There are many reasons why more than 340,000 students from around the world choose to study in Australia every year.
There is a wide range of courses and disciplines offered by Australian institutions.
Australian courses are very high quality and recognised around the world. Major employers around the world recognise Australian qualifications and employ graduates with Australian qualifications.
Competitive costs and fees
The cost of living and tuition fees compare well with other countries. A recent Government study found that total costs (tuition fees and living costs) in the US and UK are more expensive compared to Australia.
This is your personal and financial safety. Australia has strict laws that ensure all courses offered to international students are of a high standard and that your tuition fees are protected.
Australia have very low crime rates and are safe countries compared to almost all other countries in the world.
Australia have dynamic and harmonious multicultural societies. You will feel most welcome in Australia as people are very friendly and warm. With more than 340,000 international students in Australia each year, many institutions have strong international student associations.
Australia has a long history of teaching international students and Australian institutions are sensitive to your cultural and religious needs as an international student. You will find Australian schools, colleges and universities provide support services to help you adjust to your new environment, living in Australia and successfully completing your studies.
Work while you study
Students on a student visa can work while studying in Australia. During semester, you can work up to 20 hours per week and during vacation you can work full time. Many colleges and universities offer a student employment service to help you find work.
Some information you may not know…
When people from other countries think of Australia they tend to think of koalas, kangaroos, wide open spaces, and clean air and water – Paradise! All this is true, however, Australia is also a technologically advanced country.
Australia is at the forefront of producing new high-tech equipment and responsible for many advances in the telecommunications, information technology, manufacturing, mining and agricultural industries. Australian scientists and researchers have also made significant contributions to medical science. Without Australia’s research and development of the uses of penicillin, cures for a number of previously incurable diseases would not have developed so rapidly. Did you know that everyday items such as the photocopier, air conditioning in the car and the blackbox which is found in every commercial aeroplane are all Australian developments?
Australia is among the top ten largest spenders in research and development and is internationally recognised in a number of fields for outstanding achievements. Australia produces approximately 2 percent of the world’s scientific research papers, placing it on a per capita basis ranking with the United States and the United Kingdom.
The high standards and creativity achieved is evidenced by the high proportion of Australians receiving Nobel prizes. For a population of only 19 million you may be surprised to learn seven Australians have received Nobel Prizes in the fields of science and medicine alone.
Unlike many other countries, Australian higher education institutions are regulated at the Federal level ensuring that students receive a high standard of education. The performance of institutions are examined annually ensuring all universities are maintaining the high standards required by the Australian Government. The benefit of having a small number of institutions ensures that standards are closely and regularly monitored and maintained.
You may not be aware that Australia is also a leader in MBAs and other business courses. Three Australian universities appear in the top ten in Asia Inc’s list of the best business schools in the region with Australia taking first and second place. A total of nine Australian MBA programs were listed in the top 25.
A small population demands Australian companies be more export-oriented than most nations in order to take advantage of economies of scale. Australia, as a relatively ‘young’ country, has to be more ingenuous to compete with larger and longer established countries.
As you can see Australia, although a relatively young country when compared to many others, has much to offer in regards to education and training to broaden your horizons.
Student visa AU:
The purpose of this visa is to encourage overseas students to apply for permanent residency after they have completed their course studies in Australia.
This visa uses a points test to select visa applicants with characteristics needed in the Australian labour market. You will need to meet the applicable passmark for a visa to be granted.
Applicants for this visa do not require sponsorship.
Who is this visa for?
This visa is for you if you are an overseas student who:
- is under 45 years of age
- has completed an eligible qualification(s) as a result of at least two (2) years full-time study in Australia
- has the skills and qualifications that meet the Australian standard for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and their nominated occupation is classified as either:
o a 60 point occupation
o a 50 point occupation if the overseas student has completed a PhD in Australia.
The SOL is a list of skilled occupations that are in need in Australia. Each occupation listed on the SOL is allocated a points value for use in the visa assessment process.
See: Form 1121i Skilled Occupation List (SOL), Sydney and Selected Areas Skill Shortage List (SSASSL), and Employer -omination Scheme Occupation List (ENSOL) (132KB PDF file)
This visa has a points test and there are other requirements that must be met.
See: Applicant Eligibility
How much does this visa cost?
You must pay the relevant visa application charge when you lodge your visa application.
See: Professionals and Other Skilled Migrants
What does this visa let me do?
This visa allows you and any dependent family members included in your visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia.
Australian permanent residents can:
- live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
- study in Australia at school or university
- receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
- access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
- be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
- sponsor people for permanent residence.