Study In Australia



Why Study in Australia?

Why Study in Australia?


If you are looking for a chance to further your education in a foreign country, Australia is one of the top you can consider. Statistics show that Australia admits the third most number of students with just a population of 23million. This is so impressive, but when you consider that 7 Australian universities have been shortlisted in the world's top 100 universities, it is not surprising.

Strong Academic Credentials

Australia as a country has identified the need of a reliable education system and greatly invested in it. With over 1,100 higher learning institutions that foreign students can choose from and over 22,000 courses, Australia can accommodate any student's education needs. This is irrespective of the discipline they want to focus on. The cities hosting these top class universities are as highly rated as the universities. Five of Australia's cities are ranked among the 30 best cities to study and work in, globally. Australia is attractive to international students for some elements that include affordable lifestyles, a great mix of students and cultural life, high employment rate and improved quality of life. The country boasts of a tropical climate which is favorable mostly for students coming from colder regions of the world such as Russia.

Welcoming People, Fun Lifestyle

International students who have had the chance to study in Australia have rated the country as having by far, the most welcoming people. The society is multicultural and everyone regardless of their native countries, get to adapt to the warm and friendly aspect of the country. The cities are safe and clean, very much affordable as compared to other cities in the world. Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two main cities might be a bit more expensive, but nothing costlier than other major cities.

Value for Money

Australians are naturally a hardworking type, and this is reflected in Australian education programs. Undergraduate programs in Australia are mostly completed in three years, which is a year less when compared to other countries with top-rated education systems. This however is possible when the education provider thinks finds it possible to work with a trimester system for your course. The employment rates in Australia are high and local companies have no problem hiring international students.

The Skilled Occupation List which admits skilled migrants is dynamic and is most likely bound to change before you are through undertaking your course. It is therefore not encouraged for international students to apply for studies in Australia with the main target of migrating to the country.

With over 330,000 international students currently studying in Australia, the education standards of Australia are unmatched. Representing 54 different nationalities, international students have made Australia the 3rd most popular destination for education in the world.

Australia has a market economy with high GDP per capita and a low rate of poverty. The Australian dollar is the currency for the nation. Australia has a market economy with high GDP per capita and a low rate of poverty. Australia is the world's thirteenth largest economy and has the fifth highest per capita GDP at $66,984; significantly higher than that of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. The country was ranked second in the United Nations 2011 Human Development Index. Melbourne reached first place on The Economist's 2011 World's Most Livable Cities list, followed by Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide in sixth, eighth, and ninth place respectively. In common with many other developed countries, Australia is experiencing a demographic shift towards an older population, with more retirees and fewer people of working age.

Education System

Education Chart

Education System

Education Chart

In Australia, graduation / postgraduation level education starts post completion of 12 years of primary and secondary education. Bachelor's programs are of three years or four years duration, and are offered by different types of universities and Specialized programs like Engineering are also offered, and Masters of two years duration.

Universities offer an extensive range of both Graduate and Masters programs, which is ideal for research work.


Admissions are offered to international students without any bias. It is interesting to know that Early admissions are also a possibility for the some students who are yet to complete their graduation. Some universities offer an Early Decision admission, for which the admitted students need to commit to enroll at the universities. Normally, such universities take 'Early action' in notifying the students of 'Early Decision' based on which the students have to accept the admission offer and make a deposit.

Required Tests.

In addition to very good academic background from Class 10th to 12th, international applicants are expected to have very good scores in IELTS OR TOEFL OR PTE, for admission into decent US universities at the bachelor's level. Some better universities require even scores from SAT Subject Tests, before they make an admission decision.

There are several other issues with respect to Bachelor's study in AUSTRALIA - like the location, size, majors offerings, admission requirements, deadlines, costs, financial aid, housing, student life, academic programs, latest technology on campus etc.

Cost of Education

Bachelor's and Master's level education in AUSTRALIA is costlier as Students are expected to take more credits per semester, which leads to an increase in costs.

While the Average cost of tuition and fees is approx. 10,000-14000$ AUD per sem, depending upon program, institution and location, Living expenditure would add up to another 8,000-10,000$ AUD per year, according to the student's lifestyle.

Financial Aid is very rare for Bachelor's level international students. While there are several options like SAVINGS A/C(of 3 months old) OR FIXED DEPOSITS (of 3 months old) or Educational Loan.

