Over 600,000 international students from more than 140 countries choose to study in Australia each year. Between the internationally recognised qualifications, safe environment and vibrant cities, Australia has become one of the best study destinations for prospective international students. If you want to study abroad in Australia, you need accurate and easy-to-use information to make the right decision. Here are six things you need to know when making your choice.

Choosing to study in Australia will provide you with wonderful opportunities and experiences, as well as world-class education. Here are four reasons why you should consider Australia as your study abroad destination.

Globally recognized courses and institutions : Courses offered by institutions in Australia, from preparatory level to postgraduate programs, are flexible and equipped with global perspective. In 2014, areas such as engineering, accounting and health sciences ranked highly in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Australian universities also receive good ratings for teaching quality, research and graduate employment.

Lively and multicultural lifestyle : Australians are kind and friendly, with an immense passion for sport, food and entertainment. Just like on campus, you will meet people from different cultures and faiths across Australia. If you wish to experience bustling city life, big cities like Melbourne and Sydney are great examples of a fantastic contemporary lifestyle — from modern art museums and cafés to beautiful city parks. Enjoy food festivals such as Perth’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and visit one of the 60 designated wine regions across the country. You can also experience Indigenous culture across Australia.

Reasonable study costs

Study costs in Australia are considerably lower than other major destinations such as the United States and United Kingdom. Fees for secondary schools in Australia start from $AUD7800 and can reach around $AUD30,000 per year. An undergraduate program can cost you from $AUD15,000 to $AUD33,000 per year and postgraduate tuition fees range from $AUD20,000 to $AUD37,000 annually. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses start at around $AUD4000 while fees for foundation studies start from $AUD15,000 per year. Planning to take up an English language course? These courses start from only $AUD300 per week depending on the course length.

Beautiful weather and landscapes

Australia has diverse landscapes — beautiful coastlines, vast outback and modern cities — as well as unique marsupials such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats and quokkas. Visit the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Rottnest Island in Western Australia. A great benefit of studying in Australia is being able to experience the sunny weather and laid-back attitude for which Australia is well known.

FAQ – WHY STUDY IN AUSTRALIA

How will AAG help me? We have been sending students to Australia and other countries over the years we have trained counselors who have got experience and expertise to assist students. All our offices provides students with

  • FREE counseling and information on various courses and institutions
  • Application Forms – Brochures – Guides etc.
  • Admission Assistance / Visa Counseling
  • Travel and accommodation arrangement / Procuring Residential Facilities for students going with their families
  • Insurance, Bank A/c in Aus, Student Loan, Flight ticket Booking

Are Credit transfers possible? As the Australian Government recognizes many Universities, credit transfers are possible. However for this the students are required to submit their course syllabus to the institution and it can take minimum of 6 months for credits to be granted.

Are Australian Degrees recognized worldwide? Yes

Why is GMAT and GRE not asked for by all Australian Universities? Australian Universities are recognized worldwide. The reason why Australian Universities do not insist upon students going for a GMAT or GRE etc. is because these exams are for American Universities so students have to give these tests to be judged by American Standards. Australia recognize other countries degrees, However it may be asked by some Universities to assess the overall ability of the student.

How long does Visa application procedure require? The average time taken by the Australian High Commission for the visa procedure is anywhere between 8 to 18 weeks depending on the individuals background, so the students need to apply for their visas at least 3 months prior to their course commencement.

How do you know which University is the best in Australia? One cannot rate universities in Australia as there are numerous universities and all are regulated under the Vice Chancellors Committee, which follow the code of ethics. Students generally follow the market trends like MBAs or BBA, MIT etc., but it would be unfair to judge universities as one can only compare the course structure and faculty.

Can I find a Job placement after my course completion? With effect from 1st September, 2007 all students who have completed 2 years of study in Australia can get a Skilled Graduate Visa, whereby they can work for up to 18 months.

How do I know if I am eligible for the Permanent Residency (PR)? Currently a student needs to cover up to 120 points to become eligible for the PR, The points can be obtained by a combination of the following course, age, English language proficiency, duration of the study in Australia, studying in a regional area, working part time. For further details and to test your points, visit the following website: www.immi.gov.au

What salary can i expect when i start working in Australia? The average starting salary that you can earn is between a$ 2500 to a$ 4000 per month.

