Study in Australia:
Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world. This isn’t surprising when you consider Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world. In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands, and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universities 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity – all important elements for students when choosing the best study destination. Given this impressive education pedigree, it’s not surprising there are now more than 2.5 million former international students who have gone on to make a difference after studying in Australia. Some of these students are among the world’s finest minds. In fact, Australia has produced 15 Nobel prize laureates and every day over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations – including penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and Black Box Flight Recorders – to make their lives, and the lives of others, better.
EDUCATION SYSTEM OF AUSTRALIA
The Australian education system provides primary, secondary and tertiary education.
School Education :
School education is similar across all of Australia with only minor variations between states and territories. School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into:
- Primary school– Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7.
- Secondary school– Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.
- Senior secondary school– Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.
Tertiary education includes both higher education (including universities) and vocational education and training (VET).
The Language of instruction:
English is the official language of Australia and the main language of instruction in the education system. Many schools offer bilingual programs or programs in other languages.
The Australian education system is distinguished from many other countries. The AQF was established in 1995 and is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education and vocational education and training) in addition to the school-leaving certificate; the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. This allows you to move easily from one level of study to the next and from one institution to another, as long as you satisfy student visa requirements. It allows for choice and flexibility in career planning. All qualifications in the AQF help prepare you for both further study and your working life.
Cost of Studying:
The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose.
As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. You can use the Course Search on this website to find courses and see details such as their tuition fees. There may be additional costs for your course, including course materials and access to institutional facilities.
The list below gives you an indication of the range of course costs for different types of qualifications.
- School– $7,800 to $30,000
- English language studies– Around $300 per week depending on course length
- Vocational Education and Training(Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) – $4,000 to $22,000
- Undergraduate Bachelor Degree– $15,000 to $33,000*
- Postgraduate Masters Degree– $20,000 to $37,000*
- Doctoral Degree– $14,000 to $37,000*