Why Study in Australia
More and more international students are choosing Australia as their study abroad des
tination. The International Education Advisory Council predicts a 30% rise in the number of international students studying in Australia within the next seven years.
Did you know that Australia has the third highest number of foreign students in the world
behind only the UK & US? This isn’t surprising when you consider Australia has eight of the top 100 universities in the world! IDP offers you the opportunity to accomplish your aspirations and dreams of higher education and study in Australia. Australia has a modern, highly educated culture with a thirst for knowledge and research. Australia has contributed to science and research through fascinating discoveries, high quality educational opportunities, and international collaboration. Australia is located near Asia, one of the fastest developing regions, so has immediate ties to most powerful economic hubs in the world.
Degrees obtained from Australian universities are recognized all over the world. The nation’s higher education industry is federally regulated, meaning the Australian government evaluates all universities in the country yearly to make sure they are maintaining their high standards.
A range of Courses in Australia:
Institutes in Australia offer a wide variety of courses and degrees so international students can easily find the school and field that are right for them. Students can choose between universities, colleges, premier institutes, vocational education, and English language training.
The Australian lifestyle known for being relaxed. This is great news for students hoping to improve their studies in a laid back environment. Australia considers its cultural diversity one of its greatest strengths. Other lifestyle benefits for international students include:
- a safe environment
- a multicultural community
- many unique travel choices within the country
- exciting cities
- flexibility to work part time up to 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays
International students in Australia can work up to 40 hours per fortnight, allowing them to earn money, gain useful work experience in a foreign country and meet a variety of new people. Besides that scholarship opportunities are available for international students.
When it comes to costs, Australia compares favourably with other top destination countries for international students.
- Estimated living expenses: AU$12,000 to AU$18,000 per year
- Average Undergraduate course fees: AU$10,000 to AU$16,500 per year.
- Average Graduate course fees: AU$11,000 to AU$18,500 per year.
- Course duration: 3-4 years for undergraduate courses and 1 or more years for postgraduate courses
Education system in Australia
The Australian education system provides primary, secondary and tertiary education.
School education (Primary and Secondary)
School education is similar across all of Australia with only minor variations between states and territories. School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into:
- Primary school – Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7.
- Secondary school– Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.
- Senior secondary school– Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.
Tertiary education includes both higher education (including universities) and vocational education and training (VET).
Language of instruction
English is the official language of Australia and the main language of instruction in the education system. Many schools offer bilingual programs or programs in other languages.
Benefits of Studying in Australia
- Australia offers international students a high quality world class education.
- Australia is multicultural in nature and has a welcoming environment too which makes it easier for students to settle in.
- There are many different education programs offered to meet individual needs.
- Technologically up-to-date education facilities.
- Qualified, committed staff.
- Great support services for international students.
- International students allowed to work on part-time basis.
- Scholarships in certain cases.
- International education is well regulated under the Australian Legislation to meet National Standards.
- A student may have at least 20 working hours in a week. Through doing this, the country offers the student some hands-on experience in the job sector, even before he fully ventures into that field.
Frequently Asked Question
How many international students study in Australia?
There are over 500 000 international students studying in Australian institutions currently with this number expected to increase in coming years.
Where can I get information on courses available to study in Australia?
Australian Agency can provide you with valuable course information tailored to your interests.
What are Australian university semester dates?
Generally Australian universities have two semesters. The first is from February to June and the second from July to November. This can vary somewhat between universities.
Do I need a student Careers to study in Australia?
Yes Australian Agency has been handling student Careers for over a decade. We can guide you through this process to ensure your documentation is complete and correct so your student Careers is granted quickly.
Do I have to complete my studies within a certain timeframe?
Yes. Your student Careers specifies an expected duration in which you will study in Australia. You must complete your studies within this duration.
Can I extend my student Careers in Australia?
Yes. You can apply to extend your student Careers if you have not completed your studies within the expected duration.
How much does it cost to study in Australia?
Australia offers very competitively priced study and living. Overall, we are consistently less expensive than the USA and UK.
Tuition fees will vary depending on the course and university at which you study and also your chosen lifestyle and activity expenses.
Do I need a tax file number if I study in Australia?
Australian Agency recommends that you get an Australian tax file number (TFN). You will need this for banking and tax purposes if you work during study. Every Australian Post Office will have an application form available. Or you can apply online.
What is the cost of living in Australia? How much money do I need for a year?
If you are required to provide an evidence of available funds to support your stay, those are the official figures considered sufficient for a year stay in Australia:
- Student/guardian – AUD 19,830
- Partner/spouse – AUD 6,940
- Child – AUD 2,970
Can I include my family on my Australian student Careers?
Yes, you will be able to include your dependent family members on your Careers. Their Careers will be approved for the same duration as your Careers.
What is the processing time?
Most student Careers take approximately 2-3 weeks to process, however the timeframes vary depending on Immigration. In most cases applications are finalised within a month. However, failure to provide all documents or submitting misleading or wrong information may delay the process or result in Careers refusal.