Why study in Australia?
- According to the QS World University Rankings, Australia has 7 universities in the Top 100. Only the UK and the US have a higher number of universities in the top 100.
- Twenty-six Australian universities feature in the top 700. In total there are 43 universities in Australia.
- According to the 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Educational Systems, Australia has the world’s 8th best university system ahead of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan.
- Indian 12+3 education system (SSC plus 3 years of graduation) is acceptable for master’s courses in Australia, unlike in the US where a total of 16 years of education is required in a majority of the universities.
- According to Top University Rankings (2012), there are 5 Australian cities in the Top 30 Best Student Cities in the world based on student mix, affordability, quality of life and employer activity.
- Australia has a strong and large Indian diaspora which makes it easier for Indian students to become a part of Australian life.
- The Australian government strongly encourages foreign students to choose Australia as a study destination, and provides over A$200 million annually for scholarships.
- This country has produced 15 Nobel laureates.
- Australia is a research-intensive country. A$2.9 billion have been set aside to fund research and A$140 million to establish federal fellowships and attract international researchers.
- Education sector is a top earner of foreign exchange in Australia, next only to coal, mining and tourism. This shows the extent of internationalisation and cosmopolitan nature of Australian education.
- It is a land of vibrant nightlife, surfing, beaches and spectacular wildlife. It is also bohemian, creative, intellectual and open-minded.
- Flexible pathways available like undertaking an English language preparation course (ELICOS) or enrolling into a vocational/training course.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) gives you flexibility in the choice of courses and also ensures your college/degree is government accredited and genuine.
- Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) monitor quality, and regulate university and non-university higher education providers.
- Student rights are protected by law under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS).
Part-time work during studies
Working part-time along with your studies gives you the opportunity to acquire valuable experience in your area of study as well as earn some money. Most visas allow students to work 40 hours every two weeks during their course, and full-time during course breaks.
Work opportunities after studies
There some popular categories wherein students mostly for apply for their further stay in Australia. Australian law does not naturally confer work permits on international students after they have graduated.
- Students who are going for diploma courses will not be entitled for “After studies work permit”.
- Students who are going for Bachelor’s and Master’s (Coursework) courses will be entitled for 2 years after studies work permit.
- Students who are going for Master’s by Research courses will be entitled for 3 years after study work permit.
There is a high demand for foreign labour in certain areas in Australia. If you have spent the required amount of time studying in the country, have the required work experience, are fluent in English, and possess the relevant skill sets (http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/), you can apply for permanent residency too.
|Course Level||Work Permit during Study Period||Work Permit during Vacation||Work Permit after Studies|
|Diploma||40hrs per fortnight||Full Time||Nil|
|Degree Under Graduate & Post Graduate(coursework)||40hrs per fortnight||Full Time||2 years|
|Masters by research||40hrs per fortnight||Full Time||3 years|
|PhD||40hrs per fortnight||Full Time||4 years|
In order to study for an undergraduate degree or a postgraduate degree by coursework, a Higher Education Sector Temporary Visa (subclass 573) is required. Here is a quick look at the requirements.
- An issued electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) certificate from the opted college for a course, registered on both the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. You can change the course later, provided it is of the same level or you may have to apply for a visa again.
- Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement. The factors considered include you having a reason to return home after the completion of your course, or your immigration history and compliance with the laws.
- Proof of sufficient funds for airfare, course fees and living costs.
- English language proficiency. An undergraduate course requires an IELTS score of 6.0 and a master’s course that of 6.5. Different colleges and universities have their own requirements.
- Meet health and character requirements.
- An acceptable Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC).
VISA CATEGORY 1: SVP- Streamline Visa Processing
There is a new category which has been enforced from March 24, 2012. This means that students having offer letter from participating universities will be part of the streamlined visa process (SVP)
Under this category the following changes have been made:
- Fast Visa processing.
- No Proof of Funds required – However Australian High Commission may ask to show funds. It is recommended to show funds with the application although it is not mandatory.
- SVP Participating universities will be taking student interviews and selecting students extremely carefully.
- Medicals can be done before submitting the visa application.
- Abolitions of PVA: All applicants should submit a COE (Confirmation of Enrolment) at the time of file Lodgment. This applies to both paper visa and e-visa.
