The name Australia evokes images of sunny beaches and the wild outback. But were you aware that Australia has also gained prominence as a very popular destination for higher studies? USA and UK have been favored by aspirants traditionally, but Australia comes in a close third behind them.

Why Australia?

Australia has several universities in the Top 100 of the world. The important cities of Australia, where these universities are, are some of the best cities in the world. The government participates actively in properly regulating the booming Education industry, so students feel secure about the quality of their education. One great attraction of Australia is that it offers something called a Pathway option, through which students who haven’t done well in their school leaving examination or at graduation level, can still move on to their undergraduate and post graduate degrees. The country also offers excellent job prospects after completion of the course. These are just some of the reasons why you should consider an education in Australia.
How Much Would It Cost?
The annual cost you incur while studying in Australia would depend on the type of course you would enroll for, and also the living expenses you incur. Since the living expenses (stay, food etc.) is up to you and you can choose the options that suit your budget, let us look at the costs which you do not have influence on – the cost of tuition fees.

  1. Vocation courses : AUD 5000 to AUD 20000 per year.
  2. Foundation (Pathway) Studies : AUD 9000 to AUD 14000 per year.
  3. Undergraduate courses : AUD 14000 to AUD 35000 per year.
  4. Postgraduate studies : AUD 15000 to AUD 36000 per year.

How and When To Apply?

The total time taken by Australian universities to respond to an application and process it is 2 to 4 weeks. There are two windows for making applications, one in February/March and the other in July/August. Applicants need to get their documents together well in time so that their application reaches before the deadline. Submission of the following documents is mandatory, irrespective of the university applied to, so applicants should keep several copies of the same ready – transcripts of marks in all earlier examinations, employment certificate (if applicant has worked somewhere before), score card of tests taken to test proficiency in English (like IELTS/TOEFL/PTE etc.) and the passport. Additionally, some courses might need applicants to write a statement of purpose and submit their resume. A new Streamlined Visa Process has been introduced in order to cut down the time taken for application processing, and for this the applicants need to submit a few additional documents, like an Eligibility Checklist, Financial Declaration, Pre Visa Assessment Form etc., when they apply for the visa.

When You Are There

After you have gained admission for the course of your choice in an Australian University, you need to get used to everything about the new country. First, the ‘summers’ and ‘winters’ of Australia are inverted as compared to India, so you get your summer from December to February, and Winter from June to August. All applicants usually do not get accommodation in the limited space that each campus offers, so off-campus housing is a popular option. All major cities have robust public transport systems including buses, trains and subways. As we said at the beginning of the article, Australia has become one of the most popular education destinations for students all over the world, so while you are studying in Australia, you will get a chance to work and stay with multi-cultural and multi ethnic fellow students. This will be a valuable skill to have when you start applying for jobs.

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