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  • The Complete Guide to Study Abroad in Australia

    The Complete Guide to Study Abroad in Australia
    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Australia is booming as a hot destination for higher education once again, especially for Indian students. Therefore, this post addresses the basic queries that every students want answered while planning to study abroad such as top universities in Australia, the cost of studying in Australia, Australian student Visa application, scholarship opportunities and more.

    Australia has become a popular global education destination with almost half a million international students from nearly 200 countries studying in Australia! Contributing to that numbers are China with 27.3%, followed by India with 10.8% in 2015. If you are one of the aspiring students looking for answers on the 'how, what, where’ to study abroad in Australia, you are just at the right place. Today we will be addressing the same query you are seeking.

    Top 10 Universities in Australia

    The Top 10 Australian universities that made their way into the top 200 QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017 are:

    1. The University of Melbourne (rank 42)
    2. The University of Sydney (rank 46)
    3. The University of New South Wales (rank 49)
    4. The University of Queensland (rank 51)
    5. Monash University (rank 65)
    6. University of Auckland (rank 81)
    7. The University of Western Australia (rank 102)
    8. The University of Adelaide (rank 125)
    9. University of Otago (rank 169)
    10. University of Technology Sydney (rank 193)

    Students Visa Requirements Australia

    Australia’s latest simplified student visa framework (SSVF) on 1st July, 2016 declares that all visa applications by international students and education agents will be processed online by creating an ImmiAccount. Also, there will only be one student visa available to study in Australia – the Student visa (subclass 500), irrespective of the field of study.

    The 4 important  factors that will be considered to check if you are a genuine student:

    - English language proficiency: Applicants must take the eligibility test such as IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE). The needed scores will depend on the course chosen by the applicant.

    - Sufficient finances: Applicants have to show that they are financially capable. In simple terms:

    - Show evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia

    - Enough funds to cover 12 months’ living and course fees (i.e. student/guardian AUD 19,830; partner/spouse AUD 6,940; child AUD 2,970)

    - Proof of meeting the annual income requirement

    - A letter of support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.

    - Health requirements: International students are obliged to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which will cost an average of AUS$437 (US$300) for 12 months for a single student.

    - Character check: As per the character requirements stipulated by DIBP. all applicants would undergo a criminal record check and may also need to acquire a penal clearance certificate (or police certificate) or get a police statement. They may also be asked to complete a Character Statutory Declaration Form.

    The necessary documents you need to complete your Australian student visa application are:

    - Completed Australian student visa application form (157A)

    - Paid visa application fee

    - Copy of passport biodata page

    - Certificate of Enrolment or Letter of Offer

    - Evidence of sufficient funds

    - Evidence of health insurance cover

    - English proficiency test results

    - Criminal record check results

    - 4 recent passport-sized photographs

    How to get scholarship to study in Australia

    Apart from the scholarship opportunity provided by respective universities and schools, let’s take a look at some of the major scholarships programs for international students provided by the Australian Government.

    1. Australia Awards: These scholarships are offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). It is available for students from selected countries from Asia-Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East for bachelors, masters, and PhD.
    2. International Postgraduate Research Scholarships:This is open to international students of all countries (except New Zealand). It is available for a period of 2 years for a research masters degree or 3 years for PhD. covering tuition fees and health cover costs.
    3. Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship: This particular scholarship aims to provide financial support for high-achieving female researchers from developing APEC economies. Each year up to 10 fellowships will be awarded to facilitate a research project of between 1 and 4 months.

    What is the Cost of Studying in Australia?

    Tuition fee and course cost:

    According to the Official government site for International students in Australia, the course cost are:

    - Bachelor’s degree – AU$15,000 (US$11,750) to AU$33,000 (US$25,800);

    - Master’s degree – AU$20,000 (US$15,650) to $37,000 (US$28,900);

    - Doctoral degree – AU$14,000 (US$10,950) to $37,000 (US$28,900).

    Some institutions also charges Students Service and Amenities fees.

    Living Cost:

    Aside the needed funds that must reflect in your account to be eligible for studying in Australia, the HSBC also made an estimate of AU$18,012 (US$14,100) per year. If you take into account the accommodation cost, food, gas electricity, and the basic amenities, it comes up to a minimum of around AU$300 (US$230) per week.


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