Australia is the next 'hot'destination after the USA, in terms of numbers, quality and living conditions. Every year, several students from Nepal and throughout the world go to Australia, for world-class education, which is recognized globally and that has top-class and highly ranked universities. Australian universities and training institutions offer a wide range of courses to met most aspirations and requirements. The curriculum and infrastructure are the latest while the faculty is up-to-date and progressive in outlook and result-oriented.
The excellence in Education, the multicultural background of students, value for money, English speaking country and on top of that, Governmental and institution support for international students are some other aspects that has made Australiaa very attractive destination for students from all over the world.
Main intake every year commences in February/March whereas most of the universities also have an intake in July.
There are two semesters per year, from February to June and July to November.
November – February is the major vacation period.
All the programs in all fields of specialization are available for study in Australian institutions at all levels.
Cost of education in Australia is quite competitive when compared to other countries like UK and USA. Also, because of the 'foreign exchange value', Nepali students find Australian education comparatively cheaper and more affordable!
"Have you ever imagined how it feels to be a part of the world leading nation? If Yes, AUSTRALIA has it all."
Australia is a dynamic, vibrant country with energetic, friendly people. Multicultural Australia is English-speaking and a safe and friendly society in which students can learn and travel freely. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a standard of living that is among the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably less expensive than other English speaking countries. The other advantages for this country in the Asia Pacific Rim include paid internships while studying. Not only this, Australia now has around 457,243 international students from over 140 countries in disciplines at every level of education, including short-term English language courses, Bachelor and Masters Degrees right through to Doctoral Degrees.
The Australian approach to vocational and technical education is recognised as among the best and most innovative in the world. It enjoys an international reputation for excellence in all areas of education and training. Australian universities are widely recognised for excellence in many disciplines.Institutions deliver practical and career-orientated training so graduates can be confident they have the skills demanded by employers. It has played an important role in Australia's economic performance, by greatly increasing the skill of workers and contributing to improved productivity.
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries and enters the new millennium with one of the highest rates of internet access in the world. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology.
Australian qualifications are recognised by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.
Australia's national quality assurance system is unique both in its structure and its rigour. International students, and even their parents, enjoy an unparalleled level of service and financial protection. The country is committed to providing quality education to students -- be it national or international.The Australian Quality Training Framework has been set up by the government to strengthen the quality assurance processes in education. Australia provides the world's most rigourous protection for international students.
Australia is a safe, multicultural, friendly and harmonious society. Australians value the wealth of cultural diversity and social sophistication that international students bring to the campuses and communities.Great care is taken in looking after international students and helping them to adjust to the Australian way of life. Australia has a low crime rate and strict gun control laws providing a safe environment. One's study plans are also not likely to be upset by political turmoil. People from about 200 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
Cost of living
In Australia, a student gets value for money in terms of cost of living. The conversion factor is cheaper compared to the UK or US.
Australia ofeers employment to international students. Students have started to hit upon Australia which offers more job facilities in multiple disciplines. Australia offer work permits to international students like none other.
Possibility of more scholarships
Australia being comparatively new in terms of attracting foreign students offers more scholarship opportunities. Additionally, Australia is a less populated yet vast country which can fit in employment opportunities at a rate faster than any other part of the world.
More research opportunities
Australia offers research opportunities to eligible professionals willing to enhance their career. The biggest advantage is Australia offers country-based research that is spread all over the continent. Selection for these highly regarded research opportunities are based on merit and is highly competitive, and a proven track record of academic excellence is a pre-requisite.
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 in Australia
Australian Universities offers Bachelor degrees, Master's degrees, Doctorate, Postgraduate certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas that are recognized throughout the world. Universities are established under legislation and set their own academic requirements within strict legislative guidelines.
As part of its commitment to the high quality of Australia's higher education, the Australian Government has established the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). This agency is tasked with ensuring high quality of teaching and learning, research and management standards in Australian universities through a panel of expert senior academics and administrators. Higher education research: There is a strong culture and tradition of leading research in Australian universities that has been internationally recognized.
