You will find this section a useful guide to living in the Australia throughout your stay in Australia. It explains everything from the basics, such the Australia climate, monetary and banking system, to the intricacies of clothing, Travel and Transport etc.
Your Budget should include the cost of food, rent, clothing, travel and of course entertainment.
For an International student studying in College or University, approximately AUSD 320 should cover a week’s expenses of the above including a few extras such as telephones and incidentals.
School children would require less, approx. AUSD 265 per week for the same overheads.
However, individual lifestyles and location could influence this estimate, which is only a fair indicative of an average international student’s lifestyle.
The only legal tender is Australian currency. One can change any international currency to the Australian currency at registered forex facilities available at the airport, banks, major hotels and even some malls.
Traveller cheques are more easily accepted if already made out in AUS dollars. However other currency TCs may be cashed in at banks, hotels etc.
Once a student has made themselves comfortable, it is a good idea to open an account with a local bank branch. Several banks both of Australian origin as well as from other countries are represented here and so the banking services can be quite competitive.
Day to day banking has become very easy in Australia too, as it has all over the world, with Automatic Teller Machines (ATM), 24 hour banking being available as well the acceptance of credit and debit cards at most shopping outlets including grocery and convenience stores.
Credit cards are widely accepted around Australia. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Bank card, Diners International, Master Card, Visa and their affiliates.
The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar and Cents.
The Dollar comes in notes of denomination 5, 10, 50 and 100, whilst the Coins are available in 5,10,20,50 cents, 1AUSD and 2AUSD.
Australia is the first country to introduce plastic currency in the form of polymer banknotes, as far back as in the 1880s – a world’s first. These notes have since been known to offer benefits such as security as well as easier handling, hardiness and recycling possibilities. This again underlines Australia’s prowess in ingenuity and leadership.
Tipping is not the norm in Australia. In smaller cafes etc loose change from return of the bill may be left behind by the patrons, but not expected. In larger sit-down restaurants and hotels a 5-10% tip is accepted if given but not expected by the staff.
In taxis too all change is returned to the customer unless asked to round off to the nearest dollar.
As a student there is little possibility that you will own a car, so use public transport. Most of the big cities, especially the capital cities of each territory/ state have good public transport services. Popular modes are the trains and buses whose routes cover a large part of the country. Many cities also still run the tram services of old in a modern avatar.
Quantas, Virgin Blue and Regional Express are the three major air service providers within Australia and between its major cities. Other smaller operators may service limited areas.
Students can avail of student discounts on economy fares by presenting credentials at the time of travel, providing there are seats.
Many Universities offer Travel Desk facilities to their students and it may be wise to use this as a starting point whilst checking out options.
A student can (and must) use their weekends and summer breaks to explore the country they have adopted. Australia offers a variety of travel and exploration options. Australia is endowed with beautiful landscapes and it takes getting out of the main cities to see Australia in its natural splendour. Government national parks, tours by private companies, adventure tourism are a few examples of activities that students can explore.
Quantas has a scheme of ‘mystery tickets’ for which students can sign up for. The airline offers last minute deals if flights to certain sectors are not filled before take-off. This is an economical and exciting way of spending one’s time off, if one is able to get away at very short notice.
This system of getting seats at the very last minute is also a popular one amongst students. The hitch is that it does not work out ever time and one must be ready to invest a lot of time in waiting.
As mentioned in several other parts of this website, other modes of travel include trains, buses and car. Depending on free time available versus the time taken by these somewhat slower modes of travel, a student might find this a more economical and also pleasurable way of discovering Australia. Rail and road transport unlike air travel, allows a traveler to experience first hand, the actual layout, culture and lifestyle of the area.
Most universities and colleges can provide accommodation on or near to their campus. University apartments, residential colleges and halls of residence are generally available.
International students often enjoy staying at the halls of residence as they have opportunity to mix with many other students on a full-time basis. This is also one of the cheapest options for accommodation. Meals and some cleaning services are usually provided.