- Other English test scores acceptable including PTE (Pearson Test of English), TOEFL, Cambridge Advance Course and IELTS.
- English proficiency check will be done by the universities.
VISA CATEGORY 2
Students who are going to study in TAFE Colleges or institutions which are not participating in the Streamline Visa Processing for courses like Certificates/Diploma’s/Advanced Diploma’s will not be a part of SVP. For such courses and institutions following guidelines should be taken care of under Assessment Level 3 referred as AL3:
- 18 months’ funds (living, tuition, OSHC and travel expenses) to be shown for 2-year courses. Funds should be 3 months old.
- If student pays the course fees (semester or 1 year) and if he books accommodation prior to submission of the visa file, applicant will show only the remaining funds of 18 months according to the course.
- No proof of funds required for advance payment.
- Advance payment need not be 3 months old.
- Education Loan (Loan Disbursement letter is mandatory)
At present Australian applications are processed under two categories:
- E-lodgement (Electronic Lodgement)
- Paper Visa Lodgement
- Assessment Level 3 & 4 – 90 days
- Assessment Level 2 – 21 days
Please note that New Delhi average processing time varies; you are recommended to confirm the same at the time of lodging the application.
The Australian High Commission only accepts IELTS scores to establish English language proficiency of international students.
IELTS score is a mandatory requirement for the processing of student visa applications. Some institutes may accept a TOEFL score for admission purposes but an IELTS score is mandatory for visa purposes. The IELTS score requirements vary from course to course and from university to university. Most universities require an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 for graduate and that of 6.5- 7.0 for postgraduate courses. However, there are several undergraduate courses which require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 as well. So you need to check what applies in your case.
|EXAM||DIPLOMA||BACHELORS||GRAD DIP||PG DIP/MASTER|
|IELTS||5.5-6||0 6.0- 6.5||6.0
Some institutions may accept IELTS 6.0 band as well.
|TOEFL (COMPUTER BASED)||213-233||233-247||233||250|
If students fall short of the desired IELTS score for their course, they’ll need to enroll for an English language program called ELICOS to pursue their studies in Australia. ELICOS programs have been specifically designed for students who require English language training before commencing formal studies in Australia.
Test score equivalencies for the alternative tests for Australian Study Visa.
from Cambridge ESOL Test Scores
Under Graduate Studies
Universities: 17,500 – 28,000 AUD$ per year
Colleges: 14,500 – 18,500 AUD$ per year
Post Graduate Studies
Universities: 18,500 – 30,000 AUD$ per year
Colleges: 16,500 – 22,000 AUD$ per year
Living Expenses as per the Australia High Commission visa guidelines:
Living (Applicant) – 18,610.00 AUD per year
Living (Spouse) – 6,515 AUD per year
Living (Child I) – 3,720 AUD per year
Living (Child II) – 2,790 AUD per year
Further if the child turns 5 year in Australia, the schooling funds are needed for the stay in Australia.
Australia, though immensely popular, is not a cheap destination for Indian students. An undergraduate degree costs between A$15,000 to A$33,000. A master’s degree costs upwards of A$20,000. The fees for high value courses from reputed universities are much higher.
Australian government, educational institutions, and a number of public and private institutions offer scholarships to students of all nationalities. Some of the major scholarship programs are as follows:
- Australia Awards
- International Postgraduate research scholarships.
In addition to this all the major universities also offer scholarships and grants to deserving students. You can check out the websites of the universities of your choice.
Australia – Best choice for overseas education
- Australia is a land of diversity, a melting pot of around 200 cultures with more than 260 languages spoken in the country.
- It has 17 UNESCO-listed heritage sites and has been ranked the fourth happiest country in the world!
- People are warm, boisterous and helpful. With around half the current population born outside of the country, or having a parent born overseas, they have a welcoming attitude towards foreigners.
- Australian cities are consistently ranked among the most livable in the world. The quality of life and the infrastructure are exceptional.
- Weather is moderate and pleasant in most parts of Australia where majority of the universities and colleges are located
- Recent racial attacks on Indian students are a cause of worry, but these incidents are exceptions rather than the rule. It is advisable you avoid dangerous localities and don’t venture out alone late in the night.
