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Study in Australia

Among one of the most popular destinations for international students Australia is ranked highly in almost every metric. Due to its remarkably high standard in education, unbelievably friendly nature of the people, diverse culture and the beautiful geography, it is truly a magnificent place to study.

Study in Australia

Australia, a land of dream & opportunities, a magnificently beautiful place with many different climates and cultures welcomes all the international students to pursue their quest for education. Australia will put you in the roller coaster ride of amazing & wonderful experiences. 

Why Australia?

26.7% of the students in Australian universities represent international students and with 812,000 international student enrollments in the numerous universities and vocational institutions in 2019, Australia claims the highest ratio of international students per head of population in the world by some distance. Unsurprisingly, Australian tertiary (otherwise known as higher) education institutions provide quality education through several innovative ways which has led 5 of them to be listed in the top 50 in QS World University Ranking for the year 2021. Majority of their universities are situated in highly developed urban cities which makes studying there safe and comfortable, along with that students can also experience the vibrant lifestyle of Australia while studying. 

By combining a quality education system with a safe and enjoyable lifestyle students are provided with the perfect environment to thrive in Australia.

Education System in Australia

When it comes to options Australia leaves students spoilt for choices, it has a wide range of study options with 1,100 institutions and 22,000 courses to choose from. The Australian education system provides three tiers of education with primary, secondary and tertiary education with universities being the highest level of education. Among the 43 different universities in Australia students can attend on-campus certificate courses, diploma, bachelors and postgraduate (master and doctoral programs). Various courses in vocational training are also offered by government-funded institutions including TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and other private institutions. It is not unusual for institutions to offer students with a number of pathway programs to higher education for international students including foundational studies and English language preparation programs in order to provide assistance and extra support if necessary. Universities in Australia offer courses of all types, ranging from the popular ones like Business, Science, Medicine, Engineering, to the rather neglected ones like theology and performing arts. The courses are a well balanced combination of detailed theoretical education and practical learning, along with internships and real life workplace engagements, the education you can receive here is invaluable. Due to such innovative practices Australian graduates are some of the most capable and sought after individuals, many of them even get employment or opportunities to study further in Australia right after graduation under the Post-Study Work Stream of the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 486).

English proficiency tests

Students belonging to English speaking countries do not need to prove their language proficiency while it is often a requirement that you prove your proficiency through English tests like IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, or SAT if you are an international student from a country where English is not the first or native language like in Nepal.

It is important to note that education institutions in Australia consider IELTS scores below band 6 to be inadequate.

Cost Of Living in Australia

Widely renowned for its diverse and accepting people, Australia is a very safe destination for international students. The students can find educational institutions of the highest standard in cities like Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, which makes facilities like accommodation, transportation along with an attractive lifestyle easily accessible. The Australian government estimates a minimum annual cost of 20,300 AUD for living costs in Australia for international students for a 12 month time period. While, it includes costs for accommodation, food, daily commute to university or school, entertainment and other minor daily expenses it excludes tuition costs or cost of travel to and from Australia. Majority of a student’s budget is spent on a full year’s rent with an average estimate of 16,00 AUD along with payment of rental bonds in most places being required in case of long-term leases. However, students have a plethora of options for accommodation and depending on the city and location of housing students might have to budget accordingly. 

Some of the options for accommodation along with estimated weekly prices are listed below.

  • Homestay : 250 to 500 AUD
  • Rental : 190 to 500 AUD
  • Shared Rental : 100 to 350 AUD
  • On-Campus : 110 to 300 AUD
  • Hostels : 90 to 200 AUD

Estimates of some common living expenses are listed as below.

  • Power and gas : 10 to 30 AUD
  • Phone and internet : 15 to 40 AUD
  • Daily commute (Public transport) : 40 to 65 AUD
  • Entertainment : 40 to 160 AUD
  • Food and necessities : 130 to 300 AUD

Educational cost in Australia

Studying abroad can be a bit expensive in most developed countries. While it is not cheap to study in Australia, it is very reasonable compared to most of its competitors and if you qualify for the countless scholarships programs available for almost every course a lot of your problems can be alleviated. Additionally, international students are expected to make payments for tuition in advance and tuition costs can vary depending on the institutions with.

  • English language studies: 350 to 500 AUD per week *depending on the length of course

  • Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I-IV, Diploma, Advance Diploma) : 4,000 to 25,000 AUD per year

  • Undergraduate Bachelor Degree : 15,000 to 40,000 AUD per year

  • Postgraduate Master's Degree : 20,000 to 50,000 AUD per year

  • Doctoral Degree : 20,000 to 60,000 AUD per year

Australian Visa Requirements

If you have genuine interest in furthering your studies and possess the right qualifications, visa acquisition for Australia is just a few steps away. With the help of professionals the process can be extremely easy, for a clearer understanding the process and requirements are listed below.

  • Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or other tests)

  • Photographs in requested format and a valid passport

  • Approval letter from the education provider

  • Educational certificates, transcripts and degrees that you may have acquired

  • Payment of visa application fee

  • Proof of financial capability

  • Payment of tuition fees

  • Confirmation of enrollment (COE)

  • Provide Medical reports (students have to take medical examinations and require a mandatory OSHC for their entire duration of stay) and police certificates

Note: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) can cost north of 450 AUD depending on the provider and if accompanied by family members (usually when the student is under 18) the family member has to be covered too.

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