Residential colleges provide accommodation with meals. They are slightly more expensive than university Halls of Residence. The facilities are more comprehensive and often include fully serviced rooms, sporting and recreation facilities, computer and internet access and sometimes a library.
International students have the option of sharing accommodation with other students. They are able to share the rent on an apartment or a flat close to the campus. Some Australian families provide homestay accommodation for international students. It is often wise for a student to organise temporary accommodation until they have had a chance to consider the alternatives.
Institutions maintain a register of families prepared to board international students during the academic year. They check to ensure that homestay families are reputable and that they offer accommodation of a reasonable standard. Farmstay accommodation is often available in rural areas. This is an exciting option for students wishing to experience a farming lifestyle.
Backpackers, youth hostels, guest houses and hotels provide a variety of housing options at various costs. Individual universities and colleges are also able to provide information on accommodation available. Prices vary from place to place, so local information is important.
Universities, TAFE institutes and other large education providers have housing offices to assist their students find accommodation. They will be able to provide information on the full range of available housing options, including prices and any rules and regulations you need to know. It may be possible to have temporary accommodation organised for when you first arrive, so there will be time to look around and choose your permanent living arrangement after having personally perused the locations and choices available. This would need to be arranged with the housing office prior to your arrival. There may be a placement fee for the provision of accommodation, either temporary or permanent, which you will need to check with your education provider.
The main options are:
Many private schools offer boarding options. Students are fully catered for whilst they board with their meals, cleaning and laundry being part of the services offered. Boarding house residents also have access to the school facilities to assist with study and social activities. Tuition fees must be added to the boarding fee range shown.
Cost: A$8,000-A$11,000 per year
Homestay and farmstay are where the student lives with an Australian family in their house. Generally some or all meals are included. It can be an easy entry to Australia for young students and is a popular option for those attending high school or ELICOS courses. Homestay is accommodation within a city whereas farmstay is housing in a rural area. Your housing office will have a list of suitable potential families.
Cost: A$110-A$270 per week
University Residential Colleges
University residential colleges provide accommodation along with all meals, cleaning and a wide range of support services for both social and study needs. They are generally more expensive than Halls of Residence because of the wide range of facilities offered.
Cost: A$190-A$280 per week
University Halls of Residence
University halls of residence offer accommodation also but with a lesser range of services attached. Some meals and cleaning will generally be included but there may also be self-catering facilities. This form of accommodation is very popular, especially with first year students and will have to be booked well in advance of your arrival in Australia.
Some universities also have a range of apartments, either close to or on campus. These can be rented and provide the security of university based and run accommodation with the increased autonomy of share living. Apartments are generally popular with students in the later years of their degrees. University accommodation prices and options vary between different institutions and all students should contact the international office of their prospective university for full details. Due to the popularity of these choices it is important to apply early.
This option can be cheaper than university accommodation and shares many of the attractions. It is available for both tertiary and non-tertiary students. Residents share kitchen and bathroom facilities and cater for themselves.
Cost: A$80-A$135 per week
Share accommodation is advertised on student notice boards, in housing offices and in the ‘Share accommodation’ section of newspapers. Advertisements will appear for one or more people to share a house or a flat where a lease has already been taken out. Many students prefer to move into share accommodation after a year or two of on-campus residence. Students are generally expected to provide some (or all) of their own furniture.
Cost: A$50-A$160 per week
Rental accommodation is the same as share boarding except that it involves finding a residence to rent, rather than moving into one that has already been leased. Once again, students are generally expected to supply their own furnishings. Rental agreements require payment of rent in advance and a security bond to be paid at the start, which is usually equivalent to one month’s rent. Your housing office will be able to assist with finding rental accommodation and your rights as a tenant.
Cost: A$70-A$350 per person per week
Please note: the range of costs shown above are a guide only. Prior to arrival you should contact the Housing Office or International Education Office at the institution where you will be studying and ask about the accommodation options available and the costs involved.
