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With more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from, Australia provides a varied range of study options for international students.

Australia offers study opportunities for students at all levels of education, from primary, and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET). It also provides great options for learning English language courses and higher education. No matter what you are studying or how long you are studying a particular course, Australia’s laws always support in providing value education and safety for international students.

According to the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 (Click to open the official website) and the National Code of Practice (Click to open the official website) the Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code) are bound to present the international students with nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training.

If you are an international student in Australia on a student visa, then make sure you study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). This type of registration ensures that the institute and the course that you opt for meet the high standard of expectations of the global students. Want to know about the courses and educational institutes of Australia? Click here 

In addition to ESOS Act and National Code, Australia also has regulatory and quality assurance organisations for higher education and VET institutions. These are government aided bodies that are accountable for registration/re-registration of institutions and accreditation/re-accreditation of courses. These are those regulatory organisations:

  • VET – Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) (Click for official website)
  • Higher education – Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) (Click for official website)

So, now you know that whichever course you want to study, Australia will always be ready to offer you the highest quality education standards and most wonderful study experiences.

AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM

The Education system of Australia mainly offers mainly primary, secondary and tertiary education. Let’s have a detailed look at the Australian education system:

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY (SCHOOL EDUCATION)

Australia has almost similar educations system for schools all across the nation. There are only minor difference between the system proffered by different states and territories. Australia makes School education (primary and secondary) mandatory for students between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). The thirteen years long school education can be divided into these sections:

Primary school: Students spend seven or eight years in this phase of education, where they start from Kindergarten/Preparatory.

Secondary school: After primary education, students would engage in secondary school education for three or four years.

Senior secondary school: This phase runs for two years after the secondary education.

Tertiary education: This includes both higher education (including universities) and vocational education and training (VET).

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.

Australia has English as its official language and it is also the key language of instruction in the education system. Many Australian schools also offer bilingual programs or other-language program.

FRAMEWORK OF AUSTRALIAN QUALIFICATIONS

What makes the Australian education system unique than the other countries is the Australian Qualifications Framework or the AQF (click here for official website). Established in the year 1995, the AQF is a national policy covering 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 comprises of 10 levels and it connects the school, vocational and university education qualifications into a single national system. This further allows easy movement of students from one level of study to the subsequent one, and from one institution to another. All you as students need to ensure is to meet all criteria for student visa requirements. AQF enables students to have preferences and flexibility in career planning. The qualifications covered by AQF assist students in preparing for both further study and for their working life.

If you are studying an AQF qualification, you can be sure that your institution is Government-authorised and nationally accredited, and that your degree or other AQF qualification will be genuine.

When you study for AQF qualification courses, you can be assured that the study institution is Government-authorised and nationally accredited, and that your degree or other AQF qualification will be authentic. Our institutions are connected across the country and across the world, which makes it trouble-free for students to move all the way through the education system  and even shuffle between courses or institutions.

EDUCATION COSTS IN AUSTRALIA

The education cost in Australia is mainly dependent upon the institution and the course you choose to study.

International students should know that tuition fee is payable before the start of the course. Check out our course finder to select a course that suits your requirements. Apart from the tuition fee, you might also be needed to cover the additional costs for course materials and other student facilities available at the institute.

The below list will give you an idea about the range of course costs for different courses:

  • English language studies – Around $300 per week depending on course length
  • School – $7,800 to $30,000
  • Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – $15,000 to $33,000*
  • Postgraduate Masters Degree – $20,000 to $37,000*
  • Doctoral Degree – $14,000 to $37,000*
  • Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) – $4,000 to $22,000

* Please note that it does not include high-end courses like medical Or veterinary. To see costs for these courses, please visit institutions’ official websites.

Note: All costs are per year in Australian dollars.

SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY IN AUSTRALIA

Australia offers several opportunities for students in form of scholarships, grants, and bursaries to help you get financial support during your studies in the country. Australian Government, education institutions, and a number of other public and private organisations together offer such support for the international students. In order to know more about scholarship and other details, please get in touch with us.

The enquiries and applications for scholarships are made possible via the scholarship provider. For international students, here’s some information about the major scholarships programs:

Australia Awards – The Australia Awards is a program aimed at promoting knowledge, education links, and stabilizing the ties between Australia and its neighbors with the aid of Australia’s extensive scholarship programs. The program presents the scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). To know more about ‘Australia Awards’ visit its official website (click here) and for Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships’ official website, click here.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships – The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program aims at developing the quality of Australian research. An IPRS scholarship for graduate students would let them study in Australia in the company of some of the best researchers. To read more about these scholarships at the Department of Education visit their official website (click here).

Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship – The Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowships are available for brilliant female researchers seeking APEC help for research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions. These fellowships are aimed at supporting women’s economic empowerment in the APEC region and to encourage women to contribute in the fields of technology, engineering, mathematics, and science. To read more about the Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship, visit their official website (click here).

