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You should make sure that you meet the requirements for a student visa for Australia before you accept an offer and pay any tuition fees.
You need to apply for your Student Visa for Australia through the Department of Home Affairs online lodging facility, then you will need the details of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment to lodge your visa application.
Student Visa Conditions
Your visa is subject to a number of visa conditions that you must comply with study in Australia.
There are numerous scholarships, grants, and bursaries offered by the Australian Government, education institutions, and many public and private organizations. The Australian Government invests More than $200,000,000 on International Scholarship Annually https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/australian-education/scholarships. In fact, for some students, particularly those who pay out-of-state-tuition, studying abroad can sometimes be cheaper than a traditional on-campus semester.
While International students study in Australia mostly on a full fee paying basis, the Australian Government and many Australian institutions offer their own scholarships to international students. Government-funded Australian scholarships for international students
Some individual universities occasionally offer scholarships or research grants for outstanding students. Some important ones are:
Note: Keep track of the application deadlines so that you can apply well in advance. There are certain institution scholarships which do not require an application; you will be automatically considered when you apply for your course, if you are eligible.
It lies in the southern hemisphere so the weather seasons are opposite to that of India. Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students to live in based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employment opportunities. The capital of Australia is Canberra.
Australia is diverse in its geography and climate. The country is located in the southern hemisphere. This means Australia’s summer starts in December and winter begins in June. Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics where the average temperatures are in the mid 20 degrees Celsius. The southern areas are in a temperate zone.
Australia is one of the top study destinations with an excellent education system. Some colleges and universities are publicly funded, while others are privately supported. Australia has 39 universities, 37 out of which are public and two are private. With 8 out of 120 World’s Top Universities and 5 out of 30 Best Student Cities in the World, Australia is home to over 1100 institutions offering a wide range of programs.35 Australian universities are among the world’s best-ranked universities. Most of the best colleges in the country are situated in cities like Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.Australia has the third-highest number of international students in the world after the United Kingdom and the United States. Australia’s national quality assurance system is unique in its structure and rigor.
Popular Colleges Universities
The top universities in Australia are The Australian National University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Melbourne, The University of Western Sydney, and Monash University (in no particular order). The area of New South Wales on the east coast of Australia is the centre of all its renowned academic institutes. Most of the best colleges in the country are situated in cities like Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth. Information Technology and Information System, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, Planning and Architecture, Accounting, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Health Care, Information Technology, and Hotel Management are the preferred courses Indian students pursue in Australia.
Now Adelaide, Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional by the federal government. This allows the cities’ university graduates an additional year of post-study work rights (PSWR). Also, the graduates in Darwin city can stay for two more years and Ph.D. graduates can stay up to six years. Even after receiving the regional status for migration, all cities other than Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane will not be entitled to the Destination Australia scholarships. Only areas classified as ‘Inner Regional Australia’ to ‘Very Remote Australia’ remain eligible for Destination Australia. Darwin as the only capital city which has access to both the scholarship scheme and an additional two years of PSW.
Safety in Australia
Australia is a multicultural society that welcomes people from other cultures, countries, and backgrounds. While the majority of Indian students studying in Australia have a positive experience of living and studying in Australia, there were incidents of assault as well as of robbery during 2009 and 2010, which affected not only Indian students.
Australians are known to be friendly and helpful people, with a great sense of humor. Australia is considered one of the most competitive nations on Earth. This covers all areas of life including the workplace. While English is Australia’s national language, there are certain words and expressions that have come to be regarded as uniquely Australian through common usage. Some of them might seem strange to non-Australians.Australians love their sport, both playing it and watching it. The most loved sports in Australia include Australian football, rugby, and cricket. This relatively benign climate has resulted in a country where people spend a good deal of time outdoors at beaches, in the countryside or on sporting fields as either spectators or participants.
Indians living in Australia
There were nearly 589,000 Indian immigrants living in Australia in 2017. They represent the second-largest immigrant group by country of origin, after China. Almost one-third of all Indian immigrants reside in Victoria.
Australia is one of the top study destinations with an excellent education system. Some colleges and universities are publicly funded, while others are privately supported. The number is as follows:
3 (Bond, Notre Dame and Torrens)
2 (Carnegie Mellon and University College London
With 8 out of 120 World’s Top Universities and 5 out of 30 Best Student Cities in the World, Australia is home to over 1100 institutions offering a wide range of programs. 35 Australian universities are among the world’s best-ranked universities. Wide-ranging study options are available in Australia with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to pick from apart from the numerous scholarships offered by several Australian Universities to international students.
