Why study in Australia?
Australia stays atop the QS World University Rankings 2018 with seven of its universities included in the top 100, including The Australian National University (Rank 20), The University of Melbourne (Rank 41) and The University of New South Wales (Rank 45). Australia is the third most sought-after study destination for international students after the USA and the UK. Each year, over 600,000 international students representing 140 nationalities on averagechoose to study in Australia for its world-class research environment, migration-friendly regulations and competitive educational system.
Diversity is the existing norm, not just in Australia’s topology but also within its student community. Australia’s multiculturalism stems from its combination of indigenous and migrant populations and its rich mix of cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. An amalgamation of rural and urban life, this island nation inspires its student community and provides students with ample opportunities to connect with nature while enhancing their academic knowledge.
Special accommodations, student orientation sessions and round-the-clock student services offered by Australian universities go a long way in helping international undergraduate students adjust to the Australian university education system. The Australian education system utilized problem-based learning which molds its students to become independent decision makers. This flexibility allows the student to decide on his/her own academic approach and emerge as a capable, self-reliant graduate.
Australia accepts grades from the Indian schooling systems and students with regional board/ISC/CBSE exam grades are accepted into the college system of Australia. Those meeting the academic and English language requirements are admitted for their Bachelors’ degree programs.
As a non-native English speaking country, undergraduate students from India must pass English language proficiency tests like IELTS/TOEFL/PTE to gain admission. Many students choose to takeEnglish language courses (ELICOS-English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) offered in the Australian universities and institutions.
Top Universities in Australia
Home to over 41 universities, most of which are public institutions, Australia offers overseas students multiple study options to choose from when pursuing an undergraduate degree. The Australian education system, often considered as an offshoot of the English education system, is likely to help make the transition easier for Indian students.
The most popular and globally top-ranked universities in Australia are collectively referred to as the Group of 8 (Go8), an alliance of the leading research-intensive universities. They encompass some of the biggest and oldest Australian universities. Go8 universities are consistently ranked in the top 100 list for the high quality of education provided in subject areas such as biological sciences, anthropology, literature, accounting and finance, environmental sciences, law and education.
These are the Go8 Universities:
• The Australian National University
• The University of Melbourne
• The University of New South Wales
• The University of Adelaide
• The University of Sydney
• The University of Queensland
• Monash University
• The University of Western Australia
The most popular courses for Indian undergraduate students in Australia are:
• Engineering and Environmental Science
• Mechanical and Civil Engineering
• Applied Computing, Computer Systems and Robotics
• Business and Management Studies
Most universities in Australia offer credit transfer for prior study.
Some Australian universities like the University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Sydney and Monash University offer the Flexible First Year Program for engineering undergrads that provides students extra time to learn about engineering and its various fields before deciding on the exact discipline they will choose at the end of their first year.
The duration of study for an undergraduate course in Australia ranges from three to four years. Australian universities offer two types of Bachelor’s degrees:
Bachelor’s degree – Level 7, Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
• Three years of full-time study with two semesters per year
• Also offered as a fast-track system by some universities to allow students to complete a three-year degree in two years, with three trimesters per year
Bachelor’s degree (honors) – Level 8, Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
• An optional additional year of study (usually research-based) follows a three-year degree or it may be awarded for academic achievement in longer degrees (four years or above)
• Full-time students can take 24 credit hours per semester, with the academic year typically divided into two semesters
• The average cost of an Australian undergraduate education including tuition and living expenses ranges between AUD 45000-50000.
• Tuition fees vary widely and must be sourced from the relevant institutions since courses such as medicine and veterinary science are offered at higher costs than the average stated here.
• The Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires international students to show a bank balance of AUD 18,610 to meet living expenses.
Major Courses Tuition Fees Per Year Living Cost for One Year
Science AUD 33,000 AUD 20, 000
Business AUD 33,000 AUD 20, 000
Arts AUD 29,000 AUD 20, 000
1 Australian dollar (AUD) = INR 51 approximately
Student Visa Terms and Provisions
• Student visa to Australia is offered after enrolling for a full-time course of study registered with the Commonwealth Registry of International Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
• The student applying for a visa must study a course listed on the CRICOS register in order to obtain the visa.
• On the payment of student fee after enrolment, the student receives a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) which is mandatorily required in order to apply for the student visa.
• A student visa holder in Australia can normally work for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during the course and unlimited hours during the semester breaks and the end of the course.
The Australian job market is expanding at a remarkable level and working in Australia after studying there has become an attractive and feasible option for its international students. The introduction of the skilled migration program by the Australian government has augmented the opportunities for international students attempting to find work in Australia after graduation.
Employers like KPMG, Amex and Westpac are implementing novel recruitment strategies to employ the expanding pool of international students in the form of internships, part-time roles and graduate positions, both on and offshore. As an immigrant-friendly destination, an Australian degree will only add value to the profile of a student looking towards obtaining permanent residency in Australia.
• Students interested in pursuing post-graduation job opportunities in Australia need to extend their student visa (subclass 573)
• International students need temporary work visas (Post-Study Work stream visa) to work full-time and stay in Australia for two years following the completion of their undergraduate course
• Job opportunities in Australia are majorly in accounting, analytics, information technology and manufacturing
Checklist: Admissions Requirements
• Students should be 17 years of age and have completed 12 years of elementary and secondary education
• Some undergraduate courses may also have specific pre-requisite subject requirements
• Indian students are expected to have an aggregate of 70-85% marks in higher secondary education
• English language proficiency test required: recommended IELTS score is 6.5
• Universities in Australia acknowledge qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) Exam scores in the admission process
Deadlines and Intake
Course start dates usually vary by course. The course period typically starts in late February and goes on until mid-November. An academic year includes two semesters, although some universities function based on a trimester system or offer summer schools from December to February.
Course enrolments start at the beginning of the year (usually in January or February), but application dates are mostly towards the end of the previous year. Some universities in Australia also have a mid-year intake (usually in July) for certain courses.