A peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, together with the cosmopolitan charisma of cities like Sydney and Melbourne, Australia could be the ideal destination for you.
Strong educational infrastructure, a high quality of life, relatively lower expenses and easy visa chances have made Australia, a preferred destination for courses in the recent times. Though facing a heavy competition, Australian education is gaining increased acceptance in the global arena. In the past 10 years, more than 14 Lakh students from overseas have studied in Australia which is a proof of the growing craze for Australia
Of these, around 27,000 were Indian students, studying mainly in the fields of post-graduate studies. Students from all over the world come to Australia to take advantage of its world-class higher education, its progressive vocational education and training, its excellent schools and its world leadership in English language courses for international students. These students enjoy not only our high quality courses of study, but also our specialist support services and our safe and welcoming society.
The internationalization of Australian education and training has been occurring at a rapid rate. Linkages between Australian and overseas schools, universities and colleges, and linkages and exchange between individual students and staff have blossomed. The Australian Department of Education, Science & Training is represented in India at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi
FAST FACTS AUSTRALIA
Study and life in Australia
One will experience a different culture and life style from what he has been used to. If you don't get good information and awareness about the country, you may undergo a "Culture Shock" of the "blues of new place". It is important to observe the habits, reactions and customs of people. Learn as much as you can, get info-rich but never ever change your traditional values and your real self.
- Australia is one of the most multi-cultural societies in the world. Over 20% of Australian citizens were born overseas and they are drawn from over 200 different nations. Around 20% of Australians speak a language other than English in their home.
- Although it is predominantly a Christian society, all forms of religion are represented in Australia and they are freely practised.
- Australians are generally friendly, direct and informal in their dealings with each other. Australian's believe in equality and a "fair go". People who work in non-professional or "blue collar" jobs such as cleaners, bus driver etc receive the same respect as those who work in professional jobs. Also it is illegal to discriminate against others on grounds of race, gender, religion etc.
- Punctuality is important, therefore if you are running late, you should always inform whom you are meeting
- People in Australia form queues to buy food, wait for service from a bank teller, to board a bus or train and it is impolite to push ahead of someone already in the queue.
- People often use the first name, even with respected elders.
There is a lot more you will learn about Australian people but be positive, be flexible and try to adapt. Listen, observe and ask whenever you are in doubt.
The method of study in Australia may be very different to what you have experienced so far. Therefore it is important to give yourself a head start. Keep up to date with Australian news and current affairs and become familiar with Australia's education system and learning culture. When you arrive, practice listening to the Australian accent - it is different but you will soon understand the local terms and way of speaking.
In Australia, students are expected to conduct independent research, collect and analyze data by themselves or in-groups, to raise questions, to participate in discussions and debates with other students and teachers. Rote learning does not exist and students take an active part in the learning process. Students spend a great deal of time in libraries and laboratories conducting their own research. To be a successful student you will need to adapt to these new methods of learning and assessment. Students are assessed continuously through essays, presentations, tests, assignments etc. One thing that may surprise you is the amount of access that you will be able to obtain with your tutors and lecturers. If you are having an academic problem, discuss it with them - don't let it develop from a minor issue into a major problem for you.
STUDY IN AUSTRALIA
- Australia is known for its stunning landscapes.
- Australia has one of the lowest crime rates in the World.
- It has a vibrant heritage, is rich in the arts and is known for its sporting achievements.
- Australian Government provides help with medical expenses through a scheme called Medicare.
- Schooling is compulsory for children until 15 years of age in most states and territories.
- Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society & offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living.
Australia boasts of a very fine and high level of education and no wonder it is a favorite amongst international students. It has an impressive list of World class colleges & Universities approx. 42 Universities, situated in some of the most scenic places.
Some Salient Features
- Quality of education is high. Australian degrees are internationally accepted. Australian Universities, vocational education and training colleges and schools are World-class.
- The Australian Government closely monitors higher education standards. All Universities and TAFE institutes receive substantial funding from the Government.
- TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutes are unique in offering vocational training tailored to the job market for high school graduates.
- Indian 3-year degree is acceptable directly for Masters programs.
- No GRE/ GMAT/ SAT required.
- Flexible visa regulations and immigration laws in favour of international students
- Flexible and favourable opportunities for migration after studies.
Geography & Climate
Australia is diverse in its geography and climate. Being in the Southern Hemisphere Australia's summer starts in December and winter in June. Nearly one third of Australia is in the tropics where the average temperature is in the mid 20 degrees Celsius. The southern areas are in Temperate Zone.