- A majority of the huge Indian student population in Australia is very happy with the overall experience of living there.
Australian institutes offer a wide range of courses – from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. They rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance.
There are 43 universities in Australia: 40 Australian universities, two international universities, and one private specialty university.
|S. NO.||University Name||Province/ State||City||Campus Location|
|1||University of Sydney||New South Wales||Sydney||Sydney, Camperdown|
|2||Australian Catholic University||New South Wales||Sydney||Two campuses in Syndey i. North Sydney ii. Strathfield|
|Australian Catholic University||Queensland||Brisbane||McAuley|
|Australian Catholic University||Australian Capital Territory||Canberra||Canberra campus|
|Australian Catholic University||Victoria||Ballarat||Aquinas|
|Australian Catholic University||Victoria||Melbourne||St Patrick’s|
|3||Charles Sturt University||New South Wales||Sydney||Bathurst,Albury,Dubbo,Goulburn,Orange,Wagga Wagga,Parramatta,Manly, Broken Hill.|
|Charles Sturt University||Victoria||Melbourne||Wangaratta|
|Charles Sturt University||Australian Capital Territory||Canberra||Canberra campus|
|4||University of Notre Dame Australia||Western Australia||Fremantle||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|University of Notre Dame Australia||Western Australia||Broome||Broome, Western Australia|
|University of Notre Dame Australia||New South Wales||Sydney||Sydney|
|5||Australian National University||Australian Capital Territory||Canberra||Main Campus|
|6||University of Canberra||Australian Capital Territory||Canberra||Main Campus|
|7||Macquarie University||New South Wales||Sydney||Sydney CBD,Macquarie Park|
|8||Southern Cross University||New South Wales||Coffs Harbour||Coffs Harbour,Tweed Gold Coast, Sydney|
|Southern Cross University||New South Wales||Lismore||Lismore|
|Southern Cross University||New South Wales||Tweed Heads||Tweed Heads|
|9||University of Notre Dame||New South Wales||Sydney||Fremantle,Broome, Western Australia,Sydney, New South Wales.|
|10||University of New England||New South Wales||Armidale||Armidale|
|11||University of New South Wales||New South Wales||Sydney||Kensington,Coogee, Botany, Cowan, Dee Why, Manly Vale, Fowlers Gap, Bankstown Airpor|
|University of New South Wales||Australian Capital Territory||Canberra||Canberra campus|
|12||University of Newcastle (Australia)||New South Wales||Newcastle||Newcastle,Callaghan|
|University of Newcastle (Australia)||New South Wales||Ourimbah||Ourimbah|
|University of Newcastle (Australia)||New South Wales||Port Macquarie||Port Macquarie,|
|University of Newcastle (Australia)||New South Wales||Sydney||Sydney campus|
|13||University of Technology, Sydney||New South Wales||Sydney CBD||Sydney|
|14||University of Western Sydney||New South Wales||Sydney||Bankstown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury campus, Parramatta|
|15||University of Wollongong||New South Wales||Wollongong||Wollongong|
|University of Wollongong||New South Wales||Sydney||Sydney|
|University of Wollongong||New South Wales||Shoalhaven||Shoalhaven|
|University of Wollongong||New South Wales||Batemans Bay||Batemans Bay|
|University of Wollongong||New South Wales||Loftus||Loftus|
|University of Wollongong||New South Wales||Moss Vale||Moss Vale|
|16||Charles Darwin University||Northern Territory||Darwin||Casuarina,Alice Springs,Katherine,Nhulunbuy|
|17||Bond University||Queensland||Gold Coast||Gold Coast|
|18||Central Queensland University||Queensland||Bundaberg||Bundaberg|
|Central Queensland University||Queensland||Gladstone||Gladstone|
|Central Queensland University||Queensland||Mackay||Mackay|
|Central Queensland University||Queensland||Rockhampton||Emerald|
|Central Queensland University||New South Wales||Sydney||Sydney campus|
|Central Queensland University||Queensland||Brisbane||Shire of Noosa,Rockhampton|
