Australia’s Universities are among the best in the world: 7 of Australia’s universities are currently ranked among the top 100 in the world. There are 40 universities in Australia, 3 of which are private. Each university in Australia offers high-standard education in carious fields, comprehensive & modern campus facilities and a secured and friendly student environment.
Bachelor degree: This is the main fundamental qualification and undergraduate program at universities in Australia. It is the basic requirement for most professions and takes three to 4 years of full-time study, depending on your subjects. These courses offer a wide range of subjects and electives to choose from. Students may opt to study an additional Honours year.
Some TAFE institutes and Colleges also offer Bachelor programs. In contrast to bachelor programs at universities, they have smaller class sizes and are generally less expensive. However, they may have fewer electives and subjects.
A Bachelor degree is essential if you wish to pursue postgraduate studies.
Bachelor (Honours): A Honours Degrees usually follows completion of a Bachelor Degree and includes a thesis. Some Bachelor degrees have an included ‘Honours’ and go for four years. Students who demonstrate high grades may get admission into a PhD program.
Pathway & Foundation Programs: There are pathway options and foundation programs available at universities in Australia. These are designed for those who do not meet the entry requirements. These programs also give you the opportunity to get to experience student life in Australia before you start official university studies.
Our education agents will advise you on the best options to study one of these programs in Australia as part of our free Intentional Student Services.
Graduate Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma: These are coursework-based and may help you extend your knowledge or move you into a field of expertise different to your undergraduate studies. They may also fulfil pre-requisites for a Masters degree and they take around one year of full-time study to complete.
Masters by course work: These programs allow you to extend your study in a field beyond an undergraduate and honours level. You will acquire an in-depth understanding of a specific area of knowledge by selecting courses in your specialised field. Master Degrees usually take 1.5 – 2 years.
Master Degree (Research): The Master Degree (Research) involves enhancing specific professional skills and in-depth understanding of a specific area of knowledge by independent research. After completing this program you are able to continue your studies in a PhD program.
PhD/Doctorate/Doctor of Philosophy programs are for professionals returning to study to improve their professional practice and have have the opportunity of advanced study in a specialised field of research. They take between two and four years of full-time study to complete and are either research-based or are a combination of research and coursework.
Each university in Australia sets individual tuition fees. Tuition fees only include the cost of the university course tuition and do not cover books, living expenses, insurance, visa or flight costs.
For study programs lasting more than one year, such as bachelor’s or master’s, tuition fees may increase in subsequent years. The tuition fees stated in your offer are only binding for the first year of study at a University in Australia.
In order to obtain the CoE required for the Australian student visa, you need to pay the tuition for the first semester and the OSHC Overseas Student Health Cover in advance.
Study Abroad – $7k – 10k per Semester
Tuition for a semester abroad is always given on a semester basis. The cost also depends on whether you want to study 3 or 4 courses per semester. Some universities in Australia offer international students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Australia with 3 courses with even low tuition fees.
Foundation Studies – $15k – 39k
Foundation studies costs from approx. 15,000 – 40,000 AUDin total. Foundation programs at colleges or TAFEs are in many cases a lot cheaper. The prices also vary between the universities depending on the university.
Bachelor Degree – $ 20k – 40k per Year
A bachelor’s degree costs from 10,000 – 20,000 AUD per semester. Bachelor programs at colleges or TAFEs are in many cases a bit cheaper. Most bachelors cost between $20,000 – $40,000 per year depending on the university.
Postgraduate – $20k + per Year
Most postgraduate programs, such as Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master, cost around 20,000 AUD per year (approximately 16,000 euros) at universities in Australia. More expensive are usually the MBA – Master of Business Adminsitration, which cost more than 25,000 AUD at many universities.pensive, why not consider a Vocational course?
There are three major criteria that you will have to satisfy to get into studies at a University in Australia:
It is best to discuss this with the International Student Office at Go To Australia so that you have met all the requirements needed for a successful study in Australia. With our free assistance, you should be able to meet all the requirements, so you can have a satisfying experience of Australian university life.
