While overseas study is expensive, Australia is more affordable than most other destinations and offers a high standard of quality education, excellent living condition and a tolerant multicultural society. Australia's Higher Education Institutions rank among the world's best and the quality of education they offer is correspondingly high.
Higher education in Australia provides value for money by offering shorter and more intensive courses, they quickly incorporate latest innovations in science & technology, modern trends in marketing & management in their diploma/degree programs, hence Australian education is more practical and responsive to the needs of Trade & Industry.
Australia seems to be high on the list for many reasons:
Indian 12+3 is acceptable for masters degree.
Duration for the masters courses is between 1, 1.5 to 2 yrs.
Competitive costs for tuitions and living in comparison to other developed countries. Like USA, UK etc.
Australian education is recognized world wide from US to NZ.
High Standard of education in international terms, good research facilities available with state of the art equipment.
Visa process is straightforward and fair.
Currently over 50000 Indian Students in Australia.
Australian universities are members of an International Academic community and academic staff are frequently recruited on an international basis.
Australian academics and graduates are keenly recruited into institutions overseas, indicating a measure of Quality Education.
ESOS Act to protect the interest of overseas students.
Safe country with pleasent climate and a stable democracy.
In Australia every course offered in a university has CRICOS Code which is given by Australian Government reflecting that the education system is fully controlled by the Government in Australia. There is no formal ranking of universities. Thus students from all around the world have long made Australia their education destination.
Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
Australia has an integrated nationwide system of qualifications, known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is recognized by the Australian Government. Under this, students can move easily from one level of study to the next and receive credit for previous study. It brings together the quality offered at different levels.
Type of institution
There are 41 universities ranging in size from around 3,000 students to 50,000 students - 39 of these are government run. Australian universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in traditional and modern subject areas such as innovative courses in IT, electronic business and science. Australian academics have won prestigious awards, including several Nobel Prizes, and are involved in ground-breaking research.
Courses available at Under Graduate & Graduate Level
Awarded courses vary considerably with the higher education sector in the form of entry requirements, duration and method of assessment. The following awards are offered by Australian Universities:
Vocational Education and Training in Australia (VET)
Australia offers a wide variety of vocational education and training courses. Each year increasing numbers of international students are choosing the TAFE option, either as a means of training and qualifying for a highly skilled job in business, the arts, or industry, or as an alternative pathway into university degree studies. The advantages for international students choosing to undertake TAFE studies are numerous but lower fees is one of the main criteria.
Types of degrees
Bachelor programmes may vary from 3 to 4 years. They are available across all faculties of Arts Commerce, Science, IT.
Australia offers a wide variety of choices for post graduate studies .The individual universities offer different strengths and capabilities, providing a diverse base for research for students. Australian Universities pride themselves on a strong research base and sate of the art equipment to their Universities.
Australia generally has two intakes i.e. February and July, with few Universities offering multiple intake in September & November. It is suggested that you should start making applications ideally 7-8 months prior to the intake. University generally takes around 4-6 weeks to process the applications.
Documents needed for making an application are resume, statement of purpose, marksheets and passing certificates from 10th onwards, two reference letters from colleges / employers and passport copy or birth certificate & IELTS score sheet.
Entry Requirements / Eligibility
Undergraduate - Bachelors
A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling
Some courses such as Computing and Engineering will require Mathematics and /or Science as pre-requisites
Postgraduate – Masters
A good academic record in Bachelors Degree from a recognized university is necessary
Any work experience in the field will be helpful
For MBA programs at some Universities students need to have work experience along with their Bachelors Degree
Australian Industries work side to encourage and sustain the economic activity. The national income comes from industries like Education, Agriculture, Finance, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Construction, Business services, Technology, Tourism etc.
Work & Migration
Skilled - Graduate Visa is an 2 years visa given to students on completion of 2 years of Study in Australia. During this time the student can work full time, or improve their English to gain additional points for General Skilled Migrant Policy of PR Skilled Graduate Visa Holders can apply for any of the following visa categories within the 18 months duration.
Provisional Skilled - Regional sponsored visa (Subclass 487)
Permanent Skilled - Independent visa (Subclass 885)
Permanent Skilled - Sponsored Visa (Subclass 886)
Or they can also apply for an employer sponsored visa at any time.
Part Time Employment
Students can work up to 20 hours a week (anywhere) during course time and 40 hours per week full-time during vacation periods if they have been granted a work permit. On an average a student can earn around 12 AUD/hour. Casual Jobs are available (A$15-18 per hour) as PT work option.