Australia attracts some 200,000 international students each year throughout its tertiary institutions, making it the third most sought after study destination in the world.
Gaining an Australian degree not only provides students with a high level of education, independence and maturity but also equips them with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in today’s competitive market place. Importantly, students also gain an understanding of diverse cultures and the ability to view global problems from a different and more informed perspective.
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All Your Questions Answered
- International Student Testimonials & Advice
- UNIS Student Resource Centre
- How Much Does It Cost To Study In Australia?
- Different Types of English Course
- Employment Opportunities After I Finish My Degree?
- Types of Student Visas
- Applying for an Australian Visa online
- Visa Questions
- What do I need to make an application on the Internet?
- What is the process?
- How long will it take for my application to be processed online?
- What happens after I have made an application?
- What happens if my current visa expires while my application is being decided?
- Will I need a medical examination?
- Can I save an application and continue it later?
- How can I check on the status of a previous Internet submitted application?
- I am not sure I selected the right visa for me
- Getting Organised
- Beginning a Life in Australia
- Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN)
- Open a bank account
- Apply for a Driver’s Licence
Name: Yohko (Japan)
Degree: Master of Art Therapy, (La Trobe University, Melbourne)
Best thing about Uni: I am not a school person, so I don’t need to be at uni so many days. I only need to be there when I have class, or when I need to get books from the Library. In my course there were many practical studies rather than just book based theory, so I feel I am studying, practicing and using skills I should learn and can use in the workplace.
Worst thing about Uni: Oh, boy! whats worst is the amount of work! It just doesn’t give me a good enough break, just everyday is study. Especially as a non-English speaking international student – our work becomes at least double amount. There SURE are reasons why Australian universities are said to have some of the highest standards but you work hard for your degree. Boy.. its not easy to do every single thing, that’s why the feeling of achievement will become more than words can say when I finished my study.
Advice: If you really want to achieve something very meaningful and are not afraid of big challenges, then its worth pursuing study at an Australian Uni. All you need will be your passion to achieve what you want, challenging mind, your hard works (and just good enough English like mine) because when you need some help, your mates and lecturers will help you!
How Much Does it Cost To Study In Australia?
As an international student, you must pay your tuition fees up-front. Aside from tuition fees, some institutions may also charge for other student costs, such as:
- laboratory costs
- sports facility
- books and stationery
Furthermore your course may also require specific essential materials, such as lab coats or photographic supplies. The cost of studying varies greatly depending on the type of degree and the institution however for a guide to costs click here.
Different Types of English Course
Like any language, the best way to improve your English is to live among, and converse with, native speakers. Studying in Australia will give you the opportunity to use and improve your English every single day.
There are five main types of English courses taught in Australia, click here for more information.
Are There Employment Opportunities After I Finish My Degree?
Many International students make life-long friends while studying in Australia and this, coupled with the wonderful lifestyle, means many students wish to live and work in Australia longer. The Australian government welcomes many skilled graduates and has several Resources to assist you should you decide to call Australia home. Click here for more information.
Types of Student Visas
1) English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
Applies to stand-alone English language courses that lead to a certificate I, II, III or IV, or that result in no formal Australian award.
2) Vocational Education and Training
Applies to Certificates I, II, III or IV (except ELICOS), diploma, advanced diploma, vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma courses.
3) Higher Education
Applies to a Bachelor degree, associate degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or Masters by coursework.
4) Postgraduate Research
Applies to Masters by research or a doctoral degree.
The Australian Government has an excellent online resource to take you through the visa application process. No matter what your current visa status, or whether you’re in Australia at the moment, the online application process here can assist you change, renew or apply for the visa of your choice. To start your application click here.
What do I need to make an application on the Internet?
What is the process?
How long will it take for my application to be processed online?
What happens after I have made an application?
What happens if my current visa expires while my application is being decided?
Will I need a medical examination?
Can I save an application and continue it later?
How can I check on the status of a previous Internet submitted application?
I am not sure I selected the right visa for me
If you’re planning to stay in Australia for several years to study you can make your time here more enjoyable (and profitable) by integrating into the Australian culture and taking advantage of the many benefits open to students. In order to do so consider getting yourself organised with the following options.
Beginning a Life in Australia
While the Beginning a Life in Australia booklets is for newly-arrived migrants and refugees it provides useful national, state/territory and local settlement information for all visitors as well. This information is available to download in English and 37 community languages for each state and territory. Click here.
Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN)
Do this first. To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN). Many employers tell students they can work for cash in hand at lower rates. You are not only doing something illegal your losing a lot of money. Did you know you’re allowed to work in Australia for up to 20 hours per week and at much higher rates of pay than cash in hand? What’s more, you may well be eligible to get all or most of your tax back. Cash in hand employees are not doing you a favour – they’re doing themselves a favour by not paying you any of your benefits. You can apply for a Tax Number here.
Open a bank account
Again, if you’re staying in Australia for a few years to study open a bank account, it will help you in so many ways (like getting a proper job with proper pay). In Australia, most income including salary or wages are paid directly into a bank account. Its easy and hassle free, see the link above and find out more.
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