Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students in the English-speaking world.
For a country with a relatively small number of universities, Australia offers a truly world-class education and regularly features in global rankings. Eight Australian universities placed in the top 100 in the latest QS World University Rankings
Australia’s standard of living is amongst the highest in the world. International students are able to work part-time while they study, allowing them to offset their living costs. There is also the possibility of scholarships, which can help to lower the cost of studying in Australia for international students.
Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of courses and degrees, so international students can easily find the school and field that are right for them.
One of the most appealing aspect of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations.
Australian qualifications are recognized by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorized by the Australian government.
Australia offers job facilities in multiple disciplines. Be it in agriculture or aeronautics, accounts or actuaries, Australia offer work permits to international students like none other.
Food: The meat pies and pasties had their connection to what was considered the staple foods of the 1800s:
beef, pork or mutton (the meat of adult sheep)
flour, usually made into bread or damper, a dense, thick bread
tea, considered a necessity, even when other items were scarce.
Safety: While Australia is generally a safe place to live and study, it is still important that you take precautions to reduce the chance of an incident occurring. The 2011 OECD Better Life Index rated Australia 9.3 out of 10 for safety, one of the highest ratings awarded to any country. Following your common sense and best practices will ensure you remain safe and healthy, whether you are handling emergencies, personal and home safety, or natural elements such as a sun, water, and fire.
Welfare: Universities provide free and confidential support and assistance to help students develop practical skills to better manage time, money and personal issues. Officials’ help students develop strategies to concentrate on studies and get the most out of university life.
Health: Healthcare in Australia has been steadily improving over the last ten years. Visitors in Australia under a student visa are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) during their stay.
Transport: The transport options available in Australia include buses, trains, trams and ferries. Your access to these transport services will vary depending on where you live. You will also be able to access private and public car services from taxis to hired limousines, available to take you from door to door. If you hold a current drivers license in your home country, you might be able to drive in Australia without sitting for any further driving tests. But remember that many state and territory governments require you to get an Australian drivers license if you are there for more than three months.
Under Graduate Studies: A$ 20,000 – A$ 30,000 per year
Post Graduate Studies: A$ 22,000 – A$ 30,000 per year
Living Expenses as per the Australia High Commission visa guidelines: 20,290 A$ per year
Planning & Housing: Whilst you are staying in Australia, you will have a variety of accommodation options available to you. Your choices will depend largely on whether your college or university has halls of residence, what city you are located in, and the amount of your monthly budget. Various options include Halls of Residence, Self- Catered Halls, Flats/ Houses.
Welcome week: Welcome Week is your opportunity to make friends, learn more about studying at the university and living in the country. You will be invited to attend a number of events throughout Welcome Week – some of which are optional and others compulsory.
Travel to your institution: If you are staying near the university, there is shuttle service available. Else, you may choose to travel by trains or buses.
Opening a bank account: In order to open an Australian bank account, you will need two documents: one to prove your identity and one to prove your address. This applies both in branch and online. Proving your identity is simple. You just need your passport.