Australia is currently ranked as 3rd most popular student destination in the English speaking-world next only on the United States and the United Kingdom. With roughly 22,000 courses in over 1, 100 academic institutions, Australia ranks 8th in the world in terms of university system rankings. Every year, the Australian Government invests over $200,000,000 on international scholarship programs. Today, the country is home to 34,800 international students from over 140 countries across the globe. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about earning an education in this dynamic country.
What are the standard admission requirements for Australian institutions?
While the requirements are likely to vary from institution to institution, standard requirements include the following:
- IELTS Test results no more that 24 months old
- Overseas counterpart of Australian high school matriculation such as the central board results for 10th and 12th grade in India
- Proof of extra-curricular achievements
- Work Experience certificates or letters of endorsement
- Recommendations from reliable sources
- Postgraduate admissions, needless to say, require a successful completion of an undergraduate level degree.
What are the usual processes/stages of applying for an Australian education?
Much like admission requirements, the usual process of applying for Australian education varies of institution to institution. The most standard application processes are as follows:
- Choosing your desired course and programme
- Identifying your desired or the suitable institution for the selected course and program
- Completing the required tests (ie. IELTS, GRE, GMAT)
- Preparing necessary essays and statements of purpose
- Acquiring the necessary for recommendation and endorsement letters
- Completing the application forms along with the required documents
- Sending the application pack and obtaining an unconditional offer from the institution of interest
- Applying for the visa once the unconditional offer is received
Australia compares favourably to most traditional academic destinations such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The annual cost of acquiring an education is estimated to be anywhere between AUD 7,000 to AUD 36,000. Needless to say, this fee varies depending on the institution and the program that you are enrolled in.
International students are usually issued with a 6-month student visa with 6-months worth of medical coverage. It is also noteworthy how the visa issued to international students automatically includes work rights so long as it doesn’t interfere with their student status. Medical coverage is also significantly lower in Australia as compared in the US. International students acquire medical coverage for 6 months by paying $170 dollars. The same amount would have only covered a single month in the United States.
Are there any available scholarships for international students in Australia?
Most international students have to pay full fees. There are, however, more than a few very competitive scholarships that are made available to high achieving students. Australian institutions regularly announce scholarship programs throughout the year.
The Endeavour Program is also made available to international students. The Endeavour Program is an initiative of the Australian Government that unifies international scholarships so that students from all across the globe are afforded the chance to undertake academic pursuit or research in the country. There are currently 13 awards under the Endeavour Program. Most of which are targeted at post-graduate studies.
Guest post written by Deborah Jones who is an Australian freelance writer that writes about studying abroad and about companies like http://www.iemsgroup.com/