Students from all over the world come to Australia to take advantage of our top-notch education and enjoy our friendly hospitality and cultural diversity. Australia has low crime rates and strict gun control laws providing a safe environment in which to learn and travel. With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Australia offers modern transport systems, convenient telecommunications, cosmopolitan shopping complexes and excellent medical services.
Visitors from many parts of the world are attracted by Australia’s spectacular natural environment and the warmth of the Australian people. Australia is rich in the arts and is keen to preserve and display its diverse culture.
Australians are also environmentally conscious and keen to preserve the country’s natural beauty and scenery. Our Clean Up Australia campaign is being adopted worldwide.
Australia has a very good health care system. All Australians pay a Medicare levy (additional tax) to fund the public health system and ensure everyone gets access to public system doctors, hospitals and other health care services. People who pay extra into a private health insurance fund receive certain privileges when they use private health care services.
International students studying in Australia are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their student visa.
International students studying in Australia are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their student visa.
Australia has a fantastic variety of food. Our top quality meat, fish, fruits and vegetables are exported globally. There is a large range of fruit and vegetables available at Australian produce markets. You should have no difficulty in finding the foods that you are used to at home.
You can sample almost every type of cuisine available throughout the world in our many restaurants. There are elegant restaurants or typical Aussie pubs. Ethnic restaurants offer international cuisines. Good food at reasonable prices can be found at bistros or cafes. And for those who like takeaway, most of the major global fast food chains are well represented.
The electrical current in Australia is 240/250 volts AC, 50 cycles. The Australian 3 pin plug is very safe. Adaptors are usually required for most foreign appliances. A transformer may be required if you bring an appliance from overseas that operates on a different voltage.
With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Australia offers modern transport systems. Australia has an extensive public transport network that includes trains, buses, tramways, ferries, two major national airlines and a number of regional airlines. Metropolitan areas are divided into zones and your ticket type and cost is contingent on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. Tickets can be bought at train stations, on buses and trams and at news agencies.
Tourist students may drive in Australia on a valid overseas drivers licence but if the document is not in the English language the visitor must carry a translation with the licence. An international driving licence is not sufficient.
Metered taxicabs operate in all major cities and towns. You will find taxi ranks at transport terminals, main hotels or shopping centers or you can call taxis in the street. A light and sign on the roof indicates cab vacancy. There is a minimum charge on hiring and then a charge per kilometer travelled. Taxi drivers do not have to be tipped.
Australia’s major centers and capital cities have world-class shopping facilities
Australia has a modern telephone system. Many private households now also have internet access. Public telephones are available at all Post Offices, shopping entrees. Public pay phones accept a variety of coins and Phone cards. Phone cards are pre-paid for use in public pay phones and can be bought at a large number of retail outlets in denominations of $A5, $A10, $A20 and $A50. Credit phones take most major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, Master card and Diners International and can be found at international and domestic airports, central city locations and hotels.
Mobile phones are very popular and can be purchased from a number of retailers.
Australia is diverse in its geography and climate. Being in the southern hemisphere Australia’s seasons are reversed. Summer starts in December and winter in June. Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics where the average temperatures are in the mid 20 degrees Celsius. The southern areas are in a temperate zone.
Australia is a land of contrasts: sweeping golden beaches, coral reefs rich with marine life, tropical rainforests, mountain ranges, vast grazing lands and sparse deserts.
One of the oldest continents, Australia is as wide as the distance from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei and as long as the distance from Singapore to Manila. It is the only country to occupy an entire continent.
Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Australia has many animals and plants, which are unique on the planet.
The Australian Government has an extensive network of Education and Training Counsellors, Australian Education Centers (AEC’s) and education advisers globally providing reliable and impartial advice on study opportunities in Australia. The latest information on the Australian education and training system costs of study and living, application and enrolment procedures and the Australian way of life is also available from Geebee and reference sites set up in local institutions and libraries around the world.
