Australia - FAQ`s
Q1.What is so good about Australian education and training compared to other countries?
Ans : Australia is an internationally recognized source of high quality education as well as research excellence. Australian universities, vocational education and training colleges and schools are world-class. And Australia is a world leader in English language courses for international students. Australian Government legislation requires quality assurance agencies and codes of conduct to be in place so that international students in Australia and their parents enjoy a level of service and financial protection that is unrivalled. Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living.
Q2. Australian qualifications recognized in my home country?
Ans: Australian qualifications are respected internationally when seeking employment or further study at leading international universities. Distinguishing Australia from many other countries is the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) which is a national system of learning pathways recognized throughout Australia and by other countries.
Q3. Do I need a visa to study in Australia?
Ans : Yes. To be granted a student visa you must complete a visa application form, lodge it with the evidence required, pay the application charge and satisfy the student visa requirements. You can be granted a student visa only if you intend to study a registered course on a full-time basis and comply with a number of visa conditions after you have entered Australia.
Q4.How much does it cost to study in Australia?
Ans : An Australian Government survey showed that in terms of total costs including tuition fees and living expenses.Australia was consistently less expensive than the USA and UK. Tuition fees will vary depending on the course or institution. Living costs too will vary by location, course and lifestyle.
Q5. Any scholarships available?
Ans: Yes. Scholarships are available for international students however most are offered for postgraduate study in universities. The majorities of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students and are not awarded scholarships.
Q6.Can I work in Australia while I study?
Ans: Yes. International students in Australia on a student visa can apply for permission to work up to 20 hours a week during course time and full-time during vacation periods. Minimum wages in Australia is AUD 11 per hour, hence student can earn around AUD 220 per week during the course time and AUD 440 per week during vocation time which is for the period of 12 weeks in a year.
Q7.What are the entry requirements to study at Australian institutions?
Ans: Students must meet minimum academic requirements (10+2 for diploma and undergraduate courses) or (bachelor degree for postgraduate courses) and need a sufficient level of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 bands or minimum of 5.0 for entry into ELICOS program) for entry to Australian education and training institutions. Institutions will assess whether you meet the selection criteria set for your proposed course of study. They will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country.
Q8.What if I don't meet the entry requirements?
Ans : If you do not meet the entry requirements for further study you can enroll in secondary school in Australia. If you do not meet undergraduate course entry requirements you may be able to enroll in Foundation Studies which prepare you for further study in Australia and reserve a provisional place in your proposed course. Bridging courses, such as a Master Qualifying program, are also offered. There are also many English language courses with starting dates throughout the year to prepare you for further study in Australia. It is recommended that you seek advice from the institution about meeting their entry requirements before applying for admission into your selected courses.
Q9.How are Australian institutions ranked?
Ans : Australian institutions are not officially ranked. However, there are some commercial publications available that compare achievements of universities and institutions in meeting certain criteria such as use of technology or student support services.
All of Australias education and training institutions offer high quality, internationally relevant courses because Australian Government legislation requires them to be registered and meet quality assurance measures. Excellence in teaching, research, facilities and support services is found across Australias diversified education and training system. Prospective students should focus on finding institutions that offer the course most suited to their particular needs and aspirations.
Q10. What is the weather like in Australia?
Ans: 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 temperatures are in the mid 20 degrees Celsius. The southern areas are in a temperate zone.
Q11. Can you recommend me universities?
Ans: This would depend on your qualifications, grades and courses you wish to apply to as each institution has different entry requirements.