A breakdown of what it takes to study in Australia
1. Education System
Higher education courses can be taken to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia. There are three main types of higher education which lead to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees. In Australia it is quite common for students to enrol in a double or combined Bachelor Degree program which leads to the award of two Bachelor Degrees. This is most common in the fields of arts, commerce, law and science. Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses – from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance.
2. Cost of Studying/Living
Australia’s cost of living is comparable with the United States and United Kingdom. You can earn a small amount by working part-time up to 40 hours every two weeks while you study. However, you cannot rely on this as your only source of income. Tuition fees in Australia start at AUS$15,000 per academic year and Accommodation in Australia costs Start at around $165 to $440 per week to rent a room (Tuition and Accommodation fees will depend on your location and University choice, course choice may further impact your tuition fees).
3. Visa and Health Insurance
The student visa you need depends on your chosen course of study. As a guide, the typical key requirements you will need to meet are: Issued an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate. Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirements. Have sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs. Show English language proficiency. Meet health and character requirements. Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). International students undertaking formal studies in Australia, and their dependents (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old), must obtain OSHC. It includes cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).
4. Employment Possibilities
Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break. Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area. After your graduation, you have several options available to you whether you stay in Australia or head home. You may be able to continue your studies in Australia to pursue a higher-level qualification or another field of study, you may be eligible to undertake post study work to put your newly gained knowledge to use and gain work experience in Australia, or you may choose to go home to undertake further study or work there. Speak to your advisor to find out more.
Higher education courses can be taken to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia.