Why to choose Australia as your Study abroad destination
Study in Australia:Read this to know why study in Australia? Australia is one of the most popular study abroad destinations among English speaking countries. Currently it is 3rd most popular country after USA and UK for International students as study abroad destination. Studying in Australia become top destination for Indian students due to its Economy, World class education, Top Ranked Universities, Affordable Fee and Living Expenses, Cultural diversity, Post study work Visa option and for many more reasons. Also English as an official language, Friendly people, Good weather conditions, Quality of living are the major facts which made Australia as top study abroad destination for Indian students.
Why study in Australia: Key facts
- 3rd Most popular Study abroad destination in the world:
Australia might be a small country of 2.5 crore population but they have got world best education system and has become one of the world’s top study destination. According to Centre for global higher education, University of London, Australia is about to take over UK as 2nd most popular study abroad destination in the world.
- High International student Numbers:
Currently there are 7,00,000 international students studying in Australia. There has been drastic increase in International student numbers since 2017 which is 11%. Its World class education, easy Student support services, Comfortable life, Safety, Living standards are major attractions for International students to choose Australia as study abroad destination.
- Top Ranked Universities in Australia:
Australia has got 6 Universities which are of top 100 Universities in the world and 26 Universities are of top 500 in the world.
List of top Universities in Australia and their QS world ranking;
|Top Universities in Australia||National Rank||QS World Ranking 2020|
|Australian National University||1||29|
|The University of Melbourne||2||38|
|University of Sydney||3||42|
|University of New South Wales||4||43|
|University of Queensland||5||47|
|University of western Australia(UWA)||7||86|
|University of Adelaide||8||106|
|University of Technology, Sydney(UTS)||9||140|
|University of Newcastle||10||207|
- World Best Education system:
Australia has got best education system in the world with over 1,100 Institutions offering over 22,000 courses. Australian Education system has been ranked top 8th in the world which is higher than Germany, France, Norway and Japan.
- 7 best students cities in the world are from Australia
Major cities in Australia – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast are listed in top 100 best student cities in the world.
- Wide range of Scholarships for International students
You believe it or not Australian Government has taken large step to invest over AUD 300 million in Scholarships for International students in the year 2019. Australia offers over 3,000 verities of scholarships every year for International students from all over the world. Most of the universities in Australia offers 20 – 25% of Scholarship amount on total tuition fee for Indian students.
Reasons to study in Australia or Benefits of studying in Australia
- You can Study in world top universities in Australia
- Part time job opportunities for International students
- Post study work visa for 2/3 years for International students
- Permanent Residence (PR) opportunities for Indian students
- Australian Universities accepts any of IELTS, TOEFL, PTE tests unlike other countries
- Australian Universities offers pathway programs for International students with lower academics
- Majority of Australian Universities have no Application fee
- Australian universities offer wide range of scholarships for International students
- Students with average Academics can get in to top rated universities in Australia
- There is no Interview for Australian Visa
- Fastest visa processing and quick Visa approval compared to all other countries
What are the Intakes available in Australian Universities?
Australian Universities have mainly two intakes as Major and Minor intakes. Out of which major intakes start in the month of February and July offered by all Universities and private colleges, while Minor intake starts in the month of October or November but offered by all private colleges and very few Universities.
Courses in Demand: Which Course to study in Australia?
Definitely when you have chosen Australia as your study abroad destination to pursue Masters in Australia or Bachelors in Australia, you have to choose courses for which Australian Universities are best for, and courses which are really have future demand or scope, courses related to technology which is thriving or has been adopting all over the world, at the same time it is better to choose course in which you are really interested in and been Specialized.
Popular courses to study in Australia;
Australia is leading country in providing world class education in many study area and offers courses which have high demand all over the world. You can choose course of your interest from below list;
- Art and Design
- Accounts and Finance
- MBBS, Nursing, Public health
- Building and Architecture
- Business Management
- Computer and IT
- Engineering & Technology
- Biomedical and Biotechnology
- Civil Engineering & Construction
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Engineering and Project Management
Entry Requirements to Study in Australia
Entry requirements: Study Bachelors in Australia
- If student has completed his 12th from CBSC/ICSC board : A minimum of 60 – 65% in best 4 subjects
- If student has completed his 12th from State boards : A minimum of 65% required in best 4 subjects
Note: Entry requirements may vary depending on the Universities and Programs
Entry Requirements: Study Masters in Australia
According to NOOSR guidelines (National office of overseas skills recognition), Indian Universities have been categorised into 3 sections by looking in to their Quality of Education and Rankings. Hence Aggregate percentage in Bachelor degree in India required to study masters in Australian Universities varies between students to student as Academic requirements varies between Universities fall in these 3 sections.