Australians are very keen on sport and outdoor activities and have gained a worldwide reputation, both as individuals and as teams. Hosting the Year 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney highlights Australia as a leading destination for international events.
Australia has more than 120 national sporting organisations and thousands of state, regional and club bodies. It is estimated that 6.5 million people, about a third of the population, are registered sports participants. While there are over 120 sporting organisations, Australians also take part in bushwalking, fishing, boating and water sports.
Campuses offer spacious surroundings suitable for social, sporting and other outdoor activities. They are also centrally located for students to experience the sophistication of our cities and excitement of our entertainment facilities. There are plenty of opportunities for international students to have an enjoyable time with friends.
During semester breaks, you may like to venture beyond the capital cities to experience more of Australia’s spectacular natural environment and great physical beauty-national parks, The Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu, Uluru and the Tasmanian Wilderness.
Australia is the largest island and the smallest continent in the world. It lies between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. It is about 11,000 kilometers southwest of North America and 3,200 kilometers southeast of mainland Asia.
Australia is blessed with a climate that ranges from temperate to tropic. Situated in the Southern Hemisphere, its summer months are around Jan-Feb and their winter in June-July. The land supports a variety of natural geographical features- sandy beaches, rain forests, deserts, mountains, lakes and rivers. This is turn allows a plethora of flora and fauna to flourish. This large island sustains a wide range of animals – from the humble sheep and cattle to the exotic koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and pandas that are unique to this country.
On occasion though, Australia is known to face natural calamities such as flash floods, earthquakes and very hot, dry spells that could lead to bush fires. It is for this very reason that the Australians are constantly fighting to ensure the environment is well looked after and not abused.
The present population of Australia is approximately 22.7 million. New South Wales is the most populous of the states. As is the case almost everywhere in the world, the urban population far outnumbers the rural numbers.
On an average, the Australians enjoy a very good standard of living further enhanced by a relaxed lifestyle giving equal importance to work and play. There is no dearth of educational and the employment opportunities to the right candidate and this ensures the standard is maintained.
Though the history of Australia as the smallest continent is age old, the advent of the human species to these parts is as recent as 50,000 years ago through migration from unknown parts of Asia.
Over the years since the early 1600, various explorers landed in Australia via the Torres Strait leaving behind their own mark. These include the Dutch, Spanish, French and English. The first settlers and original islanders are now known as the Torres Strait Islanders.
The first Colony was established by the British in 1788 under Capt. Arthur Phillip at Botany Bay. Today it is known as Sydney. By and by, more and more ships docked here carrying various settlers making a fresh start, and as Australia’s natural resources started being tapped, the country grew from strength to strength, into the vibrant community that Australia now represents.
In recent times Australia has seen a stream of migrants making a home for themselves and lending the country (continent) its multicultural, multihued existence. Most of the world’s countries are now represented and this can be seen in the food, fashion, colloquial language and even religion. English is the predominant and official language, but many other tongues also flourish here.
A secular country it is open to all religions, and by law no religion is given precedence over another. The early settlers brought Christianity with them to a land where the Aborigines had a religion of their own. Subsequent migrants have contributed towards introducing Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. Australia has become the melting pot of various cultures, religions and lifestyles and it is this secularism that has contributed to the growth of this country and will continue to do so.
English is the official language, but a large part of the population is bi- or even multi-lingual. Italian is spoken at home by almost 2.3% of the population, Greek by 1.6%, Cantonese by 1.2% and Arabic by 1%. It is the first generation of settlers that still speak their original language at home, but the shift to more and more English being spoken at home is seen primarily in the second generation. French, German, Maltese and Hungarian too find a place in spoken languages.
In fact a large number of the overseas student population comes to Australia either to study or improve their command over the English Language.
In government sponsored events, arts crafts, visits to museums as also dance, music and theatre are popular activities amongst the natives. The country sees a large number of national celebrations, Australia Day, Labour Day, Queen’s Birthday, Christmas and Easter to name a few.
