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Study in Australia: A Complete Overview • AdmitAbroad

Study in Australia: A Complete Overview

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Australia is a popular destination for international students seeking a high-quality education and a diverse cultural experience. The country is home to some of the world’s top universities and offers a wide range of academic programs in various fields of study. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of education, industries, and living costs in Australia for international students.

Major Industries in the Country:

Australia has a diverse economy with several major industries, including manufacturing, information technology and services, mining and resources, health and medical, and construction. These industries create many job opportunities for students, making Australia an attractive destination for those seeking employment after graduation.

Industry Name Total Size | % of GDP Jobs Created (last 5 Years)
Manufacturing AUD 329 Billion | 5.8% of GDP 8,60,000 people
Information Technology and Services AUD 127 Billion | 6.5% of GDP 5,36,000 people
Mining and Resources AUD 286 Billion | 10.4 % of GDP 2,71 000 people
Health and Medical AUD 200 Billion | 9.9 % of GDP 1,70 000 people
Mining and Resources AUD 372 Billion | 7.9 % of GDP 1,20 000 people

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Popular Fields of Study:

Australia offers a wide range of academic programs, but some of the most popular fields of study for international students include engineering, computer science and information technology, business and management, health and medical sciences, and accounting and finance.

Field of Study Why is this country good for it? Popular Universities Average Starting Salary
Engineering
  1. High-quality engineering programs that are recognized globally
  2. Advanced research and development in various fields
  3. Strong and stable economy, which creates many jobs, and opportunities for engineers
  4. Multiculturalism
  5. High quality of life, with good healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
  1. The University of Melbourne
  2. University of New South Wales
  3. University of Sydney
  4. Australian National University
Est. 93,936 AUD – 155,245 AUD per year

 

(INR 52 – 86 Lakh)

Computer Science and Information Technology
  1. Study the most recent course/technology
  2. Leverage university partnerships to increase practical experience
  3. A scarcity of 1,00,000 employees with 1,64,000 qualifications according to the Australian Computer Society ACS, there will be an increased demand for computer science graduates in Australia by 2024.
  1. University of Technology Sydney
  2. University of Adelaide
  3. University of Sydney
  4. University of New South Wales
Est. 91,437 AUD – 144,042 AUD

 

(INR 50 – 80 Lakh)

Business and Management
  1. Great employment opportunities for students worldwide
  2. Build a network and gain experience with leading firms worldwide
  3. High demand for skilled business workforce.
  1. Monash University
  2. University of Queensland Australia
  3. The University of Melbourne.
Est. 94,986 AUD – 150,000 AUD

 

(INR 52 – 83 Lakh)

Health and Medical Sciences
  1. Advanced research
  2. Promotes health and wellness
  3. Foster creativity, innovation and new perspective.
  1. Deakin University
  2. University of Adelaide
  3. Australian National University
  4. University of Western Australia
Est. 79,500 AUD – 166,666 AUD

 

(INR 43 – 92 Lakh)

Accounting and Finance
  1. High employment prospects due to the occupation being added to the Skill shortage sector
  2. Global demand for accountancy graduates
  3. Accountants in Australia are accredited by CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Public Accountants, the three professional bodies making it one of the most prestigious degrees to acquire.
  1. Macquarie University
  2. RMIT university
  3. University of Melbourne
  4. University of Newcastle
Est. 60,000 AUD – 80,000 AUD

 

(INR 33 – 44 Lakh)

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Intake Information:

The academic year in Australia typically starts in February and runs until November, with two semesters per year. The first semester starts in February, and the second semester starts in July. Some universities may also offer a third semester in November. Students can choose from a wide range of programs, including undergraduate, postgraduate, and research degrees.

Cost of Education:

The cost of education in Australia varies depending on the program and the university. On average, undergraduate programs typically take three years to complete and cost between INR 10.93 – 19.3 lakhs per year, while postgraduate programs (excluding MBA) take one to two years to complete and cost between INR 12.18 – 27.68 lakhs per year. MBA programs take two years to complete and cost approximately INR 47 lakhs.

Note: Average living cost per year (In Indian Rupees): The annual average living expense in Australia for international students is between INR 16 – 20 Lakh.

