Why Study in Australia?

Investing in yourself by investing in your own education is always a wise move. One which could pay the biggest dividend of any investment you’ll ever make.

And this is especially so for studying in Australia. Australia’s higher education sector provides limitless opportunities for success for those willing to make this investment.

Australia is ranked #2 International Study Destination in the world, behind the US, and before Canada in 3rd place.

In 2018 there were 398,563 higher education enrolments by people in Australia on student visas, coming from over 180 countries. 

Students who study in Australian universities will be challenged and rewarded academically, personally and professionally. Australian universities provide an active learning environment giving you access to the very latest in technology and research in your chosen field.

Each student takes an active role in the learning process and students graduate with skills which will give them an edge in a competitive and ever changing world. 

10 Reasons Why You Should Study in Australia

1. Australia hosts the third highest number of international students of any country in the world

2. Australia has 7 of the top 100 Universities in the world https://www.sbs.com.au/news/seven-australian-universities-ranked-among-the-top-100-globally

3. Australia offers over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions

4. Australia sits 8th in the Universities 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.

5. Australia boasts 5 of the 30 best cities in the world for students, based on student mix, affordability, quality of life and employer activity

6. The Australian Government provides more than $300 Million each year in international scholarships https://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/pages/australia-awards.aspx

7. Australia is premier in the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, and Physics

8. There are more than 2.5 Million former international students who have gone on to make a difference after studying in Australia

9. Australia has produced 15 Nobel prize laureates and every day over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations.

10. Some of these innovations include penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, WIFI, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and the Black Box-flight recorder.
Source: studyinaustralia.gov.au

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Easy Steps to Study in Australia

To study in Australia you will need to apply for both admission to an
institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government.

Follow these simple steps:

Visa Application Documentary Checklist

The documentary requirements in applying for a student visa depends on the applicant’s country of passport and the institution to which you want to apply. To check for the complete list refer to the document checklist tool of the Department: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/web-evidentiary-tool

1. Identity
Evidence of your identity. Attach a copy of your passport. Also include a certified copy of your birth certificate, national identity card or driver licence where you have these.

2. Evidence of Intended Study
Evidence of your intended study must be provided to make a valid application. Unless you are in a special category listed below, you must provide:
– a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for all intended courses if applying outside Australia.
– a CoE or letter of offer for all intended courses if applying in Australia (a CoE must be provided before the visa can be granted).

3. Health Insurance
Evidence of adequate health insurance. Health insurance must be Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

You must obtain OSHC for yourself and any accompanying dependants from at least one week before your course starts and for the duration of your stay in Australia.
If you or your agent have organised OSHC, you will need to include the name of your health insurance provider, the dates your policy starts and finishes and the policy number in your application form.

If your education provider arranged your OSHC, you will need to include the name of your health insurance provider and the dates your policy starts and finishes. You do not need to include the policy number in your application.

4. GTE Statement
Evidence to show that you meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement for a student visa. This must include a statement in your application form that you intend to stay in Australia temporarily and/or documentation to support claims. The statement must be written by the applicant even if using an agent.

You can include evidence such as:

– Proof of employment – your current or most recent employment which includes payslips or a contract. You can also attach your most recent curriculum vitae or résumé. Your curriculum vitae or résumé should include employment and educational history.

– Qualifications – a certified copy of your academic transcripts, Educational Certificate (Degree, Diploma etc.) or letter/statement from your overseas Education Institution.

– Australian qualifications – a certified copy of your academic transcripts, Educational Certificate (Degree, Diploma etc.) or letter/statement from your Australian Education Institution.

The Department will consider your circumstances, your immigration history, if you are a minor and the intentions of a parent, legal guardian or spouse, and any other relevant matter.

5. Employment History
Evidence of current or most recent employment which might include payslips or a contract. You can also attach your most recent curriculum vitae or résumé.

Your curriculum vitae or résumé should include full employment and educational history, including dates and positions held for at least the last five years.

6. Relationship Status
Evidence of your relationship with your spouse/de facto partner. This could include a certified copy of your marriage certificate, Family Book, Household Booklet or other evidence of family composition.

In certain instances the following may be required.
7. Evidence of financial Capacity
You must provide either:

– sufficient funds to cover your travel costs and 12 months of living and tuition fees for you and your accompanying family members and school costs for any school aged dependants, or

– evidence that your spouse or parents are willing to support you and they have an annual income of at least AUD 60,000 for single students or at least AUD 70,000 for students that are accompanied by family members

– an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students form for secondary exchange students only

– a letter of support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.

8. Evidence of English language ability
This must be evidence that you have either obtained a satisfactory test score in an English language test that has been approved by us or evidence of certain eligible studies in English or if you fall into an exemption category.


Additional Requirements

1. English language requirements
In some cases, you may need to provide results of an English language test. Be aware that the English language skill level required by an institution can be different from the level of skill required for your student visa application. You should carefully check student visa information on both the Department of Home Affairs website and the institution website for any English language requirements.

2. Academic requirements
The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to study in Australia will vary depending on the level of education you want to study. Institutions can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their website carefully and contact them to ask for advice.


– English language – entry requirements vary between institutions, and according to the level of English language course you want to study.

– Schools – Entry requirements vary between schools depending on the state or territory you will be studying in. Academic performance and ability is considered during the application process.

– Vocational education and training – In most cases there are no entrance exams for VET institutions. However, some courses may have specific pre-requisite subjects or work experience requirements.

– Higher Education Undergraduate – To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course you will need to have an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also have specific pre-requisite subjects.

Higher Education Postgraduate – As well as the satisfactory completion of at least one degree at undergraduate level, your institution may take research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.

Tip: To meet the academic requirements of an Australian high school qualification, consider taking a Foundation course. Also called bridging study, they are intensive courses that will help you meet the entry requirements. They are usually one year long and are offered by most higher education institutions.

3. Visa requirements
The student visa you need depends on your chosen course of study. As a guide, the typical key requirements you will need to meet are:

· Issued an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate.

· Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement. Read more about this on the Department of Home Affairs website

· Sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs.

· English language proficiency.

· Meet health and character requirements.

· Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Read more about the Student Visa Key Requirements

4. Overseas Student Health Cover

Australia has a special system of health cover for international students called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It will help you pay for medical or hospital care you may need while you’re studying in Australia; it will also contribute towards the cost of most prescription medicines and an ambulance in an emergency.

When studying in Australia, you will need OSHC for yourself, and any family travelling with you, before you arrive. It is a requirement of your student visa that you maintain OSHC for the duration of your time on a student visa in Australia.

5. Financial Requirements
Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia. (All costs are in Australian dollars

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa. As of October 2019 the 12-month living costs are;

Living Expense
· You – $21,041
· Your partner – $7,362
· Any dependent children – $3,152


The costs of studying in Australia depends on the institution and the level of study you choose

As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. The list below is just an indication of the course costs for different types of qualification and does not include high value courses especially in the medical field.

Field of Study & Cost Range

School (High School) – from approx $7,800 to $30,000

English Language Studies – Around $300 per week depending on course length

Vocational Educational and Training:

Certificate I-III – from approx $1,200 to $4,000

Certificate IV – Advanced Diploma – from approx $4,000 to $15,000

Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – from approx $15,000 to $33,000

Postgraduate Master Degree – from approx $20,000 to $40,000

Doctorate Degree – from approx $14,000 to $40,000

All cost are per year in Australian dollars.