Study in Australia


With over 330,000 international students currently studying in Australia, the education standards of Australia are second to none. Representing 54 different nationalities, international students have made Australia the 3rd most popular destination for education in the world.

Australia has a market economy with high GDP per capita and a low rate of poverty. The Australian dollar is the currency for the nation. Australia has a market economy with high GDP per capita and a low rate of poverty. Australia is the world’s thirteenth largest economy and has the fifth highest per capita GDP at $66,984; significantly higher than that of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. The country was ranked second in the United Nations 2011 Human Development Index. Melbourne reached first place on The Economist’s 2011 World’s Most Livable Cities list, followed by Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide in sixth, eighth, and ninth place respectively. In common with many other developed countries, Australia is experiencing a demographic shift towards an older population, with more retirees and fewer people of working age.

Why Study in Australia:

A Future Unlimited:

An Australian education equips people with the knowledge, skills and networks that will last a lifetime and gives every student that studies with us the foundation they need for a Future Unlimited.


Australia has an international reputation for excellence in all areas of education and training. Australia’s scientists and researchers have been responsible for major breakthroughs and technological advances around the world. Our best-known achievers have won international awards, including eight Nobel Prizes. Australia is a technologically advanced society and you’ll study at an institution with great facilities.


Australia – a place where your quality of education is guaranteed.


Australia is a safe, friendly and harmonious country. When you arrive you may find yourself struck by the friendliness and hospitality of the people. Imagine: you’ve left your country behind, yet somehow, you’ve arrived home.


In Australia you will enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. Living costs and tuition fees are affordable and comparable to the United Kingdom and United States. You can even offset your living costs with part-time work while you study.


When you graduate, your qualification will be recognized by international employers and leading education institutions around the world. This is because all Australian education qualifications are included under one national system – Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Support: Education institutions in Australia are among some of the best in the world offering modern and innovative facilities that will ensure your time as a student is positive and valuable, preparing you for a successful career in your chosen field. Student support forms a large part of Australia’s education system. Institutions take their responsibility to student welfare seriously. They provide specialist services to help international students adjust to life and study in Australia and to achieve their goals.

Education System:

Education in Australia is primarily the responsibility of the states and territories. Education in Australia is compulsory between the ages of five and fifteen to seventeen, depending on the state or territory, and date of birth. Post-compulsory education is regulated within the Australian Qualifications Framework, a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFE) and the higher education sector (university).

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) provides the hierarchy of educational qualifications in Australia. It is administered nationally by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Few qualifications outside the system are accepted by employers or for entry to tertiary study. The main exceptions are information technology vendor certifications and the International Baccalaureate.

AQF Level
Level 10
Graduates at this level have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning, and specialized research skills for the advancement of learning or professional practice.
Doctoral degree
3 to 4 years
Level 9
Graduates at this level have specialized knowledge and skills for research or professional practice.
Masters degree (extended)

Masters degree (coursework)

Masters degree (research)
3 to 4 years

1 to 2 years

1 to 2 years
Level 8
Graduates at this level have advanced knowledge and skills for highly skilled professional work.
Graduate diploma

Graduate certificate

Bachelor degree with honours
1 to 2 years

6 months to 1 year

1 year
Level 7
Graduates at this level have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work.
Bachelor degree
3 to 4 years
Level 6
Graduates at this level have broad knowledge and skills for highly skilled paraprofessional work.
Associate degree

Advanced diploma
2 years

1.5 to 2 years
Level 5
Graduates at this level have specialized knowledge and skills for skilled paraprofessional work.
1 to 2 years
Level 4
Graduates at this level have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialized skilled work.
Certificate IV
6 months to 2 years
Level 3
Graduates at this level have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for work.
Certificate III
1 to 2 years
Level 2
Graduates at this level have knowledge and skills for work in a defined context.
Certificate II
6 months to 1 year
Level 1
Graduates at this level have knowledge and skills for initial work and/or community engagement.
Certificate I
6 months to 1 year

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Institutions will assess whether you meet the selection criteria set for your proposed course of study. They will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country. Academic requirements.

