In Australia there are at least 43 institutions of higher education. Out of those, 5 are private. Considering Australia’s physical geography, the New South Wales (NSW) part of the country contains the most universities per m2. With 6 universities recognized worldwide for their international profile and almost 500,000 foreign students currently enrolled (44% of all students), Australia is now one of the top choices for non-native people who wish to pursue a degree. Moreover, Australian universities are extremely well-ranked globally: more than half of them are recognized for high rates of employability (the University of Sydney is fourth) while 37 can be found in the World University Rankings for 2020, scoring the highest for academic reputation, international faculty and international students. Further information is available on the Ministry of Education’s website at https://www.education.gov.au/.
All cycles of tertiary education can be pursued in Australia. Firstly, a Bachelor’s degree has a duration of three to five years, depending on the subject. If by the end of the degree, a student has achieved great grades and accomplishments, they might be allowed to study a further year in order to graduate with an Honor. Secondly, Master’s can be split into two: coursework and research. The former lasts for one to two years, depending if you have an Honor’s degree or not, and includes traditional coursework. The latter lasts for two years and focuses on the independent research of the student. Lastly, doctoral studies last for three to four years and, after completion, they represent the highest the highest accreditation offered by the Australian government. According to their credit system, one semester is 48 credit points.
Applications are made separately to each university. However, there is also the possibility of applying through an education agent and details can be found on the specific university’s webpage. General entry requirements include proof of language capabilities in English, an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or equivalents and, for postgraduate studies, proof of previous studies in the higher education system. Other forms of assessment might be required such as entrance exams or interviews. The academic year begins with its first semester in February and the second in July. Applications can be sent anywhere between 18 and 3 months before the course is set to start. Some courses such as Medicine, Fine or Performance Arts have their application period earlier than usual.
With the exemption of Medical related courses, tuition fees in Australia range between $20,000 to $45,000 for an undergraduate degree, $22,000 to $50,000 for a Master’s and $18,000 to $42,000 for a PhD. Nevertheless, scholarships are available to both native and non-native students. For reference, a list can be accessed here. Students coming from the US can benefit from US financial aid to cover their tuition fees.
Information for International Students
Before deciding to come to Australia, international students should verify that they meet the financial requirements set by the Department of Home Affairs here. As a student, living costs for a period of 12 months are estimated at $21,041. For comparison, prices tend to be higher than in the UK. Particularly, accommodation costs are between $110 to $280 per week while renting a shared place ranges between $95 to $215 per week. All numbers provided are in Australian dollars.
Australia is a really special place to study in. Students benefit from courses in highly accredited institutions and from international opportunities more than in the rest of the world. For those who have been thinking of pursuing a degree in a diverse and reputable education system, this country is the right choice