Did you know Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million? This isn’t surprising when you consider Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world! In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universitas 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
These are strong academic credentials, but our institutions are just as highly rated as the cities that house them around the country. Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity – all important elements for students when choosing the best study destination. And with more than A$200 million provided by the Australian Government each year in international scholarships, we’re making it easier for you to come and experience the difference an Australian education can make to your future career opportunities.
Do you have a specific study area of interest? There is every chance Australia has you covered, with at least one Australian university in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics.
Given this impressive education pedigree, it’s not surprising there are now more than 2.5 million former international students who have gone on to make a difference after studying in Australia. Some of these students are among the world’s finest minds. In fact, Australia has produced 15 Nobel prize laureates and every day over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations – including penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and Black Box Flight Recorders – to make their lives, and the lives of others, better.
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from.
You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities).
Regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students.
The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000(opens in a new window) and the National Code of Practice(opens in a new window) for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code) provide nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training for international students.
As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. You can search for courses and institutions here on the Study in Australia website.
Along with the ESOS Act and National Code, there are also regulatory and quality assurance organisations for higher education and VET institutions. These government organisations are responsible for registration/re-registration of institutions and accreditation/re-accreditation of courses. These organisations are:
The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose.
As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. You can use the Course Search on this website to find courses and see details such as their tuition fees. There may be additional costs for your course, including course materials and access to institution facilities.
The list below gives you an indication of the range of course costs for different types of qualifications.
* Note: This does not include high value courses such as veterinary and medical. Please visit institution websites directly to see costs for these courses.
If you are interested in studying in Australia, let Studies in Australia provide you with all the information you need to make your decision. Use Studies in Australia to find Australian universities, technical colleges, private education providers and secondary schools, and learn about the Australian qualifications available to international students.
Studying in Australia offers a lot of opportunities. There are over 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions across the country. This makes it highly likely that your preferred course will be available to study in Australia.
As well as having the quantity and variety, Australia leads in quality of education. Seven out of the top 100 unis in the world are in Australia. Their education system ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. The Australian education system is recognized as world-class. Quality of education is important, but so is student life. Australia is home to six of the forty best student cities in the world. A 2012 survey revealed that 88% of student respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with living in Australia. This is no surprise, as Australia is the tenth happiest country in the world.
Aside from these, Australia and its government invest in international education. For example, there is over $200,000,000 invested by the government every year for international scholarships. This makes studying in Australia more accessible for international students. It is no wonder that Australia is the 3rd most popular student destination in the world!
Australia is one of the most welcoming and diverse countries. Almost half of the population were either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas. There are over 260 languages being spoken in homes across Australia!
Aside from its diversity, the country boasts of its economy. It has seen steady growth, even throughout the 2008 global financial crisis. The country, for the year 2014, had a GDP of more than $1.4 trillion.
Due to its large size, the country has diverse environments. It has over 500 national parks and over 2,700 conservation areas. These range from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves. On top of this, 17 of the UNESCO World Heritage sites are in Australia. Examples of these are the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.
There is a minimum cost of living for student visas. This is decided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and it is $18,610. Your living expenses in Australia will depend on which region you plan to live in. For example, urbanized areas will have higher living costs. There are several different choices for living arrangements. Hostels and guesthouses range from $90 to $150 a week. Shared rentals and on-campus living will cost $85 to $280. More expensive options are homestay ($235 to $325 per week) and rental ($165 to $440 per week).
Aside from accommodation, your weekly expenses will most likely include:
You should factor in health insurance costs and overseas student health cover.