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

Please note that these scholarship opportunities are available only for international students. Most of these are available to students of all nationalities, though it is important to know that all conditions are set by the institutions or organisations that offer the scholarship. Applications are also to be done directly with the scholarship provider. Find your eligibility by directly contacting the organisation that is offering a particular scholarship.  

To find out what scholarships you might be eligible for use the search tool found on every page of this website.

  1.         Type in your area of study or an institution in the Search bar
  2.         In the Search results page, click on the Scholarships tab

3.         From the list of available scholarships, apply the filter to match your preferences

UNIVERSITIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION

In order to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia, you can opt for Higher education courses. Higher education can mainly lead you to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees.

Students studying in Australia are commonly known to enroll in a double or combined Bachelor Degree program, which could earn them two Bachelor Degrees. Ths trends is commonly seen in fields of commerce, law, arts, and science.

Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses – from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance.

The extensive range of courses offered by Australian institutions includes management, science, humanities, law, engineering, commerce, and health sciences. Study institutions in Australia are known to rank best in the world in disciplines like engineering and technology, environmental science, medicine, and finance & accounting.

Australia has around 43 universities (2 of these are international universities, 1 is private specialty university, and remaining 40 are native Australian universities). Along with the Australian universities, several other institutions also offer higher education courses. Browse Course section on the website to see the course list.

OUR QUALITY ASSURANCE

Australia has the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA – Click to open official website) as its national regulatory and quality agency for higher education. Established by the Australian Government, TEQSA monitors quality and regulate university and non-university higher education providers against a set of standards developed by the independent Higher Education Standards Panel.

In addition to this, Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) offers law to protect some students rights like:

    • The well-being of all international students.
    • The provision of up-to-date and accurate information.
    • The quality of students’ education experience.
QUALITY INDICATORS FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING

The website for Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) enables the students to evaluate higher education institutions and study areas, based on the results of thousands of surveys done by domestic and international present and former students. This will help students to evaluate institutes based on the satisfaction rates of current students and recent graduates, as well as the percentage of graduates moving into full-time employment and their median salary.

You can visit the website QILT’s official website at: www.qilt.edu.au

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will help you move straight into the workforce, or to take an initial step in your tertiary education.

VET qualifications are offered by both set of government institutions, called Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions and the private institutions. VET sector in Australia is based on the partnership between governments and industry. The federal and state governments of Australia offer funding, develop policies, and contribute to regulation and quality assurance of the sector. Industry and employer groups offer active participation in training policies and priorities, and in developing qualifications that deliver skills to the workforce.

LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS…

Learning from someone who shares the same passions as you do, is always enthralling. And there is nothing better than the opportunity of learning from someone who has already been there and done it at the highest level. The industry-aware VET teaching staff in Australia holds real experience in their fields of expertise and maintains the currency of their own expertise along with having the courage and passion to modify their courses to match the changing industry focus and requirements. Learning from such experts would mean that you get to learn not only the theory, but also the reality of the subjects you’re studying.

…AND LEARN ON THE JOB…

A lot of VET courses include a period of on-site learning, which allows you to not only study in the classroom, but also to get the very useful industry experience in a actual work environment. This type of industry experience would ensure you get fully prepared for employment in your chosen industry.

OUR QUALITY ASSURANCE

The quality of your education is assured in Australia. The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000, protects the welfare of all international students, the quality of their educational experience, and the provision of up-to-date and accurate information. Along with this, the ASQA (or Australian Skills Quality Authority) ensures the quality of Australian education to more than 1.2 million students – including some 230,000 international students involved in vocational education and training.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS

VET or Vocational education and training institutions is dedicated in offering hands-on experience and real-world skills to the students seeking vocational education in Australia. The courses offered by VET institutes cover a wide range of industries like retail, tourism, administration, hospitality, construction, utilities, transport, mining, community services and health, manufacturing, and technology.

Many of the outcome-based VET qualifications are focused on the occupational skills and competencies acquired. The prior learning or current competence in the industry is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This makes it easier for credit transfer and allows students to have flexible learning pathways. The qualifications are offered on four levels of certificates (Certificate I, II, III and IV), as well as Diploma courses and Advanced Diploma courses.

Students can broaden their skills in specialised areas with the VET courses. This will make you gain the practical experience you’ll require for the workplace. It will also coach you to design, plan, and execute the practical and technical aspects of your field in an industry context.

Listed below are the qualifications and possible career outcomes of Australian VET courses:

 

CERTIFICATE I

Duration – 4 to 6 months
Career outcome – Competent operator

 

CERTIFICATE II

Duration – About 1 year

Career outcome – Advanced operator

 

CERTIFICATE III

Duration – About 1 year

Career outcome – Qualified tradesperson or technician

 

CERTIFICATE IV

Duration – 12 to 18 months

Career outcome – Supervisor

 

DIPLOMA

Duration – 18 to 24 months

Career outcome – Para-professional

 

ADVANCED DIPLOMA

Duration – 24 to 36 months

Career outcome – Junior manager

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