Study Abroad

In Land Area, Australia is almost two and a half times bigger than India and the population is just about 23 Million (Kerala population is 30 Million !!)Australian qualifications and institutions are recognized globally for their high quality and excellence in academics. Graduates from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide. Furthermore, they are readily accepted for further studies at leading international universities.

Australian qualifications and institutions are recognized globally for their high quality and excellence in academics. Graduates from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide. Furthermore, they are readily accepted for further studies at leading international universities.

Study In Australia

When most people think of Australia, they see wide open spaces of outback bush, kangaroos, koalas and clean air and water. Not a bad picture to be portraying to the world! However, Australia has so much more to offer than just these stereotypical images. What has Australia to offer to an international student?

WHY AUSTRALIA?

Geographically Australia situates 11,000 Km southwest of North America and 3,200 kilometers southeast of mainland Asia. The largest island and the smallest continent in the world. Australia is blessed with temperate climate and the highlands and tablelands of Tasmania and the south eastern corner of the mainland are the coldest areas. It is a land of bright sunshine, surf beaches, tropical rivers, rainforests, mountain ranges, red deserts and rich green coastal plains.

Summer is from December to February; autumn from March to May; winter from June to August and spring from September to November. Australia is country of dynamic multiculturalism with invaluable contributions from migrants from all parts of the world. Australia owns a rich tradition of art and culture. Australians provide strong support towards films, music, theater, painting and a range of other fine arts forms. They are also a strong global presence regarding sports. The transportation options at Australia are wide and well equipped.

Australia’s system of education is of the highest standard and enjoys international renown. Australia is widely recognized as a world leader in the field of international education and English language training.

COST OF LIVING & STUDYING

The annual tuition fee varies from AU$ 16000 to AU$ 40000 (i.e. Rs 8 lakhs to Rs. 20 lakhs) depending on the university or college. Approximate annual living expenses of an Indian student would be in the range of AU$ 15000 to AU$ 20000. The average international student in Australia spends about $320 per week on housing, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, international and domestic travel, and telephone and incidental costs.

In Australia accommodation will not be a problem for international students. There are several options like university flats or halls of residence, private accommodation or home-stays or farm-stays. Most of the students opt for university accommodation since it makes the university life much livelier. It makes you mingle with other students on a long term. Generally, there are three types of housing available to students.

On-Campus Accommodation

The on campus housing provides halls of residence and this can be sometimes hard to secure as spaces are limited. Fees will vary depending on which school you attend, and most provide meals and some furniture.

Off-Campus Accommodation

The student can stay at flat or rental houses during their academic education preferably in the second or third year.

Home Stay

Home stay is available in Australia which is a good option for those who want to experience the real Australian culture as it will involve living with an Australian family either with your own private room, or shared.

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The most popular courses for Indian students in Australia are Engineering (All specialties including Mining, Petroleum), Information Technology, Information Systems, Biotechnology, International Business, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting, Business Administration and Social work. Also there are many students choose health related courses like Nursing, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Physiotherapy etc.

ELIGIBILITY TEST REQUIREMENTS

The top universities require 75-85 % in 12th Std for undergraduate students. Any GOOD university requires – 65 to 70 %. Masters require – 60-65 % in relevant degrees.

IELTS

IELTS is a compulsory exam required by all the students planning to go for Australian studies.
Minimum scores required – 6.0/9 for UG and 6.5 / 9 PG students.

MBA

Some MBA programmes require no work experience. However fewTOP MBA programs(like Melbourne Business School) will require 3 to 5 years of work experience. And will also require a
GMAT score of 600/800. An average GMAT scores required are 570-600.

IELTS OR TOEFL or PTE

International English Language Testing System is normally known as IELTS which is administered by University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES) ,British Council and IDP Education Australia. The score of IELTS is valid for 2 years. The test fee comprises Rs. 11,800/. For more info visit the official website at www.britishcouncil.org or www.ieltsindia.com. Students can make registration either in person or by mail.

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For admissions, the applicant needs to demonstrate sufficient academic preparation for the proposed course and required English proficiency. Also Universities do check the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement, which is an integrity measure to ensure that the student visa programme is used as intended and not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.