Documents Required For University Applications:

The process of applying to universities can be an overwhelming task, especially when it comes to gathering all the necessary documents. Whether you’re applying for undergraduate studies or postgraduate programs, each institution has its own set of requirements that must be met. Take a closer look at the required category and the documents in the table below:

Category Document List
Academic Documents 10th Grade Transcripts & Certificate

12th Grade Transcripts & Certificate

Bachelors Transcripts & Degree (For Master/PG)

Masters Transcripts & Degree (If Any)

Work Experience Certificates Latest Joining Letter

Latest Salary Slip

Employments of all previous employers

Experience Letter

Test Score Documents TOEFL/IELTS/PTE & GRE(Applying for MS)
Financial Documents (Before Getting Final Offer Letter) Sanction letter

Bank Statement if sufficient funds are available

Other Documents ID Proof – Passport

Student CV

Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Letter of Recommendation (LOR)

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Documents Required For University Applications:

Step 1: Start initial research (A year in advance)

International students must begin their studies one to two years in advance in order to get admitted to Australian universities. Before choosing a study programme, they should read about the various courses, universities, and career possibilities. They can communicate with students already enrolled in higher education in Australia. Visit the official websites of universities and colleges to learn more about study programmes, requirements for overseas students, etc. before applying to Australian universities.

Step 2: Shortlisting of course (10-12 months prior)

Select the course you wish to take admission in Australian universities.

Select the college/university and visit their website.

Note down important information like dates for admission cycle, tuition fee and eligibility criteria for admission in Australian Universities for international students, standardized test scores, university campus and location, scholarships offered, etc.

Step 3: Appear for exams (9-10 months prior)

If you are a postgraduate student then start taking standardized tests like GMAT, GRE to get admission in Australian Universities.

Enrol for the language proficiency tests like IELTS/TOEFL/PTE as the majority of Universities ask for English proficiency tests from international students to grant admission in Australian colleges.

Keep a buffer time to re-register for standardized tests if the marks/grades are poor in the first attempt.

Improve the score to get admission in the preferred course or college.

Step 4: Start the application process for admission (5-6 months prior)

The application process to get admission in Australian Universities will require academic mark sheets, original transcripts, copy of the course syllabus of previous studies.

  1. A copy of the passport identification page

  2. English proficiency test certificate

  3. Scorecard of standardized tests

  4. A good statement of purpose (SOP) explaining your qualities, ambitions, goals, and abilities also play a major role in admission in Australia.

  5. Letter of Recommendation (LOR) – Contact your teachers, supervisors, and managers for LORs who can qualify you as a good student for admission in Australian Universities.

Make a checklist of the documents required for the admission process. Always visit the college website to cross-check the list of documents before final submission to take admission in Australian colleges and universities.

Step 5: Interviews and acceptance letters (3-4 months)

If your application is accepted by Australian universities, they will revert back to you via email.

They may take a video interview, so prepare for that in advance.

If you receive an acceptance agreement for admission in Australian University, don’t delay further and accept the offer.

The acceptance agreement for admission in Australia will comprise course details, tuition fees, the start date of course, acceptance and payment details, any conditions outlined by the university, etc.

Once you accept the offer, the university will ask you to pay the fee (mostly non-refundable).

Step 6: Apply for a student visa (3-4 months prior)

Once students have signed the acceptance letter and paid the initial fee deposit, the Australian university or college will send a CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment).

Students can use the CoE to apply for an  at their nearest Australian High commission/embassy.

Step 7: Final Checklist (1 month prior)

  1. Book airline tickets a month in advance.

  2. Get your medical, dental, and oral check-ups done.

  3. Get information about Australian Customs duty, Covid protocols, and Quarantine Information.

  4. Look for accommodation arrangements if you are living off-campus (Airbnb).

  5. Sufficient amount of Australian dollars in cash- for cab fare, sim card, food, and other essentials on arrival.

  6. Documents and their photocopies- They include a passport, letter of offer from the university, CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment), academic transcripts/mark sheets from the previous study, medical record, COVID vaccine certificate, and important contact numbers.

  7. Electronic Gadgets like a laptop, mobile phones, chargers along travel adapters and voltage converters as power plugs and voltage are different in Australia.

Student Visa Process and Documents:

1.Letter of Offer

If your application is successful, you will receive a Letter of Offer from your chosen education provider.

Read the Letter of Offer carefully before you accept it. It will include your course details, enrolment conditions and fees you will need to pay if you accept the offer.

Make sure that you understand all your rights, including the refund arrangements; if you don’t start or finish your course, the agreement will be used to determine if you will receive a refund.

Do not accept the Letter of Offer if you are not happy with any of its terms.

Keep a copy of the Letter of Offer. You will need this copy so that you are aware of your rights and if you have to make a claim against the institution.

