of full time study). A limited amount of coursework may be offered to complement a research masters or Ph.D. programs. However, award of a research degree is essentially based on the quality of final thesis.

Post Graduate Diploma: Courses are designed to enable graduates to acquire specific vocational qualifications through an intensive program of study, usually for a year. These courses are particularly attractive to graduates who already have some employment experience and wish to gain further qualifications in specialist areas. In general, they are of shorter duration and have more restricted content than coursework at masters programs.

Bachelor Degree: Bachelor degree courses usually take from three to six years, depending upon the course. However, most undergraduate degree courses involve 3 years of full time study. An extra year of study is usually required for bachelors degree with honors.

Diploma Courses: Diploma courses are at undergraduate level and are of one to three years duration. They require the same entry level as a bachelor degree course.

Associate Diplomas: Associate Diplomas are also at undergraduate level and are usually of 2 years duration.

International students can enter Australian education institutions through a number of ways, including direct enrolments, through the High Commission, via Agents and by receiving expert counseling through organizations such as EDUCLOUD

EDUCLOUDcan assist students to identify the most appropriate course, institution and city to meet their academic needs.

EDUCLOUDcan help students enrol into universities, TAFE, colleges, schools, special studies colleges, foundation and bridging courses. Bridging and foundation studies programs provide a pathway to university for those students who do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry.

MATCHING YOUR NEEDS TO THE INSTITUTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

There are 38 universities (36 public-funded, 2 privately-funded) in Australia; varying in size from 3,000 to 30,000 students. TAFE colleges are located in all Australian states and are both private and government funded. Students can apply to enrol in either private or government schools. The academic year for most Australian institutions runs from February to November with an increasing number of institutions offering mid-year (July) intake.

Top 10 reasons to study in Australia

  • Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated, multicultural and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country.
  • Australian universities have an international reputation for excellence in many disciplines.
  • Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries and enters the new millennium with one of the highest rates of Internet access in the world.
  • Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology.
  • Australian qualifications are internationally recognized when seeking employment or further study at leading international universities.
  • Australia is an international leader in safeguards and support services for international students. Specialist services for international students are well resourced, quality assured and can be enjoyed in a safe and welcoming society.
  • Australia also offers excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition costs in Australia considerably less expensive as compared to other comparable countries and a standard of living that is amongst the highest in the world.
  • The Australian education is renowned for practical application of studies. Research and industry bodies are continuously interacting with various educational institutions, thereby assisting students to apply their studies in the real, practical world.
  • International students in Australia can work up to 20 hours a week during course time and full-time during vacation periods. Thus the students acquire useful experience while they are earning money.
  • Australia is among the top ten largest spenders in research and development and is internationally recognized in a number of fields for outstanding achievements. Australia produces approximately 2 percent of the world's scientific research papers, placing it on a per capita basis ranking with the United States and the United Kingdom.

Australia - FAQ`s

Q1.What is so good about Australian education and training compared to other countries?

Ans : Australia is an internationally recognized source of high quality education as well as research excellence. Australian universities, vocational education and training colleges and schools are world-class. And Australia is a world leader in English language courses for international students. Australian Government legislation requires quality assurance agencies and codes of conduct to be in place so that international students in Australia and their parents enjoy a level of service and financial protection that is unrivalled. Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living.

Q2. Australian qualifications recognized in my home country?

Ans: Australian qualifications are respected internationally when seeking employment or further study at leading international universities. Distinguishing Australia from many other countries is the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) which is a national system of learning pathways recognized throughout Australia and by other countries.

Q3. Do I need a visa to study in Australia?

Ans : Yes. To be granted a student visa you must complete a visa application form, lodge it with the evidence required, pay the application charge and satisfy the student visa requirements. You can be granted a student visa only if you intend to study a registered course on a full-time basis and comply with a number of visa conditions after you have entered Australia.

Q4.How much does it cost to study in Australia?

Ans : An Australian Government survey showed that in terms of total costs including tuition fees and living expenses.Australia was consistently less expensive than the USA and UK. Tuition fees will vary depending on the course or institution. Living costs too will vary by location, course and lifestyle.

Q5. Any scholarships available?

Ans: Yes. Scholarships are available for international students however most are offered for postgraduate study in universities. The majorities of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students and are not awarded scholarships.

Q6.Can I work in Australia while I study?

Ans: Yes. International students in Australia on a student visa can apply for permission to work up to 20 hours a week during course time and full-time during vacation periods. Minimum wages in Australia is AUD 11 per hour, hence student can earn around AUD 220 per week during the course time and AUD 440 per week during vocation time which is for the period of 12 weeks in a year.

Q7.What are the entry requirements to study at Australian institutions?

Ans: Students must meet minimum academic requirements (10+2 for diploma and undergraduate courses) or (bachelor degree for postgraduate courses) and need a sufficient level of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 bands or minimum of 5.0 for entry into ELICOS program) for entry to Australian education and training institutions. Institutions will assess whether you meet the selection criteria set for your proposed course of study. They will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country.

