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Study in Australia- a guide for international students

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Is Studying in Australia Something You Been Contemplating Forever?

 

We can help you with that!

 

Unlike the overwhelming number of abroad study consulting agencies that flood the internet or our cities, using all sorts of analyses, our experts go out of their way to make sure you make the best of this opportunity so that upon completion of your studies in Australia, a bright future awaits you.

Did you know that new immigration laws allowed for a greater openness of Australia to foreigners?australiaflag

 Here are some other facts that may also interest you:

 

Several reasons explain the attraction of foreign students to the Australian university system.

  • Contrary to what happens in other countries like the United States, undergraduate studies only last 3 years (instead of 4 years).
  • There are a number of master’s degrees, including the MBA, that are obtainable in a single year – great news for those paying out-of-pocket for their studies as this option is more economical.
  • The proximity of Australia to Southeast Asia is a plus as well.

All sorts of info regarding studies in Australia are provided below; before that, here’s an important parenthesis.

When it comes to going to Australia for your studies, there's two ways to go about it:   

(1) Paying everything out of pocket.

(2) Applying for a scholarship.

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Whichever option you choose, avoid the mistake committed by thousands of African students each year: "traveling for the sake of traveling" – you need to put a lot of thought into what brings you to Australia. (read this article, it is very important!)

 

These data are average estimates and therefore may vary depending on the case - please contact your target institution for more information; such information is generally made available to the public through the website of the university.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

English is the official language of Australia (95% of the population).

Students must prepay tuition; this can vary significantly depending on the type of courses and the university you chose. The following table gives an overview of the annual tuition fees depending on the type of training one opts for.

Type of training

Tuition (annual) a

Certificate, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas (Professionnal training)

4800 A$ - 22000 A$

Fondation courses

9000 A $ - 14000 A $

Bachelor without lab work (eg. training in Art, Economics, Business, Law)

10000 A $ -13500 A $

Bachelor without lab work (ex : Programs in Science and Engeneering)

11000 A $ - 16500 A $

Masters and Doctorate

11500 A $ - 18500 A $

Graduate certificate

9000 A $ - 16000 A $

MBA

15000 A $ - 30000 A $

These data are mere estimates and therefore may vary depending on the case - please contact your target institution for more information - this type of information is generally made ​​available to the public through the website of the university.

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In Australia, money you need for housing, food, and other facilities varies enormously depending on the city, the place where the student lives, and her/his lifestyle. Regarding cities, it should be noted that life in large cities leads to higher costs, Sidney being the most expensive. Depending on whether the student lives in a dormitory or off-campus, housing and other costs vary greatly. Thus, student housing on campus amounts to about $85 a week without food or $285 or more per week with meals. Off campus, a student can spend on common housing with facilities such as telephone, electricity and gas, between $50 and $180 a week; charges vary depending on the location, size of accommodation, and various facilities that are there. A student can also rent a house for 6 or 12 months, with rooms costing approximately $60 each, or a multi-room apartment for between $150 and $600 for the whole (costs vary according to the city and the house size, of course). Students can also stay with a family where and pay between $135 and $240 a week, including meals. Apart from accommodations, meals and other facilities, it is important to take into account other expenses necessary for a student. These include essentials such as books, sports equipment, field trips and other study and recreation amenities (these vary depending on the type of training and lifestyle of the student).

Health coverage for international students (OSHC) are fees that the student must pay prior to arrival in Australia, and which cover the entire duration of the stay. The value depends on the length OSHC covers. It goes from $93.60 to $1054.80 for a period of coverage between 3 months and 3 years.

The academic year in Australia is divided into two semesters of 20 weeks or more. The academic year usually starts in February or March of each year, but there is also the possibility of it going into July or August. Let’s cover technical and vocational, then university education in Australia.

Technical and Vocational Education

The technical and vocational education in Australia is known as the Vocational Education and Training (TEV). It is provided in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) schools, which are public schools of technical and vocational education, and in Business Colleges, which are private schools of technical and vocational education. Diplomas obtained in this type of education are

  • Certificates I, II, III and IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma

The Certificates I, II, III and IV are certificates attesting that you possess specific professional skills. The higher your level of certification, the more likely you are to join a company in a position of responsibility.