2.Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is a document that will be issued by your education provider that verifies your enrolment in a specific course. The CoE will be sent to you after you have accepted your offer and paid your deposit.

You must include a copy of this document in your visa application so that the Australian Government has proof that you are registered in your declared course.

3.Proof of English Proficiency

If you are not a native English language speaker, you’ll need to supply a certificate of results from an approved English language test, because Australian educational courses are taught in English. This certificate will prove to the Australian Government that you meet the minimum English proficiency levels needed to succeed in your given course.

There are only certain tests you can take that will be accepted by the Australian Government, but all are easily accessible from around the world.

There are varying minimum requirements for each education level, and institutions sometimes set these requirements higher for certain courses.

Test Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic or General Training) At least 6.5 for each of the 4 test components
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) Average 80 – 90 score
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) At least 65 for each of the 4 test components
Occupational English Test (OET) At least B for each of the 4 test components
Cambridge C1 Advanced test At least 185 in each of the 4 test components

4.Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement

If you are not a native English language speaker, you’ll need to supply a certificate of results from an approved English language test, because Australian educational courses are taught in English. This certificate will prove to the Australian Government that you meet the minimum English proficiency levels needed to succeed in your given course.

There are only certain tests you can take that will be accepted by the Australian Government, but all are easily accessible from around the world.

There are varying minimum requirements for each education level, and institutions sometimes set these requirements higher for certain courses.

5.Proof of Sufficient Funds

To receive an Australian student visa, you must prove that you have enough money to support yourself throughout your stay. There are two options for meeting this requirement:

Option 1:

Provide bank statements, evidence of grants or scholarships. This will prove that you have enough money to cover all your costs and expenses through your course, such as travel, course fees and rent. Prove that you have enough money to pay for / have paid for your tuition, living and travel expenses.

The total amount to be shown is:

Total Tuition Fee for One Year + 12 Months Living Expenses (20,141 AUD) + Travel Expenses (2,000 AUD)

You can either show receipts of payment for the above costs or proof of funding for the above (like bank statements etc.)

Option 2:

Supply proof of your parent’s or partners annual income, which must be 62,222 AUD in the year immediately before you apply. If you bring family members, the annual income must be at least 72,592 AUD.

6.Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

If you are not a native English language speaker, you’ll need to supply a certificate of results from an approved English language test, because Australian educational courses are taught in English. This certificate will prove to the Australian Government that you meet the minimum English proficiency levels needed to succeed in your given course.

There are only certain tests you can take that will be accepted by the Australian Government, but all are easily accessible from around the world.

There are varying minimum requirements for each education level, and institutions sometimes set these requirements higher for certain courses.

7.Health Requirement

The Australian Government requires all international students to be in good health before entering the country. As a result, you may need to undergo a health examination and provide a medical certificate confirming that you meet these health requirements.

Form link: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/815.pdf

8.Character Requirement

There are also certain character requirements that you must meet if you want to study in Australia. In your application, you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your character and past conduct. In some cases, you may even need to provide a police background check.

Visa Applications:

You can apply for an Australian visa either online or offline.

To apply online, you need to start by creating an IMMI account here: https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/register

To apply offline, fill out the form given: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/956a.pdf

For more detailed information about the visa process, please visit:https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500

Pathway to Immigration after Education:

steps Validity (Duration) Condition to Maintain Eligibility to Obtain
Apply for PSW (Post Study Work Visa) 2 Years (UG & PG students), Non-Renewable Up to 3 Years (PhD students),Non-Renewable -Successful completion of degree
-Should be on a Tier 4 visa
It will allow students to work full-time in most jobs but excluding jobs such as sportsperson or coach
Skilled Worker Visa Can stay on this visa for 5 years, later, will need to extend it. -You’ll usually need to be paid at least £25,600 per year or £10.10 per hour, whichever is higher.
-Your job should be eligible for the visa
-Your employer should be an eligible licensed sponsor (they provide you with a COS letter for your visa)
-Find a skilled job (A Rated Job) within 2 years of your PSW visa
-You must not travel outside of the UK until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do
Apply for ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) (i.e. PR) For Life – Should have stayed in the UK for at least 5 Years
– Continue working in a field related to your master’s & under an eligible employer
Even if you change your employer make sure the new employer is a licensed sponsor
Citizenship For Life Should hold an IRL for one year at least
– Should be extremely fluent in English

Please note: The duration of the study, as well as your PSW years, will not be counted towards your PR, till you get an ‘A-Rated Sponsor Job’ your visa will not be converted into a skilled worker visa.

