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6 Things to Know about Studying in Australia

Australia remains one of the top global powerhouses in education as Australia continues to see a rise in international student population an increase

Australia remains one of the top global powerhouses in education as Australia continues to see a rise in international student population an increase of 11% in 2018 compared to that of 2017 with a total of 673,296 international students in Australia in October 2018. Australia remains the top study destination owing to the globally ranked universities, a variety of courses among many other reasons.

So, if you intend to study abroad, and Australia has been on your mind, here are few of the basic information that you need to begin your research:

1. Top Universities in Australia

More than 35 Australian universities made it to the list of QS World University Rankings 2019 with five universities in the top 50, namely –

  1. The Australian National University [ranked 24]
  2. The University of Melbourne [ranked 39]
  3. The University of Sydney [ranked 42]
  4. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) [ranked 45]
  5. The University of Queensland [ranked 48]

Monash University, The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide, University of Technology Sydney, The University of Newcastle, Australia (UON), and University of Wollongong are few of the other top universities in Australia among many others.

2. Top Courses to Study in Australia

Australian universities are also ranked highly study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics. While considering Australia’s permanent residency prospects, the following courses remain one of the most popular-

  1. Accountancy
  2. Engineering
  3. Nursing
  4. Computer and IT
  5. Education and teaching.

3. Expenses to study in Australia: Admission and Fees

Excluding the fees for course materials and fees for access to facilities, the approximate cost of studying in Australia including admission and fees are-

  1. Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – AU$15,000 to AU$33,000
  2. Postgraduate Masters Degree – AU$20,000 to AU$37,000
  3. Doctoral Degree – AU$14,000 to AU$37,000

It is also to be noted that these costs are exclusive of high-value courses including veterinary and medical.

4. Visa Requirements to study in Australia

After Australia introduced a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) on July 1st 2016, the general requirements for application of student visa (Subclass 500) include:

  1. an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate.
  2. Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.
  3. Sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs.
  4. English language proficiency.
  5. Meet health and character requirements.
  6. Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
5. Work Permit in Australia

For students who have completed a Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree, the individual may be eligible for the Post-Study Workstream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. Another way is also to get the employer to sponsor the individual for a new visa.

6. Cost of Living in Australia

Boasting of four of the 30 best cities in the world, Australia is one of the best places to live in. However, given that the Indian rupee is of lesser value compared to the Australian dollar, the living cost may be found to be on the higher scale, i.e. Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week; Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week; On campus – $90 to $280 per week; Homestay – $235 to $325 per week; Rental – $165 to $440 per week; Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year.

It is also important to note that the Department of Home Affairs declared that from 1st Feb 2018, the financial requirements should cover 12 months living cost, i.e. for an individual, he/she should showcase the financial capability of $20,290.

Studying in Australia is not as hard as you think. With the right guidance, you could be admitted to one of the top universities in Australia. You can choose your counsellor by visiting The Chopra’s offices or read more information on studying abroad at TheChopras Guest post.