Certificate of Secondary Studies So what does it mean to have a recognized upper secondary or year 12 equivalent? It means that you have completed secondary or high school in your country of origin and have the documentation to prove it. If you come from Germany, you will have had to received the ABI to get into an Australian university. Australian universities look at the qualification quite favorably, recognising that the ABI is an important piece of documentation for many German students who have matriculated. Our education agents can tell you how the score on the ABI is compared to an Australian equivalent. So you are in good stead in having the ABI as it is recognised throughout the Australian education system. An Example:
To study at an Australian university, you need good knowledge of the English language. There are over 800 000 words in modern English and over 100 different dialects and accents. The language of academia used in Commonwealth countries like Australia & New Zealand is the same and the IELTS exam is administered by three internationally recognised bodies (two in the UK and one in Australia). There are over 1.2 million people that do the exam annually. As a future student you would need to do the IELTS Academic test that sits for roughly three hours. The test covers four different areas: writing, speaking, reading, and listening. Studying for the exam usually takes 3 months and the AA Education Network has a portal that has a list of many of Australia’s English language schools. It is possible to study for the IELTS exam online before you come to Australia.
It is common to come across certain courses that will require specific conditions. These need to be met before you can study at the faculty of your choice. For example: If your wanting to study music or art at an Australian university, you will have to provide a portfolio of your work. If you want to study engineering or medicine, you may have to sit for an interview.
University of the Sunshine Coast
University of Southern Queensland
James Cook University
University of New England
Charles Sturt University
Southern Cross University
University of Newcastle
University of Wollongong
Federation University of Australia
University of Notre Dame
University of Tasmania
Advantages of the Australian university system for overseas students
After completing high school, international students can enrol for higher education in universities if they have the needed ATAR marks.
Universities vary considerably throughout the world but the most important consideration is one of quality. By that, we mean the wider reputation of such institutions, their quality of teaching, the standing of their qualifications and the success of their graduates.
By all of these considerations, Australian universities stand up well and the best of them are as good as the world’s best.
They also, like the country, have a reputation for friendliness and integrity, not small matters when one is considering devoting some years to your studies in a foreign land.
But by far the most important consideration is the standing of their qualifications – are they respected around the world and will they facilitate your move into a worthwhile career?
Well, the answer is unchallenged, it is affirmative.
Your decision to study at an Australian university is one you will never regret.
Australia’s comparative Cheapness.
In these economically challenging times it is important to note that compared to Europe and the United States studying in Australia is relatively cheap, yet Australia has 7 universities that rank within the top 100 best universities in the world.
Australia’s Technical Advantage.
Australian universities are recognised throughout the world not only for their contributions to science, but also their quick takeup of new technologies. This gives students access to the tools and ground breaking technologies they will need to be familiar with for their future careers.
And for post graduate students there are the Australian Research Council’s Centres of Excellence, which are institutions with the goal to promote research in specific areas of expertise by bringing together top researchers from both Australia and overseas. More information about these Centres of Excellence can be found at the Australian Research Council’s website (www.arc.gov.au/).
Once you have picked your preferred location and course, you will need to complete the relevant application form. You will receive these from us.
The application form will ask you for the course(s) that you are wishing to apply for and will list documentation that is required.
Generally you will need to submit proof of your prior education and evidence of your English language ability. If you are still finishing your education in your home country it is sometimes possible to gain provisional acceptance based on your prior results until you can show your final marks.
We will help you gather your documents, get the official translations done and help fill out the application. Remember, our services are free so why not take advantage and rest assured that everything is covered.
Once completed and documentation is sorted, we will even send off the application form for you.
Once we send off your application to your desired university, we will be advised of the outcome within some days. In some instances they may need more documents or information.
Your education agent will advise you on and work together with you to get the required information.
Once approved you will be sent a letter of offer. Upon acceptance the education provider issues an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). This is essential for your student visa application.
The next step will be to organise your OSHC, we will help you with this!
University Australia Alumni
Your University Australia experience was a great one, but it doesn’t have to end just because you are back home and you graduated, learn some information about connecting too alumni networks:
When it come time to return back home after completing your study at University in Australia, you might want to consider to attend a returning home seminar run by some Australian Universities. It will be good to start getting your mind transferring in the idea that you will be returning home soon, but the good thing is once you studied in Australia you will always be an alumni! How great is that?
This time that you have spent in Australia, has surely changed you and we are sure you made some friends for life and even your family probably changed in the process as well.