|Section of Indian Universities according to NOOSR guidelines||Aggregate percentage required to be eligible|
|Section 2||50 – 55%|
Note: Entry requirements may vary depending on the University and Programs
English Language requirements:
What is the IELTS score required to study Bachelors in Australia or Masters in Australia?
|Overall||No Bands lass than||Overall||No bands less than||Overall||No bands less than|
Note: These scores are indicative only. Requirements may vary depending on the Universities and programs. It is recommended to check on Individual University websites to check exact requirements.
Part time job Opportunities in Australia
Can I work while studying in Australia?
Yes, International students are allowed to work 20 hours per week part time while studying and can work 40 hours per week full time during holidays and vacations while study Australia.
Earn while you study in Australia
How much can I earn from part time jobs in Australia?
Usually students will have 10 months college and 2 months vacations per year. And On an average they will be offered 10 AUD per hour for part time work. It is of great help from Part time jobs to International students as they can recover their 30 % of investment from part time work. Here is the simple calculation of Part time earnings in Australia, it will surprise you for sure!.
|During Studies(A):||10 Months * 4 Weeks * 20 hours * 10 AUD
= 8000 AUD
|During Weekends(C):||1 Year*52 Weeks*2 days* 8 Hours*10 AUD
= 8320 AUD
|During Vacations(B):||2 Months * 4 Weeks * 40 hours * 10 AUD
= 3200 AUD
|Total earning per year(X =A+B+C):||19520 AUD * 52 INR
= 10,15,040 INR/Year
|For 2 years (Y=X*2):||5,82,400 * 2 Years
Types of Part time work options available in Australia:
If you are going to pursue further education after professional experience, it is possible to apply for a part time jobs related to your qualification and experience. You can apply for internships and project assistant posts at companies. Apart from this student will have an opportunity to work in on campus and Off campus jobs.
On Campus Jobs:
- Research assistant
- Teaching assistant
- Student Alumni
- Students support Team
- Campus tour guide, etc.
Off Campus jobs:
students can work in various job sectors like
- Sales jobs in supermarkets, departmental stores
- In Hotels and restaurants, cafes, and bars
- Petrol Bunks
- Day care and Old age homes
- Farming and related activities
- Sales and telemarketing
- Part time tutor, etc.
We here by conclude that, Australia offers wide range of part time work options for Indian students, but part time earnings in Australia would not be enough to cover your entire study cost. It will support you for your day to day expenses or just living expenses. So you can not completely depend on the part time earnings to support your education while you are in Australia.
Cost of Education and Living in Australia:
Living expenses in Australia for International students:
What is the living cost in Australia for Indian students?
You must be aware of average cost of education and living in Australia before planning your applications. So that you can plan accordingly for preparing required funds for your entire education.
Also be aware that Education cost in Australia will depend on education provider, study level you choose and city of living in Australia. The approximate costs associated with living and studying in Australia is as estimated below;
- Hostels and Guesthouses – AU$90 to AU$150 per week
- Shared Apartments – AU$95 to AU$215 per week
- On campus Accommodation -AU$110 to AU$280 per week
- Homestay – AU$235 to AU$325 per week
- Rental Houses – AU$185 to AU$440 per week
- Boarding schools – AU$11,000 to AU$22,000 a year
Other Living Expenses
- Groceries and eating out – $140 to $280 per week
- Gas, electricity – $10 to $20 per week
- Phone and Internet – $15 to $30 per week
- Public transport – $30 to $60 per week
- Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
- Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week
Education costs in Australia
How much do Australian Universities charge for International Students? Or
What is the average tuition fee at Australian Universities?
