Why Australia?

Australia is one of the most preferred destinations for education among Indian students, not only because of its world recognised qualifications but also due to the quality of education offered with research and the post masters opportunities available for students.

Seven Australian universities feature among the world’s best in the latest QS World University Rankings. While seven universities are in the global top 100, another 10 are in the top 300. Five Australian institutions claimed a place among the top 25 places in the Times Higher Education ranking of the international universities. Emphasis on Scientific research by Australian Universities is one major factor which made most of the universities get into the top QS World rankings, which is one of the major factors which attracts a large number of international students.

Along with that students can work while studying which can help them earn their living costs. With spectacular sights and weather Melbourne and Sydney are ranked among the top 10 preferred destinations for students in the world.

Australia has an integrated education system, which seamlessly connects primary, secondary, tertiary (or as we say higher) education and vocational opportunities. This system enables students to move from one stage to the other without feeling at sea. The cornerstone of the education system is the “Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)”, which is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. Given AQF’s reputation, Australian degrees are recognized across the world. With fewer universities in the country, Australian Government has complete control over the universities.

Besides, the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework protects the rights of international students studying in Australia, including your right to receive, before enrolling, current and accurate information about the courses, fees, modes of study, and other information from your institution and your institution’s agent.

How’s it like Down Under?

Australia being surrounded by sea on all the sides it has got spectacular sights along with wonderful beaches. This attracts both international students as well as tourists. Ranked as one among the happiest countries in the world Australia also has 5 out of top 30 preferred destinations for international students. These include Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.

Australia is known for outdoor activities like surfing, hiking or biking and Universities arrange several activities along with other student services.

Moreover, as a multicultural country where 29% of residents are born overseas, international students are welcome. Among the several pro-student initiatives in place, several parts of Australia provide special transport concessions to international students. As per the Global Peace Index, Australia is among the safest cities in the world with a very low crime rate. Also, as per a study, Australian roads are the 15th safest in the world.

Cost of living

While the cost of living is comparably higher in Australian cities than in other cities across the world, Students are allowed to work in Australia for 20 hours per week during semester and full time during the breaks. This will help students earn enough money to cover their living expenses and still leave plenty of time to cover their studies. Even with a part time job, the student can have ample time for their academics.

However, in order to maintain a basic standard living, a student would need at least $600 – $800 per month. This again varies with the location where the student is willing to pursue his education and student lifestyle.

Australia also has a system called Fair Work Ombudsman, which is an independent statutory office, that will not only help you look for work but also ensure that you know about workplace rights and that you are not exploited. Effective from July 2019, The Fair work commission has announced a new national minimum wage as $19.49 per hour.

Tuition cost

Tuition fees for international students range from $20,000 to $26,000. Few top ranked Universities even have higher Tuition fees. The fee will also depend on the course opted, ranking of the university; for instance, a university, which features among the top 10 universities in the world and ranked by a recognized and prestigious authority will certainly have a steeper tuition fee. International students are offered few scholarships which are selective.

English Test Required

To be admitted into Australian Universities student needs to have one of the following examinations along with academic credentials

Major Intakes

Australian universities majorly focus on two intakes

Few Intakes offer limited programs for September & November Intakes. July is the primary intake in Australia which most Indian students prefer. Both July and February intakes are equally suitable for most of the programs.

Process Flow

Application Checklist

Visa Checklist

The length of your stay will depend on the course you intend to study. Additional time may be granted at the end of the course depending on its length. However, the length of stay for a postgraduate research student is usually 6 months longer than the usual relevant period set out for a course.

New visa rules starting from 16th November 2019 allows international students to avail post study work visa up to 4 years. This confers right to international students to live up to 4 years in Australia after completion of bachelors or masters in regional universities. Few major cities like Canberra, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Macquarie etc offer additional one-year PSWV (Total 3 Years). New Post Study Work Visa (PSWV) Norms

With this new 485 post study work visa, you will have more time to live in the country which gives you more time to plan your career in a better way. There are three factors to keep in mind when you finish your education in Australia

If you wish to stay back in Australia then there are two options, either you pick a visa from the website of ministry of home affairs, depending on the time you want to spend and the kind of work you want to do (Australia has a large market for skilled labour) or apply for permanent residency.


Are there any scholarships available in Australia for international students?

The Australian Government, educational institutions, and a variety of other public and private organizations offer a variety of scholarships, grants, and bursaries to assist international students who wish to study in Australia.

Can one bring dependents on a student visa?

If you are coming to study in Australia, you are eligible to bring your family members with you. You can either include them on your original student visa application or you can apply for their visas once you have started your course in Australia. Spouses, partners and unmarried children under the age of 18 are eligible for dependent visas.

If you are including your dependent family members in your original student visa application, then you must include their details on your original Form 157A. The main student visa holder must have a minimum of 12 months validity on the visa and necessary funds and insurance to cover all expenses for this period.

What are the different English language tests that are acceptable for an Australia student visa application?

There are five different tests accepted in student visa applications these are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Are there any scholarships available in Australia for international students?

The Australian Government, educational institutions, and a variety of other public and private organizations offer a variety of scholarships, grants, and bursaries to assist international students who wish to study in Australia.

What is a Confirmation of Enrolment?

Once you are accepted into a course, the college will send you an offer letter. You will have to accept the offer in writing and pay the tuition fees. A Confirmation of Enrolment, or CoE, will be sent to you. This document is essential to process your visa application.

What is the procedure for applying for scholarships in Australia?

The majority of Australian universities offer scholarships, and many of them are open to international students. It’s advisable to contact your favorite college directly for more information on scholarship availability and requirements.

Is it possible for me to work in Australia while I study?

Yes, you can work in Australia while studying. During study periods, international students are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight, and during study breaks, they can work an unrestricted number of hours. Students pursuing a master’s degree by research or a doctoral degree have no work limitations.

What are the English language requirements to study in Australia?

If you don’t belong to an English-speaking country or have not done at least five years of study in an English-speaking country, you will need to give proof that you can speak the language at the required level. You will need to provide results of tests in the English language like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE. The required score in these tests depends on the course you will be studying.