Study in Australia

Detailed Guide About Studying and Living in Australia

Existence : 400 yrs

Area : 7,692,030 square kilometres

Population : 20,272,417

Main States : Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane / Gold Coast

Industries : Dairy / Education

Climate

Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics and the rest is in the temperate zone. The highlands and tablelands of Tasmania and the south eastern corner of the mainland are the coldest areas. Summer is from December to February; autumn from March to May; winter from June to August; and spring from September to November.

Multiculturalism

The British influence originating in Australia’s colonial origins has evolved over two centuries into a dynamic multiculturalism with invaluable contributions from migrants from all parts of the world.

Almost a quarter of today’s 18 million Australians were born in another country. There are nearly one million Asian-born Australians. About 2 per cent are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. More than 100 different ethnic groups are represented in Australia, making Australia one of the most ethnically diversified countries in the world.

Language

Although English is the official language; a host of other languages are spoken in Australia.

Religion

Australia is predominantly a Christian country; however, all religions are represented in the community. Devotees will find churches, mosques, temples and synagogues located in most major cities.

Culture

Australia is rich in the arts. There are eight professional orchestras and a national opera company. Within Australia there are more than 1000 museums preserving and displaying Australia’s diverse cultural heritage.

Australian films are winning international acclaim and many Australian film directors, actors and technicians have been acclaimed in Hollywood at the highest level.

Australian authors have received international recognition particularly with the Booker Prize, won twice by Australians and with Patrick White winning the Nobel Prize for literature. Novelists, dramatists and poets are internationally accepted by their peers as having made a substantial contribution to world literature.

Australians traditionally have provided strong support for theatre, from regional amateur troupes to polished professional companies.

In music, Australia has developed a fertile environment that supports a great range of musical tastes ranging from the most avant-garde experimental to folk, from the youthful sounds of chart-busting pop to the unique music of the Aboriginal people.

Painting in Australia has a history that can not only be traced back over forty thousand years of Aboriginal culture but also is represented in the major museums and galleries of modern and avant-garde art, worldwide.

Sports and Recreation

Australians are very keen on sport and outdoor activities. Australia has more than 120 national sporting organizations and thousands of state, regional and club bodies. It is estimated that 6.5 million people, about a third of the population, are registered sports participants. While there are over 120 sporting organizations, Australians also take part in bushwalking, fishing, boating and water sports.

Australia has a world wide reputation for sports and outdoor activities. This is endorsed by the Olympic Committee’s selection of Sydney to host the Olympic Games in the year 2000.

Transport

Australia has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, tramways, ferries, two major national airlines and a number of regional airlines. Metropolitan areas are divided into zones and your ticket type and cost depends on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. Tickets can be bought at train stations, on buses and trams and at newsagencies.

Tourist students may drive in Australia on a valid overseas drivers licence but if the document is not in the English language the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An international driving licence is not sufficient by itself.

Metered taxicabs operate in all major cities and towns. You will find taxi ranks at transport terminals, main hotels or shopping centres or you can hail taxis in the street. A light and sign on the roof indicates if a cab is vacant. There is a minimum charge on hiring and then a charge per kilometre travelled. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.

University

The university level of education is the highest level of education in Australia. A student can study either at the undergraduate level or the postgraduate level in a university. There are 41 universities in total – 38 public, government funded and three private universities.

Vocational

Vocational courses are offered by government funded TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutes and also the private colleges. These institutions are closely linked with the industry so the courses are practical and skilled based.

School

It is compulsory for children aged between 6 and 15, with matriculation exams for university generally at 18 years old. Australian schools are public and private.

English Language Institutes

These courses are undertaken for study, travel, immigration or business purposes. There are about 100 private English language centres in Australia. Universities and TAFE institutes also offer English language courses.

Intakes

The main intake for all Australian Institutions is February. Every university opens admissions for all courses that they offer, for the February intake. There is also a Mid-year intake offered by some Australian Universities during July . It is important to keep in mind that, a university offering an intake in February might not necessarily offer all the courses that they have on list, during the mid year intake. Whether or not a University will offer a July intake can be found out on the university website , university brochures or from our career counselors.

Some universities also follow November – summer intake. It is available only for limited number of universities and limited courses.

Generally universities follow semester system and for some programs, they have trimester system.

Application Fees

Each university will have different application fees which could be waived during different events organized by our company. Events like Australia week and road show (on the spot) where students get an opportunity to meet university representatives personally.

Application Procedure

Each University specifies its application procedure / requirements. Generally one can apply for admissions in 2 ways:

1) By Corresponding with the University, i.e. sending an application with all relevant documents through post or filling up an online application form, and also through

2) Road show / On The Spot Interviews conducted by several visiting

Universities

In this case, one is required to attend an interview conducted by university staff/ faculty, who will offer the student an on the spot decision, about whether or not he is eligible for admission.

Yuranus Education & Immigration can help you apply to Universities in both the ways, where by all application, admission and correspondence services will be provided by us.

