Study in Australia
In the English-speaking world, Australia is presently among the first three most popular study abroad destination for international students who have desire for foreign education.
Due to its cultural diversity, friendly natives, and high quality of education, its has been able to attract scholars from far and near places. If you want to study in Australia, it is compulsory that you obtain an Australian student visa.
Also, you have to prove to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that you meet the following key Australian student visa requirements: Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement. Financial requirements.
It might interest you to note also that Visa processing times vary but you should give a space of four weeks. Where possible I recommend applying for your visa as soon as you have received your CoE. You can arrive in Australia on your student visa up to 90 days before your course starts.
Why Study in Australia?
There are a lot of reasons that you should consider studying in Australia. I have listed some of the benefits you will get by choosing to study abroad in Australia
- Best colleges in the world: Considering the list of the top 100 universities and colleges in the world, you will obviously see that about 8 of them are actually found in Australia
- There are over 1100 institutions found across the entire country with more than 22,000 courses.
- The cost of living in Australia is actually cheap and affordable, especially when compared to their counterparts in the United Kingdom and Britain.
- Availability of part-time jobs so that you can make ends meet while you’re studying. This is really true. In the urban areas, you may be able to find internships and apprenticeships that are related to the field that you are studying. Depending on what region of Australia you are living in, you may also be able to find employment in the tourism industry, which can help you interact with people from all over the world that come to visit Australia.
- $200,000,000 Annual Government Investment on International Scholarships: Another reason to consider going to Australia as an international student is because there is a lot of scholarship money available for you. The Australian government welcomes potential international students with open arms, and they actually offer up to $250 million dollars a year in scholarships, grants, and other financial aid that is specially set aside for international students. If you really cre about getting this aid, there are certain things that you will have to do in terms of applications and grade requirements. For more information on this, you will need to contact the financial aid office at the university you are wishing to apply or accepted to get more information about money that may be available for you.
- Wide range of courses to study: More than 2.5 million people have been to Australia as international students, and lots of them have gone out to make a great deal of difference in the world. If you desire to study something, you will surely be able to find it in Australia. Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences (biology, zoology, chemistry, etc), mathematics, engineering, social sciences (sociology, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, etc), and medical fields (even MD’s and PhD’s).
- Third most popular study abroad destination in the world.
- 5 of its cities feature in the world best student cities ranking
- Australian Universities also feature in the top 50 ranked universities in the world in the following study areas – Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Clinical and Pre-clinical
Cost of living in Australia
Find below a breakdown of the cost of living in Australia for students. The figures are in US Dollars;
- Hostels and Guesthouses – $60 to $120 per week
- Shared Rental – $50 to $160 per week
- On campus – $70 to $220 per week
- Home stay – $200 to $300 per week
- Groceries and eating out – $60 to $210 per week
- Gas, electricity -$26 to $105 per week
- Public transport – $10 to $40 per week
- Entertainment -$60 to $110 per week
From the breakdown above, you can see that a student needs approximately $800 to $1000 per month for expenses like accommodation, food, books, entertainment, transportation etc. Note that this amount is just estimation and could be lower or higher depending on the student’s spending habit.
Now let’s look at a list of low tuition universities in Australia for international students who don’t have much money to pay for tuition fees. Please note that these amounts are in US dollars and NOT Australian dollars. I had to do the conversion from Australian dollars to US dollars for my readers who don’t know how to do the conversion. As at today when this post was created, the exchange rate stood at 1 USD to 1.33 Australian Dollars.
List of low tuition universities in Australia
- University of New England – $13,500 to $17,000
- Charles Darwin University – $12,000 to $18,000
- University of Southern Queensland – $14,700 to $19,200
- Charles Sturt University -$12,600 to $21,000
- University of Southern Queensland -$14,700 to $19,200
- University of the Sunshine Coast – $14,000 to $18,000
- Southern Cross University -$13,500 to $20,000
Visas and Entry requirements
In order to study in Australia as an international student, you must obtain a student visa (Subclass 500). That said, there are certain things you will need to do to make this successful. When applying for your student visa you will need to prove you have at least A$19,830 (~US$15,100) per year to cover your living costs.
Below is the list of student visa requirements;
- Acceptance to a course
- Proof of finances
- Medical check-ups/ health insurance
- Proof of English proficiency
- Criminal record checks
How to Apply
You will need to apply directly to the university or college, usually online and often for a fee. You’ll need to provide documents such as proof of your English language proficiency and certificates that verify your previous study and educational qualifications to date.
If your application is successful, you’ll receive a ‘Letter of Offer’ which you should read carefully before signing and sending it back to the university to confirm your acceptance. This letter is a contract between you and the institution and sets out the course you’ll be enrolled in, the conditions, fees and refund terms. After you’ve accepted your offer and paid your deposit you will receive an ‘Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment’ (eCoE) by email, which outlines your program’s start date, total fees and course length.
To study in Australia you’ll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government.
There are a number of steps you must go through including;
- Deciding on your preferred course and institution.
- Submitting your application to the institution.
- Receiving and accepting a Letter of Offer.
- Receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
- Applying for your student visa.
There is a range of entry requirements that you will need to meet both for you institution application and your visa application. This can include;
- Academic requirements.
- English language requirements.
- Evidence of funds to support your study.
- Overseas student health cover.
- If you’re already living or working in Australia, you may still be able to apply to study here as an international student.
List of Universities and Institutions in Australia
- Australian Catholic University
- Australian National University
- Bond University
- Carnegie Mellon University – Australia
- Central Queensland University
- Charles Darwin University
- Charles Sturt University
- Curtin University
- Deakin University
- Edith Cowan University
- Federation University Australia
- Flinders University
- Griffith University
- James Cook University
- La Trobe University
- Macquarie University
- Monash University
- Murdoch University
- Queensland University of Technology
- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- Southern Cross University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Torrens University Australia
- University of Adelaide
- The University of Canberra
- The University of Divinity
- University of Melbourne
- University of New England
- University of New South Wales
- The University of Newcastle
- The University of Notre Dame Australia
- University of Queensland
- University of South Australia
- University of Southern Queensland
- University of the Sunshine Coast
- University of Sydney
- University of Tasmania
- University of Technology Sydney
- The University of Western Australia
- University of Wollongong
- Victoria University
- Western Sydney University