|19||Griffith University||Queensland||Logan||Logan city,Brisbane,Nathan|
|Griffith University||Queensland||Gold Coast||Gold coast,|
|Griffith University||Queensland||South Bank||South Bank,Mount Gravatt|
|20||James Cook University||Queensland||Townsville||Townsville|
|James Cook University||Queensland||Springfield||Springfield|
|James Cook University||Queensland||Cairns||Cairns|
|21||Queensland University of Technology||Queensland||Brisbane||Brisbane City,Caboolture|
|22||University of Queensland||Queensland||Ipswich||Ipswich|
|University of Queensland||Queensland||Gatton||Gatton|
|University of Queensland||Queensland||Brisbane||St Lucia|
|23||University of Southern Queensland||Queensland||Toowoomba||Toowoomba|
|University of Southern Queensland||Queensland||Springfield||Springfield|
|University of Southern Queensland||Queensland||Fraser Coast Region||Fraser Coast|
|24||University of the Sunshine Coast||Queensland||Sunshine Coast||Sippy Downs|
|25||Heinz College Australia||South Australia||Adelaide||Adelaide|
|26||Flinders University||South Australia||Adelaide||Adelaide|
|27||Torrens University Australia||South Australia||Adelaide||Victoria Square|
|28||University of Adelaide||South Australia||Adelaide||North Terrace,Urrbrae,Thebarton,|
|University of Adelaide||South Australia||Roseworthy||Roseworthy|
|29||University of South Australia||South Australia||Adelaide||Adelaide|
|University of South Australia||South Australia||Whyalla||Whyalla|
|University of South Australia||South Australia||Mount Gambier||Mount Gambier|
|30||University of Tasmania||Tasmania||Hobart||Hobart|
|University of Tasmania||Tasmania||Launceston||Launceston|
|University of Tasmania||New South Wales||Sydney||Sydney|
|31||Deakin University||Victoria||Geelong||Waurn Ponds, Waterfront|
|32||La Trobe University||Victoria||Melbourne||Melbourne,Bundoora|
|La Trobe University||Victoria||Albury-Wodonga||Albury-Wodonga|
|La Trobe University||Victoria||Bendigo||Bendigo|
|La Trobe University||Victoria||Beechworth||Beechworth|
|La Trobe University||Victoria||Shepparton||Shepparton|
|La Trobe University||Victoria||Mildura||Mildura|
|La Trobe University||Victoria||Mount Buller||Mount Buller|
|33||Monash University||Victoria||Melbourne||Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick, Parkville|
|34||RMIT University||Victoria||Melbourne||CBD, Brunswick, Bundoora|
|35||Swinburne University of Technology||Victoria||Melbourne||Hawthorn, Lilydale, Prahran, Wantirna, Croydon|
|36||University of Ballarat||Victoria||Ballarat||Ballarat and Mount Helen|
|University of Ballarat||Victoria||Ararat||Ararat|
|University of Ballarat||Victoria||Horsham||Horsham|
|University of Ballarat||Victoria||Stawell||Stawell|
|37||University of Melbourne||Victoria||Parkville||Parkville|
|University of Melbourne||Victoria||Southbank||Southbank|
|University of Melbourne||Victoria||Burnley||Burnley|
|University of Melbourne||Victoria||Werribee||Werribee|
|University of Melbourne||Victoria||Creswick||Creswick|
|University of Melbourne||Victoria||Dookie||Dookie|
|38||Victoria University||Victoria||Melbourne CBD||Melbourne|
|Victoria University||Victoria||St Albans||St Albans|
|39||Curtin University||Western Australia||Perth||Perth|
|Curtin University||New South Wales||Sydney||Sydney|
|40||Edith Cowan University||Western Australia||Perth||Perth,Bunbury|
|41||Murdoch University||Western Australia||Perth||Perth|
|Murdoch University||Western Australia||Mandurah||Mandurah|
|Murdoch University||Western Australia||Rockingham||Rockingham|
|42||University of Western Australia||Western Australia||Perth||Perth|
|University of Western Australia||Western Australia||Albany||Albany|
For most universities the academic year begins in February and the first semester concludes in June. Students then have a two- to four- week winter break before resuming their second semester studies in July. The Australian summer runs from December to February.
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