The Australian Government announced on 22nd September 2011 a number of measures to enhance the competitiveness of Australia’s international education sector. From 5th Nov 2011, student visa will be assessed against the new Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement.
Hence the top 10 reasons NOW to consider studying in Australia:
1. Upto 4 YEARS Post Study Work Visa
University graduates who have completed a Bachelor degree or Masters by coursework in Australia are proposed to be eligible to apply for a two year post-study work visa.
University graduates who have completed a Masters by research or PhD degree in Australia are proposed to be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa for three or four years respectively
(The post-study work visa is proposed to be available from early 2013)
2. FELXIBLE Part Time Work
Under the proposed arrangement, the student work visa conditions would be measured as 40 hours per fortnight during any fortnight in the course session. A fortnight means a period of 14 days commencing on a Monday. The proposed arrangement would benefit international students who would be better able to respond to busy periods at work without breaching their visa conditions.
3. Visa WITHOUT English Test
Students can study English prior to start of their main course, without giving any English Exam. The university will decide on the duration of the English program
4. LESS funds required for VISA
Students going for bachelors and masters degrees are now need to show funds only for 18 months compared to previous 2 years. No proof of funds required for the tuition fees paid in advance.
5. Acceptance of MULTIPLE English Exams
Test results from the multiple English language tests for Student visa purposes taken in any country are being accepted
- Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English).
6. No requirement to study any SPECIFIC Course
It is proposed that applicants eligible to apply under GTE would not be required to nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List or undertake a skills assessment.
7. STREAMLINED Visa Processing
Under the proposed streamlined processing arrangements, universities could be confident that the majority of their students would have their visa applications processed quickly. In addition, student visa applicants applying under the proposed streamlining arrangements would generally have reduced evidentiary requirements.
8. HIGH Quality Education
Australian universities are widely recognised for excellence in many disciplines. Institutions deliver practical and career-orientated training so graduates can be confident they have the skills demanded by employers. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology.
9. Worldwide RECOGNITION
Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of course and degrees, making it easy to find a course right for you. Australian qualifications are recognised by employers and leading educational institutions around the world.
10. MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Australia is a safe, multicultural, friendly and harmonious society. Australians value the wealth of cultural diversity and social sophistication that international students bring to the campuses and communities.
According to Australian education experts, there could be no better time than this to study in Australia!