Study in Australia - Top Universities, Cost, Visa, Requirements

by sakshi.jain

Australia is among the top 3 countries preferred by students to study abroad. Though the number of universities is limited to 43, however, the island has been attracting more than 500,000 students from over 160 countries.

The growing popularity is not limited to the scenic pleasures or adventures but for the high standards of education that are maintained across the country under supervision of AQF. Australian Qualification Framework is recognized globally for its efforts to ensure that quality education is imparted to students at all levels. Resultantly, 8 universities in Australia are listed among the top as per QS World University Rankings. 

If compared to the UK and USA, visa policy is relaxed for international students. Also, jobs in Australia are plenty post-graduation. Some other important reasons to study in Australia are:

Easy Policy for Student Visa in Australia 

The process to obtain Student Visa Australia is quite easy and hassle-free as compared to other countries. To study in Australia, foreign students can apply for Student Visa subclass 500. However, some other visa options are:

  • Visitor Visa (subclass 600, 601, 651): Maximum 3 months of study
  • Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417 and 462): Maximum 4 months of study
  • Student Guardian Visa (subclass 590): For guardian with international student in Australia and 3 months’ study or ELICOS course for 20 hours per week for duration of visa

The student visa acceptance rate is 85%- 95%, so any prospective student with good grades and necessary documents can expect visa grant mail. But to obtain visa under any of the above-mentioned categories, provide the following documents and apply for visa at homeaffairs.gov.au  by paying $415 basic fee.

  • Passport/ Birth Certificate
  • CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment)/ Offer Letter
  • OSHC (Overseas Health Cover)
  • Evidence of Financial Capacity for 12 months stay (Minimum $20,000 excluding Tuition costs)
  • English Language Test Scores of IELTS (5.5), TOEFL Ibt (46), CAE: Advanced (162), PTE (42), OET (B)
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Proof

Top Ranking Universities in Australia

Though USA tops the charts when it comes to University Global Rankings, but out of the 43 Universities in Australia, 8 stands among the top 100s as per QS World Rankings. International students can make their choice easily as these rankings are provided on the following basis:

  • Mix of students
  • Cost of study
  • Teaching quality
  • Quality of Life
  • Employability rates, etc.

Universities in Australia are ranked among the Top 100 in the following subject areas:

SubjectNumber of Universities
Management and Commerce12
Engineering and Technology7
Information Technology10
Health and Medicine11
Society and Culture10
Natural and Physical Sciences12

Scholarships in Australia- Awards and Aids for International Students

Studying Abroad requires a huge amount of funding. So to provide an aid to international students aspiring to study in Australia, various government and university funded scholarships are offered.

Scholarships like Australia Awards, Australian Government Research Training Program and Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards enable eligible students to get tuition fee concessions. Students from Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa are awarded:

  • Tuition fee waiver
  • OHSC
  • Return Travel allowance
  • Stipend, etc.

Manage your finances by obtaining scholarships to study in Australia. However, keep in mind, Universities may offer scholarship partially and on the basis of academic performance throughout the course of study.

Higher Education in Australia- Quality, Benefits, Requirements

Australia provides various course options for international students. Ranging from English language courses in the form of ELICOS, vocational and foundational courses through VET courses, majors and minors viz. bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.

Those who do not fulfill English language requirement for a degree in Australian universities can enroll for ELICOS. A certification from ELICOS institute acts as a pathway to bachelors/ masters degree. Similarly, vocational training opens gateways for educational opportunities as well as jobs in Australia.

Over the past few years, international student enrolment has risen in the management and commerce field. Reason for this can be contemplated as the requirements to seek admission in MBA courses. While many universities across the world ask for GMAT Scores, however, GMAT is not a mandate to apply for MBA at Australian Universities.

Research in Australia- Post Doctoral Opportunities

Australia is a hub of research and technology. Australian Universities offer great research work in the field of arts and humanities, education and sciences. Some of the crucial inventions and research from Australia include discovery of penicillin, IVF, wi-fi, etc. University of New South Wales’ Michael Crouch Innovation Centre receives the highest research funding from the Government of Australia as it aces the list for innovation centres across the 8 states.

Australia can be a great choice for foreign students in all aspects- from coursework to undertaking one’s own research under faculty from leading universities. To add to all of this, one of the largest and diverse research institute, ‘Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’ is located at Canberra, Australia.

Jobs in Australia for Foreigners

An Australian degree brings along abundant job opportunities post study. Employers and top-notch companies across the globe value a graduate from Australian University with high paying jobs.

To work in Australia, international students can apply for Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) before applying for PR. TGV is granted for a period of 18 months to 4 years depending on the level of study.

The following table shows the graduates from various universities and average salaries offered to international students:

UniversityAverage Salary
University of Melbourne$62,659
University of Western Australia$60,672
Australian National University$55,618
University of Adelaide$55,507
University of New South Wales$54,167
University of Notre Dame Australia$53,546
University of Sydney$53,524
University of Wollongong$52,610
University of Tasmania$52,428
University of Queensland$52,276

According to the Australian Government, the employment statistics from various educational sectors are as follows:

  • Higher Education: 79%
  • VET: 70%

Safety among Lively and Multicultural People

Keeping aside standard of education, jobs and other material aspects, Australia is a land of friendly people and beautiful beaches. The country is ranked among the top 20 countries in the safety index. The country boasts of low crime rate and strict gun control policy.

People from over 100 countries migrated to Australia making it a land of diversity. The diversity opens up gateways for international students to experience food and fests from around the world at one place.

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