Since Bachelor's is a three or four-year program, the costs tend to be very high overall. This is one of the reasons why most students prefer studying from the Master's level in AUSTRALIA or elsewhere. Of all the international students, only very less percentage of students go for bachelors and most of them prefer masters course due to the high cost of fee.

It is not easy to support oneself with part-time employment since the program is intensive and students hardly find time to work beyond their study schedules. Also, Teaching and Research Assistantships are available for Master's level and not for the Bachelor's. Thus, part-time employment options are limited and returns from the same are rare.


Accreditation of colleges/universities is very important in choosing the right institution, since that ensures uniformity in curriculum, proper designing of courses, meeting the infrastructure needs, proper faculty and facilities etc.

Applying for a visa After securing admission into the University one must show sufficient funding to the universities. After getting financial approval from university, student can go ahead with the semester and overseas student health cover payment.Then comes general medicals and then finally filing for visa.

Student visas are of two types 1. Paper Visa and 2. E-Visa.

Visa process for Australia is a drop-box and students visa status will be known through e-mails. Australia process is simpler, and yet, tough to obtain! For those who are fully prepared with the required documentation and interview preparation, the process becomes easy. However, professional guidance and careful planning of the whole process is very important for success!

Application Procedure

Australia Application Procedure


Australia Universities have 3 intakes

  1. Spring: February/March
  2. Fall: July/August
  3. Winter: November

Major intakes are spring and Fall Intake, but some of the universities are even open for winter intake. However all subjects commence in spring and fall intake.

English Language Requirement:

All students must have the required English Language proficiency with regards to the course. IELTS of 6.0 or above, TOEFL score of 80 and above, PTE score of 52 and above for graduate and postgraduate degrees.

Entry Requirements & Eligibility:

Graduate: 10+2

Postgraduate: 15 years of education is required (10+2+3)

Some institutions accept of 16 years of education for Master Programs.

Good and Strong academic Background.

Good scores in entrance exams like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, GMAT etc.

To the point Statement of Purpose & Resumes.

Certificates of achievement & extra-curricular activity participation.

Strong financial background.



Passport, SSC, Intermediate, Bachelors (Individual memos, Provisional, Consolidated Memo), Statement of Purpose, Resume, Bank Statement, Affidavits , Test Score Report


Level of Qualification

Per Annum in AUD


Foundation Studies

such as university entrance, preparatory and bridging courses

A$9,000 to 14,000/ year


Non Laboratory Based

such as courses in arts, business, economics and law

A$14,000 to 35,000 / year

Laboratory Based

such as science and engineering courses

A$16,000 to 38,000 / year


Graduate Certificates


A$15,000 to 36,000 / year

Graduate Diplomas





A$15,000 to 36,000 / year

Doctoral Degree


A$14,000 to 36,000 / year

Vocational education and training

Certificates I - IV


A$5,000 to 20,000 / year




Advanced Diploma



Cost of Living:

Living expenses vary from city to city, however international students in Australia should budget between AUD 18610 per year. This cost would normally include the following:




Note: Living expenses for the student dependants are as follows




Partner/Spouse: AUD6515 per year




First Child: AUD3720 per year




Each other child: AUD2790 per year





Health insurance: 
International students studying in Australia must have adequate arrangements in Australia for health insurance. Australia has a special system of health care cover for international students. This is called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and you are required to have this for the duration of your student visa in Australia. The average rate of OSHC starts from AUD900 and varies depending on the course duration.

Working Scope During & After Studies:

Under the current arrangements, student visa holders and their dependant family members (except masters by research or doctoral degree student dependants who can work full time), can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the term once the course has commenced, and unlimited hours when the course is not in session. Under the proposed arrangement, the student work visa conditions would be measured as 40 hours per fortnight during any fortnight in the course session. A fortnight means a period of 14 days commencing on a Monday.

From next year, students will be eligible for up to four years post-study work depending on the level of study completed. Previously, students were only allowed 18 months post-study work if they had completed a select skilled occupation (medicine, trades, engineering, etc). Now, all graduates, regardless of field of study, are eligible for:

  1. 2 years post-study work upon completion of a bachelor degree
  2. 3 years post-study work upon completion of a master’s degree; and
  3. 4 years post-study work upon completion of a doctorate

Visa Requirement:

Student visas are granted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). DIAC will only grant you a student visa if your course is registered, or is part of a registered course, on a full time basis.

Visit the Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website for more information on registered courses and education providers.

