|Study in Australia
Australia is the name of a country as well as that of a Continent. Aborigines,
the ancestors of Australia arrived some 40,000 years ago. The European
settlement began arriving in 1788, when Britain made it a penal colony.
Geographic isolation i.e. surrounded by water on all sides has fostered
unique animal residents, such as the duck-billed platypus, kangaroo and
koala. The Scenic and Natural beauty of Australia brings in a large number
of tourists every year. Australia is one of the world mostly thinly populated
area in the world today.
Politically it is a liberal democracy and has a federal system of government,
with six state governments, two territory administrations and a national
government. Although an independent nation, the Monarch of Great Britain
is also the Monarch of Australia.
Today, Australians enjoy a high standard of living supported by an economy
rooted in manufacturing, export-bound agriculture and considerable mineral
wealth. Australia has some of the best cities in the world like Brisbane,
Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Australia has a prosperous Western-style
capitalist economy, due to hard working nature of the people. Australia
is fast coming up as a popular study destination among Indian students.
Australia attracts approximately 9,500 students from India annually.
Location : Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South
Total Area : 7,686,850 sq km
Capital City : Canberra
Currency : Australian Dollar
Population : 19,546,792
Languages : English, native languages
Climate : generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical
Australia became a commonwealth of the British Empire in 1901. It was
able to take advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop its
agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution
to the British effort in World Wars I and II. Long-term concerns include
pollution, particularly depletion of the ozone layer, and management and
conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef.
A referendum to change Australia's status, from a commonwealth headed
by the British monarch to a republic, was defeated in 1999.
Accommodation & Part-Time work
Foundation studies cost around A$ 9,000 to A$ 14,000 a year.
Undergraduate studies cost around A$ 10,000 to A$ 16,500 a year.
Post graduate studies cost around A$ 9,000 to A$ 18,500 a year.
Vocational Education and training cost around A$ 5,500 to A$ 18,000 a
Home stay or Farm stay
Costs around A$110–A$270 a week.
Home stay means staying with Australian family and is opular 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 Home stay is
sometimes available cheaply.
Farm stay offers the same services in a rural setting.
Institutions maintain a register of families prepared to board international
students during the academic year and ensure that Home stay families are
reputable and that they offer accommodation of a reasonable standard.
Hostels and guest houses
Costs around A$80–A$135 a week.
Hostels are usually run by organisations such as Youth Hostels Australia
and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Share accommodation & Rental accommodation
Shared accommodation cost around A$50–A$160 a week.
Rental accommodation cost around A$70–A$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 bed sitter, landlords require rent
to be paid in advance and will require a security bond equal to one month's
Cost around A$80–A$250 per week.
This may be University Apartments, Halls of residence, or University
Halls of Residence are usually cheaper and a popular option with full-time
international students. The cost ranges depending on the type of accommodation.
Residential colleges provide accommodation with meals. They are slightly
more expensive than university Halls of Residence.
The college undertakes cleaning and household tasks.
International students in Australia on a student visa can apply for permission
A student can work up to 20 hours a week on a casual basis during course
time and full-time during vacation periods if they have been granted a
visa with work rights. I
In the case of Masters and Doctorate students, family members can apply
for permission to work unlimited hours.
You can only apply for a visa with work rights after you arrive in Australia
and have begun studying.The application charge for a student visa with
permission to work is A$50.
The money you earn from working in Australia should only supplement your
income and not be used as your only source of income.
Applying for Enrolment
University education was introduced into Australia in the 1850's. Today
there are 39 universities maintaining a high level of excellence located
in every state and territory of the country, varying in size from 3000
to over 30,000 students. The Federal Department of Education, Training
and Youth Affairs (DETYA) is responsible for a national education policy
and ensures that consistency and standards are maintained through all
states and territories. Australians believe that education is a part of
their children's birthright and so community involvement in monitoring
the standard of education is very high. As Such Schooling is compulsory
Schools operate directly or indirectly (non-governmental schools) under
the respective state governments, however all of Australia's post school
qualifications are linked by a single nationwide system of qualifications
known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). Since the Australian
government endorses the AQF, system it is recognized all around Australia
and valued by other countries as well.
