Australia is the 6th largest country in the world and is also the smallest continent. It is about 7.7 million square kilometers in size, with a population of approximately 25 million. Once a British colony, Australia is now a multicultural society with a variety of ecosystems -unique wildlife, beaches, tropical rainforests, vast deserts. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and its capital Canberra are the biggest metropolitan cities, where most of the population resides.
Why Study in Australia?
Following are some reasons why students should consider studying in Australia:
World Class Education: Australia offers high quality education recognized all around the globe. Six Australian universities rank in the Top 100 universities in the World, according to the QS World Rankings. The Australian education system is also highly ranked,and at no.8 in the world is sufficient enough reason to encourage students to pursue their bachelor degrees here.
Multicultural: Australia is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Different cultures, religions and languages are what makes Australia such an appealing destination for international students.
Government Support; The government encourages international students to pursue their studies in Australia, investing around A$200 million every year in international scholarships.
Education Diversity- Australia offers around 22,000 courses across over 1,100 institutions, making it easier for students to find the right match in terms of school and field of study.
Work Permit- Student visa holders can work up to 40 hours per fortnight once they have started their course. This opportunitynot only contributes towards their living expenses, but gives them a chance to gain international work experience.
Globally Recognized Degrees- Australia offers internationally recognized degrees that help students successfully find jobs in their required fields and countries. Graduates from Australian institutions are sought after by employers around the world, making Australia a very attractive student destination.
Cost of Living- The standard of living in Australia is amongst the highest in the world. The cost of living is relatively lower compared to destinations such as the US and UK. Students can also get scholarships and work part time to help with living expenses and tuition fees.
Top Institution in Australia
|Name of University||Location||Rank|
|The Australian National University||Canberra||22nd|
|The University of Melbourne||Melbourne||42nd|
|The University of Sydney||Sydney||46th|
|The University of New South Wales||Sydney||49th|
|The University of Queensland||Brisbane||51st|
|The University of Western Australia||Perth||102nd|
|The University of Adelaide||Adelaide||125th|
|University of Technology Sydney||Sydney||196th|
|University of Wollongong||Wollongong, Australia||218th|
|The University of Newcastle||Newcastle, Australia||245th|
|Queensland University of Technology||Brisbane||276th|
|University of South Australia||Adelaide||288th|
|Curtin University||Bentley, Australia||306th|
|James Cook University||Townsville||340th|
|University of Tasmania||Hobart, Launceston and Burnie||370th|
|Name of University||Location||Rank|
|The University of Sydney||Sydney||15th|
|The University of Melbourne||Melbourne||19th|
|The University of Queensland||Brisbane||42nd|
|The University of New South Wales||Sydney||50th|
How to Apply
Students must apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) if they are:
- Completing a current Australian Year 12 examination in or outside Australia - Completing an International Baccalaureate diploma in Australia - New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 qualification
Studentswho do not meet the above requirements or are applying for a Sciences- Po dual degree do not need to apply through a central admissions system, and instead will apply to the universities directly.
After deciding the students’ preferred course and institution, a non-refundable fee of A$100 is usually charged for new applications. It is recommended that students apply well in advance,to leave enough time for formalities such as visa, accommodation and flights. Students need to check visa requirements before applying, as well as additional requirements such as proof of financial support, medical health checkup, character reference and English language requirements. The Australian government requires applicants to submit proof of a language proficiency test such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Occupational English Test (OET) or Pearson Test of English (PTE).
Deadlines and Cost
The study year in Australia is usually divided into two semesters: Semester 1 typically starts in March and ends in June, whereas Semester 2 starts towards the end of July and goes on until November. A student should look to submit the application by November/December if he/she is applying for semester 1 and by May for semester 2, depending on the institute.
The cost of education in Australia depends on the course and institution. Undergraduate Bachelor degrees cost around A$10,000 to A$33,000 per year, while postgraduate Master’s degrees will cost A$20,000 to A$37,000 per year and Doctoral degrees range from A$14,000 to A$37,000. Private universities cost more than public institutions do.
Australia Awards Scholarships
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards
International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)
University of Sydney International Research Scholarships
Macquarie University International Scholarships
Melbourne Research Scholarships
Adelaide International Undergraduate Scholarships (AIUS)
La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarships for International Students
Monash University International Merit Scholarships
Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships
Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship
Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship in Australia
IWC Masters Scholarships for International Students
Australia Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships
Melbourne Human Rights Scholarships