‘Visa Connection’ is a QEAC licensed Education Consultant based in Australia with branches across India, Canada and New Zealand.
Education in Australia
Australia is a country that is rich in culture and one of the hottest destinations to study. The Australian lifestyle is diverse and is home to some of the world’s best universities. Education in Australia is affordable and high quality and has the highest percentage of universities ranked within the top 100, worldwide.
To study within Australia, international students require a 2-year post-study work permit to enable you to do fully paid work experience. Australia’s popular study destinations – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Peth, Adelaide & Canberra, are blessed with beautiful weather.
Top Ranking Universities
Many Australian universities are among the top 100 world ranking; in fact, within the Times Higher Education Ranking (2012) 15 are ranked in the “under 50.” Additionally, Australia is a leader in general and professional education and is home to The Group of Eight (Go8), which is ranked 27-92 in the world.
The Australian Government is supportive of international students and have systems in place that ensure they receive a quality education. There is a legal framework, the Education Service for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000, which governs the delivery of education to international students on a student visa.
The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) is a database that registration is required to enrol and teach.
The National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) assesses and recognises overseas qualifications and is an Australian government-run organisation.
Along with quality education, Australia offers well-costed tuition fees. Fees are relatively cheaper than other countries without compromising on the quality of the education. In fact, Australian universities are well respected and regarded worldwide.
Diversity, Multiculturalism and Safety
Australia hosts a diverse and safe environment to live and study in. Students from Asia, Europe, and North America are particularly attracted to study in Australia because they can practice their faith without discrimination. Students of all nationalities are welcomes and the diversity they bring to Australian culture. It is a very safe country to live in with rare cases of crime and political unrest.
Research Focussed Universities
Australia has a rich history of research that is world-class and benefits people worldwide. Australian universities have strong capabilities and facilities for research and development.
Australian qualifications are sought after worldwide and are ensured by the Australian Qualifications Frame (AQF). As long as you satisfy Visa requirements, this means you can easily move from one level of study to the next. Australia’s global recognition enables flexibility in choice and career planning.
Within Australia, there are many opportunities to seek support through scholarships, grants and bursaries. The Australian Government, education institutions and some other private and public entities offer these.
Internships are work placements that are temporary in workplaces and institutions. These are commonly unpaid but can be paid depending on the industry and how long the placement is. Internships are an opportunity to gain additional experience in your area of study.
Work After Graduation
Due to a change in government policies, Students can now gain a Post Study Work visa in Australia. This is a minimum of two years for a Bachelors and Masters, and four years for research/PhD students. This is the perfect opportunity for career development and can assist in paying for education while in Australia.
There are different access work after graduation options for different areas of Australia, including:
- Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane –Standard minimum of two years and four year based on level of your degree.
- Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart – International students on a post study work visa, studying at universities in these regions are eligible to access an additional year of work after graduation.
- All other locations –International students across universities through all over regions are eligible to access an additional two years in Australia on a post study work visa.
Work during Study
When studying in Australia, students are eligible to work part-time either on or off-campus. This helps cover living expenses and to gain work experience. There are some limits, which include only working up to 40 hours a fortnight when study is in session, but during breaks, unlimited work is permitted. Students who are doing a Masters degree or higher courses, their spouses can work full time.
The cost of studying in Australia will vary depending on the institution and your level of study choice. The following list indicates the range of the expenses for different qualifications.
- School – $7,800AUD to$30,000AUD.
- English Language studies – approximately $300AUD but varies with course length.
- Certificates, Diploma’s ad Advanced Diploma courses in Vocational Education and Training – Between $14,000AUD – $22,000AUD.
- Undergrad Bachelor Degree – Between $15,000AUD to $33,000AUD.
- Postgrad Masters Degree – Between $20,000AUD to $37,000AUD
The Australian Government states that a student can live on approximately $14,000AUD to $18,000AUD a year. To meet the student visa requirements, you must be able to mee this financial expectation.
International students are awarded scholarships based on merit and are also awarded based on performances in academics, extracurricular awards and achievements.
Students have the opportunity to work part-time work to manage their living expenses and gain valuable work experience. Students must not work more than 40 hours a fortnight during the semester and unlimited during holiday periods. The Australian Government have adopted policies that enable international students to partake in a post-study work visa for up to 4 years, depending on their level of qualifications.
The current national minimum wage for Australia is $19.49 per hour, $740.80 a week.