The Diploma, on the other hand, is obtainable after 1 or 2 years, and combines lectures (theory) and practical training.

The Advanced Diploma, equivalent to the Higher Technician Certificate and University Diploma of Technology, is slightly higher than the Diploma. It is prepared in 2 or 3 years. A number of Advanced Diplomas allow access to university. University Australian university education is divided into two cycles:

  1. Cycle 'undergraduate'     
  2. Cycle 'postgraduate'

 

Diplomas obtained at the end of undergraduate studies are the bachelor’s degree and bachelor's degree with honors, while those obtained at the end of postgraduate studies are the graduate diploma, the graduate certificate, the master’s degree, and the doctoral degree.

  1. Bachelor’s degree
    1. The bachelor’s degree can last 3 to 5 years depending on the program. Australian universities are increasingly offering combined degrees (lasting a minimum of 4 to 5 years), which prepare the student for two careers at the same time.
    2. The bachelor’s honours degree is one year more than the regular bachelor’s degree and includes a thesis.
  2. The graduate certificate normally lasts 6 months and corresponds to the first semester of a master’s degree program. It is particularly popular among students and professionals who simply want to improve their skills or change careers in a short time.
  3. The graduate diploma lasts one year and is the first year of a master’s degree. As with the graduate certificate, it is particularly popular among students and professionals wishing to improve their skills or change careers.
  4. With the master’s degree, the student has a choice between the (1) Master’s Coursework (roughly DESS) that lasts between 1 and 2 years, or (2) the Master’s Research (roughly DEA) that lasts at least 2 years full time and whose admission is very competitive.
  5. The MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  6. The PHD / doctorate lasts 3 years minimum full time. Entry requirements are very specific. Note that not all courses taught in Australian universities are available to international students.

The Australian student visa

 A student visa is required for any student wishing to pursue studies for a period exceeding three months in Australia. For training of a period of less than three months, a student can simply apply for a visitor visa. These visas are issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). Note that there are seven subclasses of student visas, each of the subclasses being linked to a particular sector of education. The student visa applicant must apply for the subclass corresponding to the education sector. General conditions for obtaining a student visa are as follows:

  • Have a letter of offer and registration confirmation.
  • Be of good character.
  • Be healthy.
  • Have health coverage for international students.
  • Have no debt to the Commonwealth of Australia. The procedure for obtaining a student visa for entry into Australia involves several steps:
    1. The first phase consists of a preliminary assessment of the application for a visa. This is done on many bases:
      • Did the student receive a letter of offer or electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) from the host university (which thus confirms its registration for full-time training)?
      • Can the student prove that s/he has sufficient financial means? The student must have sponsors who can provide documentation showing they have financial assets in cash available to the student. The sponsor here can either be a family member of the student, the host university (in case the university offers a scholarship in addition to admission) or any governmental agency or NGO that will be supporting the student.
      • Did the student receive a score of at least 6.0 in IELTS? This is also required of students whose previous studies were completed in English. Note that in this particular case, the IELTS is the only English language test to be accepted.
      • Does the student have financial and personal ties in his or her native country that encourage him or her to return home at the end of his or her studies in Australia?
      • Is the training the student opted for in Australia useful for the development of his or her career?
      • Is there a link between his or her academic and professional background and goals for studying in Australia?
      • Did the student graduate with excellence from high school ?
      • If the student is under 18 years old at the time of this preliminary test, did s/he receive parental consent? After this evaluation, an assessment level is given to each candidate. These levels are between level 1 and level 5 – level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. They determine the candidate's ability to meet the conditions of the visa. Higher level of assessment means the student candidate must have proved his/her financial capacity, mastery of English, and other conditions for obtaining the visa.
      • If the student meets these conditions of the preliminary assessment, the application for a student visa will then move on to a higher stage. At this point, s/he can start thinking of paying tuition at the university where s/he got the offer letter from, and completely pass the medical examination.

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