Study in Australia

Of late, Australia has gained popularity as a preferred study abroad destination for the Indian students to pursue their higher education.Some of their Universities feature in the top 100 list of Universities that is released every year.  The Australian Government also spends a substantial amount of money to improve and strengthen their education system.  Australia has already become a hot destination after the UK and USA and students from across the globe prefer to study there.

Why study in Australia

Australia holds the unique distinction of having the third largest share of international students, after USA and UK with as many as approx. 12,000 students opting to study there.

It is also because a few of its Universities appear in the To 100 Universities in the world, which is not a mean feat.  All the 1,100 Universities together offer over 22,000 courses, each designed to suit the varying needs of students planning to pursue specialisations that are future oriented.  It is precisely because of this reason that Australia is preferred over other developed nations like Germany, the Netherlands and Japan and is ranked eighth in the Universitas 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.

Australia offers specialisation in almost every field of education and one will find stud areas like Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics and a host of other super specialisations.

Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It generates its income from various sources including mining-related exports, tele-communications, banking and manufacturing and Its market economy, has a relatively high GDP per capita, and a relatively low rate of poverty. In terms of average wealth, Australia ranked second in the world after Switzerland in 2013.  All of Australia’s major cities fare well in global comparative livability surveys conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) with Melborne retaining the top spot for the fourth consecutive time in 2014, followed by Adelaide, Sydney and Perth in the fifth, seventh, and ninth places respectively.

In 2010, it was listed at number three in the Index of Economic Freedom (2010) and is the world’s twelfth largest economy and is the fifth highest per capital (GDP) (nominal) at $66,984.

Popular Australian destinations include the coastal cities of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as other high profile destinations including regional Queensland, the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef.  Australia, with its unique wildlife is another of tourist attracting drawing a large number of visitors every year.

A single landmark, i.e. the Sydney Opera House, followed by its shopping arenas and casinos are the major tourist attractions that attract rich and the famous from all over the globe.

There are 43 universities in Australia: 40 public universities, two international universities, and one private university.

 Universities in Australia

Australian Capital Territory

 Canberra

  • Australian National University
  • University of Canberra

New South Wales

Armidale

  • University of New England

Bathurst

  • Charles Sturt University

Lismore

  • Southern Cross University

Newcastle

  • University of Newcastle

Sydney

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • University of Western Sydney

Wollongong

  • University of Wollongong

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin

  • Charles Darwin University

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane

  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Queensland

Gold Coast

  • Bond University

Maroochydore

  • University of the Sunshine Coast

Rockhampton

  • CQ University

Toowoomba

  • University of Southern Queensland

Townsville

  • James Cook University

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Flinders University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University College London
  • University of South Australia
  • Torrens University Australia

Tasmania

Hobart

  • University of Tasmania

VICTORIA

Ballarat

  • Federation University of Australia

Melbourne

  • Deakin University
  • La Trobe University
  • RMIT University
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Divinity
  • University of Melbourne
  • Victoria University

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Fremantle

  • University of Notre Dame Australia

Perth

  • Curtin University
  • Edith Cowen University
  • Murdoch University
  • University of Western Australia

As a prospective student, intending to study in Australia, you must know that Australian Universities follow two cycles of intake, with one happening in February and the other in July. The process of applying for the February intake has to get completed by November / December (as per deadlines of respective universities).  For admission purpose, you will have to clear your IELTS and for Visa purpose, you will require an offer letter from your University, proof of payment, eCOE (electronic confirmation of enrolment) and proof of funds to cover course fees and living expenses.

Whilst planning your study in Australia, you must take the following facts into consideration.  The minimum duration of undergraduate courses, depending upon your choice, is 3-4 years.  A post-graduate degree can be of minimum 1 year to 1-2 years.  The average range of tuition fees for undergraduate courses annually is between AU$9000 to AU$17,000.  Therefore a 3 year course will cost you anywhere between AU$27,000 to AU$51,000 which can go up to AU$68,000 for a 4-year course.  The amount provided here may vary with specialisations like medicine, engineering and other courses which are demanding and resource intensive.

In addition, your annual stay and food expenses can be in the range of AU$10,000 to Rs.17,500/-, which, again will depend upon various factors, like class of stay, location, etc. Therefore, for your three year stay, you will have to shell out AU$30,000 to AU$52,500 which can go upto AU$70,000 for the four year programme.