Things to know before going to study in Australia

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Have you wondered that studying abroad can give you more than a world class degree and a six figure salary? Although the benefits of studying abroad have been extensively listed, we often forget to consider things like the amazing experience it gives, the expanding network of friends we build, the chilly weather that makes our bones crack, or simply homesickness!

Getting an international level education isn’t a far reach nowadays. If you are looking to study in Australia, this blog enlists what you really need to know before going to study in Australia

7 Things to know before going to study in Australia

Here’s all you need to know before going to study in Australia: 

Top country for travel enthusiasts

There are many advantages of studying in Australia, one of which is that the country is vast and lined with golden beaches, national parks, beautiful cities and pristine countryside. Though Australia conducts exams in a continuous evaluation system the course designs and class timings leave adequate margins to enjoy your time with the beautiful country.

Never feel lonely while you study in Australia

You will not only find people from different nationalities studying in Australia but also Australians with varied countries of origin. Australia is rich in nationalities as almost 30% of Australians are born overseas. You will not find much difference between an Australian and yourself as you enter the system in terms of familiarity with it. 

Expensive fruit

You might want to cut on your fruit diet in Australia. It is a slight price of studying in Australia that the country can be as pricey as London. It majorly depends on the area you are living in and universities do help in accommodation but the supermarkets and especially fruits in Australia are really expensive. 

Distance is felt in time 

You do not really realize how far you are from home until you call your family after college and work and they are already asleep. The 5.5 hours time difference from India can be pressingly painful in the beginning for the sleep cycle as for getting up at 8 am in Australia you are waking up at 3 am according to your habitual Indian timing. The sleep cycle fits it after sometime, it is the homesickness that might keep you longing.

Worth burning the midnight oil 

Your tuition fees, living costs and all that effort that you have put to study in Australia are worth it! It is not only because of the payoff the universities offer but also because you are living in the best QS rated cities for students in the world. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, and Gold coast are amongst the QS top 100 student cities in 2019. The Healthcare, Transport, Infrastructure, and Government services along with the Education are above international averages. Australian cities are also very peaceful with really low crime rates.

They work hard to get you placed

Some countries reject student visas on their intent to stay after the completion of their course, but the Australian government on the other hand welcomes you with open arms. Education providers and even the government bodies connect students with their potential employers through career fairs, employment hubs, job boards and industry networking events. Universities and employers also have global employer networks to help the student if they want to work outside Australia. 

Get healthier than ever

THE AQI IN AUSTRALIA IS 15! Considering the seriously depleting AQIs of Indian metropolitans staying in Australia is like the Lungs attaining divine purification. So your study in Australia tour can also be a detox vacation for your lungs and you may not even want to come back. Australia also promotes sustainable practices and maintains its greener environments which makes Australian cities mesmerizing. 

Student Aid

Students from 192 countries apply for Australia. To make sure each student’s experience is excellent, the Australian government has many programs. 

  1. The Australia’s Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS ACT) framework protects the rights of International students. 
  2. The government and the Universities spend more than AUD 300 Million (~1667 Crores) on scholarships for International students
  3. Being expensive, the country provides multiple stay options for students like the Student Villages, Homestays, Private rentals, Share Houses, and Boarding Schools.

Basic Requirements to study in Australia

Australia has a high acceptance rate but being home to some of the best study abroad universities in the world they have certain requirements like 60-70% marks in class 12 or bachelors based on the program. They also look for a good IELTS Score of 6.5 – 7 and TOEFL Score of 75 – 90. Also, a student has to be 18+ to enroll for a bachelor’s degree and any gap of more than 6 months should be justified for entering reputed universities. For any Master’s program a justified gap of up to 8 years is accepted. 

Getting a student visa in Australia is easy once you get a GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant), here are 3 types of Study visas in Australia. 

  1. Student Visa (Subclass 500) is for the student and is valid for around 5 years. It helps in bringing along family members as dependents and permits to work while studying.
  2. Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590) is for a guardian for an underage or special needs student. This is a temporary visa and the guardian is not allowed to work on this Visa. 
  3. Training Visa (Subclass 407) It is a temporary, workplace based training or Professional developmental training program visa which must be sponsored and nominated. 

5 Questions to Ask Before Going to Study in Australia

  1. Where should you stay in Australia?

Being an expensive country the cost of living may get pricey in Australia if you do not plan your accommodation. The big cities are expensive but the suburbs near the Universities and Student villages provide cheaper accommodations. 

  1. Why should you study in Australia?

Australia is a very student friendly country and gives convincing reasons like a clean and green environment, better work opportunities, fee waivers, diverse culture, easy visa process etc to study in Australia. 

  1. What is the cost of living in Australia?

Calculating the cost of living includes various factors like accommodations, utilities, food, transportation etc. the average Cost of living in Australia can vary from 90$ (4700 INR)/week to 440$ (22990 INR)/week.

  1. Should you be worried about the Covid restrictions?

No, it did affect the learning as the number of foreign students dropped before massive vaccination drives but now it has opened its frontiers again. It is also considering online classes and extension of Student visa free of charge. Post work study visa relaxations have also been given to students. 

  1. What are the popular courses to study in Australia?

Courses in Accountancy, Actuarial sciences, Earth Sciences, Architecture, Psychology, Management and marketing, Law, History, Computer Science and IT are amongst the most popular courses in Australia.

FAQs

What are the 3 best universities for management in Australia?

University of Monash, University of Melbourne, and University of Sydney are the best universities for management in Australia.

Does Australia offer scholarships for foreign students?

Australian government and Education providers invest more than AUD 300 million in providing scholarships for foreign students. One can avail up to 100% scholarship in Australia.

What are the best management courses in Australia?

Some of the best management courses in Australia are; Master of Management, Master in Applied Economics and Econometrics, Master of Accounting, Master of Actuarial Studies, Master of Commerce, Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. 

Are there any Bachelors courses in Australia?

Australia offers some of the best Bachelors degrees in Management, Psychology, IT, Engineering etc. 

Remote location and exotic flora and fauna coupled with the 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions makes Australia one of the most sought after countries for foreign students. It receives the bestest of student reviews and is famous for courses in Arts and Humanities, Commerce and Science and Technology. It is so vast that every student brings back some newfound experience of their stays in the beautiful country. 

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