• Australia is the only country that is also a continent.
  • About a third of the country's population consists of foreigners.
  • Australia is famous for The Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, surfing beaches, kangaroos, fairy bread and Jacob Elordi.

Education in Australia

There are two main types of tertiary education in Australia: vocational education and training (which includes Technical and Further Education institutions (TFEs)) and higher education (which includes universities and leads to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees).

In Australia it is quite common for students to enrol in a double or combined bachelor degree program, which leads to the award of two bachelor degrees. This is most common in the fields of arts, commerce, law and science.

Australia has 43 universities, 40 of them being Australian, two international universities and one private university, offering international students a wide variety when it comes to choosing where they want to study.

Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance. Australia’s number one university, Australian National University (ANU) also ranks 31st in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Why study in Australia

Top quality universities

International students who choose to study in Australia have a wide variety of course options available. When it comes to Australia’s 43 universities. It’s a case of quality as well as quantity. Seven Australian universities ranking in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings of 2022.

Excellent career opportunities

Australia offers a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) that allows some international students to remain in Australia and continue to work for up to two years after they have graduated on a student visa. If you enjoy your time studying in Australia, you may be tempted to extend your stay.

Cultural diversity

Australia is a melting pot of cultures. This presents the opportunity to experience many new cultures but it also means it’s very easy to find an expat community where you will feel welcome. Australia is home to one of the biggest international student communities in the world.

The great outdoors

Australia is famous for its amazing weather and diverse terrain, which lends itself to an adventurous outdoor lifestyle, with great opportunities for surfing, bushwalking and exploring the outback. Australia is also home to species of wildlife that you won't encounter anywhere else in the world.

Cost of studying in Australia

Tuition and accommodation fees will depend on your location, educational institution and course of choice.

The average fee for a bachelor’s degree in Australia is between AUD 20,000 and AUD 45,000 per year. While a master’s or PhD degree will set you back between AUD 22,000 and AUD 50,000 per year. Vocational education and training costs from around AUD 4,000 to AUD 22,000 per year.

Accommodation costs in Australia start at around AUD 165 per week to rent a room.

Getting an Australian student visa

To apply for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500) you will need to provide evidence that you are enrolled in a course of study at an Australian university, meet the English language requirement and prove that you have enough money to support yourself while staying in Australia.

Our study abroad advisers are here to help you with every step our your journey to studying in Australia and this includes assistance with applying for your student visa.

Health insurance

International students in Australia and their dependents (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old), must obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It includes cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals.

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Working in Australia

Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break.

Jobs in industries like retail, hospitality, services, tutoring and administration offer flexible hours that work well with student schedules. Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience.

Australia also pays some of the highest minimum wages in the world, which means having a job can help make studying abroad in Australia much more affordable and even budget-friendly.

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