Australia is one of the most the most popular study destination for international students, along with the USA and UK. Home to the world’s eight most popular universities, Australian tertiary education comprises vocational colleges and universities, with 22,000 courses on offer for foreign students. The quality of education, they variety of options available and the option to work while you study are just some of the reasons why nepali prefer to study in Australia.
The public vocational educational system in Australia is called TAFE, i.e., Technical and Further Education. TAFE institutes are usually funded by the government and offer qualifications like certificates and diplomas, though some TAFE schools offer undergraduate programmes as well. Some universities do accept the credits earned at vocational schools like TAFE, and in such cases, you can transfer your credits towards an advanced degree. TEQSA or Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency is the organisation that manages the registration of these institutions and accreditation of their courses.
Apart from TAFE, you can obtain vocational qualifications by studying in Australia at vocational institutions, such as RTO: Registered Training Organisations in Australia.
Vocational colleges are for cultivating adult learning experiences that provide certificate (I through V) and diploma programmes. These schools mostly provide courses that are work-oriented and help an individual to find a source of income immediately upon completion of the course.
Australian university system comprises both public and private universities. There are 42 universities in Australia of which 38 are public universities. Undergraduate courses last from 3 to 4 years, depending on whether it’s a general or professional degree. Postgraduate programmes are categorised into postgraduate by research that lasts for 1–2 years (full-time study) and postgraduate extended programme that lasts for 3–4 years (full-time study).
Students studying in Australia can easily transfer credits and shift between study levels and institutions as per the guidelines mentioned by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), a national policy followed in the Australian education and training. The AQF standards comprise different levels, starting from 1 to 10, which include certificate to doctoral courses.
As a student in Australia, there is so much for you to explore and experience.
Australia is known as The Land Down Under because it is situated below the equator. From architectural wonders such as the iconic Sydney Opera House to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has spectacular places which students can visit.
Australia attracts almost 300,000 international students to its major cities and towns. According to official reports, some of the most popular Australian cities amongst international students include (based on the cost of living, liveability and university of choice) Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
You’ll learn a lot from the native people in Australia and also get to understand different cultures. The international student population in Australia is a perfect mix of students from all over the globe. Hence it offers you a great opportunity for you to meet different people, understand cultures and explore the country. Let’s talk about the fauna – you may even come face-to-face with animals like crocodiles, snakes and spiders. Remember Steve Irwin, and his stint with crocodiles? He is from Australia. The country is a great place to explore and get absorbed into the wildlife that has so much to offer.
People – The people in Australia are warm and welcoming. The rich indigenous community is a big part of the Australian culture and they have ethnically diverse societies. The country is home to migrants from over 200 countries, including the UK, China, nepal and New Zealand, making it a vibrant mix of cultures and lives. Hence studying in Australia will put you at ease.
Climate – It might take some time getting used to the climate in Australia because the intensity varies from one place to another. The climate that you experience in the northern section may not feel the same when you move towards the south.
Accommodation – Majority of students in Australia prefer off-campus accommodation. The transport system is pretty efficient and quick, making it easier for students to commute daily to their universities from their location of their stay. University campuses do have on-campus accommodation for international students. You will have to do a thorough research on all these since stay and transport are key to living in any city.
Food and drink – You will get to eat almost everything, from seafood to native fruits and vegetables. You can drink to your heart’s content, not only ginger beer and cordial but also some freshly brewed coffee (which has a vast history of its own). In 1901, during the Federation, the practice of having outdoor picnics became prevalent, and it was during this time some staple food like mutton, meat pies and lamb chops were introduced as barbecue food.
You may find yourself gorging on some Oyster or Emu or Kangaroo meat or Barramundi, just the way the aboriginals used to, but make sure you comply with the policies and standards of the country and do not get into any trouble for feeding your appetite.
