Student Visas > Studying in Australia


  • Education System
  • Cost of Study
  • List of Universities & Colleges
  • FAQs
  • Visa
  • Financial Aid
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The Country:

Australia is both the world's smallest continent and the largest island. It is one of the most picturesque countries of the world. People from all over the world make up the Australian society. It has a mixed society and although English is the official language of Australia you would find a lot of languages spoken. The capital of Australia is Canberra.

Geography & Climate:

It is located in the tropics and is blessed with a warm climate round the year. January is usually hottest and July is the coldest time of the year.

Currency:

The official currency of Australia is dollar. The symbol is A $.

Education:

Australia boasts of a very fine and high level of education and no wonder it is a favorite amongst international students. It has an impressive list of world class colleges & universities approx. 42 universities, situated in some of the most scenic places.

Major Cities:

Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Victoria, Queensland.

Culture:

Australian society is a strict but also liberal. they have strict laws to stop steroids drugs and other illegal stuff.

Sports:

Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, Swimming.

Cost of Study

Tuition fees vary according to the institution and course selected. Scholarships are available for international students however, the competition is intense and the majority of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students. International students are charged up-front tuition fees. Institutions sometimes make an additional charge to cover other costs associated with being a student; student organization membership, library and laboratory costs and sports facility costs. Some courses make specific charges for excursions, books, stationery and other essential material. These costs will vary depending on the course or institution therefore average costs are provided below and should only be used as a guide.

  • Foundation Studies - $A9,000 - $A14,000 a year
  • Undergraduate Courses - $A10,000 - $A16,500 a year
  • Post Graduate Courses - $A9,000 - $A18,500 a year
  • Vocational training courses - $A5,500 - $A18,000 a year

Scholarships

The Australian Government and education institutions offer scholarships for international students however, most of these are offered in universities and for postgraduate study in particular. There are a number of other organizations offering scholarships for international study. The majority of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students. With only a limited number of scholarships available for international students, there is intense competition for these awards.

Australian University Scholarships

Australian universities offer a range of postgraduate scholarships to international students predominantly targeting Doctoral and Masters Degrees by research. The course of study and financial support is determined by the university.

Other Funding Sources

International and charitable organizations offer scholarships for international study. Applications for these scholarships must be made to the representatives of these agencies in the student's home country, not Australia. Commonwealth postgraduate students are offered scholarships by Governments, Rotary International, World Bank, World Health Organisation, Asian Development Bank, United Nations, Rockefeller Foundation and other organizations.

List of Universities and Colleges in Australia


  • Australian International Hotel School (AIHS)
  • Australian School of Tourism & Hotel Management
  • Billy Blue School of Graphic & Design
  • Blue Mountains Hotel Management School
  • Bond University
  • Box Hill Institute TAFE.
  • Canberra Institute of Technology
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Deakin University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Melbourne University - Private
  • Meridian International School
  • MIBT in Association with Deakin University
  • PIBT in association with Edith Cowan University
  • QIBT in association with Griffith University
  • SIBT in Association with Macquarie University
  • Southern Cross University
  • Study Group Australia
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Taylors College
  • The University of Notre Dame
  • University of Newcastle

Q. How will Aryans International help me?

A. Aryans International has been sending students to Australia and other countries since 12 years. Aryans International has trained counselors who have got experience and expertise to assist students. All our offices provides student with FREE counseling and information on various courses and institutions.

Application Assistance Visa Counseling Travel and accommodation arrangement Procuring Residential Facilities with Indians for students going abroad.

Q. Are Credit transfers possible?

A. As the Australian Government recognizes the Indian Universities, credit transfers are possible. However for this the students are required to submit their course syllabus to the institution and it can take minimum 6 months for credit to be granted.

Q. Are Australian degree recognized worldwide? Why is GMAT and GRE not asked for by all Australian Universities?

A. Australian Universities are recognized worldwide. The reason why Australian Universities do not insist upon students going for a GMAT or GRE etc. is because these exams are for American Universities so students have to give these tests to be judged by American Standards. Australia and India recognize each other's degrees.

Q. What are TAFEs and how is the quality of education?

A. TAFE stands for 'TECHNICAL AND FURTHER EDUCATION' and the courses are more vocationally oriented and on completion, the students are ready for a job. Diploma and advance Diplomas like Hospitality, Multimedia, Aviation, Fashion and Automobiles etc. are offered. Alternatively, after completion of Diploma, one can directly articulate into a Bachelors program at a university in Australia.

Q. How do you know which University is the best in Australia?

A. One can not rate universities in Australia as there are numerous universities and all are regulated under the Vice Chancellors Committee, which follow the code of ethics. Students generally follow the market trends like MBAs or BBA, MIT etc., but it would be un fair to judge universities as one can only compare the course structure and faculty.

A. Australia's tertiary education system is quiet flexible and hence caters to the high demand of computer related courses. If one has a Bachelor's Degree with 1st or 2nd class in any discipline then he can do a one year Graduate Diploma in Computer Studies and then proceed to 1-3 year Masters Degree in computing.

Q. Is it Possible for International Student to get a PR?

A. Yes, It is possible for International Student once their course is completed.

Australia Visa

Visa applications have to be made on IM2A forms, which are available, free of cost at the British Embassies. This form has to be filled up by the student and submitted to the embassy, along with the Visa application fee and the required documents as mentioned below.

Immigration Rules for Students

Foundation studies give international students the knowledge and skills for a smooth transition from learning in their home country to undergraduate studies in Australian universities. Foundation Studies are usually one year in duration and students are assessed and examined by their lecturers. Foundation studies are divided into various streams like arts and science studies. The common feature of foundation studies is that a university allocates a provisional place in an undergraduate course for a student who achieves the prescribed grades.

Pre Visa Assessment (PVA):

Your pre-visa application will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

(i) Evidence of Enrolment:

One of the important requirements for a student visa application is that you must be accepted for enrolment, to undertake a course, by a Government registered Australian education institution. This is verified by the advice of acceptance from the Australian institution (commonly known as Letter of Offer), which is issued to a student who has been offered enrolment in a full-time course. You should not pay any part of the course tuition fee prior to the outcome of the PVA.

(ii) Financial Ability:

Sponsor/s will have to provide documentary evidence of having cash assets ( immediately encashable assets like savings and fixed deposits in banks) held for atleast 6 months prior to the pre-visa application date. For school applicants, funds need to be held for 3 months prior to the pre-visa application date.

Who can be a Sponsor?

Sponsor/s can be the applicant, parents, grandparents, or spouse only ( relatives like brother /sister /uncle /aunt /cousin / family friend are not acceptable). School applicants have no restriction on sponsor/s.

How much funds have to be shown?


For Masters and Doctorate Courses

Sponsors must provide evidence of cash assets for the first year tuition fee (as on the letter of offer) and living expenses (assumed at A$ 12000 p.a.) and access to additional funds (from acceptable sources) to meet the cost of the remainder of study and stay in Australia.

Commercial loans from Banks and government loans are acceptable.

In case the applicant holds a partial scholarship from an Australian institution or an institution in India ( eg. Educational Trusts), funds to cover the remaining costs must be provided as prescribed above.

Private corporate sponsorship is acceptable subject to certain conditions. However if the company is a family owned business and if one/both parents are directors/partners, it is treated as a parent sponsor.

Students with Dependants (Spouse/Children)

Costs could be expected to increase by atleast 35% if the student has a spouse, a further 20% (plus A$ 8000 p.a. for school fees if the child is 5 years or older) if the student has one child, a further 15% for each additional child plus school fees. The above amounts apply irrespective of whether they will accompany the applicant. Individual return travel costs need to be taken at Rs. 50,000 approx.

For Vocational Education and Training (VET), TAFE, Higher Education and School courses

Sponsors must provide evidence of cash assets covering tuition fee and living expenses of the entire duration of the proposed and pre-requisite course (including foundation/ELICOS/Bridging program that precedes the main course).

(iii) English Proficiency

All students have to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency, measured by an IELTS overall band score of atleast 6.0, except those enrolling for a Diploma course (VET) in which case 5.5 is acceptable. Please note that TOEFL score is not acceptable and IELTS is compulsory even if the student has studied in English medium institutions throughout his/her academic career.

(iv) Potential to breach visa conditions

This is an assessment of an individual's current circumstances done by the visa officer by reviewing for example, the situation in your home country - your personal and financial commitments that may prompt you to return to your home country.

(v) Other Relevant Matters

These include:

  • Immigration links with Australia
  • Usefulness of course for career development
  • Satisfactory completion of year 12 / relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • Strong links have to be established between past academic/work background and study goals.
  • Guardianship arrangements (if applicant is under 18 at the time of PVA application)

Further Processing

If you are advised that you meet the PVA requirements, you will be asked to undergo further processing. This includes payment of course tuition fee to the Australian educational institution and a medical examination. It is essential that the student and the accompanying dependent(s) meet the Australian Health requirements before a visa may be granted. This involves a medical check and an x-ray for applicants over 16. Applicants will need to present an original valid passport to identify themselves to the Doctor and Radiologist. In some cases medical results will be referred to Australia and as this process takes 3 - 4 weeks, applicants will need to allow additional time. Usually only medicals where the doctor or radiologist has detected an abnormality will be referred to Australia. Applicants need to take into account postage or courier times also.

Total processing time

As a general rule, applicants should allow a four (4) to six (6) week timeframe for processing of applications.

Factors that may delay this processing time include:

  • Medical referral to Australia and the need for any subsequent medical tests;
  • Document verification including educational documents, employment references and bank statements; and
  • Applications which are incomplete and require the visa office to make contact with the applicant or the applicant's agent.

Health Insurance

It is compulsory for all international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for themselves and their dependents, where applicable, for the duration of the visa. The. premium for. OSHC is only to be paid once the PVA requirements have been met. The current premiums for OSHC are AUD274 for a single person and AIJD54S for a whole family.

Re-entry into Australia

All Student Visas have a multiple entry facility for the full period of the visa. Students who plan to travel out of, and return to, Australia at any time during their course are advised to check that their visa is valid for return to Australia.

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