STUDY IN AUSTRALIA:
Australia is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the world’s 9th-largest economy. Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations. GDP per capita rank 11th (nominal, 2022) 21st (PPP, 2022). Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum.
Covering a total area of 7.69 million square kilometres, mainland Australia is the world’s largest island – but smallest continent. Australia currently has a population of almost 23 million people, of which more than 80 per cent of residents living within 100 kilometres of the coastline. Most Australians are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants who arrived during the past two hundred years from more than 200 countries thus making the society of rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. The most commonly spoken language in Australia is English, and the most commonly practiced religion is Christianity.
Australia has three levels of government – the federal Australian Government, the governments of the six states and two territories, and around 700 local government authorities. It is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom as its head of state, which is why Australia’s national flag comprises the Union Jack (along with the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross).
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year, December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.
WHY STUDY IN AUSTRALIA :
♦ Australia – Strong Academic Credentials
⇒ 15 Nobel Laureates
⇒ 7 out of 100 top universities are in Australia
⇒ Land on innovation and discoveries like WiFi, Black Box, Ultrasound, Penicillin, IVF, Cervical Cancer Vaccine to name a few.
♦ Higher education – Value for Money
⇒ Quick incorporation of recent updates in course curricula.
⇒ Focused, job oriented and intensive courses with shorter duration.
⇒ A$200 million provided by the Australian Government each year in international scholarships.
⇒ Quality is assured by CRICOS – Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students by Australian Government – signifying that the education system is fully controlled by the Government in Australia.
♦ Excellent Place – Study , Stay and Settle
⇒ Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity.
⇒ Consistent higher rank on World Peace Index.
⇒ Welcoming job market with opportunity of Permanent residency.
♦ Australia – For Indian Students
⇒ No additional Entrance Examination to join Australian degree/Masters/PhD.
⇒ Hassel free admission process.
⇒ Cost effective diplomas with comprehensive trade skills.
⇒ Hassel free Streamlined Visa Process.
⇒ High rate of success for Pass outs from Australia.
All of the above factors made Australia as the 3rd most popular international student destination in the world.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/ ELIGIBILITY:
♦ Vocational/TAFE :
⇒ Anyone with or without relevant experience.
⇒ Low IELTS band.
♦ Undergraduate – Bachelors :
⇒ A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling.
⇒ Some courses such as Computing and Engineering will require Mathematics and /or Science as pre-requisites.
⇒ 6.0 IELTS.
♦ Postgraduate – Masters :
⇒ A good academic record in Bachelors Degree from a recognized university is necessary.
⇒ Any work experience in the field will be helpful.
⇒ For MBA programs at some Universities students need to have work experience along with their Bachelors Degree.
⇒ 6.5 IELTS.
SOME FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA :
|Programme Type||TAFE/Vocational Diploma||UG||PG||MPhill/PhD|
|Duration||Shorter duration – 2 years||3 to 4 years||1 to 2 years||2 years/ 3-5 years|
|Cost of Study||2 to 12 lacs||7 – 18 lacs||11 – 20 lacs||7 – 20 lacs|
|Post – Study Stay||allowed||allowed||allowed||allowed|
|Permanent Residency||Available with laid down norms||Available with laid down norms||Available with laid down norms||Available with laid down norms|
♦ Intakes :
Australia generally has two intakes i.e. February and July, with few Universities offering multiple intakes in September & November. You should start your admission process around six months before the application deadline. Typically most universities have three deadlines, during one intake.
♦ Education Structure :
⇒ Australia’s four-stage education system
⇒ Early childhood education (ages four to five)
⇒ Primary school education (ages six to 11)
⇒ Secondary school education (ages 12 to 18)
⇒ Higher education in Australia.
⇒ Vocational Education Training (VET)
⇒ Undergraduate study in Australia.
⇒ Homeschooling in Australia.
♦ Complete Guide: University Grading System in Australia
⇒ Grade Grade Name Grade Scale
⇒ A Excellent Achievement 80-100
⇒ B High Achievement 70-79.99
⇒ C Sound Achievement 60-69.99
⇒ D Limited Achievement (lowest grade needed to pass) 50-59.99
♦ Work Right:
Although they are allowed to arrive in Australia up to 90 days before their course begins, students are not allowed to begin working until after their courses have begun. The 20-hour-per-week limit does not extend to any work the student is required to undertake as a component of his or her studies or training.
♦ New Rules for Australia Study Visa Requirements in 2022
1. Australia opens its border for International Students
July 20, 2020: The Australian government has resumed providing student visas to all locations situated outside Australia.
It means that by the time when Australia reopens its border for international students, they will already have their visas with them and can carry on with their travel arrangements.
2. Post-work-study visa relaxations (Temporary Graduate Visa – Subclass 485)
July 20, 2020: Students and Graduates, who were affected by travel restrictions since 20th March,2020, will now be able to apply and receive a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa from outside Australia.
3. Consideration of Online Classes
July 20, 2020: The government will now consider all online educational classes that were taken outside Australia due to COVID-19 as a part of the Australian Study Requirement for existing and newly admitted students.
4. Extension of Student Visa-Free of Charge
July 20, 2020: International students can further apply for a student visa, free of application charge, if they cannot complete their registered course from an Australian university within the visa validity because of this pandemic.
5. Students can now apply for a Post- Study work visa
July 20, 2020: Graduates who had a student visa are now eligible to apply for a Post-study work visa if they are outside Australia and cannot enter the country because of travel restrictions.
6. Government will take care of International Students
The government is also taking care of students’ financial hardships who are stuck in Australia for longer than 12 months because of COVID-19. The government is allowing the students to access their Australian superannuation (FUNDS) before time.
The government is also taking steps to protect international students against eviction from their rental accommodation with similar protection laws offered to all Australian Citizens.