1. Australia is the third most popular international student destination in the world.
We might be a small country of 24.5 million people but we’re world leaders in education. Australia is soon expected to take over the UK as the world’s second most popular study destination, just behind the US, according to the University College of London’s Centre for Global Higher Education.
2. Australia is currently home to nearly 700,000 international students.
That’s an 11% increase in international student numbers from 2017. Our high-quality education, easy access to student support services, multicultural society and fantastic lifestyle make Australia an attractive study destination.
3. We have six of the world’s top 100 universities.
Our education institutions may be relatively young compared with universities such as the UK’s Oxford or the US’s Harvard but they are up there with the best. The University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and Monash University were all ranked in the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
5. We have one of the best higher education systems in the world.
Australia has an outstanding higher education system. With over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, our system is ranked 8th in the Universitas 2019 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, higher than France, Germany, Norway and Japan.
6. An emphasis on student experience and graduate outcomes.
International students report almost 90% satisfaction scores for their living and study experience in Australia according to the 2018 Department of Education International Student Survey.
7. Seven of the best student cities in the world are in Australia.
We already knew our cities were great places to live and study but now it’s official! According to QS Best Student Cities 2019, almost all of our major cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast – are in the world’s top 100 student cities.
8. The Australian Government has invested over A$300 million in scholarships for international students.
Australia offered over 3,000 Australia Awards scholarships and short courses to students from over 55 countries in 2019. You could be eligible for one in 2020.
9. Our universities rank in the world’s top 50 in a huge range of study areas.
Australia provides world-leading education in many study areas. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 rated our institutions highly in the following fields:
- Arts & Humanities
- Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health
- Engineering & Technology
- Life Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Social Sciences
10. We have over 2.5 million international alumni making a global difference.
Over the past 50 years, 2.5 million international students have graduated from Australian educational institutions, according to the International Education Association of Australia. These graduates are now part of a global alumni network that is making an impact around the world.
Our universities have produced 15 Nobel laureates.
From the 1945 prize for the discovery of penicillin to the most recent prize in 2017 for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Australian graduates are high achievers. Will you be Australia’s next Nobel laureate?
Reasons to study in Australia
Australia is known for its diverse and welcoming people – there are so many reasons to consider studying in Australia.
Discover how to be an innovative, agile thinker
Australian universities, colleges and schools are committed to equipping you with practical skills and knowledge to help you succeed in your chosen industry. As global demand booms for entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers, Australian education providers have re-engineered their approaches to teaching and learning to inspire thought-leading creativity among students in every discipline.
Australian universities, colleges and schools will teach you the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to help you succeed in a fast-changing world and remain agile in uncertain times.
Study at globally ranked institutions
Australia is setting international standards for excellence in education.
The Australian education sector comprises world-leading education institutions, premium training facilities, and outstanding lecturers and student support services.
If you’re looking for unbiased proof that Australian universities truly are world-class, look at independent global rankings such as Times Higher Education, QS and Shanghai Rankings. These organisations consistently rank Australian institutions in the world’s top 100 universities year after year.
Gain work experience while you study
Australian institutions provide an education designed to help you succeed in the global workforce. An Australian qualification will make you very attractive to potential employers in Australia, at home and around the world.
Many Australian degrees and vocational courses include work experience programs and internships so you can gain hands-on industry experience and grow your professional network while you study. Once you complete your degree, you may also be eligible to stay and work in Australia.
While studying, you can work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and full-time during the semester break. This can be a great way to find study-related work or simply pay for your lifestyle in Australia.
Access extensive student support services
Australian institutions offer a huge range of student support services to help you settle into your new life in Australia. Education providers must comply with strict quality control and government accreditation measures so you can be assured you will receive only the best service. In several cities and towns, there are dedicated international student support centres, each offering practical advice and support on issues like legal rights, job skills and opportunities to meet and socialise with other local and international students.
Australia’s Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS ACT) framework enforces by law the best-practice protection for the rights of international students studying in Australia.
Live and study in safety
Australian cities have some of the lowest crime rates in the world, and our streets and public spaces are open and safe. There are many options for accommodation: you can live in purpose-built student villages, homestays, private rentals, share-houses or boarding school accommodation.
Feel welcome in a multicultural society
Australia is a friendly and welcoming country. Our nation values individual freedoms, and the rights of citizens and visitors are protected under a transparent legal system.
We are also a multicultural society with respect for others no matter who they are or where they come from. Did you know almost 30% of Australians are born overseas? This has made our country rich with nationalities and cultures from all over the world.
When you study in Australia, you will join more than half a million international students from 192 countries who have been welcomed into Australian life.
Make the most of Australia’s great outdoors
With a unique mix of thriving cities and regional centres, vast open spaces and spectacular landscapes, it’s no wonder Australia attracts people from all over the world.
The first thing you will notice when you land in Australia is our fresh air and blue skies. We have a long history of protecting the beauty and sustainability of our environment. The result? Clean and sustainable cities and regional centres with plenty of green spaces and relatively low air pollution.
Our diverse natural environment offers a range of experiences – you can relax on our golden beaches, venture into our national parks to see our unique plants and animals, and explore the untamed outback.
Australian institutions also place great importance on teaching students the value of sustainability and how to apply it in all areas of industry.