You can opt for a course of your choice. Some of the preferred courses are: Information Technology, Tourism, Hospitality, Humanities, Law, Health, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, Planning and Architecture, Accounting, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Health Care, Information Technology, and Hotel Management.
Yes, degrees from Australian institutions are accepted worldwide and known for their quality of education.
Yes, 10+2+3 system is accepted by Australian universities for master’s programs.
Pharmacy, Business, Management & Accounting, IT & Computer, Science, Architecture &, Urban Planning, Media & Communication, Programs offered by Universities, Hospitality & Tourism, Engineering & Project Management, Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences, MBBS, Nursing & Public Health, Education & Teaching, and many more.
Pursuing masters in Australia can be one of the best decisions of your life since it’ll not only enhance your technical skills but also give your CV an edge over others. As an Indian student with an undergrad degree, you should be ideally looking for an institution that emphasizes on practical knowledge, hands-on experience and getting you job-ready. Australian universities provide a research-based learning approach wherein you’ll be implementing all the concepts and ideas you gather in the classroom.
Begin by taking a look at the subjects you learnt in your undergrad program, list down the ones that interest you. Narrow down to your preferred niche and search for possible programs and universities. Applying to Australian universities and institutions would also require you to take language and/or aptitude tests. So, do consider your academic scores while deciding what and where to study. Look for the intake offered for your preferred courses and prepare accordingly.
You will need to meet a range of entry requirements both for your institution application and your visa application for Australia.
If you obtain a score marginally less than what is required for the Australian student visa, you may opt to take an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) in Australia along with the mainstream course.
Category of Indian University as per NOOSR *
Aggr Percentage required
Satisfactory completion of undergraduate degree.
Demonstrated research ability or relevant work experience.
Vocational education and training.
CBSE/ICSE Board: A minimum of 60% – 65% in HSC in best 4 subjects
State Board:A minimum of 65% in HSC in best 4 subjects
Note: Some courses may have pre-requisite of certain subjects. Entry requirements may vary depending on the university and programs.
* (National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition – An Australian Government Agency assessing level of overseas qualifications)
For most management courses, international students are required to take GMAT (Graduate Management Admission 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. Most Australian Universities do not require 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.
The gap is accepted only if it is justifiable with proper supporting documents.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most preferred English language proficiency test accepted by almost all institutions in Australia. However, globally, Australian institutions are open to accepting other proficiency tests such as Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) paper-based test, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), Cambridge English: Advanced and Occupational English Test (OET) (do check the official website of your preferred institution for the same.
No Band less than
No Band less than
No Band less than
Scores are indicative. Please refer to the individual university website to check the exact requirement.
Pathway programs are courses that give you credit that can be used for entry into a university degree. Some examples of pathway programs include English language preparation or a vocational education and training course. Pathway programs are a good opportunity to the students who fail to meet the direct entry requirements of the Australian universities. These are also called as Diploma leading to Degree programs (D to D programs). Students usually get admission in a college where they study a Diploma Program for one year (e.g. Diploma of Business). After successful completion of Diploma, they progress to the second year of Bachelor’s degree, eventually completing their graduation in 3/4 years i.e. both the student who pursues undergraduate and the other who pursues Pathway, eventually complete their graduation after the say duration.
English Language Pathways are also called ELICOS, EAP, ELP, etc. Students have to study English ‘before’ commencing their main program. Duration of ELICOS is usually restricted to 10 weeks. For example, a student has to undergo 10 weeks of ELICOS for a shortfall of 0.5 band in IELTS, if his overall Band is 6.5 with no bands less than 5.5. Tuition Fee of ELICOS: AUD 300 to AUD 400 per week. Longer duration of ELICOS (more than 10 weeks) may result in visa refusal
Type of Pathway
Diploma in the desired discipline (IT, Engineering, Health, Business, Hospitality, etc.)
Academic Pathway Programs
Students who not able to meet the Academic entry criteria
55% to 64% in 12th Class
Diploma in Language
English Language Program
Students who are not able to meet the English language criteria.
