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Study in Australia

Why 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.
  • Being the only country with ESOS [Education Services for Overseas Students] Act.
  • Australians value the cultural diversity brought by International students.
  • Lower number of cases of visa red-tapism than what occur in UK and US.
  • Cost of studying and living in Australia is considerably less for international students than in the USA and the UK.
  • Quality Education - Australia is renowned for its quality of teach ers, teaching methods and facilities and there is a worldwide acceptance and respect for Australian degrees and qualifications.
  • Offer greater scholarship opportunities to foreign students.
  • Highly competitive research opportunities to professionals for enhanced job opportunities

Australian graduates enjoy excellent employability, both within their home countries and in Australia. Included in the many Australian graduate success stories are the global CEOs of Ford, Coca Cola and McDonalds, the first Japanese Astronaut and the stars of Hollywood blockbuster movies.

Together with the great lifestyle enjoyed by students and the quality of education provided by Australia institutions, the benefits of studying in Australia are endless.

 Education system of Australia -

The educational system in Australia is quite similar to that in India. They follow the same 12 years of primary, junior and high school.
Levels of education - The education system in Australia follows the Australian Qualifications Network and falls into three main categories. The language of instruction in all Australian institutions is English.

Schools
Primary and secondary education is compulsory for all children and consists of 12 years of education. Students who bring school-age children with them as dependants to Australia will be required to enroll them in school and pay tuition fees.

Vocational Education & Training (VET)

  • Vocational courses in Australia are offered both by private institutions and TAFE colleges (Technical and Further Education).
  •  Usually 1-2 years in duration the courses are closely aligned with industry, providing students with the practical skills and knowledge that enable them to enter the work force.
  • Universities also offer credit towards Undergraduate degree programs to students who have completed VET studies.

Higher Education
Higher Education is offered by Universities and other accredited higher education Institutions.

Institutions offer both Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses leading to the following qualifications:

Australian Qualification Duration Entry Requirements (India)
Diploma
Advanced Diploma
Associate Degree
Pathway Programs 1 – 2 yrs Year 12 (10 + 2)
Bachelors degree 3yrs
4 yrs (Honours)
Year 12 (10 + 2) with good marks
Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma
1 semester – 1 yr Bachelors degree from recognised University
Masters degree 1 – 2 years Bachelors degree from a recognised University with good marks (Section 1 or 2)
Doctoral degree 2 – 5 yrs Masters degree + research proposal

Pathway Programs - A number of Australian institutions offer pathway programs. These are designed for students who may not be eligible for direct entry into a University bachelor’s degree. Commonly taught as a Diploma, students study the first year of the bachelor’s degree in a private institution and after 1 year transfer directly into 2nd year of the Bachelors degree with the University. The time frame is the same as direct entry into a bachelor’s degree, and the cost is slightly less. This is a great option for students! Application Procedures

Intakes -- There are two major intakes a year for Australian Institutions. The main intake is in February/March every year when institutions offer all courses. The July intake is slightly smaller with the majority of courses being offered. A number of private institutions also offer a third intake in October/November allowing students to study a ‘trimester system’.

Process - Students can visit any Study Overseas office to obtain professional advice on study options. Applications to study a course in Australia need to be made 4-6 months in advance of the semester start date.
In some cases a letter of offer can be obtained within a few days, however on average a letter of offer usually takes 2-6 weeks. The Australia student visa process currently takes a minimum of 12 weeks.
 

Semester Start Time Application to Study should be made Last Month Student Visa should be lodged
February/March September – November November
July February – March April
October/November June - July August

Some Australian Universities charge application fees which can often be waived if students’ meet with the University representative personally.

Application Process - One of the first steps into the application process is to get the application form for the educational institution being applied to which can be collected either from an Australian Education Agency or Institutions education nominated officer.