City life – Some of the best cosmopolitan cities include Sydney and Melbourne. Most universities are located in urban or sub-urban areas, so the hustle of city life comes with it. You will find yourself enjoying many recreational activities while you study in Australia. There are several other spectacular places to visit in the country during your studies, such as the Bondi Beach, Uluru, Fraser Island, Whitehaven Beach and, undoubtedly, the Great Barrier Reef.
Almost every city is well connected by roads and rails and you won’t face any difficulty moving from one place to another, on a limited budget. Some cities offer different travel cards for those who want to travel on a fixed budget in hand, such as Myki card in Melbourne, Opal card in Sydney, SmartRider card in Perth and Green card in Tasmania.
The number of students coming to Australia grows exponentially each year. The courses most preferred by nepali students are business, tourism, hospitality management, MBA, accounting, healthcare and IT.
An international student is expected to take up a course registered under CRICOS, if he/she wishes to study in Australia. CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) indicates that the course and institution that you choose meet the high standards of the Australian education system.
Australian Universities offer international students a range of learning options, such as associate degrees, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and PhDs. Of the total international student population, the majority of them are engaged in higher education programmes and the rest in English language programmes.
The first step would be to identify the right course and university in Australia you would like to apply to. The Course Matcher tool can help you with that. You can always seek the help of our counsellors too.
Once you have made your choice, you will have to make sure you clear all the exams as required by your course and university and get your documents in order. Remember that you should also figure out ways to fund your studies.
Once you get accepted by an Australian university, you can apply for a visa to study in Australia.
Once you have your visa, you can start planning your journey to Australia. Our counsellors will be able to help you at every step towards realising your study abroad dreams.
An undergraduate degree could cost INR 15 lakhs per year for your studies alone. If you are enrolled in any of the top 8 universities, the cost can go up to INR 25 lakhs per year. Postgraduate courses will cost around INR 16 lakhs per year. It can go up to INR 27 lakhs per year if you are enrolled in any of the top 8 universities.
The average living cost in Australia has been estimated to be INR 12 lakhs per year.
Whether your interest lies in nature, technology, art, culture, adventure, food, wine or world-class academia, Australia definitely has something for you and is a country of endless opportunities. You will definitely love the student life in Australia, the outdoor culture and the friendly people.
Scholarships offered to international students are purely based on merit. In some cases, scholarships cover both, tuition and living expenses. Apart from some universities and colleges offering scholarships, many government sources offer a number of scholarships or financial aid for international students. This is one of the reasons why some students prefer to study only in Australia. Some of the popular scholarships available for international students are:
Needless to say, the Go8 universities are popular worldwide and quite favourite among a large student population.
Australia is comparatively affordable, and the scholarships provided to foreign students make it easier for them to fund their living and tuition costs.
Australia allows students to find part-time work options (20 hours per week), especially during holidays when students can work full-time (40 hours per week). Moreover, post-study work visas are also on offer, from 18 months to 4 years, with the opportunity to apply for a resident permit.
Once you head to Australia for your higher studies, don’t just sit back and relax on weekends or get stuck with your projects and classes during the weekdays. Just try to get over the daily routine and spend some time visiting places like the Blue Mountains, Bathurst, Mornington Peninsula, Gold Coast, Noosa, Townsville, Darwin, Hobart and a lot more. It’s believed that nearly 90% of Australian people live away from the main cities, so you can perhaps behave as the locals do, during your stay, and enjoy some of the not-so-popular places or discover some hidden gems in the wild forests and alleys. If you need some professional advice to guide you in your study abroad journey, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thousands of students made it to Australia through us. Now it’s your chance to chase your dreams!
Yes, the visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay for three months each visit. This visa is available to all valid US passport holders, who live outside Australia. There is a $25 service charge per person for ETA applications. Before committing to your trip please ensure you hold a valid US passport with at least six months’ validity from the date you plan to return to the USA. You will need to provide the following Scanned copy of "photo" page of each respective valid US passport * Answer the following questions: Do you have "Dual Nationality" ? Do you have "Prior Criminal Convictions" ? Have you "been known by another name" ? $25 payment per ETA per person
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