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 qualifications offered at different levels
Cost Of Education
Tuition fees at Australian universities are generally calculated per unit, not per year. Each unit falls into a fee band, and as most students will be studying a combination of units from different bands, fees will be different for everybody. According to Study in Australia, the official government site for international students, typical annual tuition fees for international students are:
Bachelor’s degree – AU$15,000 to AU$33,000
Master’s degree – AU$20,000 to $37,000
Doctoral degree – AU$14,000 to $37,000
These figures do not include high-value courses such as veterinary or medical degrees, which can cost significantly more.
Required Tests to Study in Australia
For admission into any level of programs, IELTS is required for admission and for visa purpose as well.
For Master's level programs in Sciences, Engineering and Education this is the only requirement. Unlike the US, a score in GRE is not required. At the same time, some universities prefer applicants with a GRE score.
However, for admission into MBA programs, decent GMAT score, in addition to IELTS and relevant work experience of at least 2-3 years is required along with good academic background.
For international students planning to study in Australia, the application process involves a number of steps. These steps are fairly standard whether you are planning to study Bachelor’s or at Masters level.
We will guide you about how to apply for your visa. To grant a visa you will need to show the following:
Letter of Confirmation of Enrolment from the school, college or university
Letter of Offer
Receipt showing you have paid your tuition fees
Medical report showing your good health
Proof of having paid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for Australia
You should be aware of the conditions of your visa!
You must leave Australia when your visa has expired
You must satisfy course requirements and continue your enrolment
While studying you can work up to 20 hours a week and full-time during vacation time
Health insurance must be paid for the full stay in Australia
After securing admission into the University one must start with the visa formalities.
Steps to apply for VISA
Once you have read through the information on the website, you must consider:
What kind of course you would like to study
What level qualification you would like to study
In which Australian city or town you would like to live and study
Then contact us with your educational needs and goals.
We will provide you free counselling and will advise you of your choices and opportunities in Australia.
When you have decided on a particular university, college or school, we will help you make an application. We will advise you of the academic and English language requirements as well as other documentation you need to provide with your application. Generally, you will need to provide details of your previous study, including copies of qualifications you already have. You will also need to have proof of your level of English (eg IELTS or TOEFL ) as well as the name of the person responsible for paying your tuition fees.
When you are accepted into a course, we will advise you and send you a Letter of Offer from your school, college or university.
You must read the Letter of Offer and understand any conditions such as upgrading your English language skills. You will be asked to pay the first semester tuition fees as well as the compulsory medical insurance fee (the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)) to pay for any medical or hospital treatment which you may need during your stay in Australia. All fees are payable directly to the school, college or university.
When the college or university receives your fees, they will send you a Letter of Confirmation of Enrolment. You need the Letter of Offer, Confirmation of Enrolment and receipt for your first semester’s (or first year's) tuition fees to apply for your student visa for Australia.
We will advice you about how to proceed for a visa application. You will be asked to have a medical examination in order to get your student visa, and your doctor will fill out information on special forms.
After all this, you will be informed if your visa application is successful. The length of your student visa will be the same length as your course in Australia.
Raffles can assist you arrange homestay accommodation and airport pickup and we will tell you when you should arrive in Australia to start your studies.
Scholarships in Australia
We keep a track of various scholarship offered by the universities and institutes and seek to benefit the deserving students to the fullest extent. There are a variety of scholarships that are available. We provide scholarship assistance, whether it is government scholarships or trust scholarships from India and abroad. We help students apply for these scholarships. While most scholarships are merit based, we also identify the ones based on other parameters for a student and help them apply for the same. We always advise students to prepare early, if they want a scholarship. Students can also get a full scholarship for their efforts. We always strive hard to make sure you get the maximum scholarship. These are the major types of scholarships that students can receive.
Merit Scholarships: Scholarships typically revolve around this type of award. People who excel academically are awarded a scholarship on the basis of their overall academic achievement.