Undergraduate – To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course you will need to have an Australia Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also have specific pre-requisite subjects.

Postgraduate – As well as the satisfactory completion of at least one degree at undergraduate level, your institution may take research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.

Vocational education and training – Generally there are no other entrance exams for VET institutions. However some courses may have specific pre-requisite subjects or work experience requirements.

Schools – Entry requirements can vary between schools in Australia, depending on the state or territory you will be studying in. Academic performance and ability is considered during the selection process.

English language Proficiency

Students need a sufficient level of English language proficiency; Institutions set their own English language requirements for course entry. The institution accepts.

IELTS (minimum 6.0 band score with no band less than 5.5)
TOEFL (minimum 79, with no band less than 20),
PTE (minimum 50, with no band less than 44).

What if you do not meet the entry requirements?

If your English language proficiency score is not high enough, you can enroll in an English language course (ELICOS/ EAP) to prepare you for further study. All Australian universities have English language centers on campus, or have links with English language colleges. If you don’t meet academic requirements, there are a few options to prepare you for further study. Depending on your previous studies and the final qualification you want to study, you can enroll in secondary school or Foundation Studies.

Cost of Education:

Level of Qualification
Per Annum in AUD
Foundation Studies
such as university entrance, preparatory and bridging courses
A$9,000 to 14,000/ year
Non Laboratory Based
such as courses in arts, business, economics and law
A$14,000 to 35,000 / year
Laboratory Based
such as science and engineering courses
A$16,000 to 38,000 / year
Graduate Certificates
A$15,000 to 36,000 / year
Graduate Diplomas
A$15,000 to 36,000 / year
Doctoral Degree
A$14,000 to 36,000 / year
Vocational education and training
Certificates I – IV
A$5,000 to 20,000 / year
Advanced Diploma

Cost of Living:

Living expenses vary from city to city, however international students in Australia should budget between AUD 18610 per year. This cost would normally include the following:

Health insurance:
International students studying in Australia must have adequate arrangements in Australia for health insurance. Australia has a special system of health care cover for international students. This is called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and you are required to have this for the duration of your student visa in Australia. The average rate of OSHC starts from AUD900 and varies depending on the course duration.

Working Scope During & After Studies:

Under the current arrangements, student visa holders and their dependant family members (except masters by research or doctoral degree student dependants who can work full time), can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the term once the course has commenced, and unlimited hours when the course is not in session. 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.

From next year, students will be eligible for up to four years post-study work depending on the level of study completed. Previously, students were only allowed 18 months post-study work if they had completed a select skilled occupation (medicine, trades, engineering, etc). Now, all graduates, regardless of field of study, are eligible for:

  1. 2 years post-study work upon completion of a bachelor degree
  2. 3 years post-study work upon completion of a master’s degree; and
  3. 4 years post-study work upon completion of a doctorate

Visa Requirement:

Student visas are granted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). DIAC will only grant you a student visa if your course is registered, or is part of a registered course, on a full time basis.

Visit the Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website for more information on registered courses and education providers.

Courses under three months’ duration can be undertaken on a visitor visa or courses of up to four months on a working holiday visa. If you intend to study a longer course, you must apply for a student visa.
Advantages to studying on a student visa include:

  • You will have access to Australia’s subsidized student health cover;
  • You will be allowed to study for longer; and
  • You can work part time.

To obtain a Student Visa you will need to:

  1. Submit a student visa application;
  2. Pay an application fee;
  3. Provide a valid passport;
  4. Provide appropriate information about financial ability to pay for the study;
  5. Provide appropriate information about academic and English ability;
  6. Provide an e Coe (electronic confirmation of enrolment) for a course;
  7. Provide information that you have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC);
  8. Prove that you are of good character, sound health and have no debts to the Australian Government.

To maintain a student visa in Australia students must comply with a number of visa conditions including attendance and academic performance.

Spouses & Dependants

Members of a student’s immediate family (spouse, unmarried dependent children under 18 years of age) may accompany them to study in Australia on a ‘Dependents’ Visa.

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