Student Visa Documents and Process

The following documents are required to apply for the UK Student Visa:

  1. A valid passport (Ideally should be valid for the term of your course. Also, provide information about your previous travel experience)

  2. A confirmation of acceptance of studies (CAS) from your course provider

  3. Proof of finance (Proof that you have enough money to support yourself & fund your course)  (1 Year tuition fees + 9 months living cost should be in your bank account for 28 days before applying for the visa)

  4. A valid ATAS certificate (If required)

  5. Tuberculosis test

  6. A written consent for your application from your financial sponsor if you’ve received sponsorship for your course fees and living costs in the last 12 months

  7. Passport–sized colour photographs

  8. English Proficiency Test (IELTS / TOEFL)

  9. Complete Visa Application Form

  10. Offer letter from the university

  11. Proof of Academic Qualifications (Mark sheets/Transcripts)

  12. Immigration Health Surcharge

The process to apply for the UK Student Visa is as follows:

STEP 1: Online Registration

Create an account on UK Government Website

Fill out your Tier 4 visa application form (Academic records, travel details, CAS details etc)

Print out the form & sign it

Pay your application fees

STEP 2: Gather All Your Documents

Once you have opened a blocked account, the next step is to gather all visa related documents. These documents have already been listed above.

STEP 3: Biometrics

Once you have completed and paid for your visa application on GOV.UK, you will be directed to the VFS Global website to book an appointment at a Visa Application Centre, so your biometric data (fingerprints and photograph) can be captured.

STEP 4: Submitting the Visa Application Online

Now that you have all your documents in place, submit the Visa Online and wait for a decision. The UK Student visa takes up to 3 weeks to process in most cases, but students should apply as soon as they get their admission. Although, the UK government also provides an option to expedite your process with additional charges under, PV (Priority Visa) & SPV (Super Priority Visa) categories.

Step 4: Credibility Interview:

This may be required as part of the visa application process if the UK immigration authorities need further information to assess the authenticity of an applicant’s visa application & their intentions.

The interview is used to assess the credibility of the information provided in the application such as the applicant’s personal, financial, and educational background, as well as their plans for studying or working in the UK.

The decision to conduct a credibility interview is made on a case-by-case basis and there is no set timeline for when an interview maybe requested. It can happen on any stage of the visa application process.

Scholarships to Study:

The cost of studying and living in Australia can be a significant concern for many students. Scholarships, therefore become an essential tool to help alleviate the financial burden associated with studying in Australia. With a wide range of scholarships available, both for domestic and international students, studying in Australia is now more accessible and affordable. The table below presents some of the scholarships and their amount, conditions and application link for your reference

Scholarship Name Amount Selection Criteria
GREAT Scholarships India Financial support of £ 10,000 for the students of one-year postgraduate programs
  1. Academic, Professional Excellence and Quality of the Statement of Purpose
  2. Candidate should belong to the eligible country listed
  3.  Students should be applying for Masters level programs in the UK
British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM Financial support on tuition fees + monthly stipend for 15 months + Visa & Insurance
  1. Academic, Professional Excellence and Quality of the Statement of Purpose, Resume, LORs
  2.  Students should be applying for Masters level programs in the UK
Saltire Scholarships Financial Support of

£ 8,000

  1. Academic, Professional Excellence and Quality of the Statement of Purpose
  2. Candidate should be a citizen of the eligible country
  3. Students should be applying for Masters level programs in the Scottish universities

Popular Cities to Study In:

Choosing the right city to pursue higher education can play a crucial role in shaping a student’s overall experience. While studying abroad opens up numerous opportunities to explore new cultures, cuisines, and lifestyles, the city a student chooses can also impact their academic and career growth. From bustling metropolitan cities to serene university towns, there are plenty of options to consider. Explore the popular cities given below and know what makes them so appealing. Whether you are interested in arts, sciences, or business, there is a city out there that is perfect for you.

 

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In conclusion, studying in Australia can be a life-changing experience for students. With its high-quality education systems, welcoming cultural, and diverse environment, Australia offers a unique opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills that can help them succeed in their future career. From selecting the right university and program to obtaining a student visa and exploring the country’s popular cities, there are many factors to consider when pursuing higher education in Australia. By understanding the application process, scholarships available, and the potential benefits, students can make informed decision about their education and take advantage of all that Australia has to offer.

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