Australia is a country, and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal, but its capital, Canberra, is inland and nicknamed the “Bush Capital.” The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback (interior desert wilderness) and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.
Australia is a dynamic, vibrant country with energetic, friendly people. Multicultural Australia is English-speaking and a safe and friendly society in which students can learn and travel freely. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a standard of living that is among the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably less expensive than UK and USA.
Australia enjoys an international reputation for excellence in all areas of education and training. Australian universities are widely recognized for excellence in many disciplines. Institutions deliver practical and career-orientated training so graduates can be confident they have the skills demanded by employers.
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries and enters the new millennium with one of the highest rates of internet access in the world. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology.
Australia’s scientists and researchers have been responsible for major breakthroughs and technological advances around the world. Many of them are well known and have won international awards, including eight Nobel Prizes.
Study in Australia at an Australian university or college and students will be opening the door to a world of study that will fill their life with knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm. International Students can choose from a vast range of courses including traditional academic areas of learning and research, as more practical course with a vocational orientation.
Masters in Australia
Australia is an extremely popular destination for Indian students looking to study postgraduate courses. Postgraduate courses in Australia can last between six months and four years. If taking a graduate program in Australia students will have the opportunity to choose between either taught or research led courses.
A master’s degree assessed by coursework will last 18 months to 24 months, students will require to complete a dissertation alongside their classroom study, whilst a research-led masters is often used to prepare students for a PhD and takes two years or more. This also requires a significant amount more independent study than a taught program.
Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses – from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions 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). Along with our universities, many other institutions offer higher education courses
Education in Australia has financial benefits
- Undergraduate degrees are generally three years in Australia as compared to four years in U.S. and other countries
- There are many One-year post graduate courses. Thus you can save on living costs and tuition fees. Many VET and TAFE courses are among the cheapest in the world
Tuition Fee (In AUD per year)
$ (Australian Dollars)
|Bachelor degree – Non lab based courses
(Programs in Arts, Business, Economics and Law)
|AUD 16,000 – AUD 22,000|
|Laboratory based – Bachelor degree courses
(Science & Engineering programs)
|AUD 18,000 – AUD 23,000|
$ (Australian Dollars)
|Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas||AUD 16,000 – AUD 22,000|
|Masters degree courses, Doctoral degree programs||AUD 17,000 – AUD 26,000|
Length of MBA program varies considerably between institutions, depending on the mode of study, but ranges from approximately 12 to 15 months full time. The fees in the table below are shown as the approximate annual cost of the full-time MBA program.
$ (Australian Dollars)
|MBA||AUD 17,000 – AUD 32,000|
Annual Living Expenses in Australia – Approx. AUD $ 18,610 per year
Work while you study
Most International students who are studying in a course of more than one year duration can work part time up to 20 hours a week during course time and full time during vacation periods, provided this does not interfere with their study program.
Universities and TAFE institutions have a Careers Office, which regularly posts employment vacancies. Part-time work is not difficult to find, however, there is strong competition.
However we advise students not to depend on part-time work for their expenses. It is very important for students to concentrate on their studies before looking for work.
Students Searching for a Job
Many universities and colleges in Australia provide a special service called “Job Access” that helps students to find a good position in the job market. Apart from that students can also find the jobs in newspaper, online and from events and job fairs.
There will be Employment Officer in many universities to help students look part-time work, most of which is non-professional, such as waiting on tables, cleaning or sales. Students may find casual work picking and packaging fruits and vegetables on local farms but such work is not guaranteed.
In Australia it is very easy and also difficult as well to get employed for the international students. Many students are able to get a job after spending certain time, if they are good in speaking English. If you are good in speaking English earlier, then you can obviously find good opportunities. It is for sure that only immigrants can acquire a full time job.
Many tertiary institutions have a career service. They advertise job vacancies, help their students to find work and give information on writing applications and approved payment rates. Employment centers at institutions advertise a range of jobs. You can also find work through newspaper advertisements, an employment agency or the government’s national employment service, Job network.
Students can also get a job in their field of education and this will build a good platform for their career and helps them after completion of their academics. Even the country encourages the students with preceding professional skills. There is high possibility for the students to get Permanent Residence in Australia.
Many Universities and colleges are now accommodating the job market by changing the study curriculum in order to place the students in good positions. In this process, students will be recruited as a trainee during their final semester and after completion of their academics they will be appointed permanently.
Working after studies in Australia
Australia is always in need of skilled people and Australia has been building its population through immigration from the past 200 years. Australia welcomes international students and will continue to provide an opportunity for those who have the necessary qualifications and skills to find an Australian employer willing to sponsor them for a permanent visa.
There are also several other visa categories open to international students and Australia has a very straightforward path to permanent residency under the skilled migration program. Most International students studying in Australia who hold a vocational, higher education or postgraduate student visa will still be able to apply for permanent residence if their occupation is on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and they meet other requirements.
Please Note: However students should be aware that merely by studying in Australia does not guarantee permanent residence or full time jobs.
The Australian Government skilled migration program targets young people who have skills, an education and outstanding abilities that will contribute to the Australian economy. International students with Australian qualifications account for about half the people assessed under the skilled migrant program.
Undergraduate – Bachelors
- A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling.
- Some courses such as Computing and Engineering will require Mathematics and /or Science as pre-requisites
- A 6.0 band in IELTS
Postgraduate – Masters
- A good academic record in Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university is necessary
- Some universities may even accept student at 55% and above in the 1st degree GMAT scores ranging between 600-700 by many Universities for Management Programs if required.
- Any work experience in the field will be helpful For MBA programs at some Universities students need to have work experience along with their Bachelors Degree
- A 6.5 band in IELTS
Anyone intending to undertake 3 months or longer full time study in Australia will need to obtain a student visa. This permits the holder to travel to, enter and remain in Australia for the duration of the course of study
We advise all students to submit their application at least 9 to 12 weeks before the course commencement date. The process of Australian student visa begins with the application for admission in university / institute. Then an offer letter would be sent first where they accept you to join a course, based on which you need to pay the first semester fee and overseas student health cover
At this time the student will need to prove to the institute that he meets the Genuine Temporary Entry (GTE) requirement and also demonstrate that they have sufficient funds for tuition fee, living expenses and travel expenses for the duration of study. The living expenses are calculated at AUD 18,610 per year
Once the institute is satisfied with all the requirement they will then issue the Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE). With the eCoE students can then lodge their visa application.
The current visa fee is INR 32,600 and may change from time to time
Exchange Rate used to calculate financial capacity for a student visa
Exchange rates are reviewed and updated by Australian High Commission, New Delhi every three months unless there are significant changes in the rate which warrant an earlier review. The current exchange rate is 1 AUD = INR 52
Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP)
To be eligible for streamlined visa processing, students will need to provide a CoE for an eligible course at a participating university when they lodge their student visa application.
Streamlining Eligible applicants are those enrolled in
- Bachelor degrees
- Masters degrees by coursework
- Masters degrees by research
- Doctoral degrees
Streamlined processing arrangements are NOT available for students enrolled in
- short courses
- Associate degrees
- Graduate Diplomas / Graduate Certificates
- Diploma and Advance Diplomas
- Non award Courses
Genuine temporary entrant requirement
The individual circumstances of any student must demonstrate that they genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily and study in Australia.
The factors that are considered during assessment of the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement include:
- Students personal circumstances in home country
- Students potential circumstances in Australia
- the value of the course and applicant’s future
- Immigration history
- Any other matter that is relevant to students intention to remain in Australia temporarily.