Tuition fee at Australian universities varies according to Course that you choose and Study level. But you are recommended to check University websites to know exact fee, because tuition fee are revised from time to time in Australian universities and still there may be additional costs with respect to Study Materials and University facilities. Below list gives you approximate indications of Tuition fee at Australian Universities for different study levels or qualifications;
- School – $7,800 to $30,000
- English language studies – Around $300 per week depending on course length
- Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) -$4,000 to $22,000
- Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – $20,000 to $45,000*
- Postgraduate Master Degree – $22,000 to $50,000*
- Doctoral Degree – $18,000 to $42,000*
Note: veterinary and medical related courses may have high tuition fee than the above.
Cost Estimation for studying Masters in Australia for International students:
How much does it cost to Study Masters in Australia?
|Tuition fee for 2 years program||35,000AUD*2 Years
=70,000 AUD *52 INR
|Living Expenses for 2 years||21,041 AUD * 2 Years
=42,082 AUD * 52
|Total Expenses for 2 years :||58,28,264 INR|
|Less Part Time earning (-)||20,30,080 INR|
Less Scholarship Amount (Approx 25% of Total tuition fee)(-)
|Total Amount to be spent by Student||28,88,000 INR|
- Indicated Tuition fee is taken on an average and Living Expenses are considered as per the Student visa requirements.
- Scholarships are purely depending on Individual student profiles.
- Part time works are up to student’s interest and capability, and even many Universities do not encourage students to do part time jobs as students will be given regular assignments and projects, hence they may not be able to manage both simultaneously.
- Still students can minimize the living expenses to great extent, since expenses are purely depend upon individual’s life style.
Post study work permit in Australia:
Can Indian students stay in Australia after finishing studies?
Am I allowed to work in Australia after my Graduation?
Temporary graduate Visa (Sub class 485) known as Post study work permit in Australia is issued for International students those who are recently finished their Bachelors or Masters in Australia or any other CRICOS registered course from Australian Universities. With this Visa International students can stay back in Australia for up to 2 to 4 years depending on their type of qualification in Australia. During this time they can search for a job and can work then they can extend it if they are eligible for Employment or Work visa.
With this Visa what can I do in Australia?
- You can stay in Australia for additional 2 to 4 years after finishing your studies
- You can search for a job in Australia during this time, on successful job later you can extend your visa if you are entitled for any Employment or work visa
- You can travel, study and work in Australia temporarily
- You can have your immediate family members Spouse, Children to stay with you in Australia
How Long Can I stay?
Be aware that this is a temporary visa. The duration of Post study work visa in Australia varies depending on your qualification level acquired in Australia.
- Bachelor degree (including honours): 2 years
- Masters by coursework: 2 years
- Masters by research: 3 years
- Doctoral degree: 4 years
Eligibility criteria for Post study work visa in Australia: Who can hold this Visa?
- Your age must be below 50 years
- Have a Valid student Visa
- This visa is only available, If you applied for, were granted, had your first student visa to Australia on or after 5th November 2011
- You should have valid Student visa at least within 6 months from your date of application
- Meet Australian study requirement
- You must have Held eligible qualification in Australia at degree level or above
- Your course must be finished within past 6 months
- Your course of study and Institution must be “CRICOS(Commonwealth registrar of institutions and courses for Overseas students)” registered
- Your course must be English taught
- You must have successfully completed your course by meeting all course requirements
- You study course must be of at least for 2 academic years
- You must have spent at least 16 months in Australia to complete your course
- You must hold valid study visa
To be eligible for Post study work stream or Post study work permit in Australia, your qualification in Australia must be any one of the below;
- Bachelor degree
- Bachelor (honours) degree
- Masters by coursework degree
- Masters (extended) degree
- Masters by research degree
- Doctoral degree
Diploma or Trade qualification holders are not eligible for Australian Post study work Permit
- Prove your English language proficiency
Students from abroad other than United Kingdom (UK), United states of America(USA), Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland need to prove their English language proficiency through below tests;
|Test||Required Overall Score||No band less than|
|IELTS (International English Language testing system)||6.0||5.0|
|TOEFL iBT(Test of English as a foreign language)||64||Listening 4,Reading 4,writing14,Speaking 14|
|PTE (Pearson test of English Academic)||50||36|
|OET (Occupational English test)||B|
|Cambridge C1 Advanced test||169||154 in each test components|
- Have Adequate health Insurance
- You must meet Australian health requirements
- Must Meet character requirement
- Sign the Australian values statements
- You must have no debt to the Australian Government
- You must have no Visa Application cancelled or Refused
Job or Career Opportunities in Australia:
Once you have decided to study in Australia, you must aware of job prospective in Australia or Employment prospective in Australia. Because it the major factor depending on which you are going to decide whether Australia is right choice for your desired course of study or whether there are job opportunities related to your intended course. If your intended qualification or Specialization and career opportunities in Australia do not match, then your career will be at risk and your whole investment in to studies may go waste.
