Australia has more than 12,000 higher educational institutions with 22,000 courses that vary from vocational training courses, English Language Training to University courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. Around 22 Australian universities are represented in the World’s top 500 universities. What more? Australia has welcomed international students for more than 60 years, many of whom have become Ministers, leading business people, researchers, scientists, medical practitioners and community leaders all around the world.
Australian universities have earned a reputation for academic excellence where foreign students count themselves amongst a new generation of graduates ready to take on the world. With the introduction of new and innovative courses with good employment opportunities, many international students are dreaming of getting a degree from an Australian University.
Australia at a Glance
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from.
You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities).
The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000(opens in a new window) and the National Code of Practice(opens in a new window) for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code) provide nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training for international students.
As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. You can search for courses and institutions here on the Study in Australia website.
Along with the ESOS Act and National Code, there are also regulatory and quality assurance organisations for higher education and VET institutions. These government organisations are responsible for registration/re-registration of institutions and accreditation/re-accreditation of courses. These organisations are:
Higher Education – Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)(opens in a new window)
VET – Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)(opens in a new window)
So no matter the type of course you want to study, how long you want to study for or where you want to study, you can be assured that in Australia you will have a high quality and rewarding study experience.
Why Study in Australia ?
Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million? This isn’t surprising when you consider Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world! In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universitas 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
These are strong academic credentials, but our institutions are just as highly rated as the cities that house them around the country. Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity – all important elements for students when choosing the best study destination. And with more than A$200 million provided by the Australian Government each year in international scholarships, we’re making it easier for you to come and experience the difference an Australian education can make to your future career opportunities.
Do you have a specific study area of interest? There is every chance Australia has you covered, with at least one Australian university in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics.
Given this impressive education pedigree, it’s not surprising there are now more than 2.5 million former international students who have gone on to make a difference after studying in Australia. Some of these students are among the world’s finest minds. In fact, Australia has produced 15 Nobel prize laureates and every day over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations – including penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and Black Box Flight Recorders – to make their lives, and the lives of others, better.
Australia Education Cost
Australia uses the Australian Dollar or AUD as its currency.
As a popular study destination, scholarships are competitive. If you are self financing you should be aware of the costs of studying and living in Australia.
As with most other countries, the cost of education in Australia is dependent on several things. This includes the type and duration of your studies, among other things.
For example, English Language Courses are available at $300/week. Vocational training or education on the other hand will cost you $4,000 to $22,000. Vocational training awards Certificate Levels (from I to IV), Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. Costs will be higher for the latter.
Bachelor Degrees will have you spending $10,000 to $33,000 a year. Expect higher costs if pursuing your degree at a private institution. Studies taken in a public institution will generally cost less.
Studying a Master’s Degree will cost from $20,000 to $37,000 per year. Doctoral Degrees on average range from $14,000 to $37,000. As mentioned private education will result in higher costs.
There is a minimum cost of living for student visas. This is decided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and it is $18,610. Your living expenses in Australia will depend on which region you plan to live in. For example, urbanized areas will have higher living costs. There are several different choices for living arrangements. Hostels and guesthouses range from $90 to $150 a week. Shared rentals and on-campus living will cost $85 to $280. More expensive options are homestay ($235 to $325 per week) and rental ($165 to $440 per week).
Aside from accommodation, your weekly expenses will most likely include:
- Groceries or eating out ($80 to $280).
- Gas and electricity ($35 to $140).
- Phone and internet ($20 to $55).
- Public transport ($15 to $55).
- Lifestyle ($80 to $150).
You should factor in health insurance costs and overseas student health cover.
Qualifying Exams for USA
TOEFL : TOEFL is an English proficiency for students from non- native English speaking country students. TOEFL is conducted more than 50 times a year at 4500 test centres in 165 countries worldwide.
IELTS : IELTS is also an English proficiency test for students from non- native English speaking countries. IELTS test measures a candidate’s English language command on 4 different parameters- Listening, reading, writing and speaking.
GMAT : GMAT is taken for admission to management studies. Business schools use this test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of management programs like Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs.
GRE : GRE is not mandatory for Masters programmes in Australia though some universities might accept it. While universities require GRE general test score some also ask the student to take GRE subject tests.