Study in Australia and choose from leading institutions in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. It is an amazing country for international students who want to experience its tertiary education system Australia is the third most popular study destination for international students, after the USA and UK. Home to the world’s eight most popular universities, Australian tertiary education comprises vocational colleges and universities, with 22,000 courses on offer for foreign students.
The public vocational educational system in Australia is called TAFE, i.e., technical and further education. TAFE institutes are usually funded by the government and offer qualifications like certificates and diplomas, though some TAFE schools offer undergraduate programmes as well. Some universities do accept the credits earned at vocational schools like TAFE, and in such cases you can transfer your credits towards an advanced degree.
Apart from TAFE, vocational qualifications could also be obtained at private vocational institutes, such as RTO: Registered Training Organisations in Australia.
Vocational colleges are for cultivating adult learning experiences that provide certificate (I through V) and diploma programmes. These schools mostly provide courses that are work-oriented and help an individual to find a source of income immediately upon completion of the course.
Australian university system comprises both public and private universities. There are 38 public and 3 private universities. The higher education providers in Australia are either self-accrediting or non self-accrediting or universities. And the syllabus of each university is designed by the university themselves, and not by any government body.
Undergraduate courses last from 3 to 4 years, depending on if it’s a general or professional degree. Postgraduate programmes are categorised into postgraduate by research that lasts for 1–2 years (full-time study) and postgraduate extended programme that lasts for 3–4 years (full-time study).
Students studying in Australia can easily transfer credits and shift between study levels and institutions as per the guidelines mentioned by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), a national policy followed in the Australian education and training. The AQF standards comprise different levels, starting from 1 to 10, which include certificate to doctoral courses.
From architectural wonders such as the iconic Sydney Opera House to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has spectacular places which students can visit.
Australia attracts almost 300,000 international students to its major cities and towns. According to official reports, some of the most popular Australian cities amongst international students include (based on the cost of living, livability and university choice) Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
You’ll learn a lot from the native people in Australia and also get to understand different cultures. Since majority of the international student population consists of students from all over the globe, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore and meet people from all walks of life. Besides mixing with the people, you’ll sometimes come face-to-face with the ‘killer animals’ like crocodiles, snakes and spiders. Remember Steve Irwin, and his stint with crocodiles? The country is a great place to explore and get absorbed into the wildlife that has so much to offer you.
People – The people in Australia are warm and welcoming. The rich indigenous community is a big part of the Australian culture and ethnically diverse societies. The country is home to migrants from over 200 countries, including the UK, China, India and New Zealand, making it a vibrant mix of cultures and lives.
Climate – It might take some time getting used to the climate in Australia because its climate varies from one place to another. The same climate that you experience in the northern section may not be the case when you move towards the south.
Accommodation – A majority of students in Australia prefer off-campus accommodation. The transport system is pretty efficient and quick, making it easier for students to commute daily to their universities from the location of their stay. University campuses do have on-campus accommodation for international students. You will have to do a thorough research since stay and transport are key to live in any city.
Food and drink – You will eat almost everything, from seafood to native fruits and vegetables and drink to your heart, not only ginger beer and cordial but also some freshly brewed coffee (which has a vast history too). In 1901, during the federation, the practice of having outdoor picnics became prevalent, and it was during this time some main staple food like mutton, meat pies and lamb chops were introduced as barbecue food.
You may find yourself gorging on some Oyster or Emu or Kangaroo meat or Barramundi, just the way the aboriginals used to, but make sure you comply with the standards of the country and do not get into any trouble for feeding your appetite.
City life – Some of the best cosmopolitan cities include Sydney and Melbourne. Most universities are located in urban or sub-urban areas so a variety of city life comes with it. You will find yourself enjoying many recreational activities during your stay. There are several other spectacular places to visit in the country during your studies, such as the Bondi Beach, Uluru, Fraser Island, Whitehaven Beach and, undoubtedly, the Great Barrier Reef.
Almost every city is well connected by roads and rails and it won’t be tad difficult for you if you want to move quickly from one place to another, on a limited budget. Some cities offer different travel cards for those who want to travel on a fixed budget in hand, such as Myki card in Melbourne, Opal card in Sydney, SmartRider card in Perth and Green card in Tasmania.
1. You can relax on a beach on weekends since the cities are near to the coasts. Most locals know how to surf and that’s a favourite pastime for many.
2. As mentioned above, some of the spectacular places are must see for every tourist visiting the country. Also, if you are a party animal, you may find yourself locked in some nightclubs or pubs on weekends, which are quite plenty.
3. You can visit Adelaide, the wine capital of Australia.
4. You can get the feel of some creepy-crawlies, by visiting a zoo or sanctuary. Australia is home to a number of unusual and numerous species of reptiles, birds and other animals.
The number of students coming to Australia grows exponentially each year. The most preferred courses amongst Indian students are business, tourism, hospitality management, MBA, accounting, healthcare and IT. An international student is expected to take up a course registered under CRICOS, if he/she wishes to study in Australia. CRICOS indicates that the course and institution that you choose meet a high standard of the Australian education system. Australian Universities offer international students a range of learning options, such as associate degrees, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and PhDs. Of the total international student population, almost 40% are engaged in higher education programmes and nearly 18% in English language programmes.
An undergraduate degree could cost AUD 10,000–30,000 and postgraduate and PhD degrees could cost AUD 20,000–40,000.
The average living cost in Australia has been estimated to be AUD 18,000 per year. Accommodation costs could be $440 per week and transport and groceries could cost $15 to $280 per week.
Whether your interest lies in nature, technology, art, culture, adventure, food, wine or world-class academia, Australia definitely has something for you and is a country of endless opportunities. You will definitely love the student life in Australia, the outdoor culture and the friendly people.
Scholarships offered to international students are purely based on merit. In some cases, scholarships cover both, tuition and living expenses. Apart from some universities and colleges offering scholarships, many government sources offer a number of scholarships or financial aid for international students.
Some of the popular scholarships available for international students are:
1. Australia Awards – these scholarships are open to students looking for undergraduate or postgraduate programmes and TAFE certificates at some of the Australian institutions. The Australia Awards Scholarships cover full tuition fees, return air fare, living expenses and also student health cover.
2. Postgraduate Scholarships – students seeking admissions to postgraduate programmes at Australian institutions can apply for Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards or International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS).
3. Australian University Scholarships – some of the popular Australian universities make it easier for international students to meet their tuition fees by supporting them with some scholarships, such as –