My education has been in English. Do I still need to sit for IELTS? IELTS is a mandatory visa requirement.

What are the visa possibilities for my spouse/ dependent? Spouse / dependent of a Student – Visa holder in Australia gets a Dependent Visa and a valid work permit for the same duration as the primary applicant . This is applicable for Master’s degree application.

What can I study on a student visa? International students can only study CRICOS-approved courses. Therefore, not all institutions or courses are available to you. However, there is a huge selection of programs, at all levels of education, available across the country.

How much does it cost to study in Australia? Tuition ranges in price from:

($200-$350 a week for an English course (ELICOS)) ($3,000-$10,000 for a certificate or diploma) ($15,000-$38,000 a year for a Bachelor or Masters)

Can I take an online course? No, you cannot take ‘online-only’ courses.

To qualify for a student visa, you must attend face-to-face classes. You will attend and average of 2-3 days a week. However, by visa rules, 25% of your course content can be online.

How long does it take to enroll in a course? We can generally have your enrolled within 1-4 weeks, depending on the institution.

Do I have to pay all the tuition fees at once? No, you can pay your tuition in installments – usually every 3 to 6 months depending on the institution.

The exception is for English courses, where you must pay the first 3 months upfront.

How often will I have to go to class? This depends on your program, but 3 days is the average for college and university, while 4 days is normal for English courses.

Who can translate my documents? Generally speaking, this must be done by an accredited translation service.

How fast can I get everything organized? In an emergency time frame, we can get you enrolled, and prepared for your visa application, in just a few days!

What is Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)? OSHC is a mandatory requirement of your student visa. You must be covered for the entire time you are studying in Australia. It must be paid in full for the entire time your will have the visa. You will purchase your OSHC just before you apply for your student visa. You have to pay for it all upfront (no partial payments).

How much does OSHC cost? The average cost is $450-500 for a single, and $2,100-$2,500 for a couple, per year.

Do I need OSHC if I have travel insurance? OSHC is a requirement for the student visa. It ensures all students have the same level of medical cover.

Will my OSHC be refunded if I stop studying? Yes. You will be fully refunded for the period of cover you did not use.

Can I travel on my student visa? Yes, you can exit and enter Australia as many times as you need to while your visa is valid.

Once I have my student visa, can I stay in the country even if class has not started?

You can be onshore (in Australia) for 93 days from the day you apply to your student visa, to the first day of class. However, you can only remain onshore (in Australia) for a maximum of 8 weeks BETWEEN CoEs.

What if my course is starting and I still don’t have my student visa? If you are on a bridging visa, you must attend class once it starts.

Can I study on another type of visa? You can study on a visitor visa for 3 months or a Working Holiday/Work & Holiday visa for 4 months.

What is the tuition range in Australian Colleges and Universities per year? Other (Institutions and Business Schools – average tuition fees 10,000 AUD/year) (Some Universities – average tuition fees 18,000 AUD/year) (Some Universities – average tuition fees 20,000 – 38,000 AUD/year)

What or how is the payment term? International students can pay tuition per semester but it will depend on the condition on their offer letter by the institution

What is the cost of living in Australia? Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia. (All costs are in Australian dollars and linked to the consumer price index.)

Accommodation : (Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week) (Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week) (On campus – $90 to $280 per week) (Home-stay – $235 to $325 per week) (Rental – $165 to $440 per week) (Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year)

Other living expenses : (Groceries and eating out – $80 to $280 per week) (Gas, electricity – $35 to $140 per week) (Phone and Internet – $20 to $55 per week) (Public transport – $15 to $55 per week) (Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week) (Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week)

Minimum cost of living : The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016 the 12 month living cost is: (You – $20,290 AUD/year) (Partner or spouse – $7,100) (Child – $3,040)

Fields of Study : (Health) (Computer/ IT) (Community Services) (Skilled Trades) (Business) (Communication Arts) (Preparatory Studies) (Management / Business Qualification) (Aviation) (Medical/Nursing programs) (Construction and many more)

How much do I need to have in my bank account or my sponsor’s bank account ($20,290 + First year tuition fee) (Example 20,290 + 20,000 AUD – first year tuition (&40,290 AUD)

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