Australia – Destination for Education While overseas study is high-priced; Australia is more reasonable than most other destinations and offers a high standard of quality education, tremendous living condition and a tolerant multicultural society.
Australia’s Higher Education Institutions rank among the world’s best and the quality of education they offer is correspondingly high. With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course.
Australia seems to be high on the list for many reasons:
- Indian 12+3 is acceptable for Masters Degree.
- Duration for the Masters courses is between 1, 1.5 to 2 yrs.
- Competitive costs for tuitions and living in comparison to other developed countries like USA, UK etc.
- Australian education is recognized worldwide from US to NZ.
- High Standard of education in international terms, good research facilities available with state of the art equipment.
- Visa process is straightforward and fair.
- Currently over 50000 Indian Students in Australia.
With these positive features of studying in Australia, it is no wonder that it is the 3rd most popular international student destination in the world, only behind the UK and the US.
*Australia uses Australian Dollar or AUD as its currency.
As it is a very popular study destination, applying for scholarships in Australia is highly competitive. If you are planning to finance your studies yourself, you should be aware of the costs associated with studying and living in this destination.
As with most other countries, the cost of education in Australia is dependent on the type and duration of your studies. For example, English Language Courses are available at approximately $300/week. Vocational training or education on the other hand will cost you around $4,000 to $22,000. The significant difference in the range of cost is because vocational training or education usually awards Certificate Levels (from I to IV), Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, with the cost getting higher for the latter.
Undergraduate Bachelor Degrees will have you spending $10,000 to $33,000 a year. The higher cost is associated with pursuing your degree in a private university. Studies taken in a public institution will generally cost less.
A Postgraduate Master’s Degree has an approximate cost of $20,000 to $37,000 per year, while cost for Doctoral Degrees on average range from $14,000 to $37,000. As with an undergraduate degree, private education may be a reason for higher costs.
Generally, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires $18,610 as the minimum cost of living to issue a student visa. Your living expenses in Australia will depend highly on which region you plan to live in. For example, more urbanized areas will have higher costs for accommodation. The type of accommodation is also important. Hostels and guesthouses range from $80 to $135 a week, while shared rentals and on-campus accommodation will cost $70 to $250. More expensive options are homestay ($110 to $270 per week) and rental ($100 to $400 per week).
Aside from accommodation, your weekly expenses will most likely include groceries or eating out ($80 to $200), gas and electricity ($60 to $100), phone and internet ($20 to $50), public transport ($10 to $50) and entertainment ($50 to $100).
Working in Australia
Working in Australia is very easy to do while you are a student – after graduation, it’s more difficult. Remember, as an international student, you should never expect to live on the money you make while studying, but the extra income can certainly help you meet your budget. As a general rule, students can work for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full time during school breaks.
Work After Graduation
After graduation, many international students want to stay in Australia and work – this section has helpful information as international graduates try to extend their stay in Australia. However, Australia continues to have demand for foreign workers, and students that have earned a degree in Australia have a special work visa category. There are also several other visa categories open to international students, and Australia has a very straightforward path to permanent residency using a points system. If you want to stay and work after you graduate, you must apply and obtain a work visa.
If you are thinking about covering your expenses by working while you study in Australia, please check with the appropriate government office first, as different visas (discussed below) have different stipulations on this. Students studying full-time in Australia for more than three months automatically receive a work visa when applying for an Australian student visa, and are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during a semester and unlimited hours during term break.
1) How do I know I am eligible for an Australian Student Visa?
- You have the required academic score in your HSC or bachelor education
- You have genuine evidences against your gap in between education
- You have to have sufficient funds to pay for your tuition, your plane tickets and to support yourself and your accompanying family members throughout your stay in Australia.
- You have to have sufficient English level to be able to complete the course.
- Be of good health and character
2) How do I know if I will be required to sit an English Language Test?
English language test is a mandatory criterion for Australia student visa process. So you need to choose between IELTS or PTE or other English test if you are considering higher studies down under.
3) Can I include my family on my Australian student visa?
Yes, you will be able to include your dependent family members on your visa. Their visas will be approved for the same duration as your visa.
4) How long will my visa take to process?
Most student visas take approximately 4-6 weeks to process, however the timeframes vary depending on Immigration. But the official time period is 12 weeks.
5) What is the average salary in Australia?
Minimum wage rate is AUD18 per hour. You may earn less or more than this depending upon the employer and prevailing situations. You may earn around AUD22,000 per year even if you work part time the whole year.
6) Do I get the fee refund if my visa is rejected?
Yes, you do. University refunds the fees excluding the application fee.
7) Is there a Post study work option or possibility of applying for PR?
Students you have completed their graduation/bachelors education in Australia are eligible to put forward an application for a two year post-study work visa. Similarly you are eligible for 3 year post-study work visa after you have completed your Master’s by research and 4 years post study work permit years after completing PhD course in Australia.
8) Can I travel overseas while I am in Australia on a student visa?
Yes. The Australian Student Visa is a multiple-entry visa which means you can leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you like during its validity.
9) Can I work Part Time while studying?
Yes, you can work up to 40- hours per fortnightly part time and full time during your university vacations.
10) What are the possibilities of getting a scholarship? How do I apply for them?
There are various factors on which a university decides to whom the scholarships should be granted. Your academic performance, your involvement in co-curricular activities, sports, etc.
11) What are the intakes in Australia?
There are two intakes for Admissions in Australian Institution – February & July, with some universities offering multiple intakes in September & November. A university takes 4-6 weeks generally to process an application so you should be ideally apply 7-8 months prior to the intake so that you have ample amount of time for post admissions process.