Need-Based Scholarships: These types of scholarships are designed to fund the less-fortunate students in their academic pursuits. Athletic Scholarships: Scholarships are popularly given to star athletes by some universities to recruit them for the athletic teams. Many athletes complete their education free of charge. School-Based Individual Scholarships: Every school offers specific scholarships relevant to specifics from the university: donors, individual name scholarships, personal scholarships, and so on.
Full/Partial Scholarship: Most often students are given partial scholarships which normally covera part of their living, stationaries, or part of the tuition fees. Whereas full scholarship covers their entire living, books, and tuition costs.
There are various options available for international students, for accomodation.A few of them are enlisted here:
Many private schools offer boarding options. Students are fully catered for whilst they board with their meals, cleaning and laundry being part of the services offered. Boarding house residents also have access to the school facilities to assist with study and social activities. Tuition fees must be added to the boarding fee range shown.
Cost: AU$8,000-A$11,000 per year
Homestay or Farmstay
Homestay and farmstay are where the student lives with an Australian family in their house. Generally some or all meals are included. It can be an easy entry to Australia for young students and is a popular option for those attending high school or ELICOS courses. Homestay is accommodation within a city whereas farmstay is housing in a rural area. Your housing office will have a list of suitable potential families.
Cost: A$110-A$270 per week
University Residential Colleges
University residential colleges provide accommodation along with all meals, cleaning and a wide range of support services for both social and study needs. They are generally more expensive than Halls of Residence because of the wide range of facilities offered.
Cost: A$190-A$280 per week
University Halls of Residence
University halls of residence offer accommodation also but with a lesser range of services attached. Some meals and cleaning will generally be included but there may also be self-catering facilities. This form of accommodation is very popular, especially with first year students and will have to be booked well in advance of your arrival in Australia.
Some universities also have a range of apartments, either close to or on campus. These can be rented and provide the security of university based and run accommodation with the increased autonomy of share living. Apartments are generally popular with students in the later years of their degrees. University accommodation prices and options vary between different institutions and all students should contact the international office of their prospective university for full details. Due to the popularity of these choices it is important to apply early.
Share accommodation is advertised on student notice boards, in housing offices and in the ‘Share accommodation’ section of newspapers. Advertisements will appear for one or more people to share a house or a flat where a lease has already been taken out. Many students prefer to move into share accommodation after a year or two of on-campus residence. Students are generally expected to provide some (or all) of their own furniture.
Cost: A$50-A$160 per week
Rental accommodation is the same as share boarding except that it involves finding a residence to rent, rather than moving into one that has already been leased. Once again, students are generally expected to supply their own furnishings. Rental agreements require payment of rent in advance and a security bond to be paid at the start, which is usually equivalent to one month’s rent. Your housing office will be able to assist with finding rental accommodation and your rights as a tenent.
Cost: A$70-A$350 per person per week
Evidence of your identity.
Attach a copy of your passport.
Also include a certified copy of your birth certificate, national identity card.
Evidence of intended study
Evidence of your intended study must be provided to make a valid application.
A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for all intended courses.
A CoE or letter of offer for all intended courses if applying in Australia (a CoE must be provided before the visa can be granted).
Australia is one of the most popular countries to live and work in booming economy for specialized skilled people. Students will have post study work (PSW) visa for 2 years after their study in Australia; they can plan the permanent residency during the period according to skill set.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
What is so good about Australian education and training compared to other countries?
Do I need a visa to study in Australia?
How do I apply to study in Australia and enrol in a course?
How can I obtain Student Visa?
What are Student visa sub-classes?
What are Assessment levels for student visas?
What happens after submitting your application? Preliminary Assessment
What is Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)?
How much does it cost to study in Australia?
Are scholarships available?
Can I work in Australia while I study?
What are the entry requirements to study at Australian institutions?
What if I don't meet the entry requirements?
How do I find out which institution offers courses I am interested in?
How are Australian institutions ranked?
Can I study for an Australian qualification by distance or on-line?
What is vocational and technical education?
What is the weather like in Australia?
What is the minimum education qualifications required?
Am I eligible to apply to become a permanent resident in Australia?