Enjoy a high standard of living
Australian cities are consistently ranked as some of the most liveable in the world. Our quality of education, healthcare, transport, infrastructure and government services are rated well above international averages.
Australia is a technologically advanced country with a strong, globally competitive economy. You will enjoy all the benefits of high-quality services, transportation and infrastructure in our towns and cities.
Our educational institutions make students work-ready and understand what it takes to succeed in the global workforce. An Australian qualification will make you a very attractive potential employee to employers in Australia, at home and around the world.
The cost of tuition in Australia varies depending on the institution and academic program chosen. Students in Australia pay tuition to attend degree programs and many Australian students subsidize their education with scholarships, grants and other types of financial assistance based on need or merit. Some of these financial options may be open to international students and it is best to contact each university directly to find out about tuition costs and funding options.
Education and living costs in Australia
Knowing the average cost of living and studying in Australia is an important part of your application and financial preparation.
Students should be aware that the costs of studying in Australia will depend on your education provider, the level of study you choose and your study location in Australia.
Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (all costs are in Australian dollars).
The costs below are an approximate guide only and don’t take into account your budget and spending habits.
- Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
- Shared Rental – $95 to $215 per week
- On campus – $110 to $280 per week
- Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
- Rental – $185 to $440 per week
- Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year
Other living expenses
- Groceries and eating out – $140 to $280 per week
- Gas, electricity – $10 to $20 per week
- Phone and Internet – $15 to $30 per week
- Public transport – $30 to $60 per week
- Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
- Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week
Cost of living
The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.
Refer to the step by step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool for details on how to provide the evidence required to cover the costs of your stay, including your travel, study and living expenses.
As of October 2019 the 12-month living costs are;
- For students or guardians – AUD$21,041
- For partners coming with you – AUD$7,362
- For a child coming with you – AUD$3,152
The Home Affairs website covers in more detail how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as international student.
The Insider Guides ‘Cost of Living Calculator’ is also a useful, practical tool to help estimate your cost of living in Australia www.insiderguides.com.au/cost-of-living-calculator/.
If you experience financial trouble while in Australia, talk to your institution’s international student support and student accommodation services staff for assistance.
Course and study costs in Australia will depend on the education provider and level of study you choose.
Use the Course Search on this website to find courses and see details such as their tuition fees. There may be additional costs for your course, including course materials and access to institution facilities.
Students should refer to their provider’s payment conditions for specific advice.
The list below gives you a broad indication of the range of course costs (yearly) for different types of qualifications.
- School – $7,800 to $30,000
- English language studies – Around $300 per week depending on course length
- Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) – $4,000 to $22,000
- Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – $20,000 to $45,000*
- Postgraduate Masters Degree – $22,000 to $50,000*
- Doctoral Degree – $18,000 to $42,000*
* Note: This does not include high cost of delivery courses such as veterinary and medical. Please visit institution websites directly to see costs for these courses.
All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit http://www.xe.com
How to apply
To study in Australia you’ll need to apply for admission to an institution and a student visa from the Australian Government.
Once you’ve decided on a course and an institution, it’s time to apply for admission.
The first step is to apply for the course you want. There are two ways to apply:
1. Direct to the education provider
To apply direct, download the application form from the education provider’s website. If you are applying for courses at more than one institution, you will need to submit a separate application to each institution.
2. Through an Australian education agent
Most institutions partner with a number of agents. Details on the agents an institution works with can be found on their website or by contacting them directly.
You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course, provider and qualification you’re studying for. The most important documents include:
- Certificates that verify your previous study, including qualifications you already have.
- Evidence of your English language proficiency.
- Certificates or documents which verify previous study or work experience if you are seeking course credits. These must be translated into English.
Receiving your Letter of Offer
If your application is successful, you will receive a ‘Letter of Offer’. To confirm your offer you must respond to this letter by signing and sending an acceptance of offer back to the institution. This can usually be done by mail or, in some cases, by scanning and emailing the letter. The Letter of Offer is a contract between you and the institution. It sets out the course you will be enrolled in, enrolment conditions, the fees you need to pay, and the refund payable if you don’t complete your course with that provider. This contract is very important – if you don’t start your course, or finish your course, this written agreement will be used to determine if you will receive a refund.
- Read the Letter of Offer carefully before you accept it.
- Make sure that you understand all your rights, including the refund arrangements.
- Do not accept the Letter of Offer if you are not happy with any of its terms.
- Keep a copy of the Letter of Offer. You will need this copy so that you are aware of your rights and if you have to make a claim against the institution.
Confirmation of Enrolment
After you have accepted your Offer and paid your deposit you will receive an ‘Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment’ (eCoE) by email. This will outline your course start date, total course fees and how long your course will run for.
If you are applying for your Student Visa through the Department of Home Affairs online lodgement facility, you will need the details of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment to lodge your visa application. If you are lodging a paper visa application you must provide the electronic Confirmation of Enrolment prior to the visa being granted.
Generally, secondary school exchange students and students sponsored by either Department of Foreign Affairs or the Department of Defence are the only students who will not require a confirmation of enrolment certificate.
You should make sure that you meet requirements for a student visa before you accept an offer and pay any tuition fees.
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