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Australia has a Liberal Democratic system of Government which is more likely bases on the value of People and Religious. The Commonwealth of Australia was brought in force in the Year 1901.
The government is divided into three levels: Federal, State and Local. The Federal government is the national system and is headed by the Prime Minister. Its responsibilities are defined in the Australian Constitution.
Each state/territory also has its own government system, headed by the Premier. The state government provides leadership for areas not covered at the federal level, although the two work together when it is agreed there needs to be national co-operation.
Apart from the Australian Capital Territory, which is wholly governed by the federal and state governments, each other state and territory is divided into different regions, which form the local government. This level takes care of domestic issues in each area, such as rubbish collection, public and community services.
Australia was earlier best known for its natural resources and minerals (Australia is still the largest exporter of coal), but there is a significant shift in the economy based on newer industries and businesses. A large part of Australian economy depends on manufactured goods. However being primarily an agrarian community, Australia is well known for its wool, dairy produce, meat, sugar, wine and fruit besides minerals and gems.
Australia also has a growing in its service sector, which is gaining momentum day by day.
The official Australian flag was designed in 1901 when Australia became an independent nation. There is also wide recognition of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander emblems, which are also proclaimed as Flags of Australia. There is also an official design for the Australian Defence Force. The national anthem is called ‘Advance Australia Fair’. Australia’s national colours are green and gold, the floral emblem is the golden wattle (Latin name Acacia pycnantha Benth) and the gemstone is the opal.
Australia is a land of contrasts: sweeping golden beaches, coral reefs rich with marine life, tropical rain forests, mountain ranges, vast grazing lands and sparse deserts.
One of the oldest continents, Australia is as wide as the distance from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei and as long as the distance from Singapore to Manila. It is the only country to occupy an entire continent.
Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Australia has many animals and plants, which are unique on the planet. The surface geology is typically old and flat.
National Bird: Emu as shown on the National coat of arms
National Animal: Kangaroo as shown on the National Coat of arms
English is the official language of Australia. In order to study there, a student must have a certain level of proficiency over the language. This has to be manifested/ proved to the authorities of both the university as well as the visa office.
The best way of improving your level of English is by sitting the International English language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Most university websites give the level required to be achieved for the course the student intends to study in terms of the IELTS Score.
Other Tests: Higher studies in specific or professional areas such as teacher training or teacher assistant courses may require course specific tests as well.
The student community of Australia includes more than 5,00,000 internationals from over 150 countries studying in Universities.
Universities of Australia works with the government on their education plan to ensure the standard of teaching and courses in the 39 Australian universities is maintained at a world-class level.
The Terms University and Degree are protected in Australia so that only institutions which meet Australia’s high quality assurance processes can use the titles.
All 39 government funded are listed in the Australian Qualifications Framework. There are also private institutions that offer higher education and many of these are ‘accredited’, i.e. approved by state or territory government to design and provide higher degrees of required standard. Australian universities also have overseas branch campuses, twinning arrangements and exchange programmes for students and staff globally.
Higher or post school education is of two types: University or higher education providers comprise the first kind. The second is the Vocational Education and Training sector which delivers the practical and skill oriented courses most valued or required by the Industry.
Australian education is being constantly reviewed the government, industry and professional bodies to ensure that it does not stagnate but is updated to support the changing economy and its new requirements.
The Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) is an independent, not-for-profit national organisation that promotes, audits and reports on quality assurance in Australian higher education.
The Australian Qualifications Framework is a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training.
Many universities any now partnering with their equals abroad to either deliver the foreign partners courses in Australia or vice versa. This new global approach keeps students in touch with the world.
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You need to apply for a student visa. To be granted a student visa you must complete a visa application form, lodge it with the evidence required, pay the application charge and satisfy the student visa requirements. You can be granted a student visa only if you intend to study a registered course on a full-time basis and meet with a number of visa conditions after you have entered Australia. Here you will find information regarding Visa requirements and procedures.