Finding a job or continuing education, living on your own or moving back in with your parent and catching up with what has been happening within your family since you have been away, meeting up with your old friends and getting use to the different environment once again, will be another transition another adjustment you will need to get use to again, the time of day if it is different than back home, the transportation, the money, the culture, the list is endless of what you will need to settle in again. You probably wouldn’t have even realized it till now that you traveled always and studied in a new location and now you are finding yourself adjusting again to something you once knew so well. You may even find that you have to readjust to the weather and food and just the accent of the people around you.
Many Universities in Australia will run returning home seminars that will cover topics from resettling, how to get your exam results, making travel arrangements, joining alumni associations and preparing for your future career. These seminars filled with students just like you, that are preparing to return back home and have some doubts to how that may go or are just as excited to return and feel not much will changed but no matter what is a good way to start settling in to the fact your time will be up soon.
Alumni associations and how they help you
International students who study at University in Australia are Australian alumni! You will find more information of the alumni association established by your university in Australia where many other alumni networks can even be run in your own country, your institution can be more of a help.
University Australia alumni networks can:
It is hoped that all international students have a safe, productive and enjoyable stay in Australia. It is important to ensure students return home before their Australian student visa expires to avoid any penalties. Be sure to be packed, have all travel documents including passport, visa and photo identification ready. Remember that airports have a 20 kilogram luggage limit per person. So any further luggage will require a small fee to be paid.
Returning home can be a time full of mixed feelings, be sure to collect contact details of all your new friends. As well as details of any work, real estate or educational reference which you may have picked up whilst in Australia. A new qualification will mean returning home will be different, there will be more job opportunities available, meaning a new life yet again.
To help students adapt back into their home communities there are many Alumni Associations set up. This is where returned international students can meet others in the same situation. Here they can get support and counselling services to help them get back on their feet.
Transport to and from Universities in Australia
Australian cities are large, sprawling places. The density of housing is generally lower and travelling distances often greater than overseas. This raises the question: How am I going to get to my University?
The answer to this depends a lot on where you live, what university in Australia you attend and your financial state. Some Australian universities such as Flinders University in Adelaide, offer accommodation on campus and others are close to cheap, rental accommodation. However, the reality for most students will involve a certain amount of travel.
Although cheaper to run, they are usually more expensive to register and insure than a car. You are more likely to be able to park near your Australian university, sometimes for free. Again, the practicality of riding a motorcycle will depend on the circumstances.
Australian cities are generally cycling friendly. All Australian cities have well developed bicycle path networks though they often do not take you to where you want to go. Commuting by bicycle is a practical option in Australian cities and is becoming increasingly popular.
Few universities in Australia provide shower/changing facilities. Most provide racks to lock your bike to but it will be out in the weather. You will need a strong lock to prevent theft but on most campuses, your bike will be reasonably safe from vandalism. A cheap, second hand bike is the best option.
Australian cites are well served with bicycle shops though few sell second hand bikes. Some general second hand dealers sell bikes but they are generally of poor quality. However, second hand bikes are easy to buy via newspapers and on-line auction sites such as ebay. A second hand bike in good condition can easily be found for under $200.
Australian cities are big places. Cheap, practical transport is available, you only need to decide what best suits your needs.
There are many universities in Australia. Over 84,000 international students from 80 countries study at University in Australia. Only institutions that meet Australian education standards can be called universities and issue degrees.
Australia has a reputation for innovation and a research-intensive culture attracting postgraduate international students. Its expenditure on research and development ranks highly among OECD countries.
Australia has 39 universities listed on the registers of the Australian Qualifications Framework, and a number of recognised higher education institutions.
Australia takes education very seriously. Whilst we only have 0.3% of the worlds population we have according to the Times Higher Education world university rankings almost 10% of the worlds top one hundred universities.
Indeed education has overtaken tourism to become Australia’s third largest export earner with 17% of all tertiary enrolments coming from overseas. The appeal of Australia is obvious. Underpinning our superb universities are also our multiculturalism, our tolerance and our general lifestyle.
Labour laws afford overseas students an opportunity to supplement their incomes, and blessed with an equable climate, Australia provides a healthy and safe environment for overseas students to realise their fullest potential. Moreover, every successful student that passes through our education system becomes a living and breathing advertisement for it.
Countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and China now boast innumerable successful individuals in business, education and government that have graduated from a University in Australia. During times of economic uncertainty there is no better investment than that of an education.
Shares may decline in value, stock markets may crash but the value of an Australian university degree remains undiminished.