The third most popular educational destination for international students is Australia after the USA and the UK. Australia welcomes nearly thousands of international students every year. It has highly-ranked universities over the globe, they are mainly known for its research and industry-oriented programs. The university offers a wide variety of courses and financial aid, and it also has numerous part-time job options. Australian degree is recognized worldwide and students will get international exposure, which would help them in achieving greater heights in their professional careers most universities focus on research-based education, and Australia has many kinds of scholarship offers for international students funded by the government. It is mainly known for its outdoor activities right from concerts to sunburns, snorkeling, hiking, sports, and camping making it worth enjoying student life in Australia. Unlike the USA, students have 40 hours work permit in Australia helping them earn more, and can work for more than 40 hours during vacations. Australia offers a post-study work permit of 3-4 years after completing their program without even having a job, students can also bring their family members like parents and spouses on this visa.
The document requirements are different for each university, so below mentioned is the basic requirements of documents to start the application process.
1. The university form about the student’s details, educational details, and course information should be filled out online using the university portal.
1. The test is given to prove that a student can effectively communicate and understand English in both verbal and written form. The test that is accepted in Australia is mainly PTE, apart from that IELTS and TOFEL exams are also accepted for admission purposes.
1. Most students apply for a Master’s program for that they need to submit the following documents. If the student is willing to apply for an undergraduate program, then they need to submit 10th, Intermediate, Undergraduate/ Bachelors Certificates
The Visa process is different in Australia compared to the USA. The visa application is done separately using an online portal and the documents required to apply for an Australian visa are
1. The admission confirmation letter issued by the university; document mainly shows that the student is admitted into the CRICOS registered program.
1. The student should have a valid passport with at least six months validity period or more. Whenever students have applied for a new passport or renewal of a passport during their stay in Australia they should be informed at the embassy and their Visa should be updated with a new passport number.
1. For Visa acceptance, students should clear the English proficiency test and meet the minimum eligibility criteria.
|S.no||Test||Minimum Score||Application Fee||Link|
|1||IELTS||6 with 6.5 bands in each part||15,000||https://ieltsregistration.britishcouncil.org/orsnbc|
|2||TOFEL||Minimum individual scores like L-12, R-13, W-21 & S-18||14,424||https://www.ets.org/toefl.html|
|3||PTE Academic||Minimum of 50 in each section||14,700||https://www.pearsonpte.com/|
1. Students should submit their medical fit proofs attested by a certified doctor. The student should provide their HAP ID in the visa application form. Students should also have overseas students’ health cover insurance eligible till the completion of the course based on insurance tenure your visa duration might depend. The OSHC insurance in Australia for 12 months costs nearly 591 AUD..
1. The applicant should show that they have enough funds to support the entire course tuition fee, living expenses, and emergency expenses if any. Details and proofs of savings, fixed deposits, property paper, and student loans taken from bank anything should be submitted to the visa council.
1. It is the clearance provided by police and court proving that the student has not participated in any illegal or criminal activities.
1. As mentioned above students need to submit all copies of their original transcripts right from schooling to a bachelor’s.
1. The statement of Purpose is written by students explaining their interest in the program and choosing Australia for completing their future studies. Students need to mention their future career plans and reasons to return to India.
1. Students should provide their experience certificates from their previous employers and provide the payment slips as proof Along with their Resume.
1. Students also need to pay a visa application fee to process their application. Currently, the Australian student visa fee is around 650 AUD, this might change so it’s better to refer online portal before applying for a visa.
Australian visa permits a flexible number of working hours for students who have applied to the full-time professional course. The Australian government allows students to work 40 hours a fortnight in any kind of job, and the government has given few relations on student visas to address the workforce shortage issue.
Students have a wide variety of job options in Australia such as administrative, research assistant, delivery, fuel station, data entry, and customer care jobs. The hourly pay will be differing from job to job and based on area, but basic hourly pay in Australia is around 21 to 22 AUD per hour and a student can make 800 to 820 AUD per week working any off-campus and on-campus.
The major thing students should keep in mind is that if their annual income is above 18,200 AUD, they cannot claim a tax refund and will be eligible for tax exceptions on laptops, educational needs, and travel. All these payments and refund processes can be done online using PAYG which is directly connected with the Australian Taxation Office.
The important factor students consider while applying for future studies is the cost of living in that particular country, can they earn their living and make money for their tuition fees as well? So, it becomes important to know the basic charges and expenses of monthly items in that country like house rent, car rent, groceries, internet connections, mobile plans, electricity bills, and local transportation charges.
The average living expenses for an individual would be around $20,000 per year, and individual cost for housing will be around $450 to $850 per month, food costs around $50 to $70 per month, public transport costs around $50 to $250 based on transportation means, internet and utility charges will cost around $70 to $200 per month. Most importantly, medical costs for all basic medical emergencies are covered in a medical insurance plan, and any additional emergencies are treated based on the insurance plan or the treatment provided. The cities where the cost of living is low compared to other cities are Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Gold Coast.
