Study in Australia

Third Most Popular International Student Destination in the World

Among the most favoured places of international students worldwide, Australia is probably in your list of places to go, too! Here’s a quick yet detailed guide to the country, what to expect and the best colleges and universities when you decide to study in Australia.

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A Quick Intro to Australia
Why Study in Australia?
Higher Education in Australia
    Higher Education Institutions in Australia
    Pathway to Studying in Australia
    Top Institutions in Australia
    After Study Opportunities in Australia
Applying to Study in Australia
    Language Requirements
    Visa Requirements
   Tuition Fees
Top Courses in Australia


A Quick Intro to Australia

Places to go to in Australia, Map of Australia

Sunny skies, awesome beaches, delicious foods, and friendly locals are just some of the reasons why you would like to go to Australia. But aside from these, the country also has 7.69 million km² of outback, desert, and jungle! There is surely a lot of things to discover in the Land of Oz, and the best way to learn about them is to study in Australia.


Why Study in Australia?

For Graphics: Why Study in Australia?Diverse Universities Well-equipped institutions with world-class facilities Globally-recognised courses One of the top destinations for international students

The “Land Down Under” – as it is also often called – is home to about 272,095 international students. Most of them are in two of the world’s best student cities – Sydney and Melbourne. Adding to that, universities and colleges in Australia are very diverse and well-equipped with world-class facilities which have benefitted not just the country, but the world.

Plus, Australian institutions are simply the best. They rank among the Top 50 schools in the world and once you enrol in a university or college in Australia, you are assured to have globally-recognised course, and quality education is guaranteed.

With these reasons, it’s easy to see why Australia is the third top destination for international students around the world.


Higher Education in Australia

Australia is well-represented in major university ranking systems given the quality of its institutions. Not only are the universities in Australia rank high due to their proven track record, but the country itself is on top of student satisfaction and global reputation.

The country's highest ranking institution, Australian National University is located in the country’s capital, Canberra. The University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales are based in Sydney. Meanwhile, Melbourne has the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and Perth has the University of Western Australia


A. Higher Education Institutions in Australia

Australia is home to 43 universities – 40 Australian universities, two international universities, and one private specialty university. There is also at least one university campus in each state or territory. This allows you to even choose your prospective university based on which Australian city seems suitable to you!

With so many options to choose from, we list down the major higher education groups in the country to give you an idea of the universities and colleges in Australia.

Group of Eight (Go8) The Australian Technology Network (ATN) Innovative Research Universities (IRU) The Regional Universities Network (RUN)

The Go8 (a.k.a. Australia’s Ivy League schools) markets itself as the “Australia’s Leading Universities,” due to their excellent research outputs, industry links, graduate outcomes, and competent academic staff.

ATN is comprised of five innovative and enterprising Australian universities. These institutions commit themselves to building partnerships with industries and the government to bring practical outcomes through research. This set is referred to as “technology-focused” group.

Committed to reach and serve the local and global communities, IRU universities work collectively to deliver value to their stakeholders. Thus, these institutions are involved in advising the government on higher education, research and innovation policy.

RUN was formed deliver educational programmes across regional Australia, the nation and internationally. The group leads an important role in enriching the social, cultural, and environmental quality of life in regional Australia. Thus, they believe that by strengthening this, the member universities can help drive a successful nation.

University of Adelaide

Australian National University

University of Melbourne

Monash University

University of New South Wales

University of Queensland

University of Sydney

The University of Western Australia

Curtin University of Technology

University of South Australia

RMIT University

University of Technology Sydney

Queensland University of Technology

Flinders University

Griffith University

La Trobe University

Murdoch University

James Cook University

Charles Darwin University

Central Queensland University

Southern Cross University

University of Ballarat

University of New England

University of Southern Queensland

University of the Sunshine Coast


B. Pathway to Studying in Australia

The length of your study depends on the path you wish to take. Here’s a basic duration of studying in Australia

Pathway to study in Australia: Bachelor's Degree 3-4 years, Master's Degree 1-4 years, Doctorate Degree up to 3-4)


C. Top Institutions in Australia

Seven of Australia’s universities have the prestige to be a part of the top 100 universities in the world, according to the QS Top Universities rankings of 2015/2016. These top universities in Australia are shown below.

Top Universities in Australia 2016


D. After Study Opportunities in Australia

Several options are available for you if you want to stay in Australia. You can pursue a higher level of education, specialise in another field or study, and even work to put your new knowledge and skills to use.

Sounds exciting? Well, you will need to check whether your visa allows you to do so. Head to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to see your visa options.


Applying to Study in Australia

Applying to study in Australia: Decide on the course and where you want to study- Submit your application and necessary documents to the institution - Receive and accept a Letter of Offer from the institution  - Receive your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) - Plan your travel to Australia - Applying for your student visa – Get student visa approval – Fly to Australia


A. Language Requirements

Being an English-speaking nation, you must show evidence of English proficiency when you send an application to an Australian university (for example, TOEFL or A-Level English, all tests which can be taken in your home country, usually).

If your application is successful, an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE) will be sent which can be used to apply for a student visa.

Did you know? New Zealanders need not apply for a visa to Australia; they are already entitled to one. However, students from other countries are required to obtain a student visa upon confirmation of acceptance to their university of choice.


B. Visa Requirements

Once you are ready to apply for your school, it is time to process your visa. You must submit all your documents for your visa application in English to proceed with your application.

Requirements for a student visa to Australia can be applied using the following documents:

  • Acceptance letter from your university, to study a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS) in Australia
  • Financial stability of a particular amount, usually AUD18,610 showing proof that you will be capable of paying for your living expenses for the first year of your course
  • Purchase of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for health insurance, which might require you to complete a medical check-up
  • English language proficiency through your secondary education or English tests such as the IELTS of TOEFL
  • Proof of no prior criminal record
  • Prior academic record
  • Form 157
  • Four passport pictures

Did you know? There are three types of visas available for potential students in Australia –Vocational Training and Education, Higher Education, and Postgraduate Research. For further details, you should visit the website of your chosen university on how to go about with your visa application, four months before the start of your intended course.


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Tuition Fees

The biggest possible concern for students when considering an education abroad is the annual tuition fees, as listed below here. However, you should be aware that there is a significant difference between tuition fee costs between Australian student and international students like yourself- tuition fees tend to be much higher in Australia for foreigners.

Study Level Tuition Fee, Per Year, in AUS Tuition Fee, Per Year, in USD
Foundation/Pre-U 15,000 - 37,000 11,200 - 28,416
Diploma 4,000 - 22,000 3,000 - 16,400
Bachelor's Degree 15,000 - 33,000 11,200 - 24,600
Master's Degree 20,000 - 37,000 15,360 - 28,416
Doctorate Degree 20,000 - 37,000 15,360 - 28,416


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Top Courses in Australia

Ready to Study in Australia? Check out the top courses and where to study below.

Here is a list of the universities of the top courses in Australia


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