Students who wish to pursue their higher education abroad recognize Australia as a top study destination. It ranks among the top five countries that students prefer for their education. In 2022, Australia hosted a substantial 527,529 international students, with approximately 100,009 originating from India. In 2024, Australia’s international student population will continue to increase by 5%, consistent with the earlier projection for 2023. This upward trend will continue in the coming years.

Australia attracts more international students, as it offers ample job opportunities in fields like Business, Healthcare, Engineering, and Medicine, which provide competitive salaries. Furthermore, Australia’s stringent labor regulations render it an appealing option for Indian students seeking post-graduation employment opportunities.

Education System

Advantages of Studying in Australia
There are many reasons why international students should choose to study in Australia. One major factor is that Australia offers affordable education, with over 100,000 scholarships available to support students. Other reasons include:

  • The skills and qualifications gained in Australia are internationally recognized.
  • Many courses in Australia encourage students to gain work experience while studying.
  • All 38 Australian universities provide internship and job opportunities through their job portals.
  • International students in Australia can work for 48 hours per fortnight, and full-time during holidays.
  • Australia adds over 64,000 jobs every six to seven months, providing ample job opportunities for international students.

    The education system in Australia consists of three main parts: primary, secondary, and tertiary education. Tertiary education includes VET courses, English courses, bachelor’s programs, master’s programs, and doctoral programs. Pathway programs, known as foundation courses, are also part of tertiary education in Australia. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) supervises education in Australia, and it includes all major levels of study in higher education, from Level 1 to Level 10.

Popular Courses

Top Courses to Study in Australia
Australian universities are ranked for courses in various categories which include engineering, business, arts and humanities, medicine, and science. The top-ranking courses in Australia for international students are:

  • Nursing
  • Computer Science
  • Business Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • MBA
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Accountancy
  • Social Work
  • Law
  • Psychology

Student Visa Process

Australia Student Visa
International students seeking admission to Australian universities and securing their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) must proceed with a student visa application. The student visa application process is conducted online. For bachelor’s studies, students need to apply for a Subclass 500 visa, while those pursuing graduate studies must apply for a Subclass 485 visa.

Subclass 500 Visa:
The cost of a subclass 500 visa is AUD 650 (about INR 36,030). With this visa, students can stay up to five years in Australia, depending upon their course enrollment.

Subclass 485 Visa:
The cost of subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa in Australia is AUD 1,895 (INR 102,966.73 approx.). Applicants with this visa may stay for two to four years. In all circumstances, applicants can request a visa extension in Australia if the need arises.

Student Visa Requirements for Australia
To apply for a student visa in Australia, international students should have a couple of documents ready for submission. A student visa application in Australia requires the following documents:

  • Offer Letter
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Health Requirement
  • Character Certificate 

Earning and Spending

Part-Time Work Options for International Students in Australia
International students studying in Australia can work up to 48 hours every two weeks. The typical hourly wage for part-time employment in Australia ranges from AUD 25 to AUD 35. Some of the popular part-time jobs in Australia are:

  • Tuition teachers
  • Retail salespersons
  • Administrative or hospitality staff in hotels or restaurants
  • Clerical jobs

Post-Study Work Permit in Australia
International students who have completed their studies at Australian universities are eligible to apply for the Temporary Graduate 485 (subclass) visa. This visa enables students to reside and work in Australia temporarily, with durations varying from two to four years. To qualify for this PSW visa in Australia, applicants must meet specific eligibility criteria, including:

  • Being under the age of 50.
  • Having applied for and received their initial student visa on or after 5 November 2011.
  • Being present in Australia at the time of application.
  • Have held a student visa in the last six months.
  • Providing evidence of sufficient health insurance coverage for all applicants at the time of application.

The cost of the Temporary Graduate 485 (subclass) visa in Australia is AUD 1,895. Additionally, students have the option to bring their immediate family members with them, requiring a separate application process.

Job Prospects in Australia
After the students have completed their graduation from any top 10 universities in Australia and are seeking employment, will first have to apply for a Temporary Graduate 485 (subclass) visa. This visa enables international or Indian students in Australia to seek employment opportunities or continue their postgraduate education in Australia.

In-demand professions in Australia include:

  • Teachers – early and secondary education
  • Architects and designers
  • Civil engineers or construction experts
  • Miners
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Financial experts
  • Nurses

 Cost of Studying in Australia
The cost of education in Australia can vary greatly depending on the type of program pursued by international students. Typically, the expenses range from AUD 300 per week to AUD 50,000 per year. Here’s an estimated breakdown of the costs for prospective Indian students at different levels of education in Australia:

  • Undergraduate Bachelor Degree: AUD 20,000 – 45,000 (INR 10,81,543 – 24,33,472)
  • Postgraduate Master’s Degree: AUD 22,000 – 50,000 (INR 11,89,728 – 27,03,855)
  • Doctoral Degree: AUD 18,000 – 42,000 (INR 9,73,387 – 22,71,238)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET): AUD 4,000 – 22,000 (INR 2,61,314 – 11,89,728)
  • English Language Courses: AUD 300 per week (INR 16,224).

It is important to note that VET courses are provided by TAFE institutes, distinct from universities in Australia. Additionally, English language courses, known as ELICOS, are available for overseas students. It is crucial not to confuse the cost of education with the cost of living in Australia, as some universities may or may not include living expenses in their education fees.


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