Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. By total area, It is the 6th largest country in the world.  The population of 24 million  million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard.

Australia has the world's 13th-largest economy and ninth-highest per capita income (IMF).[21] With the second-highest human development index globally, the country ranks highly in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and civil liberties and political rights.[

Currently, Australia is also considered as a global leader in education, which is one of the many reasons why students from around the world choose to pursue their studies there.

Why Study in Australia?

With approximately more than 22,000 courses in more than 1,200 institutions, it is  highly likely that you will be able to find the right choice of degree, training or course.

Australia has 37 government-funded universities and two private universities, as well as a number of other specialist institutions that provide approved courses at the higher education level.  There is a state-based system of vocational training, known as TAFE, and many trades conduct apprenticeships for training new tradespeople.  Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Their university system also ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. With these, Australia is recognized as a country that offers world-class education.

So no matter the type of course you want to study, how long you want to study for or where you want to study, you can be assured that in Australia you will have a high quality and rewarding study experience.

More about Australia

Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. By total area, It is the 6th largest country in the world.  The population of 24 million  million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard.

Australia has the world's 13th-largest economy and ninth-highest per capita income (IMF).[21] With the second-highest human development index globally, the country ranks highly in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and civil liberties and political rights.[

Due to its large size, the country also has diverse environments. It has more than 500 national parks and more than 2,700 conservation areas ranging from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves. Additionally, 17 of the UNESCO World Heritage sites are in Australia. Examples of these are the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.

Cost of Studying and Living in Australia

Study Expenses

Living in Australia will be a new experience, but there are support services in your institution as well as from other organisations to help make adjusting to life in Australia easier.

As Australia is the fourth happiest country in the world (Prosperity Index 2012) and we have five of the 30 best cities in the world for students (Top University Rankings 2012), you are sure to enjoy your time here

As it is a very popular study destination, applying for scholarships in Australia is highly competitive. If you are financing your studies yourself, the following are the costs associated with studying and living in Australia.

  • English Language Courses are available at approximately $300/week.
  • Vocational training or education (Certificate Levels (from I to IV), Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas) will usually cost you around $12,000 to $22,000 per year.
  • Undergraduate Bachelor Degrees Postgraduate Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degrees will have you spending $18,000 to $47,000 a year. The higher cost is associated with pursuing your degree in a private university. Studies taken in a public institution will generally cost less.

Living Expenses

As at 2017 The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requires $19,830 as the minimum cost of living for the issue a student visa. The living expenses in Australia is dependent on the region you plan to live in and  the type of preferred accommodation.  Hostels, guesthouses and shared rental range from $100 to $400 a week. Homestay is about $240 to $280 per week.

Weekly expenses including groceries or eating out, gas and electricity, phone and internet, public transport and entertainment is around $250 to $500 per week.

Working while Studying

If you are a student visa holder thinking about covering your expenses by working while you study in Australia, you and your dependent family members have permission to work included with your visa. You and your family members must not breach the work conditions that apply to their student visa. Students and their families must not breach the work conditions that apply to their student visa.

You cannot work until you have commenced your course in Australia. Once your course has commenced you are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.

Work that is a formal registered part of your course is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight.

Voluntary, unpaid work, is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight if it:

  • is of  benefit to the community
  • is for a non-profit organisation
  • is genuinely voluntary (that is, you are not paid either in cash or other—board and lodging is acceptable).

If the voluntary work could have been undertaken by an Australian resident who would have received a wage, then this is included in the 40 hours.

If you are a postgraduate research student:

  • you can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during any preliminary courses you undertake
  • if you have commenced your masters by research or doctoral degree in Australia, there is no limit on the number of hours you may work.

 Visas

If you intend to study in Australia, you will need to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500). This visa allows you to stay in Australia to study full-time in a recognised education institution. To be eligible to apply for this visa, you must have:

  • applied for and been accepted to study in a registered full-time course at an educational institution in Australia
  • organised appropriate welfare arrangements for the duration of your intended stay in Australia if you are under 18 years of age. 

Language

Despite having numerous languages spoken in Australian homes as mentioned earlier, the majority of the country speaks English. Although the country has no declared “official language”, English is widely considered as the national language. Australian English has a distinct accent and vocabulary as compared to American English.

Evidence of English language proficiency may be required for visa processing and academic application.

Cities

Sydney

The state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia, Sydney is home to the oldest university in Australia which is the University of Sydney. Its natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man-made attractions such as theSydney Opera HouseSydney Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also well known to international visitors.

Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia.  Melbourne rates highly in education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport,[19] making it the world's most liveable city—for the sixth year in a row in 2016, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.  The city is also known for its weather which can change drastically due to the city’s location.

Brisbane

Brisbane ]is the capital of and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland,[9] and the third most populous city in Australia.  Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.3 million, houses three major universities, making its student ratio one of the highest in the world. Aside from being the world’s 26th best city for students, it is famous among tourists for its proximity to the world’s most famous beaches. Brisbane is a mix of urban and outdoor lifestyles, with an active outdoor culture mixed with the city’s nightlife and culture.

Perth

Perth  is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with an estimated population of 2.04 million The world’s 30th best student city is also Australia’s fourth largest city. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities,[10A bit isolated from other Australian cities, Perth offers access to numerous natural beauties such as beaches and parkland. The city also boasts of a local world-class wine industry. In a recent list provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit,

Canberra

Canberra]is the capital city of Australia considered as the 37th best student city.  With a population of 381,488, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overallAustralia’s national capital is. It is home to the Australian War Memorial, Black Mountain Tower and the National Library of Australia. Other attractions include the National Gallery and the Parliament House. As the city has a high proportion of public servants, the Commonwealth Government contributes the largest percentage of Gross State Product and is the largest single employer in Canberra. Property prices are relatively high, in part due to comparatively restrictive development regulations. The country’s highest ranked university, Australian National University, is also located in the capital.

Adelaide

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia.  In June 2014, Adelaide had an estimated resident population of 1.31 million. Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, its long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors. It ranks highly in terms of liveability, being listed in the Top 10 of The Economist Intelligence Unit's World's Most Liveable Cities.It was also ranked the most liveable city in Australia by the Property Council of Australia.  Adelaide is seen as a learning city, with the presence of not only universities and other educational institutions but research institutions as well such as Royal Institution of Australia.