The documents required along with the application form are as follows:-

 1. The Full details of the previous education completed with a copy of the qualifications achieved.

 2. An evidence of proficiency of the English language for both undergraduate and post graduate studies as well as vocational education and training is also required.

 3. Finally, an evidence of financial capabilities of the student according to the home country’s assessment level will be needed.

The Second step is to send this application form to the concerned Educational Institution which once on receiving they will screen through. Once all the requirements are met, they send a letter of confirmation which is required for the VISA application.

Thirdly, most institutions ask for payment of their First semester before a student applies for his VISA.

Cost of studying
Australia offers students excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition fees being considerably lower than the UK and the USA.

Tuition Fees
Tuition fees vary between Institutions and are dependent on the level and course of study. International students are charged up-front tuition fees. Some general examples are as follow:
 

Primary/Secondary School A$ 5,000 – 13,000 / year
Foundation Studies A$ 9,000 – 14,000 / year
Certificate I – IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma A$ 5,500 – 18,000 / year
Bachelors Degree (Arts/Business/Law) A$ 10,000 – 13,500 / year
Bachelors Degree (Science & Engineering) A$ 11,000 – 16,500 / year
Masters/Doctoral Degree A$ 11,000 – 18,500 / year
English Language Training A$ 3,500 – 16,000 / year

Health insurance - All international students are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their study in Australia. This is paid at least 1 year in advance and then renewed annually. The current rate for OSHC is approximately $ 350 a year.

Financing of Education:-
As for Education there are a few options which should be looked into as one of the first to do things, some of which are mentioned below-
 
a) International Student loan- There is a website called internationalstudentloan.com which offers a variety of loans. Apart from them, there are various banks in your home country which provide loans.
 
b) International Scholarships- There are many universities and colleges who give scholarships and awards for international students who wish to study abroad. Do check with some universities before you apply.  

 Australia Visa
There are various pre-requisites that need to be fulfilled while you apply for a student VISA. There are seven sub-classes for education. They are mentioned as below:-
 a) Subclass 570- Independent ELICOS which is English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students as a standalone course.

 b) Subclass 571- Meant for students wanting to undertake a course of study in at a primary or a secondary school which includes both junior and senior school and an approved secondary exchange program.

c) Subclass 572- Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector covering Certificate I, II, III and IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma.

d) Subclass 573- Meant for Higher Education including Bachelors Degree, Associate Degree, Graduate certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters.

e) Subclass 574- Postgraduate Research covering Masters Degree by research and Doctoral Degrees.
 
f) Subclass 575- Non-Award covering foundation, bridging or other courses that do not lead to award of a degree, diploma or other formal award.

g) Subclass 576- AusAID or Defence sponsored covering a full time study undertaken by AusAID or Defence students sponsored by the Australian govt.

For more information on student VISA one can visit the website of Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) at- http://www.immi.gov.au/ .

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 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.

- International students that are studying in Australia may apply for permission to work once their course has commenced. Applying for the work visa is a fairly straight forward process. Once a work visa has been granted students are allowed to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester, and full time between semesters (during holidays).
Casual jobs for students in Australia include:
• Restaurant/café/bar work
• Supermarkets
• Call centres
• Cleaning
• Hotels
On average students with casual jobs can expect to earn between A$12 – $15 per hour.

Employability & Immigration
Immigration is an important feature of Australian society. Since 1945, over six million people from 200 countries have come to Australia as new settlers and people born overseas make up almost one quarter of the total population.
Graduates from Australian Institutions enjoy a wide range of career options, whether in their home country or in the international scene. There are many large Australian and Multinational companies that offer graduate programs, targeting students with strong grades and communication skills.

The Australian Government skilled migration program targets young people who have skills, an education and 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.

