EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA
Australia is fast becoming a choice destination for education among many students. The most common reason being the fact that:
It is an English speaking friendly country providing globally recognized quality education at a considerably lesser cost than UK and USA.
The protection of students' interests provided by the government through Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act. The act ensures protection of international students in matters such as tuition fees and provides for grievances to be addressed and service to be guaranteed all such educational institutions.
What is so good about Australian education and training compared to other countries?
Australia is an internationally recognised foundation of high quality education as well as research excellence. The universities, vocational and technical education colleges are world-class. Moreover Australia is a world leader in English language courses for international students.
Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living.
Are students welcome to study here?
To Australians, cultural diversity is a part of their national identity. The country prospers on the contributions that different cultures, regions have made to its society, commerce, sport, arts and education. Australia has a history of international education, and has been welcoming students from other countries for many years.
How much does it cost to study in Australia?
In terms of total costs - including tuition fees and living expenses – Australia is comparatively less expensive than the USA and UK. Tuition fees vary depending on the course or institution. Living costs too vary by location.
Tuition fees vary from AUD 6000 to AUD 7000 for a six-month graduate certificate course to over AUD 30000 per annum for a medical degree. Most full time degree and post graduate degree cost between AUD 10000 to 20000 per annum.
In vocational education and training, costs vary from AUD 3000 to 4000 for a 20-week certificate course.
The Australian government requires that international students pay for health insurance through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Scheme. Health care costs in Australia can be expensive. The cost of health insurance may be around $300 for a single person.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. Scholarships are available for international students also. However most are offered for postgraduate courses in universities.
What are the entry requirements to study at Australian institutions?
Students must meet minimum academic requirements and need a sufficient level of English language proficiency for entry to Australian education and training institutions. Institutions assess whether a student meets the selection criteria set for the proposed course of study. They will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country.
Are the courses offered here of international standard?
The Australian Government ensures the quality of Australian institutions and courses in several ways.
- Institutions must meet academic, financial, managerial standards to be accredited.
- Qualifications offered to students must fit the Australian Qualifications Framework, which gives guidelines on the level of knowledge and skills a student must gain under each qualification.
- National agencies monitor teaching, learning, administration and research in institutions. Universities are audited every five years by the Australian Universities Quality Agency.
Where can I find more information?
The Australian Government has an extensive network of Education and Training Counsellors, Australian Education Centres (AECs) and education advisers around the world providing reliable and impartial advice on study opportunities in Australia.