You need to apply for a student visa. To be granted a student visa you must complete a visa application form, lodge it with the evidence required, pay the application charge and satisfy the student visa requirements. You can be granted a student visa only if you intend to study a registered course on a full-time basis and meet with a number of visa conditions after you have entered Australia.
To be granted a student visa you must satisfy the visa requirements and meet with a number of visa conditions for attendance and academic performance which come into effect after your entry in Australia. Your Student (Temporary) Visa will list the conditions that apply specifically to you. It is important to meet with your visa conditions to avoid visa cancellation. Student visa information on this website is an outline only and subject to change. For more detailed, accurate and up-to-date information on student visas and visa requirements please check with GEEBEE Education.
Each education sector in each country is rated according to 3 Assessment Levels based on the levels of students not meeting with their visa conditions. The visa requirements or Evidentiary Standards you must satisfy are increasingly difficult from Assessment Level 1 through to Assessment Level 3. Further information on country assessment levels can be found at the Australian Immigration website.
An Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) is issued by your Australian education provider and is the only accepted evidence of enrolment for processing student visa applications. Contingent on your country of nationality and your principal course of study you have to apply under the appropriate assessment level after an institution issues an eCoE. The institution will advise you of its requirements but generally it will require payment of at least one semester of course fees before issuing an eCoE. A copy of your eCoE will be submitted for getting a student visa.
Information collected through the eCoE process includes the student visa application, visa grant and visa compliance data from a student’s arrival in Australia and course commencement through to their departure from Australia. For more details on Visa Documentation & Visa Checklist.
This section takes you through the universities enrolment procedures process step by step. It starts with application procedure right till assistance available and bank loans. It also gives a helpful guide for studying in Australia,Student Support,University Courses etc.
Australia is internationally known for its high quality education as well as research excellence. Because the governments keeps a tight control on the working of both the universities and vocational institutes, a high standard of education delivery is able to be maintained. The government also ensures code of conduct to be followed in educational institutions that is conducive to international students and their parents who send them overseas. Australia provides a friendly, culturally rich, sophisticates as well as being a safe environment to study in.
With only the US and UK ahead of it, Australia has the third largest number of international students studying there. For many students from all over the world, Australia is their first choice of English-speaking study destination. This is because Australian qualifications are world recognized and often lead to good job positions. The study costs are also comparable to the US & UK.
Australian qualifications are globally recognized both in terms of as a base for pursuing higher education as well as securing jobs. This is thanks to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) which is a national system of learning pathways recognized throughout Australia and the world.
To date Australia has students coming in from around 190 countries, of which India is one. The number of students from each country varies every year, so it is best to check the latest statistics on net.
If for any reason a student does not meet the requirements, s/he can try for a foundation or pre-sessional course. Such courses ranging from a few weeks to several months may be attended before the course of choice. These courses may be taken to plug profile gaps towards admission requirements for English, Bachelors and even some Masters courses.
Every institution has its own set of pre-sessional courses so these must be checked with individual universities or on their websites.
The two main requirements for admission are:
1) Demonstration of English proficiency – prescribed level of IELTS score
2) Previous, recognized academic study in one’s own country – high school for a proposed Bachelors’ course and Bachelors’ for a proposed Masters’.
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The IELTS test is conducted several times a month by IDP-Australia and British Council in the major cities of each country. The Australian Dept of Immigration only IELTS as proof of English proficiency while granting student visas.
Undergraduate courses require the overseas equivalent of Australian high school matriculation, such as three passes at GCE A Levels in appropriate subjects. Some courses may also have certain pre-requisite subjects
Postgraduate Entry to postgraduate courses requires satisfactory completion of a first degree at undergraduate level. Proven research ability or relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration
Vocational Education and Training usually there are no other entrance exams to VET institutions. But some courses may have certain pre-requisite subjects or demonstrated work experience.
If a student does not get the required score in the English tests, repeat attempts may be made to better it. If however, that is not possible, the student may go for pre-course English sessions of various durations that precede the start of the main course of study and have several intake dates throughout the year.