The following checklist will be helpful while applying to a university in the Australia :

  • Application Form
  • Resume / Bio-data
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Graduation Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate (if applying for PG)
  • T.T., S.Y., F.Y. Mark sheets
  • Std 12 mark sheet
  • Std 10 mark sheet
  • 2 Recommendation letters (out of which at least 1 should be academic, with the other being from the work place, if student is working)
  • Work experience letters (if applicable)
  • IELTS / TOEFL scorecard (as proof of English proficiency
  • Any other relevant certificates
  • Portfolio of work must also be included, incase of application for courses in art / design etc.

Is the Australian Education recognized worldwide compared to other countries?

Australia offer world-class education for international students. These specialize in offering education with high quality teaching standards and research excellence.

Is a visa required to study in Australia?

Yes you require a student visa to study in Australia.

What are the study costs?

Australia is less expensive compared to other countries like UK or USA. The tuition fees depend on the course you choose and the institution or university you choose. Living expenses also depend on the location and the kind of lifestyle you have.

What are the entry requirements of the Australian institutions?

Students have to meet the academic as well as the English language requirements of the specific institutions that they choose. The institutions have a selection criteria set for different kinds of courses at different levels. Your qualification completed in the home country is taken into consideration.

What if a student does not meet the entry requirements?

There are bridging programs offered at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level a student can take up if a student does not qualify for a direct entry into the courses? Even English language courses are offered incase you do not meet the minimum requirements of the institutions.

Is a student allowed to work while studying?

According to the rules international students can work 20 hrs per week during the semesters while they are studying and full time during the vacations.

Are scholarships available for international students?

Yes scholarships are awarded to international students but most of the times they are offered to students going for research programs. International students in Australia are mainly full-fee paying students.

What do I do in my spare time?

Universities and institutions offer a range of extra curricula activities both on campus and off campus. These include sports, music, drama ad various such other activities. During breaks students can travel and have an experience of Australia’s natural environment and natural physical beauty.

How is the weather in Australia?

Australia is diverse in its geography and climate. Being in the southern hemisphere Australia’s summer starts in December and winter in June. Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics where the average temperature are in the mid 20 degree Celsius. The southern area are in the temperate zone.

Does Australia have any special support services for international students?

Yes Australia is an international leader in safeguards and support services for international students.

Are Australian qualifications recognized in my home country?

Yes they are recognized worldwide while seeking any employment opportunities or any kind of further study.

Are students from other countries enrolled?

Australia is the third most popular study destination in the English speaking world. More than 230,000 international students from about 195 countries study in Australia each year.

Is there any kind of ranking system for Australian institutions?

There is no best university in Australia as different universities excel in different areas. There is no official ranking system as such in Australia. However they can be compared in terms of certain criteria such as use of technology or student support services. All the Australian institutions and the courses offered by them require them to be registered and meet the quality assurance measures. Students should focus on the course they want to study and find out the appropriate institutions that can satisfy their needs according to their requirements.

Do Australian institutions have campuses in my own country?

Yes Australian institutions do offer offshore programs which allows a student to obtain a qualification in their home country.

Do Australian universities undertake research?

There are 35 special Research Centres and Key Centre of Teaching and Research based at Australian universities and another 74 Cooperative Research Centers. Australian universities have a very important role in research and development, accounting for about one-quarter of Australia’s research and development activity and 60 percent  of Australia’s basic research effort.

What is vocational and technical education?

Australia’s Vocational and Technical Education delivers training that is both practical and career-oriented and includes courses in computing, business studies, marketing, tourism and hospitality.

What if a student has personal problems or feels homesick?

Institutions have counselors who are trained to help students with personal problems, particularly problems associated with being and international student, such as homesickness, culture shock and stress. Counsellors can give free, confidential advice and introduce you to support groups that can help you in the longer term.

What kind of medical care do I get in Australia?

Most of the universities provide medical facilities on campus. There are medical centers and hospitals throughout all cities and towns. Australia has a high standard of medical care with a government system that offers medical services to all people. The students Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) will help students pay for the medical care. OSHC is compulsory for all international students coming to Australia.

Are there places of worship for my religion?

Many institutions have prayer rooms where students can worship their own religion.

How safe is Australia?

Multicultural Australia is safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country. Australia offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living. It has got a low crime rate, political stability and a peaceful society.

What about transportation in Australia?

Most students rely on public transport or bicycles to get around.

Is accommodation available to students?

Students have of option of living on campus or off campus. Most of the international students in Australia live in rented accommodation.

Are there places of worship for my religion?

Many institutions have prayer rooms where students can worship their own religion.

How do Australian institutions maintain quality?

The Australian Government ensures the quality of Australian institutions and courses in several ways.

  • Institutions must meet academic, financial, managerial and ethical standards to be accredited.
  • Courses offered to international students must be approved and listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • Qualifications offered to students must fit the Australian Qualifications Framework, which gives guidelines on the level of knowledge and skills a student must gain under each qualification. Guidelines are updated regularly to ensure qualifications are relevant to the national and international marketplace.

National agencies monitor teaching, learning, administration and research in institutions. Universities are audited every five years by the Australian University Quality Agency. Vocational education and training institutions are audited by the Australian National Training Authority.