Applying For Enrolment
Visit the Education counselor in your city and web sites providing information
on education and related information for studying in Australia. If you
have relatives or friend studying in Australia than it would be a better
option for collecting information.
The Australian Education Centre at the Australian High Commission in
New Delhi or the Education Reference Centre at the Australian Consulate-General's
office in Mumbai are good places to begin your research. You can also
seek information from the institutions directly either through post, Phone
or visiting their website.
The IELTS (The International English Language Testing System) is the only
test accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural
Affairs for student visa purposes. Some visa Assessment Levels accept
the IELTS entry levels required by the education institution. Institutions
set their own English language requirements and may have different IELTS
entry levels for the proposed level of course than those required for
a student visa. IELTS test appeared should not be more than 24 months
before the day on which the application was made.
Application forms can be collected from the Australian Education Centre
or Australian Embassy or the authorized agents or from the institutions
directly. The filled in application with the necessary document is to
be submitted to the authorized agent or the international office or the
The institution after assessing your application and supporting documents
finds you meet the meet the entry requirements will send you a letter
of offer. Depending on your country of nationality and the education sector
of your study you may be required to undergo a pre-visa assessment before
the institution issues an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
The eCoE is the only accepted evidence of enrolment for processing student
visa applications. You may be required to pay tuition fees before applying
for the student visa. The institution will advise you of its requirements
but generally it will require payment of at least one semester of course
Institute Types & Degrees
Primary and secondary schools
Primary and Secondary education in Australia is delivered through both
government and non-government providers. The primary school last for 6
years and the age level is 6 to 12 years. After Primary school student
can join up for junior secondary school where the age level is 12 to 16
years. At the end of the four year programme the student is awarded junior
secondary certificate of education (Year 10 certificate). This is equivalent
to class X in India.
After completion of year 10 certificate student can join up for year
12 certificate. This is a 2 year course and the age level is 16 to 18
years. After successful completion the student is awarded senior secondary
certificate of education. This is equivalent to class XII in India.
Foundation studies are university prepatory programs, usually one year
in duration. Foundation studies give international students the knowledge
and skills for a smooth transition from learning in their home country
to undergraduate studies in Australian universities. In particular, foundation
studies prepare international students for undergraduate degree or diploma
courses at selected Australian universities. Foundation studies are divided
into various streams like arts, business studies and science studies.
The common feature of foundation studies is that a university allocates
a provisional place in an undergraduate course for a student who achieves
the prescribed grades.
English Language Schools (ELICOS)
These are specifically for people who come to Australia to study English
either for educational purposes or for other reasons. The Australian system
of English language training is known as English Language Intensive Courses
for Overseas Students (ELICOS). There are a range of courses including
General English; English for Special Purposes; Vacation Courses; and Examination
Preparation. ELICOS centres are often attached to universities however
there are also private ELICOS centres and ELICOS centres at most TAFE
institutes. No entrance requirements need to be met before a student can
undertake an ELICOS course and starting times for courses are very flexible.
This flexibility allows students to combine holidays with an English course
or to complete a course before starting at another education institution.
The course is for 4 to 10 weeks.
Vocational Education and Training Institutes
Vocational education and training (VET) gives students l skills that is
both practical and career oriented. for their careers. VET courses are
provided by both public institutions called TAFE (Technical and Further
Education) Institutes and private colleges. All institutes and colleges
are subject to Government monitoring to ensure high standards. TAFE is
the largest provider of tertiary education courses in Australia with about
250 institutes and over a million students including about 41,000 international
students. The VET courses include computing, design, pilot training, business
management, hospitality and tourism and many other courses. In general
terms the courses lead to Advanced Diplomas, Diplomas, and Certificates
I-IV. Statements of Attainment, Certificates of Proficiency and Certificates
of Competency may also be issued. Studying at TAFE level is also a way
of gaining entry - termed a pathway - to Australia's universities. This
pathway option is popular, particularly among international students who
are not accepted directly into a university course from their home country.