For those who do not quite meet the academic level required, Foundation courses or pre-Masters conducted by many of the institutions may be the solution.
The majority of international students are full-fee paying students. However, a student can for several scholarships that are available.
These are offered by a number of organizations besides the Australian Government and educational institutions. With some exceptions, most are open to International students and cover a large number of courses or study areas. Australia Awards are those offered by the Australian government.
International and charitable institutions also offer scholarships but these have to be applied for when on home ground itself. Many of these may have deadlines.
Most scholarships offered by the Australian Universities are for post graduate courses, especially the research Masters and PhDs. The extent of funding may vary depending on the fund allotment to the various study projects by the concerned university. Hence it is best to liaise with the university itself.
Besides the above, students may also look to apply for funding through the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The website is able to provide details of funding offered by various Commonwealth country governments, Rotary International, World Bank, WHO etc. Another option is through loans. Many banks send money to students under various schemes to study at approved universities abroad.
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At least 7 Australian universities have been included in the top 200 of the Times Education World Universities Rankings. However, there is no official ranking system of Australian education institutions.
The Australian Universities, Self-accrediting providers as well as agencies are responsible to the Central or Territorial Governing bodies to deliver high quality education. Since these institutions come under the Australian Qualification Framework and are regularly audited by the independent body Australian University Quality Agency, the quality of education imparted is duly monitored. Hence studying in Australia is truly enriching in terms of qualifications gained.
Every university has a support cell for international students whose primary responsibility is to ensure smooth transition and settling of the student in the foreign environment. Help is available in the form of not just holding the registration orientation week, but also in addressing academic and administrative grievances, assistance in case of disability or medical condition etc
Student welfare is a very important issue with Australian Universities. Other areas are which support is available are:
International student advisers
Application and visa-processing assistance
Arrival reception and orientation programmes
Health, counselling, accommodation and employment service
Application and visa-processing assistance
The criteria for entry to tertiary study vary, depending on the institution. In general, if you are under 21, you will need to provide:
Evidence of your English Proficiency
Evidence of your suitability to study at this level.
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Australia’s national Vocational Education and Training system also known as Technical and Vocational Education (VET), has been in existence since the mid 1800’s but was restricted to only a certain skilled population. It was only in the mid 1960’s that it went through radical changes to suit present industry requirements. Its aim is to achieve consistency in the way providers maintain standards. Closely working with the industry, the VET keeps tabs on approved courses delivered by various public institutions called TAFE as well as private ones.
Several skills are highly valued and the VET programmes catering to these sectors are very popular. Computing, business studies, marketing, tourism are some examples. VET approved course graduates find employment or go for higher education qualifications because of the relevance of their skills and being recognized nationwide.
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The following qualifications are available at Australian universities and approved higher education providers
The Bachelor degree is the fundamental university qualification and is the basic qualification for entry to the professions. Some professions may require additional vocational qualifications as a condition of entry.
Study involves acquiring a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, its underlying principles and concepts, and associated problem-solving techniques. The student develops the academic skills and attitudes to comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a wide range of sources. Also developed is the ability to review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge and techniques learnt.
Study usually involves major studies in an area where significant literature is available. Course content is to a significant depth and progressively developed to a high level, preparing students for further post-graduate study if desired.
A Bachelor Degree with honours takes an additional year after a Bachelor Degree. Honours may also be granted where outstanding achievement is recorded in a Bachelor Degree course of four or more years.
The Graduate Certificate typically involves broadening individual skills already gained in an undergraduate program, or developing vocational knowledge and skills in a new professional area.
The Graduate Diploma either broadens individual skills obtained in an undergraduate program or develops vocational knowledge and skills in a new professional area. This qualification can also be described as further specialization within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge
The Masters Degree involves enhancing specific professional or vocational skills. The Masters Degree is typically gained by research or coursework or a combination. Study involves acquiring in-depth understanding of a specific area of knowledge usually by independent research.
