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Under Graduation in Australia

Australia is the 4th most popular destination in the world for undergraduate education. About 300,000 international students chose to study in Australia in 2014 owing to its immigration-friendly regulations, multicultural society, and excellent quality of higher education. Indians make for the second highest number of students in Australian universities; there are currently 35,000 Indian students in Australia and the number is growing rapidly.

Quality of education

According to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015, Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in:

  • computer science and information systems (University of Melbourne–13th rank),
  • medicine (University of Sydney– 13th rank),
  • accounting and finance (University of New South Wales – 12th rank)

Australia is famous for its Group of Eight (GO8) universities that are research-intensive universities and are comparable with Ivy League universities in the US. Member universities of GO8 are

  • Australian National University
  • Monash University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) lists registered institutions that can offer courses to overseas students in Australia

Regulatory and quality assurance organizations, such as the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), are responsible for accreditation of courses that are accepted internationally

Undergraduate education structure

There are two types of undergraduate degrees offered by Australian universities:

Bachelor’s degree - Level 7, Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)

  • It requires three years of full-time study with two semesters per year
  • Some institutions offer a fast-track system that allows 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)

  • It requires an optional additional year of study (usually research-based) following 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; an academic year is typically divided into two semesters

Most universities in Australia offer credit transfer for previous study

A few Australian universities such as University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, and Monash University offer the option of an “undecided” or “undeclared” major in Engineering only, popularly known as Flexible First Year Program which allows students extra time to learn about engineering and its fields before deciding the exact discipline at the end of first year

Admission requirements

  • Students should be 17 years of age and have completed twelve 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
  • Recommended IELTS score is 6.5
  • Universities in Australia acknowledge qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) Exam scores in the admission process

Popular courses for Indian students


  • 4-year honors program in engineering and environmental science
  • mechanical and civil engineering programs

Computer science

  • range from applied computing, computer systems to robotics
  • internships and industry-based group projects provide opportunities to professional work experience

Business and management studies

  • management and commerce programs
  • popular across vocational education and training (16,995) and higher education (3,449) sectors

Top universities

Australian National University (ANU)

  • The 2014 Times Higher Education Global Employability University Ranking, ranks ANU as no. 1 in Australia for employability of its graduates
  • ANU maintains links with top research institutions such as University of Cambridge, National University of Singapore, and Tokyo University and offers a summer research program for undergraduate students
  • Unique double degree programs provide undergraduates the flexibility to move within fields, customize their studies, and combine vocational and personal interests
  • Biological sciences, engineering, and health sciences courses are very popular

University of Melbourne (UM)

  • UM offers more than 300 undergraduate programs and ranks 17th for life sciences and medicine according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015
  • The University is an active member of the Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities
  • QS World University Rankings 2014-2015 ranks UM no. 13 for employability of it graduates
  • Biological sciences, engineering, and health sciences courses are very popular

University of Sydney (USYD)

  • USYD received a "5 Star Plus" rating by QS World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • The University offers diverse degrees and students can broaden their career options by combining an engineering or IT degree with courses in architecture, arts, commerce, law, medical science, or science
  • Business management, law, and medicine are the popular courses offered

Cost of education

International students can work for up to 20 hours per week to supplement their finances. 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

Post-education options

  • Students who want to pursue their post-graduation 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 undergraduation
  • Job opportunities in Australia are majorly in accounts, analytics, information technology, and manufacturing

The Australian education system is an offshoot of the English education system, which helps Indian students to make an easy transition. This, along with Australia’s repute for high-quality education and world-class research, ease of finding jobs after graduation, and migration-friendly regulations has made Australia a favorite among Indian study abroad aspirants.

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