is a land of opportunities with an expanding economy, rapid infrastructure development
and dynamic multicultural society with 25% of its population born overseas. It
is an English speaking country with no local dialect. In the past decade Australian
education has gained international recognition and acclaim and today boosts of
providing world class courses in science, engineering, hospitality, health sciences,
business and agriculture. Australian National University, University of Melbourne,
University of Sydney, Monash University, University of New South Wales, RMIT,
are some of the top class Australian educational establishments.
Australia boosts of government
universities/colleges, public funded and private funded universities. Vocational
colleges and training schools find a well-coveted place in education system accounting
for 51% student intake as against 47% for university education.
educational institutions offer certificate level, diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate
and research level courses with unique pathways linking diploma to degree programs.
Australian Government does not offer any rankings for universities. However, it
is mandatory for each educational establishment to strictly adhere to the quality
has a flexible education system offering tailor made programs for most student
profiles. The large number of foundation courses, bridging and pathway programs
provide students with an easy gateway to university education.
admissions to Bachelor’s program the student needs to complete 12 years of education
with a sound academic record and obtain requisite scores in IELTS (International
English Language System). However, if you fail to meet the selection criteria
for a particular course, most universities offer a foundation course, which prepares
you for the undergraduate program, and also reserves a provisional place in your
proposed program of study.
unlike USA, accepts 3 years bachelor’s degree for admission to most of its masters
programs. Completion of undergraduate degree in allied field, interest and aptitude
for the subject, work experience (if applicable), and fulfillment of English language
requirement are some of the admission requirements. The universities also offer
Bridging courses for students who are not directly eligible for masters program.
to MBA program requires the candidate to have at least 2-3 years of managerial
experience, consistently good secondary and post secondary academic performance
and valid GMAT score.
Most courses require the
students to obtain 6.0 bands in IELTS. However, some may require a higher score
of 6.5 or 7.0 bands. Moreover, if a student fails to get the required IELTS score
he can take up an ELICOS program.
Majority of the Australian
Universities commence their intakes in February and mid year intakes in July.
Nonetheless, some private and public funded universities work on a trimester basis
with intakes in January, May and September. The students need to fill up the application
form (paper-based or online) of the concerned university and course, send the
relevant documents including marks sheets, degree certificates, experience letters
and reference letters. The admission process takes around 4-6 months. Once a student
receives his admission letter he proceeds to pay the first semester tuition fees
to obtain the Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE).
Tuition & Living Costs:
in Australia is comparatively less expensive than USA and UK. University fees
for undergraduate program ranges from 10000 –20000 AUD a year, for masters and
doctoral programs from 12000 – 25000 AUD p.a. and graduate diplomas from 9000-15000
AUS a year. Living costs are variable and depend much on the city of residence.
9000-12000 AUD p.a. can be taken as a rough range for living expenses. In addition,
all international students are required to pay for the Overseas Student Health
Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their study period in Australia.
Australia offers very little
by way of scholarships or education grants. Besides most of the grants are confined
to postgraduate studies and the competition for the award is intense. Hence majority
of the international students are full fee paying students.
students are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester
and full time during vacation periods. The earnings enable the student to pay
for a part of their costs.
Visa for Australia takes around 1-2 months if applying online and 3-4 months if
applying in person. It’s a drop box visa and as a rule does not involve appearing
for an interview at the Australian High Commission office. The student after receiving
the Confirmation of Enrolment proceeds to apply for his visa. The student has
to fill the application forms 157a, Student Information Sheet, Additional information
sheet, prepare a student financial statement, attach all his financial documents,
academic certificates, test score report, experience certificates, Statement of
Purpose and extra documents. The student has to submit all these documents along
with the visa fees for Pre Visa Assessment (PVA). In case of Online application
the PVA is done by Australian High Commission authorized agent and the payment
of Visa fees is done through credit card and in case of applying in person PVA
is done by Australian High Commission. Once the PVA has been completed satisfactorily
the student is required to go for medical examination by a panel doctor who sends
the sealed reports directly to the Australian High Commission. After receipt of
medical reports starts the process of visa file review, which takes around 1 month,
and if the approval is given the student needs to send his passport for stamping
On successful completion of
two years of full time studies, the student is allowed to stay and work full time
in Australia for a period of two years. The period is called temporary residency
(TR). During TR the student has to make sure that he works in the same or allied
subject field in which he has graduated. After TR, depending on his academic records,
IELTS scores, and work profile if he gathers required 120 points for skilled migration,
he becomes eligible for permanent residency (PR).
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