Australia has gained immense popularity among international students as an ideal study destination. While it promises to offer high-quality education, it also ticks all boxes fulfilling other expectations of international students that makes studying and living in Australia a unique experience. Australia is the home of some of the world’s top research facilities and academic institutions. Imagine learning in supportive academic environments where professors are approachable and classrooms reflect the cultural diversity of land.Imagine entering the workforce with qualifications that are recognized and respected the world over.
This is what it means to study in Australia!
Why Study in Australia?
There are many reasons why international students choose to study in Australia :
- Australia has the third largest number of international students in the world, after the USA and UK.
- Australian qualifications and institutions are recognised globally for their high quality and excellence. Graduates from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide. Additionally, they are readily accepted for postgraduate study at leading international universities.
- International students in Australia can work up to 20 hours a week, allowing them to earn money, gain useful work experience in a foreign country and meet a variety of new people.
- Scholarship opportunities are available for international students.
- Students interests is provided by the government through legislation called the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) act. The act ensures protection of international students by regulating the educational institutions and requiring registration of institutions and courses based on quality.
- Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel.
- Universities must meet strict accreditation requirements and standards mandated by their respective governments.
- Degrees and universities are recognized internationally as among the best in the world by employers.
- Australia has a safe, secure, vibrant, and friendly environments to live, study, and work in for international student.
- Australia offers excellent value for money and a standard of living, which is among the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably less expensive than the other countries.
- High quality, first class education with modern facilities, excellent teachers, support services and international recognition.
- Dynamic and energetic study environment with a choice of study pathways, entry points and study environments.
- Australia is a politically stable, safe and friendly country that welcomes international students and visitors.
- Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. You may find Australian very different from home, but it is welcoming, friendly and many Australians understand your culture - International experience will enhance your future job opportunities and can give you significant employment advantages.
Requirements to Study in Australia:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:
There are five English language tests accepted for student visa applications in Australia:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (paper-based test is accepted from limited countries)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
- Occupational English Test (OET).
It’s important to remember that for results to be accepted, the test must have been completed no more than two years before the application is made. Your required level of English language proficiency will vary depending on your desired institution and level of study, your country of citizenship and whether you plan to complete an ELICOS course upon arrival in Australia. For student visa applications, the table below outlines the minimum scores accepted for each test.
|English language test||Minimum test scoree||Minimum test score when combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS||Minimum test score when combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS|
|TOEFL (internet-based test)||46||35||32|
|PTE Academic||Pass (A or B)||Pass (A or B)||Pass (A or B)|
It’s important to note that while these are the minimum scores required for a student visa, you will likely need a higher score to gain entry to your course. For undergraduate courses, the following scores provide an indication of the minimum requirement at most universities:
- IELTS — overall score of 6.0 to 6.5 (no band less than 5.5 to 6.0)
- TOEFL (internet-based test) — overall score of 60 to 90
- CAE — overall score of 169 to 176 (no less than 169 in any category)
- PTE Academic — overall score of 50 to 64.
Minimum scores vary considerably between institutions and levels of study, so it’s best to check with individual providers before you apply. Certain courses, such as nursing, education or law programs, tend to have stricter requirements, while requirements for Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are usually lower. If you don’t meet English language requirements, you may consider completing an ELICOS program to improve your English language skills.
Undergraduate courses require an Australian Senior School Certificate of Education (Year 12) or the overseas equivalent of Australian high school matriculation, such as three passes at GCE A Levels in appropriate subjects. Some courses may also have certain pre-requisite subjects.
Entry to postgraduate courses requires satisfactory completion of a first degree at undergraduate level. Demonstrated research ability or relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration.
Vocational education and training:
Usually there are no other entrance exams to VET institutions. However, some courses may have certain pre-requisite subjects or demonstrated work experience.
Other Tests GMAT:
For most management courses, International students are required to take GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Most Australian Universities do not require the GRE for admission to post graduate courses. However it is advisable to enclose a copy of your score sheet if you have done well in the test.
A number of professional and vocational courses require relevant work experience. For instance, many MBAs or master's courses in information studies require at least a couple of years' work experience.
Living In Australia
Students from all over the world come to Australia to take advantage of the world-class education and enjoy friendly hospitality and cultural diversity. Australia has low crime rates and strict laws providing a safe environment in which to learn and travel. With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Australia offers modern transport systems, convenient telecommunications, cosmopolitan shopping complexes and excellent health services.
With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Australia offers modern transport systems. Australia has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, tramways, ferries, two major national airlines and a number of regional airlines. Metropolitan areas are divided into zones and your ticket type and cost depends on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. Tickets can be bought at train stations, on buses and trams and at news agencies. Metered taxicabs operate in all major cities and towns. You will find taxi ranks at transport terminals, main hotels or shopping centres or you can hail taxis in the street.
Australia's major centres and capital cities have world-class shopping facilities. The general shopping hours are 9:00 am to 5:00pm (7 days a week). Late night shopping until 9 pm (Thursday and Friday). Some supermarkets are open 24 hours a day, throughout the week.
Australia has a fantastic variety of food. The best quality meat, fish, fruits and vegetables are exported to markets all around the globe. There is a large range of fruit and vegetables available at Australian produce markets. You should have no difficulty in finding the foods that you are used to at home.
You can sample almost every type of cuisine available throughout the world in Australia. There are elegant restaurants or typical Aussie pubs. Ethnic restaurants offer cuisines from all around the world. Good food at reasonable prices can be found at bistros or cafes. Moreover, for those who like takeaway, most of the major global fast food chains are well represented.
Australia has a modern telephone system. Public telephones are available at all Post Offices, shopping centres and are often situated on street corners. Public pay phones accept a variety of coins and Phonecards. Phonecards are pre-paid for use in public pay phones and can be bought at a large number of retail outlets in denominations of $A5, $A10, $A20 and $A50. Credit phones take most major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners International and can be found at international and domestic airports, central city locations and hotels.
Sports and Recreation:
Australians are very keen on sport and outdoor activities and have gained a worldwide reputation, both as individuals and as teams. Australia has more than 120 national sporting organisations and thousands of state, regional and club bodies. It is estimated that 6.5 million people, about a third of the population, are registered sports participants. While there are over 120 sporting organisations, Australians also take part in bushwalking, fishing, boating and water sports.
During semester breaks, you may like to venture beyond the capital cities to experience more of Australia's spectacular natural environment and great physical beauty-national parks, The Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu, Uluru and the Tasmanian Wilderness.
Australian contemporary arts reflect the world's oldest continuous cultural traditions and a diverse, multicultural society. Australia's visual and performing arts communities receive international acclaim for their vibrancy, originality and cutting-edge work in the arts, literature, stage and cinema, dance, classical music and contemporary Australian rock music.