VISA PROCESS

Student Visa
Student visa are granted by the Australian DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection )DIBP will grant you a student visa if your course is registered or is a part of registered course on a full time basis. Once the offer is made the student accepts the offer by paying the first semester Tuition fees after which he /she gets the COE (confirmation of enrolment issued by the institution). One of the primary aspect of the Australian student visa is that each students need to establish GTE factor (Genuine Temporary Entrant)
Along with the COE, Education Documents and correct financial Documents the student will be applying for his educational visa. The Financial documents will defer according to the institution, fees, living cost, source of funds etc. Once all the relevant documents are ready Visa is filed through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
You may be required to undergo health examinations as part of the visa application process. Your health examination reports are forwarded to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (the department) for assessment to determine if you meet the health requirement. The department uses an on-line system known as eHealth to process your health examination results. You can expect your visas within 4 to 5 working weeks after the visa is lodged

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Apart from few tuition fee bursaries, scholarships provided by Australian Universities to international students are very few except for PhD programs. However scholarships are offered by the Australian government, students’ home-country governments, Australian education institutions and private organizations.

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) are combined under one umbrella of Australian Scholarships and offer a number of scholarships for students. They manage a range of scholarships to promote sustainable development and excellence in education

The organizations that offer scholarships for students have different criteria. All scholarships vary in their eligibility requirements, based on your English test score, country, or GPA. Students applying for a scholarship should ensure they meet the selection criteria of specific scholarships. Students must understand fully the terms and conditions of the scholarship.

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International students in Australia with student visa have for permission to work. Students are permitted to work 40 hours per fortnight during semesters and full-time during vacation periods. In some cases family members can apply for permission to work. It is not difficult to find part time jobs in Australia to supplement your living expenses. Your student visa normally entitles work rights as per your visa conditions and you can start working in Australia after you arrive in Australia and have begun studying.

Australia is one among the few countries, which promote skilled migrant programs targeting young people having skills, education and abilities that will contribute to the Australian economy.

International students with Australian qualifications account for about half the people assessed under the skilled migrant programs.There is a dearth of skilled manpower in Australia mainly in the fields like Engineering, Information Technology, Nursing and Accounting. Applicants must pass a points test and satisfy some basic requirements in order to get permanent residency (PR) in Australia.

These include a maximum age limit of 45 years, English language proficiency, post-secondary school qualifications or work experience relevant to your occupation. Additional points are awarded to applicants with Australian qualifications.

Please refer to http://www.border.gov.au/ for more information about Immigration to Australia.

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How Much Does It Cost For A TAFE Program, Bachelors Program And Masters Program?
TAFE program will cost between AUS$ 12000-15000 per annum. Bachelors program will cost between AUS$18000-30000 per annum. Masters program will cost between AUS$20000-35000 per annum.

How Many Hours Of Part Time Job Can An International Student Do?
An international student can work for 40 hrs per fortnight during semesters and unlimited hours during semester breaks. If you are enrolled for a research program (Masters by research or PhD) you will not have any work restrictions.

What Are The Different Pre-requisite Tests Required For Admission In Different Programs. (diploma, TAFE, Advance Diploma, Graduate Diploma, Graduate And Post Graduate Courses)?
For all the programs listed above only IELTS is required.

What Is PQP And When It Is Required?
Students with low academic percentage and backlogs have to take PQP. PQP is Post Graduate Qualifying Program. Student has to undergo this program before he takes up the main course in Masters Program.

What Is A Conditional Offer Letter Of Admission?
If a student submits the documents required for admission to any University without IELTS score sheet and passing certificate of his current pursuing program a conditional offer letter of admission is obtained by the student.

What Are The Major Intakes Of Admission At Australian Universities?
February and July intakes are considered as major intakes at Australian Universities. Few universities do accept students during summer term (November) too. In some universities for popular programs like management they follow trimester system and may have 4 intakes in a year mainly January, April, September and November

Is GRE Required For Admission Into Australian Universities?
Not required.

Can The Student Apply For Admission Into Universities Without IELTS Score ?
Yes, he can apply but he has to mention the date of test when he has scheduled to appear. University may give conditional offer of admission subject to the fulfillment of requirement of IELTS score.
What Are Medicals And When They Have To Be Done?
Every student has to undergo medical examinationsas the part of their visa application

What Is The Process Time To Get e-CoE?
To obtain ane-CoE(electronic conformation of enrollment)after making the payment it will take minimum of one to two weeks depending upon the payment method, wire transfer of funds or through Demand Draft.

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