Australian University Research Rankings 2010 (added 1st Feb 2011)

KEY (Research Ratings Table) rated 0 - 5 (- = n/a):
C1 = physical, chemical and earth sciences
C2 = humanities and creative arts
C3 = engineering and environmental sciences
C4 = social, behavioural and economic sciences
C5 = mathematical, information and computing sciences
C6 = biological and biotechnological sciences
C7 = biomedical and clinical health sciences
C8= public and allied health sciences
Australian Research Council (ARC)


University
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 Research
Breadth
0-25
Average
Score
1-5
1. Australian National University 4.7 4.6 4 4 4.5 4 5 5 21 4.38
2. University of Melbourne 4.7 4.5 3.7 4.2 4.7 4 5 4 24 4.33
3. University of Queensland 4.3 4 5 4 3.7 4.3 5 4 24 4.17
4. University of NSW 4 4.2 3.7 4.2 4 4 5 3 23 4.04
5. University of Sydney 4 4.2 3.7 3.4 4 3 5 4 24 3.83
6. University of Western Australia 3.7 3.2 3.5 3.4 3.5 5 5 4 22 3.64
7. University of Adelaide 4.3 3.5 4 2.4 3 4.5 5 4 22 3.55
8. Monash University 4 3.7 5 3.2 2.7 3 5 2 22 3.45
9. Macquarie University 4.3 3 4 2.8 2.5 5 2 3 21 3.24
10. Queensland University of Technology 3.7 3 3.3 2.6 4 2 3 4 22 3.09
11. Griffith University 4 3 2.3 2.6 3 3.5 3 3 22 3
11. Melbourne College of Divinity 3 1 3
13. University of Technology Sydney 3 3 2 3 3 4 2 3 19 2.95
14. University of Tasmania 4 2.8 3 1.8 3 3.5 3 2 21 2.81
15. University of Newcastle 3 2.5 3 2.2 2.5 4 4 3 21 2.71
15. University of Wollongong 3.7 3.4 3 1.6 2 3 3 3 21 2.71
17. Murdoch University 3 2.6 2.5 2 3.5 5 2 17 2.65
18. La Trobe University 2.3 3.4 2 2.4 1.5 4 2 2 20 2.62
19. RMIT University 3 3 3 1.8 2.5 2 4 3 18 2.61
19. University of South Australia 5 2.8 3.5 1.6 2.5 2 3 3 18 2.61
21. Curtin University 3.7 2.6 2.3 2 2.5 2.5 2 2 22 2.5
22. University of Western Sydney 3 2.7 2 2 2 3.5 2 3 21 2.48
23. James Cook University 3 2.5 3.5 1.8 2 3.5 2 1 19 2.47
24. Flinders University 2.7 2.4 2 2.2 3 3 2 18 2.44
25. Deakin University 2.5 2.3 3 1.8 1 3 4 4 22 2.41
26. Charles Darwin University 2 1.5 3 1.7 3.5 3 3 12 2.33
27. University of New England 2.4 3 2 4 2.5 2 1 16 2.31
28. Swinburne University 4.5 1.7 2 1.8 3 2 3 17 2.24
29. University of Canberra 3 2.2 4 1.5 2 3 1 14 2.14
30. Edith Cowan University 2 3 1.4 2 2 3 3 16 2.06
31. University of Southern Queensland 3 2 1 1.5 3 2.5 2 13 2
32. Australian Catholic University 2.4 1.2 3 11 1.91
32.Bond University 1.5 2 2 3 2 11 1.91
34. Charles Sturt University 3 2 3 1.4 1 3 1 1 17 1.88
35. Southern Cross University 4 1.7 2 1.3 2 1 2 13 1.85
36. Victoria University 1.7 3 1 2 3 2 14 1.71
37. University of Ballarat 1 2 1.2 2 3 9 1.56
38. Central Queensland University 1.3 2 1.2 1.5 3 13 1.54
39. University of the Sunshine Coast 1.7 1.3 1 2 1 9 1.44
40. University of Notre Dame Australia 1.5 1 2 1 6 1.33
41. Batchelor Institute n/a

 

 

 

 
 

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