Kangaroos, koalas, clean air and water. That’s what many people think when they hear the name of this beautiful country, however Australia has much more to offer than the usual expectations.
Officially the Commonwealth of Australia, this country comprises the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country by area in Oceania and sixth-largest country in the world, occupying an entire continent of some 7.6 million square kilometres, and has a population of 26million people.
Most of Australia’s exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world and the country is famous for its landmark buildings including the Sydney Harbour Bridge; its ancient geology, as well as for its high country.
Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country’s food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience. The majority of Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year. The northern states of Australia are typically warm all the time, with the southern states experiencing cool winters but rarely sub-zero temperatures.
Australia has no official language. However, English is considered the de facto national language. The primary dialect in Australia is General Australian or Australian English which differs in some ways from American and U.K. English in terms of spelling and grammar.
Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students in the English-speaking world, behind the United States and the UK and many international students choose to study there because of the cultural diversity, friendly natives, and high quality of education. Graduates from Australian schools are highly sought after due to the impressive international reputation of the Australian education system. Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world. In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universitas 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
Living expenses and tuition costs are considerably lower in Australia than they are in the United States and United Kingdom. International students are able to work part time while they study, allowing them to offset their living costs. There is also the possibility of scholarships, which helps to lower the cost of studying for international students. Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of courses and degrees, so international students can easily find the school and field that are right for them. Furthermore, One of the most appealing aspects of Australia for international students is the emphasis on scientific research as the country is at the forefront of new technology and innovations. Overall, Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity.
Cost of Tuition
Tuition fees vary depending on the discipline you choose to study, the degree level, and the university in which you enrol.
Tuition for international students:
Bachelor’s degrees: between 20,000 – 45,000 AUD/year
Master’s and PhD degrees: between 22,000 – 50,000 AUD/year
How do I apply to study in Australia?
Start by choosing a degree program that is right for you. Select the level of studies you are looking for (bachelor, master, PhD), and your field of study.
Below is the list of documents you may need to process your admission
- International passport
- Passport photographs
- Any qualified High school certificate
- Leaving school testimonial
- University transcripts and testimonial (for Master’s degree)
- Personal statement
- Curriculum Vitae(CV)
- Academic reference
- Work reference
Depending on the university, specific documentation could be required. Always consult the university website for specific admission requirements.
How do I get a Visa to study in Australia?
If you are going to study in Australia for a longer period of time you will need to apply for a student visa. Before you can apply for a student visa to Australia you must be enrolled at an Australian school. After you have received an offer letter from a school, accepted the offer in writing and paid their tuition deposit the school will send you a CoE, Confirmation of Enrolment. You will need this document to begin your visa application.
List of documents needed for visa processing include:
- All documents used for admission screening
- Bank statement and reference letter
- Certificate of police clearance from police authorities in your country.
- Medical report
- Letter of sponsorship
- Letter of consent (for applicants under 18 years of age)