Job Opportunities in Australia for International students:
International students have an opportunity to be part of Australian job market after completion of their studies. International students graduated from well reputed Universities in Australia can apply for Post study work visa or Temporary graduate visa which entitles them to stay in Australia for another 2 to 4 years to find employment.
The Australian economy is highly developed market based economy. Service sectors in Australia contribute about 62.7% towards overall GDP and employing over 78.8 % of total labour force in 2017. And Industries like Construction, Engineering & technology, Healthcare, Agriculture and education are also contributing to make Australia a strongest economy. These facts are enough to get complete picture about job market in Australia. Australian job market provides excellent employment opportunities for international graduates from various occupations which are listed below;
- Civil Engineering & Construction
- Computer Science & IT
- Life science
- Business studies
- Accounts and Finance
- Logistics, etc.
Highest paying jobs in Australia:
When you are planning for study in Australia, it is an investment for you and definitely more than a career recovering your investment will be your major motivation. So it is good to discover that how much you are going to get paid in Australia, what are the average salaries in Australia, highest paying jobs etc. Here is the list of highly paid professions and their average salaries below;
Top 10 highest paying jobs in Australia:
- Medical professionals
According to statistics from the Australian taxation office (ATO), the top three highest paying occupations in Australia are of Medical field. The Medical professional are highly paid in Australia and they are in the top 10 list in the below order;
- Surgeons – $394,866 (1st place)
- Anaesthetists – $367,343 (2nd place)
- Internal Medicine Specialists – $299,378 (3rd place)
- Psychiatrists – $216,075 (5th place)
- Other Medical Practitioners – $204,387 (6th place)
- Finance and Business professionals
Finance dealers are in 4th place on the ATO’s list with annual salary of 261,008 AUD while chief executives and Managing directors are in 9th place with Annual salary 157,643 AUD.
And still you can expect decent salaries for various roles in Finance and Business sectors;
- Financial management: AUD 131,993
- Financial strategy and planning: AUD 129,238
- Accounting company secretaries: AUD 128, 641
- Construction, management and project management: AUD 130,000
- Consulting and strategy: AUD 126,000
- Insurance and superannuation management: AUD 124,480
- Legal professions and magistrates
Legal professionals have average Annual salary of AUD 195,703 and are in 7th place on ATO list. Among legal professionals generally Judges are highly paid. General counselling professional’s salaries range from AUD 205,000 – AUD 283,999.
- Information and Communication technology Specialists
Due to rapidly growing ICT Industries in Australia ICT professionals can also expect impressive salaries. The annual average salaries of ICT specialists in Australia are listed below;
- ICT systems architecture: AUD 139,883
- ICT management: AUD 134,639
- IT security architecture: AUD 124,000
- Cloud engineering: AUD 112,000
- Data science: AUD 100,000
No.8th on the ATO’s list is Mining Engineers with annual average salary of AUD 167,345 while Engineering Managers are in 10th place with average annual salary of AUD 134,479. As mining is one of the leading industry in Australia mining engineers have very good salary packages.
Permanent Residence (PR) Permit for International students in Australia
International students can apply for Australian permanent resident visa as soon as they find employment in Australia and also on meeting following requirements;
- You must have valid work visa or Post study work visa in Australia
- You must have an Australian employer sponsoring you to work in Australia or
- You must have a full time skilled job which Australia values
- Your occupation must be in Australian skill shortage list
- You must also meet Australian health requirements, Language requirements, Academic requirements, etc.
Benefits of Australian Permanent Resident Visa:
Australian Permanent Resident Visa holders will have following entitlements;
- You can Stay permanently in Australia
- You Study and work in Australia
- You can Enrol in Australia’s national health scheme, Medicare
- Apply for Property purchase loan in Australian banks
- Eligible relatives can be sponsored by you for permanent residence
- You can Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
- Travel in and out of Australia for as long as your travel facility permits.
- Attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
- Also now Australian Permanent Residents can Travel, Live and work in New Zealand without any Visa restrictions
Australian Dependent Visa
Many International students will have a question; can I take my family members with me to Australia while going for Studies in Australia?
Yes, International students are permitted to bring their family members to Australia as accompanying dependent or Subsequent entrant. To do so, family members of existing student visa holder, will also need to apply for student visa (Subclass 500) if they currently do not hold student visa and they want to join their family member in Australia. But it is mandatory to declare all your family members in your student visa (Subclass 500) application and any supplementary visa application forms even though they are not traveling with you to Australia. If you don’t do this, your family members will not be eligible to apply for a student visa or Subsequent entrant visa if they want to join you later.
Accompanying dependent or Student Subsequent Entrant Visa:
Family members can be:
- Your family members must be either you, your spouse or Legal partner and Spouse dependent children who is unmarried and has not turned 18 years of age
- If you have a new born baby or minor children you have to check with Australian high commission whether your baby needs visa.
- If two or more minor children are applying for subsequent entrant visa, they must file separate applications
- You and each accompanying family members must prove that you have sufficient money to support yourselves for entire intended duration of stay in Australia
Each subsequent entrant visa applicants must provide evidence of the following;
- Overseas Student Health Cover
- Details of courses completed by your nominator or student visa holder in Australia
- Your nominator’s current enrolment proof in Australia
- Your nominator’s current attendance record
- Notarised copy of all the pages of the passport of the applicant
- Evidence of a genuine and on-going relationship between the nominator and the applicant
- Divorce certificate if previously married and divorced
In case of minor applicants,
- Schooling arrangement and confirmation of enrolment in a school for the accompanying minor children
- Form 1229 signed by both parents along with identity documents to verify signatures
Meeting Australian health requirement:
Before lodging applications, all student subsequent entrant visa applicants have to get done their health assessment through “My health declaration” facility on your Immiaccount.
FAQs on Dependent Visa to Australia
- Who is eligible to be my dependent?
Your dependent can be your family members includes you, your spouse and spouse dependent child who is unmarried and below 18 years of age.
- When can I apply for Subsequent entrant visa for my dependents?
You can include your family members while lodging your student visa application itself. If not your family members can also apply themselves separately at later time through Immiaccount.
- Can I work in Australia with student dependent visa or Subsequent entrant visa?
If you are accompanying a student pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Australia you can work for specified number of hours or part time. If student is pursuing Master’s or PhD level course you can work fulltime.
- Difference between Subsequent Entrant visa and Student guardian visa in Australia?
Subsequent entrant visa is issued to family members or dependents of international students or existing student visa (subclass 500) holders. For subsequent entrant visa family members are student, student’s Souse and spouse dependent child.
Student guardian visa is issued to Parents, Guardian, Custodian or relative to support or care for existing Australian student visa holder who is below 18 years of age or older due to exceptional circumferences.
Note: Student guardians or parents have to apply for the separate visa category i.e Student Guardian visa (Subclass 590).
Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590) to Australia
Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590) allows you to stay in Australia as a Guardian to support or care for student visa holder who is under the age of 18 years or older in exceptional cases.
Who are eligible for Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590)?
You must meet certain requirements to be eligible to apply for Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590):
- You must be either Parent, Guardian, Custodian or relative who is 21 years or older nominated in writing by parent or Legal guardian
- Must prove that you are financially able to support yourselves and student both during your stay in Australia
- Must be able to provide accommodation, welfare and other support to student visa holder
For this visa, Relatives can be;
- parent or step-parent
- grandparent or step-grandparent
- sibling or stepsibling
- aunt, uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle
- niece, nephew or step-niece or step-nephew
- child or stepchild
What are the Benefits or Entitlements of Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590)?
When you have this visa,
- You can travel to, remain in Australia to provide care or support for student visa holder who is under 18 years of age (or over 18 years in case of exceptional circumstances
- You can be a guardian for more than one student
- Study an English language intensive course for overseas student(ELICOS) for less than 20 hours per week and other study or training for no more than 3 months
How long I can stay with this visa?
You can stay in Australia until the date which is mentioned in your Visa grant letter, usually your duration of stay will be same as the length of stay of student visa holder or you may have to leave when student turns 18 years. If your visa expires but still you want to stay with student, then you have to apply for new Student guardian visa.
Can I work in Australia with this visa?
No. You are not allowed to work in Australia with this visa