The rates of rent based on the type of housing ( varies according to the location)
|S.no||Types of accommodation||Rate of rent per month|
|1||Shared Apartment||$850 per person|
|2||Apartment||$750-$1,700 per person|
|3||Homestays||$450- $1,200 per person|
|4||Halls of residence||$450- $1,100 per person|
Transportation charges are based on the means of public transport use
|S.no||Type of transport||Cost per ride|
|1||Monthly pass||$90- $220 per month|
|2||One-way local transport ticket||$5- $6 per ticket based on location|
|3||Taxi||$2- $4 per Km|
|4||Taxi Tariff||$3- $7 per ride|
|5||Gasoline||$2-$4 per liter|
The thing that attracts students apart from educational quality is the amount they need to spend to complete the program and their affordability. Unlike other countries, Australia offers various government-funded and university-funded scholarship programs for international students, that help students to enroll in their desired program without any second thought. The tuition fee of the program might depend on which university the student is applying to mostly fee in public universities is lesser compared to private universities. The tuition fee for postgraduate and doctoral studies ranges from 22,000 to 50,000 AUD per year, whereas for bachelor’s studies it ranges from 20,000 to 37,000 AUD per year. These fee ranges will be varying for each university and the location of the university.
The range of fee structure for different streams is as mentioned below
|S.no||Degree||Tuition fee per year|
|1||English Language Studies||$300 per week|
|2||Vocational Education and Training||$4,000-$22,000|
Cost of top programs in Australia
|1||Master in Computer Science and IT||22 lakhs to 52 lakhs|
|2||Master in Engineering||15 lakhs to 30 lakhs|
|3||Master in Environmental Sciences||17 lakhs to 40 lakhs|
|4||MBA||26 lakhs to 53 lakhs|
|5||Master in Finance||40 lakhs to 60 lakhs|
|6||Master in Nursing||34 lakhs to 45 lakhs|
|7||Master in Computing||35 lakhs to 50 lakhs|
|8||Master in Mechanical Engineering||25 lakhs to 40 lakhs|
|9||Master in Structural Engineering||25 lakhs to 35 lakhs|
|10||Master in Data Science||30 lakhs to 45 lakhs|
Students select the course of their interest and complete it successfully, apart from that some students like to change their minor course and major in the stream that captivated their interest or that has a better future for their professional career. There are different types of programs available in Australia with different sub-courses in it that would help get PR easily on successful completion.
These programs have a fruitful career in Australia on completion and any engineering graduate can easily earn up to 45,000 to 66,000 AUD.
In the rapidly developing profession in Australia students get placed in jobs like Taxation Accountant, Management, and General Accountant kind of jobs. The basic pay of students completing this course may range from 50,000 to 75,000 AUD.
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There are lot many other courses that pay you a better salary after completion of the course. Australia offers a wide number of courses all over, but some of the courses might not be offered in a few universities, so students need to check what all courses are offered in the university they want to join and what the top universities offer their desired courses with fee structure, then decide for best-suited university according to the student profile. In the below-mentioned table are the few most applied courses in Australia.
Australia has three intakes in the months of February, July, and September/November intakes..
The intake deadlines are as follows
|S.no||Intake||Application closing months|
|1||February||October – November|
The best intake would be in February all the universities start their course and offers different types of scholarships during this intake. It also has a good acceptance rate and job options after completing the course. If in case of students miss the opportunity, they can apply for the July intake which is preferred by most of the students. This intake has openings in fewer universities and the availability of course and application deadlines may vary for each university.
|S.no||Stages||February Intake||July Intake|
|1||University shortlisting||September starting||January|
|2||Attending for Exam||From the end of September – October||January to February|
|3||Sending the application||November||March|
|4||Receiving the Acceptance letter from the university||November to December||March to April|
|5||Starting of visa application||December to January||May to June|
|6||Acceptance of visa and traveling||February||July|
The list of top 15 universities based on Australian ranking and their world university ranking are as follows
|S.no||Universities||Australian Ranking||Global Ranking|
|1||Australian National University||1st||31|
|2||University of Sydney||2nd||40|
|3||University of Melbourne||3rd||41|
|4||University of New South Wales||4th||44|
|5||University of Queensland||5th||46|
|7||University of Western Australia||7th||92|
|8||University of Adelaide||8th||106|
|9||University of Technology Sydney||9th||133|
|10||University of Wollongong||10th||196|
|11||University of Newcastle||11th||197|
|14||Queensland University of Technology||14th||217|
The universities which get grants for their research work and support from the Australian government are called public university and tuition fee in some of these universities is less compared to a private university. The below mentioned are the public universities in Australia
|S.no||Name of the University||Location of the University|
|1||The University of New South Wales||Sydney|
|3||The University of Sydney||Sydney|
|4||The University of Melbourne||Melbourne|
|5||The University of Queensland||St. Lucia|
|6||Australian National University||Canberra|
|7||The University of Adelaide||Adelaide|
|8||The University of Western Australia||Crawley|
|10||Queensland University of Technology||Brisbane|
The university is run by private organizations and people. The scholarship offers might be limited in these universities. The list of private universities is as mentioned below
|S.no||Name of the University||Location of the University|
|1||Bond University||Gold Coast|
|2||The University of Notre Dame Australia||Fremantle|
|3||Excelsia College||Macquarie Park|
|4||Torrens University Australia||Adelaide|
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