A top five destination for students aspiring to study abroad, Australia is one of the most immigrant-friendly countries in the world. Its rapidly growing economy, promising job market and advanced education system are some of the most obvious reasons for Australia’s growing number of international students. Australia ranks as the third most popular destination for study abroad after the UK and the USA .
Australia’s dynamic, cutting-edge education system provides ample room for innovative and creative thinking that is supported by avant-garde technologies and infrastructure, a dream come true for students looking for more hands-on learning. Many Australian universities feature in top universities lists like the University of Melbourne (32nd in the Times World University Rankings), Australian National University (48th in the Times World University Rankings), and the University of Queensland (65th in the Times World University Rankings). Close to 230,000 international students apply for degree programs at Australian universities every year.
A master’s degree from an Australian university is recognized globally, improving a graduate’s profile on the international job market. Moreover, international students are also able to apply for post-study work visas which permit them to work in Australia for up to four years after graduation. Icing on the cake, Australia also offers its international students legal and health services.
Moving beyond academic and career-related benefits, students also experience the comforts of an elevated standard of living and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The island nation is a sanctuary to several indigenous species of wildlife and hosts the most multi-ethnic population in the world.
It takes one to two years to complete a master’s program in Australia.
The overall cost of completing a master’s program in Australia ranges from AUD 45,000-50,000.
• A GMAT is essential for management courses; however, the GRE is not mandatory for most programs at most universities. English language tests like TOEFL/IELTS are required.
• Along with the application, applicants are required to submit a CV/resume, a minimum of two letters of recommendation (sometimes three), and a statement of purpose, personal statement, or an essay.
• All transcripts should be in English.
Deadlines and Intakes
Typically, the academic year for most Australian university programs begins in March, however, this may vary depending on the program. The academic year is generally divided into two semesters, and sometimes into three semesters (trimesters).
Most universities have July and January intakes. Depending on the program, there may also be a September or October intake.
Student Visa and Work Permit
Once a student receives an admission offer from an Australian university for their desired program, they should apply for a visa.
A student visa is called a Subclass 500 and can be applied for online. Applicants should apply at least 12 weeks before commencement of their program.
Along with scanned documents of education and work experience, and their certified copies, applicants also need to submit an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment for each course application.
Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
This assessment is an integrity measure which confirms the applicant’s intention to stay in Australia only temporarily. For the GTE, a written statement should be submitted addressing factors like:
• Circumstances in the applicant’s home country and reasons for not studying there
• Potential benefits of studying in Australia and how it will help the applicant in the future
• Any academic gaps
• Employment history
• Economic circumstances in the applicant’s home country
• Depending on the situation, applicants may be called for an interview, a medical exam, and verification of criminal records.
• The processing time after the interview should be somewhere between 26 to 45 days before an applicant will receive a visa.
The visa is valid for the duration of the program and an additional two to three months.
Part-Time Work Permit
• International students need a work permit to receive part-time employment in Australia while studying.
• International students can apply for a work permit at the Australian Tax Office by submitting their Student Visa.
• Work permits allow students to work 20 hours per week which can be planned at their convenience.
• Students should be careful not to work more than 40 hours in two weeks.
• Students can work as much as they want during vacations.
• A Part-Time Work Permit is valid for the same duration as a Student Visa.
Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)
• This is the visa students need to apply for if they wish to work in Australia after graduating with a master’s degree.
• Graduates of coursework master’s programs receive a two-year visa and research master’s graduates receive a three-year visa.
• This visa permits a maximum of 37 hours per week of work.
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