Some Australian universities offer pathways at postgraduate level to the students who fail to meet NOOSR criteria e.g., Second division from a Section 3 university/Pass division from a Section 2 university. Students are offered a qualifying program of one semester, i.e., 3-6 months called Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) or Pre-Master’s Program (PMP). A student enrolled in such a program will first have to complete the PQP successfully to progress to the first year of his master’s degree. PQPs are available only for business/management/accounting degrees with the exception of Griffith University, which offers this pathway for business, engineering and IT programs as well
The top 8 universities in Australia are popularly known as Group of 8 Australian Universities offer pathway programs, bachelor’s & master’s degrees and doctoral programs
Colleges also offer ELICOS and Diploma leading to Degree programs e.g. Griffith College leading to Griffith University. Programs are offered in almost all popular disciplines such as IT, Engineering, Health, Business, Hospitality, etc.
CRICOS is Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. As an international student on a student visa, you have to study with an institution and in a course that is registered on CRICOS as this registration assures that the course and the institution at which you want to study meets the high standards expected by international students to study in Australia.
The cost of studying in Australia would mostly depend on the ranking of the institution and the level of study you choose. The total cost includes the tuition fees and the living and accommodation expenses. Occasionally there may be an added cost involved for the course materials and access to institution facilities. Tentative costing is as follows:
Two Years Course
Tentative Cost. May vary as per specific course college/ University
IELTS Exam Fee
Tuition Fee of Universities (2 years)
Airfare from India to Australia
Less Part Time Earnings
Less Scholarship Amount
All students under 18 years of age must have welfare arrangements in place for the duration of their stay in Australia until they turn to the age of 18.
Australia offers awards to people from developing countries for full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at
While International students study in Australia mostly on a full fee paying basis, many Australian institutions offer their own scholarships to international students. Some individual universities occasionally offer scholarships or research grants for outstanding students. The students undertaking postgraduate research in areas of particular concern to Australia who may apply and get an Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarships (OPRS). Australian Government has an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) scheme for postgraduate research students. Government-funded Australian scholarships for international students are:
Some individual universities also offer scholarships or research grants for outstanding students.
All students with subclass 500 visa are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight and full-time during vacations. Doctorate students can work full-time throughout the year.
Yes, there are internships in Australia but for selective courses. Internships for international students in Australia may be paid or unpaid depending on the industry and the length of placement. Internships provide a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the area of your study.
There are many consumer protection and support services available for international students. These services may be provided directly by institutions or by state, territory and federal government departments.
There are on-campus as well as off-campus accommodation facilities available for international students in Australia, though generally speaking it would be better to take on-campus accommodation for the sake of convenience and economizing.
As an international student, you need to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your study in Australia. Along with OSHC you can also consider purchasing private health insurance for items that your OSHC does not cover.
The student visa requirements depend on your course of study and certain other significant requirements like an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate, Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement, sufficient funds, English language proficiency, health and character requirements and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Spouse case is accepted at post graduate level. Profile of the spouse and main applicant should remain strong and compatible with each other on the grounds of academics, work experience, English scores and financials required.
February & July
All Universities & Colleges
All popular programs
Private Colleges and few Universities like Deakin University and Griffith University
Business, Information Technology and Engineering
June or earlier
December or earlier
Submit applications to Universities
June to October (or as early as possible)
January to April (or as early as possible)
July to November
January to May
Arrangement of Funds
August to December
February to May
Financial Assessment in the Universities
September to January
March to May
Apply for Visas
October to January
May to June
December to February
April to July
Fly to Australia
Genuine: The student should have genuine intentions of studying in Australia.
Temporary: The student should intend to stay in Australia temporarily.
The objective of ‘GTE Assessment’ is to distinguish genuine students from non-genuine ones and to ensure entry of only genuine students in Australia. Universities and Australian High Commission consider not only the profile but also the ‘intentions’ of an international student. Hence, students with good profiles may not necessarily be ‘GTE compliant’. GTE Assessment is conducted Universities/Collegesassess GT Entrant based on certain parameters of assessment, SOP and Interview, and the Australian High Commission assesses the student based on SOP and Interview.
After completion of studies in Australia, students can apply for Temporary Graduate Visa that lets them live, study and work in Australia temporarily. Eligibility criteria to apply for the visa:
(a) Post Study Work Stream: Duration – Usually 2/3 years, but duration can be increased up to 4 years depending on the qualification (2/3 years for Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees, 3 years for Master’s by research and 4 years for Doctorates). Field of study is not a criterion for this stream
(b) Graduate Work Stream: Duration – 18 months. Granted to applicants who graduate with skills and qualifications that are on the Skilled Occupation List
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