Higher Education in Australia
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, highly developed with a huge economy which makes it one of the wealthiest. It also has a high literacy rate and is ranked among the top countries in terms of education and quality of living. By pursuing your higher studies in the country you allow yourself the opportunity to work in this country where high paying job prospects are high, and high quality of living at affordable rates are the norm.
- Mode of education is English
- Globally recognized quality education
- Cost of education is much less as compared to USA.
- Easier to get student visa and permanent residency after education.
- Australia is one of the best places to live.
- Many Universities have international tie-ups and exchange programs which will allow the students to get a worldly exposure.
- Australia is a safe and friendly country, a home away from home for the students who want the best education and the simple visa procedures make it all the more appealing.
Around 120,000 students(per year) are granted a study visa.
While you are studying, you are eligible to work 20 hours per week when school is in session and forty hours per week during vacations.
To get admission in a course falling under 'higher education' category a student is required to have a score of six or more on IELTS. For Vocational Studies and Training courses as well as for secondary school courses an overall score between 5-6 is required. TOEFL is widely accepted now. A score of 213/300 and above in TOEFL is also
accepted. Some Universities also accept Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grades A or
B). Most postgraduate applications (MS/MSc) may take 6 weeks to process.
How to get visa after acceptance?
Getting student visa for Australia is much easier as compared to USA and Canada. If your application for study is successful, you will be sent a offer letter from the University. When you return your acceptance of the offer and make that first payment to the University, an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCEO) is sent to the Australian diplomatic mission (embassy, consulate etc) you have nominated in your application form. A paper copy of this electronic Confirmation of Enrollment is sent to you. You then submit your copy of the eCEO to the nominated diplomatic mission when you apply for a student visa.
Cost and Fees
Tuition fees vary from AUD 6000 to AUD 7000 for a six-month graduate certificate course to over AUD 30000 /yr for a medical degree. Most full time degree and post graduate degree cost between AUD 10000 to 20000 per year. In vocational education and training, costs vary from AUD 3000 to 4000 for a 20-week certificate course to over AUD 12000/yr for laboratory or computer intensive advanced
courses. The Australian government requires that international students (including families) pay for health insurance in through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Scheme. Health care costs in Australia can be quite expensive. The cost of health insurance may be around $300 for a single person.
NEGATIVES OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA:
Australian education cost assessment
- Only the best students find it easy to get a job in Australia otherwise job hunting could serve to be a tedious and challenging task.
- Public transport is not very well developed in Australia. Being on the other side of the globe, travelling hours and charges can be a pain.
- While rumors of racism are present, the police and government of Australia assure that safety of international students is a priority.
Top Universities of Australia
- Australian National University
- University of Melbourne
- University of Sydney
- University of Queensland
- University of New South Wales
- Monash University
- University of Western Australia
- University of Adelaide
- Macquarie University
- Flinders University of South Australia