A Masters Degree takes either one year after a Bachelor Degree with honours or two years after a Bachelor Degree.
The Doctoral Degree is the highest award offered by Australian universities. Although it is a research degree, some programs may have a course work component. There are three components to a Doctoral Degree:
A searching review of the literature, experimentation or other systemic approach to a body of knowledge
An original research project resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding and/or the application of knowledge within a discipline or field of study
A substantial and well-ordered thesis, demonstrating the relationship of the research to the broader framework of the discipline or field of study
Bank Loans are easily available for higher studies anywhere in the world. Loans should be preferably taken from a Nationalised Bank. The term & condition for educational loans may vary from Bank to Bank.
All Professional / Technical job oriented courses offered by reputed Universities.
Maximum Rs.20 Lakhs.
For Loans up to Rs.4 Lakhs, no collateral security is required.
Maximum Rs.For Loans above Rs.4 Lakhs & Upto Rs. 7.50 Lakhs Collateral Security in the form of satisfactory Third Party Guarantee.20 Lakhs.
For Loans above Rs.7.50 Lakhs Collateral Security is required.
Course period + one year or 6 months after getting a job, whichever is earlier. The loan is to be repaid in 5-7 years after commencement of repayment.
Upto Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR
Above Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR + 1%*
Students must meet minimum academic requirements and need a sufficient level of English language proficiency for entry to Australian education and training institutions. Institutions will assess whether you meet the selection criteria set for your proposed course of study. They will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country.
International students studying in Australia on a student visa can apply for permission to work once they start their course. Applying for a student visa with permission to work can be done electronically or on paper using form 157P or through GeeBee.
A visa with permission to work enables you to work up to 20 hours a week on a casual basis during course time and full-time during vacation periods. Occasionally family members can also apply for permission to work up to 20 hours a week throughout the year. In the case of masters and Ph.D. students and AusAID or Defence-sponsored students, family members can apply for permission to work unlimited hours. If you are the family member of a student who has commenced a masters or Ph.D. course, you must bring evidence from the education provider that the student has started this course. Under certain circumstances dependents of students are permitted to work.
The income you get from working in Australia should only supplement your income and not be used as your only source of income. Before you come to Australia, you must show that you have enough money to pay for living expenses, education costs and travel for the duration of your study.
Most students take part-time or casual jobs at some time during their studies. Some jobs are closely tied to courses of study (such as part-time work by law students in solicitors’ offices). Some students teach school children or get jobs on campus in the canteen, the bookshop, in the institution’s offices and as lab assistants. Some jobs are entirely outside the education community such as bartending, babysitting, gardening, hospitality, sales, computers, restaurants, or fruit picking.
Some institutions offer a job placement service. If work is available you will need to obtain a tax file number from the Australian Tax Office. You will need to contact them about their requirements and processes.
Student visa information on this website is an outline only and subject to change. For more detailed, accurate and up-to-date information on student visas and visa requirements please check with Geebee Education office.
Australia offers a very high standard of living, thus making a good place to live in. The cost of study in Australia is comparable to that of the UK and US. Actual tuition fee could vary from institution to institution, depending on location as well as course content.
It offers a range of tuition fee bands depending on location, institution and course content. Scholarships though available often cannot be availed by internationals because they fail to meet the required profile.
On an average, a student requires approximately AUD$ 360 per week to meet his/her rent, food, clothing, travel and incidental costs. However, individualistic needs may differ and budgets would have to be suitably worked on.
All international students going to Australia must have insurance coverage provided by registered providers in the form of Overseas Student Health Cover. In addition, a student may choose to take additional insurance to cover property, accidents and even loss of baggage, flight changes and repatriation during the initial outbound travel.
International students are charged tuition up front- this means they must pay at least first year fees before the visa stage. In addition to tuition, some institutions may charge laboratory fees, student union fees, library fees and sports facility charges. These costs vary, but a fair indication is given in the table below: