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Frequently asked questions about studying in Australia

Thinking about studying in Australia? There are probably a number of questions that you have about the Australian education system, the top Australian universities, the courses that you can study in Australia, how to apply to study in an Australian university, tuition fees, living expenses and other costs, visas, the option to work while you study in Australia, the possibility of working in Australia after you finish studying in Australia etc. In this section, we will provide a brief overview of some of these areas:


Work and study in Australia

One of the most common questions that we get asked is whether international students are allowed to work while they study in Australia and whether they will have the option to work in Australia once they complete their course at an Australian university. Yes, international students are allowed to work while they study in Australia and they can also work in Australia once they complete their course provided they meet certain requirements (specified below).

As per the current Australian regulations, international students on a student visa can work up to 20 hours a week while they study in Australia and international students can also work full time during their summer break which usually extends for about 3 months a year.

Further, international students who study a 2 year Master by coursework degree or a Bachelors degree in Australia are eligible for a 2 year post study work permit. In order to be eligible for the post study work permit, students need to be on a valid student visa while they complete their 2 years of study in Australia.


Tuition fees, living expenses and other costs while studying in Australia

The tuition fees for studying in Australia vary depending on the institution and the course that is selected. Tuition fees for international students can vary from approximately AUD* 20,000 per year of study to AUD 33,000 per year of study for a postgraduate Masters degree and usually the length of Masters by coursework programs vary from 1 – 2 years.

* AUD = Australian Dollar.

In addition to paying their tuition fees, international students who are studying in Australia are required to have health insurance for the duration of their course which works out to approximately AUD 500 per year for a single person.

The above figures do not include day to day living expenses and international students need to budget for those costs and expenses as well. Given below is a brief estimate of some of the living expenses and other costs that need to be considered while studying in Australia.

Cost of accommodation

Shared rental : AUD 70 – AUD 250 per week

Rental : AUD 100 – AUD 400 per week

On campus accommodation : AUD 80 – AUD 250 per week

Homestay – AUD 110 – AUD 270 per week

Other expenses while living and studying in Australia

Groceries and eating out : AUD 80 – AUD 200 per week

Gas and electricity : AUD 60 – AUD 100 per week

Phone and internet : AUD 20 – AUD 50 per week

Public transport : AUD 10 – AUD 50 per week


Quality of universities in Australia

Prospective students, as well as, parents of students who are contemplating studying in Australia often have queries about the quality of education in Australia or a particular Australian university or college. This section highlights the mechanisms that have been put in place by the Australian Government to ensure that the universities, colleges and other institutions provide high quality education to international students who decide to study in Australia.

Firstly, the Government of Australia had appointed an independent statutory body called the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which regulates and monitors the quality of higher education providers in Australia. Institutions need to demonstrate to TEQSA that they meet the minimum national standards of quality (called the Threshold Standards) before they can operate as higher education providers in Australia. Further, all institutions that provide training and education to international students who are studying in Australia on a student visa are required to comply with the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS 2000). The Act protects the interests of international students studying in Australia by setting standards and clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of institutions that provide training and education to international students. Based on the ESOS Act, CRICOS or the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students has been maintained and all institutions that intend to provide training services or education to overseas students need to first be registered on CRICOS. An education provider is registered on CRICOS only after it has been assessed and approved by TEQSA.


Degrees and courses that students can study in Australia

There are a number of options for international students who are looking to study in Australia – Australian universities and colleges provide a variety of qualifications ranging from undergraduate degrees, such as, bachelor degrees, associate degrees and advanced diplomas to postgraduate degrees, such as, graduate diplomas, masters degrees and doctoral degrees. These degrees cover all areas of study and there are too many to list here but you can fill out this form and we will email you a list of courses that you can study in Australia based on your educational background and preferences along with the universities that offer the courses.

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