The official currency of Australia is dollar.
(AUS$). 1 A$ = Rs. 55 /- (Approx. as on March. 2014).
Cost of Education & Living
The cost of education in Australia is between AUS$12000-19000 for Undergraduate Courses and between AUS$12000-28000 for Post-Graduate Courses. The cost of living is approximately AUS$10000 - 14000 per year, this covers all the living expenses; including accommodation, food, travel, books, clothes and entertainment.
Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Victoria, Queensland.
COURSES IN AUSTRALIA
Australia has emerged as a popular destination for higher education because of its strong educational infrastructure, a high quality of life, and relatively lower expenses.
Australia has both government and private Universities that offer to programs called "Under Graduate", and after graduation courses called "Graduate Programs or Post Graduate".
The most popular courses of study for international students have been in the fields of Business, Administration and Economics, followed by Science, then Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
In general the time duration of a Graduate Certificates =6 months, Master=1 year, Master Honor=1.5 year, Doctorate= 2 years. However these degrees are not measured by time but by subjects/ courses taken, therefore depending on how may subjects courses they do per semester, it may impact the time it takes to complete them.
Most of these post graduate courses however, do have a time limit to Complete.
Types of Programs and Qualifications
- Bachelor Degree
- Bachelor Degree (with Honors)
- Undergraduate Diplomas
- Associate Diplomas
- Masters Degrees
- Doctoral Degrees
- Graduate Diplomas
- Graduate Certificates
COLLEGES IN AUSTRALIA
- SBIT (Brisbane) Under SVP
- Holmes College (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns)
- Cambridge International College (Melbourne, Adelaide)
- Curtin College at Curtin University (Perth)
- CAN at LaTrobe University (Sydney)
- Curtin University (Sydney)
- Eynesbury Institute of Business and Technology (Adelaide)
- La Trobe Melbourne at La Trobe University
- MIBT at Deakin University (Melbourne)
- Macquarie City Campus (Sydney)
- PIBT at Edith Cowan University (Perth)
- QIBT at Griffith University (Brisbane)
- SAIBT at University of South Australia (Adelaide)
- SIBT at Macquarie University (Sydney)
- NIC at University of Newcastle (Newcastle)
- University of Wollongong
- University of Ballarat
- James Cook University
- Southern Queensland University
- Central Queensland University
- Victoria University (Sydney)
- University of Ballarat at IIBIT (Sydney)
- University of Ballarat at ATMC (Melbourne)
- University of Ballarat at MIT (Melbourne & Sydney)
- Southern Queensland University (Sydney)
- Charles Drawin University (Melbourne)
Are Credit transfers possible?
As the Australian Government recognizes Indian Universities, credit transfers are possible. However for this the students are required to submit their course syllabus to the institution and it can take minimum of 6 months for credits to be granted.
Why is GMAT and GRE not asked for by all Australian Universities?
Australian Universities are recognized West SRI Consultants Consultancy. The reason why Australian Universities do not insist upon students going for a GMAT or GRE etc. is because these exams are for American Standards. Australia and India recognize each other's degrees, However it may be asked by some Universities to assess the overall ability of the student.
How much time does the visa application procedure take?
The average time taken by the Australian High Commission for the visa procedure is anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks depending on the individuals background, so the students need to apply for their visas atleast 3 months prior to their course commencement.
How do you know which University is the best in Australia?
One cannot rate universities in Australia as there are numerous universities and all are regulated under the Vice Chancellors Committee, which follow the code of ethics. Students generally follow the market trends like MBAs or BBA, MIT etc., but it would be unfair to judge universities as one can only compare the course structure and faculty.
Can I find a job placement after my course completion?
On a student visa, a student can work 20 hours per week part time and full time during the semester break, expected to leave the country on completion of the course. However Australian student visa allows a clear pathway to migrate into the country for the overseas students, provided they obtain the required credits points for the Permanent Residency in Australia. The student can also get a work permit upto 4 years.
How do I know if I am eligible for the Permanent Residency (PR)?
Currently a student needs to cover up to 120 points to become eligible for the PR. The points can be obtained by a combination of the following course, age, English language proficiency, duration of the Study in Australia, Studying in a regional area, working part time.
How much salary can I earn once I start working in Australia?
The average starting salary that you can earn is between a$ 2500 to a$ 4000 per month.