Q8.What if I don't meet the entry requirements?

Ans : If you do not meet the entry requirements for further study you can enroll in secondary school in Australia. If you do not meet undergraduate course entry requirements you may be able to enroll in Foundation Studies which prepare you for further study in Australia and reserve a provisional place in your proposed course. Bridging courses, such as a Master Qualifying program, are also offered. There are also many English language courses with starting dates throughout the year to prepare you for further study in Australia. It is recommended that you seek advice from the institution about meeting their entry requirements before applying for admission into your selected courses.

Q9.How are Australian institutions ranked?

Ans : Australian institutions are not officially ranked. However, there are some commercial publications available that compare achievements of universities and institutions in meeting certain criteria such as use of technology or student support services.

All of Australias education and training institutions offer high quality, internationally relevant courses because Australian Government legislation requires them to be registered and meet quality assurance measures. Excellence in teaching, research, facilities and support services is found across Australias diversified education and training system. Prospective students should focus on finding institutions that offer the course most suited to their particular needs and aspirations.

Q10. What is the weather like in Australia?

Ans: Australia is diverse in its geography and climate. Being in the southern hemisphere Australia's summer starts in December and winter in June. Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics where the average temperatures are in the mid 20 degrees Celsius. The southern areas are in a temperate zone.

Q11. Can you recommend me universities?

Ans: This would depend on your qualifications, grades and courses you wish to apply to as each institution has different entry requirements.

Australia - Visa Process

Student Visas for Australia

The process for obtaining student visa depends on your country of origin. The procedure given below is applicable to Indian students.

It is important that you enroll in your course of study, pay your course fees, or get official confirmation of your enrolment before you lodge your application for a student visa.

Requirements for obtaining Student Visa:

To be granted a student visa, you must also:

  • Be accepted for a full-time registered* course;
  • Be able to support yourself while you study;
  • Make arrangements for overseas student health insurance cover;
  • Meet Australian health and character requirements.

A registered course is an education or training course offered by an Australian education provider, who is registered with the Australian Government to offer courses to overseas students. The Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs can provide details of registered courses.

Visa Charge

When you apply for a visa, you must pay a charge. Your application will not be accepted without payment. Once you have made that payment, the money cannot be refunded.

The Australian diplomatic office where you apply for your visa will tell you what methods you can use to pay this charge. Alternatively call our office for exact visa fees and method of paying visa application fees.

You do not have to pay a charge if you are applying under an approved scheme.

Student Visa Conditions

If you are successful in your application your student visa will be granted to you with a number of conditions attached. These include:

  • You must satisfy your course requirements and maintain a valid enrolment. To satisfy course requirements students must:
  • Be enrolled in a registered course.
  • Attend atleast 80% of their course.
  • If evidence of attendance cannot be provided, students must achieve a satisfactory academic performance as certified by the education provider.
  • Pay tuition fees as required by the education provider.
  • You and your family members must not work without permission;
  • If permission to work is granted, you can only work for 20 hours per week while studying.
  • You can work longer hours when you are on holidays;
  • You must study with the education provider where you initially enroll for the first year of the course or for the duration of the course if it is less than one year;
  • You must advise DIMA of any change of address;
  • You must maintain acceptable health insurance cover.

The Australian Government may cancel your visa if any of these conditions are not met.

Health Requirements to be met before Studying in Australia

Anyone who is not an Australian citizen and who wants to enter or stay in Australia must meet the health requirements.

Overseas Student Health Insurance Cover

It is a condition of the grant of your Overseas Student Visa that you and your dependents have acceptable health insurance cover during the whole time you are in Australia. To be covered for health insurance, you will have to pay the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for yourself and any family members traveling with you.

The OSHC provides medical and hospital insurance for overseas students and their dependants who have traveled to Australia with them. All applicants must show evidence that they have health insurance cover before a visa can be issued to them.

To arrange for the OSHC, students can pay the OSHC premium to the education provider which will then arrange to pay the health insurance cover on their behalf.

Student Health Cover for AusAID Students:

If you are a student sponsored by AusAID you will not need to pay the OSHC yourself. You will, however, need to provide proof that AusAID supports your application.

Expenses

How much will it cost

Australia offers excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition costs in Australia considerably less expensive than other comparable countries.

Tuition fees vary according to the institution and course selected but this website provides a guide to the average costs. Scholarships are available for international students however the competition is intense and the majority of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students.

Cost of Study:

International students are charged up-front tuition fees. Institutions sometimes make an additional charge to cover other costs associated with being a student: student organization membership, library and laboratory costs and sports facility costs. Some courses make specific charges for excursions, books, stationery and other essential material. These costs will vary depending on the course or institution therefore average costs are provided below and should only be used as a guide. All school tuition fees are exempt from Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Tuition fees:

Education in Australia is not free. There are a limited number of scholarships available to overseas students. University fees for undergraduate courses range from AUD 7,500 to AUD 26,000 per annum (12 months). Fees for class-room based courses (e.g. engineering, law, arts) average about AUD 10,000 per annum. Vocational education (TAFE) courses cost an average of AUD 8,000 per annum.

