Australia continues to be one of the most sought after study destinations for Indians. The world’s largest island and smallest continent provides total value for money for those who are looking for affordable and quality foreign education. The country offers a high standard of living and a cohesive, culturally diverse society. It ranks highly in terms of quality of life, health, education, economic freedom as well as the protection of civil liberties and political rights.
The country is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans and has a climate that is usually greatly influenced by ocean currents. Cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and the national capital Canberra, are considered as some of the best places to live on earth. It has one of the most diverse flora and faunas in the world, with some species only being spotted on this unique island continent. The weather is mostly temperate and is one of the best features of the country. The sheer plethora of beaches and sporting facilities make the country a choice destination for students from around the world.
Australia’s higher education provides a complete bang for your buck. They offer short, intensive courses that are quick on the uptake with new innovations and trends. Australian education has always been more inclined to the practical needs of trade and industry. Its marketing, management and engineering programs are considered as some of the best in the world for their advanced teaching practices and emphasis on the practical aspects of the teaching.
The country has a highly straightforward visa process and is easy to work with. There are over 50,000 Indian students in Australia and the number has been steadily increasing every year. Another thing to be noted about Australian education is that graduates from institutes there are often recruited in education institutions around the world. This simply goes to point at the high standards of quality they adhere to. Australia attracts students from around the world, including countries like China, New Zealand, South Korea, India, among many others.
The country of kangaroos offers some of the best courses available in the world. Well-renowned around the world, the universities in Australia are sought after for a variety of reasons. The courses, for starters, are well-updated with all the latest innovations and research. This makes the student graduating from these courses particularly well-equipped to join the work force. Australia regularly ranks as the third most popular country for students after USA and the UK.
The most attractive feature of Australian education, after the obvious quality consciousness, is the sheer affordability of it. The country has far lower living expenses than the US and the UK and still maintains a high standard of living. The country has the lowest cost of education when compared to the cost of living. This is largely due to the country’s robust economy. The Australian higher education system also offers a diverse range of courses and degrees to choose from. There is a choice between universities, vocational courses, and language training for students.
Australia ranks right up there when it comes to the sheer quality of scientific research they offer. The country stands right at the forefront of technological achievements and breakthroughs. Universities here have some amazing resources for students who are looking to pursue research based courses. Vocational courses offered by Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes are highly regulated and meet international standards regularly.
Courses in tourism, hospitality, sports, management, science and technology, engineering, horticulture, English and health are widely opted for by students. Universities and governments also offer a number of scholarships and grants for meritorious students as well. Over and above private education institutes there are 39 or more registered universities in Australia. This provides students a wide array of education options to choose from.
While education abroad is usually an expensive options, Australia offers a unique combination of affordability and quality. The country not only provides great living conditions but also has a highly inclusive multi-racial society that welcomes immigrants. Australian education institutions are considered to be some of the best in the world. They regularly rank among the top universities on the globe and are considered to be some of the most innovative.
Studying in Australia can be value for money and also has on offer short and intensive courses. Universities of this island nation are quick to adapt to the latest scientific and technological innovations and work along modern marketing and management trends. Not only is the education provided in this country modern it is also perfectly appropriate for anyone looking to pursue a career anywhere in the world.
There are a number of reasons why Australia ranks highly on the list of Indian students. Here’s why:
- Australian universities accept Indian 12+3 qualifications making it easier for masters aspirants to apply.
- The duration of masters courses are usually quite short and can go on for 1, 1,5 to 2 years.
- The costs of tuitions are way more competitive unlike other developed countries like the US and the UK.
- The Australian education standards are recognized and accepted around the world.
- They provide high standards of education along with good research facilities with cutting edge equipment.
- The visa process to be followed is straight, simple and easy to understand.
- There are almost 70,000 Indian students studying in Australia and the number is rising every year.
- Australian universities are recognized the world over for their adherence to international standards and academic staff are recruited internationally.
- Graduates and academics from Australian institutions are recruited around the world and this is just one of the many indicators of the quality of education provided by them.
- The country’s organisations follow the ESOS act to protect the interests of overseas students.
- The country has a strong economy, agreeable climate and a stable government.
Moreover, Rao Consultants are a member of the Association of Australian Education Representatives in India (AAERI). The Association gives us the credibility of providing you the highest standards of foreign education consultation. AAERI maintains high levels of ethics in the profession of counselling student recruitment for Australian universities.
The country has 38 universities, 3 private universities and a number of other accredited educational institutions. Each course offered in a university is given a unique CRICOS code by the Australian Government. This shows that the education system is fully controlled by the government. While there is no formal ranking system for the universities it is generally accepted that Australian education institutions have a high standard of quality.
There are mainly two intakes for colleges and universities in Australia – February and July. Some universities also offer intakes in September and November as well, but most universities have their intakes focused around February and July. For those aspiring to apply to courses in Australia application processes need to start at least eight months beforehand. The universities usually take about 4-6 months to process the applications and it is ideal that you apply at the earliest.
Applications usually need a resume, statement of purpose, marksheets, and passing certificates from the 10th standard onwards. The student must also provide two reference letters from their last college and/or employer along with a copy of their passport and birth certificate. For post graduate courses a degree, of three years or more, from a recognised university is mandatory.
Language scores are another hurdle that needs to be successfully managed for aspiring students. A minimum sore of 6 for IELTS usually tends to work for Australian universities for under graduate courses, those scoring less may need to enrol for English courses. Post graduate courses usually need 6.5 bands in their IELTS and a sound academic record over and above work experience proofs.