Courses under three months’ duration can be undertaken on a visitor visa or courses of up to four months on a working holiday visa. If you intend to study a longer course, you must apply for a student visa.
Advantages to studying on a student visa include:

  • You will have access to Australia’s subsidized student health cover;
  • You will be allowed to study for longer; and
  • You can work part time.

To obtain a Student Visa you will need to:

  1. Submit a student visa application;
  2. Pay an application fee;
  3. Provide a valid passport;
  4. Provide appropriate information about financial ability to pay for the study;
  5. Provide appropriate information about academic and English ability;
  6. Provide an e Coe (electronic confirmation of enrolment) for a course;
  7. Provide information that you have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC);
  8. Prove that you are of good character, sound health and have no debts to the Australian Government.

To maintain a student visa in Australia students must comply with a number of visa conditions including attendance and academic performance.

Spouses & Dependants

Members of a student’s immediate family (spouse, unmarried dependent children under 18 years of age) may accompany them to study in Australia on a ‘Dependents’ Visa.

Students Visas

Students Visas

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Australia is one of the best study destinations in the world. The majority of Australians derive most part of their income from occupational earnings. The highest occupational groups are professionals including physicians, mathematicians, financial managers, software publishers, computer engineers, hospitality, telecoms, medicine, health care and genetics.

International students can take up on campus jobs, they are allowed to work 20 hrs per week or 40 hrs/fortnight during semester. On campus jobs may include teaching assistantships, research assistantship where a student is paid an average of 15$ to 30$ per hour thus student earns approximately $1200-$2000 AUD per month or get waiver in their tuition fee. With this, student can do internship in the related field which may be paid.

During vacation the student is allowed to work for 40 hrs per week. On completion of the course, student is allowed to work for 2 years popularly known as PSW(Post Study Work). On completion of thier PSW; the student can later apply for work permit visa or Permanent Residency.



How will Sowrya International help me?

Sowrya has been sending students to Australia and other countries since 9 years. Sowrya International has trained counsellors who have got experience and expertise to assist students. All our offices provides students with

  • FREE counselling and information on various courses and institutions
  • Application Forms - Brochures - Guides etc.
  • Admission Assistance
  • Visa Counselling
  • Travel and accommodation arrangement
  • Procuring Residential Facilities with Indians for students going abroad
  • Insurance, Bank A/c in Aus, Student Loan, Flight ticket Booking

Are Credit transfers possible?

As the Australian Government recognizes Indian Universities, credit transfers are possible. However for this the students are required to submit their course syllabus to the institution and it can take minimum of 6 months for credits to be granted.

Are Australian Degrees recognized worldwide?
Why are GMAT and GRE not asked for by all Australian Universities?

Australian Universities are recognized worldwide. The reason why Australian Universities do not insist upon students going for a GMAT or GRE etc. is because these exams are for American Universities so students have to give these tests to be judged by American Standards. Australia and India recognize each other's degrees, However it may be asked by some Universities to assess the overall ability of the student.

How long does Visa application procedure require?

The average time taken by the Australian High Commission for the visa procedure is anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks depending on the individuals background, so the students need to apply for their visas at least 3 months prior to their course commencement.

How do you know which University is the best in Australia?

One cannot rate universities in Australia as there are numerous universities and all are regulated under the Vice Chancellors Committee, which follow the code of ethics. Students generally follow the market trends like MBAs or BBA, MIT etc., but it would be unfair to judge universities as one can only compare the course structure and faculty.

Can I find a Job placement after my course completion?

With effect from 1st September, 2007 all students who have completed 2 years of study in Australia can get a Skilled Graduate Visa, whereby they can work for up to 18 months.

How do I know if I am eligible for the Permanent Residency (PR)?

Currently a student needs to cover up to 120 points to become eligible for the PR, The points can be obtained by a combination of the following course, age, English language proficiency, duration of the study in Australia, studying in a regional area, working part time. For further details and to test your points, visit the following website:

What salary can I expect when I start working in Australia?

The average starting salary that you can earn is between a$ 2500 to a$ 4000 per month.

My education has been in English. Do I still need to sit for IELTS?

IELTS is a mandatory visa requirement.

What are the visa possibilities for my spouse/ dependent?

Spouse / dependent of a Student - Visa holder in Australia gets a Dependent Visa and a valid work permit for the same duration as the primary applicant. This is applicable for Master's degree application




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