Institutions will advise when to pay your tuition fees and acceptable methods of payment.

University

Foundation Studies AUD 900-AUD 14,000 a year such as university entrance, preparatory and bridging courses

Undergraduate

Bachelor Degree:

AUD 10,000-AUD 20,500 a year such as courses in arts, business, economics and law

Laboratory-based Bachelor Degree:

AUD 12,000-AUD 25,500 a year such as science and engineering courses

Postgraduate

Graduate Certificates:

Graduate Diplomas AUD 9000-AUD 17,500

Masters Doctoral Degree:

AUD 11,000-AUD 20,500 a year

English language training:

varies significantly depending on the course duration or institution AUD 3500–AUD 13,500

Accommodation options and costs:

A variety of high standard student accommodation is available to suit different budgets and needs. Students can opt to live in university accommodation or with an Australian family. Shared accommodation with other students is common and popular. Institutions provide students with help in finding accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged before you leave home allowing you time on arrival to consider where and how you would like to be accommodated in the longer term. Student notice boards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent.

Further advice is available from your prospective institution.

Cost of Living:

The cost of living in Australia can be variable, based on your choice of city or town. A simple student in Australia will need between AUD 8,500 to AUD 10,000 per annum however it could be reduced to AUD 6000 per annum depending on the lifestyle. This amount would cover rent, food, basic clothing, public transport and books. Institution handbooks will provide detailed information on the costs associated with study.

Accommodation is available to students either on-campus (in residential colleges) or off-campus (in share house arrangements or in private home-stay with a family). While these are a realistic guide, it is important to remember that individual circumstances will vary by location, course and lifestyle.

Accommodation options approximate cost

Homestay or Farmstay AUD 110–AUD 270 a week gain access to the Australian lifestyle in a natural and friendly way through Homestay. This is popular with younger students and those studying short-term English courses. Meals are usually included in the cost. Single or shared rooms may be offered and the cost will vary accordingly. Self-catering Homestay is sometimes available cheaply. Farmstay offers the same services in a rural setting.

Institutions maintain a register of families prepared to board international students during the academic year. Education institutions ensure that Homestay families are reputable and that they offer accommodation of a reasonable standard.

Hostels and guest houses AUD 80–AUD 135 a week

Hostels are usually run by organizations such as Youth Hostels Australia and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Share accommodation

Rental accommodation AUD 50–AUD 160 a week

AUD 70–AUD 350 a week

Students often share with fellow students. They advertise on notice boards and in newspapers. Students may have to provide their own furniture.

When renting a house, apartment or bedsitter, landlords require rent to be paid in advance and will require a security bond equal to one month’s rent.

Boarding schools AUD 8000–AUD 11000 a year

Many private secondary schools provide accommodation, meals and laundry services for international students.

Note: Tuition fees are in addition to the boarding fees

University accommodation AUD 80–AUD 250 per week

University apartments

Most universities offer a variety of accommodation on or near to campus such as university apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. Halls of Residence are usually cheaper and a popular option with full-time international students. The cost ranges depending on the type of accommodation.

University residential colleges

Residential colleges provide accommodation with meals. They are slightly more expensive than university Halls of Residence. The college undertakes cleaning and household tasks. Sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and (generally) computer access are also provided.

Halls of residence

Halls of residence are located on or near university campuses and are generally cheaper than residential colleges. International students find them an attractive option. Students usually have meals and some cleaning services provided. Only full-time students are accepted. Students need to apply early because of the high demand for places.

Health Insurance:

All international students studying in Australia are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your student visa in Australia. The Overseas Student Health Cover charge is payable before a student (temporary) visa is issued. Students in Australia are also responsible for their own accident and property insurance. It is a good idea to take out travel insurance before leaving your country to cover lost baggage, cancellation of plane tickets and repatriation.

Access to Employment:

International students can work while studying in Australia. A student (temporary) visa allows international students to work for a maximum 20 hours per week during semester and full-time during vacation periods. Most universities and some TAFE colleges provide casual employment services for enrolled students but there is no guarantee of work in Australia. Students should not expect to support themselves by working in Australia. School children are not allowed to work. To be granted a student visa in Australia you need to have adequate means of financial support.

Universities List

LIST OF UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES IN AUSTRALIA

  • Griffith University.
  • Deakin University.
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Southern Cross University.
  • University of Ballarat.
  • Central Queensland University.
  • TAFE Western Australia.
  • Chisholm Institute of TAFE.
  • Holmesglen Institute of TAFE.
  • Bradford College.
  • Carrick.
  • Kaplan Business School.