Universities (Higher education)
The Terms University and Degree are protected in Australia so that only
institutions which meet Australia's rigorous quality assurance processes
can use the titles. Australia has 39 universities which are listed on
the registers of the Australian Qualifications Framework as well as a
number of recognised higher education institutions. Australian universities
also have overseas branch campuses, twinning arrangements and exchange
programmes for students and staff worldwide. Australia has nearly 4000
formal agreements with universities around the world.
University level first stage: Undergraduate Studies
Access to undergraduate education is through the Senior Secondary Certificate
of Education. The main stage of university education leads to the Bachelor's
Degree. Undergraduate studies last between three years (Arts, Science,
Commerce), four years (Education, Engineering), five years (Veterinary
Science, Dentistry, Architecture) and six years (Medicine and Surgery)
full-time. Arts and Science faculties usually offer either a Bachelor
Degree (Pass) obtained in three years or a Bachelor's Degree (Honours)
obtained in four years; candidates for the latter undertake extra work
in their speciality. An Honours Degree is normally required for access
to higher degrees.
University level second stage: Postgraduate Studies
A graduate with a Bachelor's Degree can proceed to a one- to two-year
postgraduate course leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in a particular
subject. A student who has qualified for a Bachelor's Degree (Honours)
at a sufficiently high level may proceed to study for the Master's Degree
which constitutes the second stage of higher education. This Degree may
be obtained after one year (Pass Degree) or two years (Honours Degree)
of full-time study. Alternatively, a student who has qualified for a Master's
Degree (honours) at a sufficiently high level may proceed to study for
a Doctor's Degree (usually PhD).
University level third stage: Higher Doctorate
Many faculties award a Higher Doctorate in Science (Dsc) or Humanities
(DLitt) upon submission of published work representing a substantial contribution
to knowledge in a particular field.
Any person who intends to undertake full-time study in a registered course
in Australia needs to obtain a Student Visa. The visa process involves
two steps with a Pre Visa Assessment (PVA) as the first step If you are
advised that you meet the PVA requirements, you will be asked to undergo
Pre Visa Assessment Basic Requirements
You are of Good character.
Evidence of Enrolment , This is verified by the advice of acceptance from
the Australian institution (commonly known as Letter of Offer), which
is issued to a student who has been offered enrolment in a full-time course.
Financial Ability, will have to provide documentary evidence of having
cash assets ( immediately encashable assets like savings and fixed deposits
English Proficiency, All students have to demonstrate a minimum level
of English proficiency, measured by an IELTS overall band score.
Potential to breach visa conditions.
If you are advised that you meet the PVA requirements, you will be asked
to undergo further processing.
This includes payment of course tuition fee to the Australian educational
institution and a medical examination.
It is essential that the student and the accompanying dependent(s) meet
the Australian Health requirements before a visa may be granted.
You have no outstanding debts to the Commonwealth of Australia, or have
made arrangements acceptable to the Minister to repay such a debt.
Why study in Australia
The universities in Australia have earned an international reputation
for excellence in many disciplines. Practical and career-orientated training
are delivered by the institutes to make the graduates more confident with
respect to the skills demanded by employers.
Both public and private institutions must meet high standards of quality
and ethical practice which take into account such issues as curriculum,
qualifications of teaching staff, and facilities including specialist
Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious
society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking
Australia also offers excellent value for money, with living expenses
and tuition costs in Australia considerably less expensive than the United
Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA), and a standard of
living that is amongst th highest in the world.
Students go to Australia from many countries because of the high standard
of education offered and because Australia is an attractive, friendly,
beautiful and safe place to live.
Australian qualifications are internationally recognised 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