Getting started on your application early is a key to getting admission in the course and university that you desire. The most important reason for this being a rush for admissions for courses in the island nation. The Rao Consultants helps ensure that you have all the necessary documentation for your application worked out and in hand on time to apply to your course and university of choice.
Australia is one of the most affordable destinations to study in the world, provided you choose the right course and university. English language courses can cost up to $300 per week, and the course length can vary.
Vocational and Education Training (VET) courses usually range between $4000 to $22,000 per year depending upon the course and institute you choose. Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses also fall in the same bracket. A diploma degree can cost $12,000 to $18,000 per annum. An undergraduate degree can cost you something between $15,000 to $33,000 per year while a post graduate masters degree can set you back by $20,000 to $37,000 per year.
Over and above this there are the obvious costs of living that need to be considered. In this context the location where one lives plays a huge role. For example, Sydney is far more expensive a location than Canberra. Food costs can vary largely from $80 to $280 per week while a car maintenance and fuel can cost from $150 to $260 after purchasing it. Ancillary expenses can range from $60 to $250 per week.
To be eligible for student visas one must be enrolled in a course that has a duration ranging between 10 to 52 weeks. One must be 18 years and above to apply for a student visa to Australia. A student visa allows you to work for 40 hours for every fortnight. Students who have just concluded their post graduate degree can apply for a 2 year work visa. This visa allows students to work for two years after their post graduate degree and gain work experience in an Australian company.
It is important to note that the duration of your student visa will revolve around the length of your course. If you are enrolling in a 6-month course your student visa will last for 6 months, if you enrol for a 3-year course your visa will run its course in 3 years. Courses that are less than 10 months long earn a visa with a month extra. While visas for courses more than 10 months grand two extra months. If, however, your course ends in December you can earn yourself three extra months on your visa.
The fees for a student visa to Australia is $560, the price always remains the same regardless of the duration of your course. If you are enrolled in a course associated with CRICOS (Commonwealth Registration of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) you can renew your student visas as many times as you want.
A student, while the classes are in session, can work for 40 hours every two weeks and can work full time when the breaks are on. In order to work while you study you need to have a student visa with work permission. Since 2008, student visas come equipped with a permission to work with their visa. In order to open a bank account in Australia one needs a Tax File Number and it works like the social security number in the US.
Once a student starts working after their graduation there are a variety of ways that they can apply for a PR in Australia. They can apply for a Provisional Skilled (regional sponsored) Visa, Permanent Skilled (independent) Visa, or a Permanent Skilled (sponsored) visa. They can even apply for an employer sponsored visa at any point of time to cement their case for a citizenship.
If you are looking for a job after your course it is important that you start searching for jobs a few months in advance. Try and get as much help and support from your guidance counsellor as you can. Try and apply in as many places as you can find and keep your resume updated and ordered in the fashion most appropriate to the country. The average pay for student visa holders is anything from $10 to $15 per hour.
How can Rao Consultants help me?
We have over 15 years of experience in sending student to study in Australia. Our trained counsellors and advisors ensure that you are supported at every step of the application process. Over and above this we also help students in a variety of other ways once you reach Australia.
- Free counselling and information on various courses and institutions
- Application forms, brochures and guides for institutions
- Admission assistance from application to documentation
- Visa counselling
- Travel and accommodation arrangement
- Insurance, banking details, student loans as well as flight bookings
Is it possible to transfer credits?
Indian universities are recognized by the Australian government which makes credit transfers possible. To avail this facility students are required to submit their course syllabus to the institution. The process, however, can take around 6 months to conclude.
Are Australian universities recognized worldwide?
Yes, Australian universities are recognized around the world and are highly credible in securing you a job around the world.
Why do Australian universities not recognize GRE and GMAT?
Australian universities recognize Indian degrees. Exams like GRE and GMAT are for American Universities in order to be judged by American standards. Some universities, however, may ask for GRE or GMAT scores in some cases.
What is the duration for the visa procedure?
The average time taken for a visa process by the Australian High Commission is 8 to 12 weeks. This, once again, depends on the individual’s background. It would be ideal for students to apply at least three months in advance of the commencement of their course.
How to find the best university in Australia?
There are a number of universities in Australia and finding a concrete rating for them is difficult. All of these universities, however, are regulated by the Vice Chancellors Committee. The committee follows a stringent code of ethics. Ideally students should be looking to compare the course structure and faculty of the university instead of looking for a particular university ranking.
Are jobs available in Australia after graduation from an Australian university?
From the 1st of September, 2007, all the students who have completed 2 years of education in Australia get a Skilled Graduate Visa which allows them to work for 18 months.
How can I find out if I am eligible for PR?
A student, to become eligible for PR, needs to cover 120 points. These points are a combination of:
- English language proficiency
- Duration of study in Australia
- Studying in a regional area
- Part-time work
- You can also visit www.immi.gov.au to know more about your eligibility for a PR.
What is the average starting salary in Australia?
A starting salary for professionals in Australia can range between Aus $ 2500 to 4000.
Do I need to give IELTS despite having had all my education in English?
Yes, IELTS is mandatory for obtaining a visa.
Are there any visa possibilities for my spouse/dependent?
The spouse or dependent of a student-visa holder can get a dependent visa and work permit for the same duration as that of the student. This is only applicable for master’s degree students.