Study in Australia

Overview

Australia at a glance

Australia is proud to consistently rank close to the top of various lists of the world’s best places to live, offering a quality of life which is difficult to beat.

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Introduction

Studying here offers the chance to learn at an internationally renowned higher education institution, while exploring the nation’s natural wonders and the buzz of its cosmopolitan cities. Student life offers a lively flurry of bars, sports teams, outdoor pursuits and of course, making the most of the nation’s 10,685 beaches.

Almost 24 million people live in Australia, over six million tourists visit every year and as of March 2017 there were 480,092 international students studying in the country. The Australian government is keen to keep increasing overseas enrolments. 

In the 2016 International Student Survey, 89% of surveyed international students were satisfied or very satisfied with their Australian university experience. Want to join their happy ranks? Read on to find out how…

Higher education in Australia

Across Australia’s universities you’ll find every subject you could expect. In total Australia is home to 43 universities, of which the majority are public and just two private. Most Australian universities are self-accrediting institutions running under legislation set either by the state or territory.

Three levels of degree are offered: bachelor’s (three to five years), master’s (one or two years) and doctorate (three to four years). In general Australian universities have great facilities and there are always lots of activities going on, with plenty of social nights and clubs to get involved with.

There are also over 1,100 accredited vocational and technical higher education institutions in Australia. These offer technical and further education (TAFE) and vocational education and training (VET). Here you can study short courses, certificates I through IV, diplomas, and advanced diplomas in industry training designed to prepare you for a specific job.

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Although Australia is an expensive place to study, the good news is that the Australian government is active in supporting international students, and gives out approximately AU$200 million each year in scholarships, grants and other financial aid

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Admission requirements & applications

Each higher education institution is unique in the programs offered, entry requirements, cost and culture. There is no federal or state-level application system for international students applying to universities in Australia, so you will need to apply directly to the university, usually online and often for a fee. Australian universities certainly aren’t cheap, with average tuition fees for international students averaging around AU$29,235 (~US$22,230) at undergraduate level. This will vary from university to university and subject to subject – a humanities student will pay substantially less than someone studying medicine. If cost is going to be an issue, then make sure you do some research.


In addition to submitting your academic record to date, you may also need to submit proof of proficiency in English language, as well as completing any set tests or interviews.

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