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Study in Australia

Why Australia?

Australia is the third most popular study destination for international students, after the USA and UK. Home to the world’s eight most popular universities, Australian tertiary education comprises vocational colleges and universities, with 22,000 courses on offer for foreign students.

An increasing number of Indian students are opting for Australia to study abroad for its world-class education, post-study work opportunities, and excellent quality of living. Whatever course you choose to undertake, you’ll be assured of unbeatable academic excellence and a support system for international students.

Study options

The number of students coming to Australia grows exponentially each year. The most preferred courses amongst Indian students are business, tourism, hospitality management, MBA, accounting, healthcare, and IT.

An international student is expected to take up a course registered under CRICOS if he/she wishes to study in Australia. CRICOS indicates that the course and institution that you choose to meet a high standard of the Australian education system.

Australian Universities offer international students a range of learning options, such as associate degrees, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and PhDs. Of the total international student population, almost 40% are engaged in higher education programs and nearly 18% in English language programs.

The Education System in Australia

The unique factor of the Australian education system is its implementation of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the national policy established in 1995 that specifies the standards of qualifications for the tertiary education sector (higher education, vocational education, and training) in addition to the school leaving certificate, called the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. With AQF, your degree is recognized and authorized by the government.

Under the AQF, there are 10 levels that interconnect various schools, colleges, universities, and educational institutions in one single national system. This allows flexibility, choice, and better career planning for students to move from one study level to another as long as their student visa requirements are fulfilled. 

The highest level of education in Australia is at the university level. You can choose from 43 universities, 40 out of which are government-funded, two are international universities and one is a private university. You may opt for bachelor's degrees or postgraduate courses which can comprise certificate, postgraduate diploma, master, and doctoral programs.

Students can also enroll for vocational courses that work as a gateway to university education or industry for work. These courses focus on practical skills and industry training and are offered by government-funded institutions (including TAFE - Technical and Further Education) and private establishments.

Cost of studying in Australia

An undergraduate degree could cost AUD 10,000–30,000 and postgraduate and Ph.D. degrees could cost AUD 20,000–40,000.

The average living cost in Australia has been estimated to be AUD 18,000 per year. Accommodation costs could be $440 per week and transport and groceries could cost $15 to $280 per week. 

Whether your interest lies in nature, technology, art, culture, adventure, food, wine, or world-class academia, Australia definitely has something for you and is a country of endless opportunities. You will definitely love the student life in Australia, the outdoor culture and the friendly people

Student life in Australia

A great learning experience along with a fabulous lifestyle: that’s what Australian universities promise international students. While the country’s top universities offer world-class education, its cities layout a high standard of living with quality infrastructure and a sustainable environment.

Many Australian degree programs include work experience and internships, which help students be aware of their target industries and widen their professional network. Many of them become eligible to stay on “Down Under” for jobs after graduation.

According to the Australian government’s 2018 International Student Data, there were over 690,000 full-fee-paying international students in that country that year.

As an international student in Australia, you may, as in any other country, have cultural differences and the language barrier to overcome, on top of initial homesickness.

But by making friends from other countries including Australia and not sticking to students from your own country, and by becoming more outgoing, these difficulties can be eventually overcome.

This isn’t easy, but if you do this, you can reap the full benefit of your Australian experience and become a more confident person.

Like other countries, Australia also tries to protect its citizens from unemployment, and many positions are filled by them. Therefore, jobs often become scarce for foreigners, and there’s tough competition among foreigners for jobs, especially during an economic slowdown.

Some jobs with high unemployment rates are taken off the skilled occupation list, which means those graduating and hoping to get those positions find it difficult to get a work visa.

However, international students/graduates who have unique skills, experience, and proficiency in English are able to find the jobs they are looking for and build careers of choice.

Benefits of studying in Australia

Needless to say, the Go8 universities are popular worldwide and quite favourite amongst a large student population. 

Australia is comparatively affordable, and the scholarships provided to foreign students make it easier for them to fund their living and tuition costs.

Australia allows students to find part-time work options (20 hours per week), especially during holidays when students can work full-time (40 hours per week). Moreover, post-study work visas are also on offer, from 18 months to 4 years, with the opportunity to apply for a resident permit.

If you’re heading to Australia this year for your higher studies, don’t just sit back and relax on weekends or get stuck with your projects and classes during the weekdays. Just try to get over the daily routine and spend some time visiting places like the Blue Mountains, Bathurst, Mornington Peninsula, Gold Coast, Noosa, Townsville, Darwin, Hobart, and a lot more. It’s believed that nearly 90% of Australian people live away from the main cities, so you can perhaps behave as the locals do, during your stay, and enjoy some of the not-so-popular places or discover some hidden gems in the wild forests and alleys. 

Part-time jobs

As an international student, you are allowed to work for 20 hours a week when you are studying and full-time during your semester break. This will give you work experience and find a suitable job when you graduate.

Popular jobs include those at retail stores, supermarkets, call centers, cinemas, restaurants, and hotels.

You may even be able to find a job in your own target industry, such as at a TV station, in the case of a media student. The minimum wage in Australia is about A$16 before taxes.