Australia

About Australia

Australia has a beautiful natural environment and is a safe country. Also, the studying expenses are relatively cheaper than other countries. Therefore, Australia is an ideal study destination for students.

Geography and Population

Australia has a beautiful natural environment and is a safe country. Also, the studying expenses are relatively lower than those in other countries. Therefore, Australia is an ideal destination for learning. Australia is the largest island in the world and has six states and two territories. It also has a population of over 20 million, which is composed of 140 nationals and races. The multicultural background, in fact, plays an important role in social life and thus forms the unique character of Australia.

Climate and weather

Australia is located in South Hemisphere. The average temperature is 30℃ and 20℃ in day and night time respectively during summer. In winter, the average temperature is 23℃ and 10℃ in day and night time respectively.

Seasons in Australia

Summer December – February
Autumn March – May
Winter June – August
Spring September – November

Culture

Australia is a safe, friendly and harmonious country. When you arrive you may find yourself emerged in the friendliness and hospitality of the people.

Transportation

Australia has well-developed transport infrastructure and provides an easy and convenient transport system. Take Brisbane as an example. The routes and time-tables of buses, trains and ferries are accessible on the official website of Translink (Queensland Transport Provider).

For more information, please visit http://www.translink.com.au/.

Normally, students who have overseas driver’s license are able to drive in Australia. They are requested to bring their driver’s license enclosed with English translation when driving in Australia.

Accommodation

Basically, there are three major accommodation options available for overseas students to suit different budgets and needs.

  1. Homestay

Homestay is: students, while studying in a foreign country, live in a local family and share their daily life with the family. Most institutions help to arrange homestay services for international students. Usually a single bed and basic furniture in a room, and 2 or 3 meals a day are provided. Students are requested to pay the rent every fortnight or month depending on the agreement with individual family. The minimum staying period is four weeks. Notice should be given 2 weeks in advance to the host family if you intend to move out for other accommodation options.

Students can improve their spoken English by communicating with the families on day to day basis. It also helps them to familiarise themselves with the local culture and the living habits in Australia.

  1. Boarding school and on-campus accommodation

Some private secondary schools provide boarding facilities with accommodation, meals and laundry services. There are separate buildings for boys and girls who are all under the supervision of school dormitory administrators.

Besides, some vocational institutions, colleges and universities also offer a variety of accommodation for international students. Single and double rooms are available based on the students’ request and the availability. The on-campus accommodation is comprised of a share kitchen and bathroom, and other facilities like cafe / restaurant and entertainment areas… etc.

  1. Rental accommodation

The rents may vary depending on the location, size and the facilities of the house / room. Sharing room or house is very common among international students especially when students have been staying in the country for some time. Students may collect the information from many sources like the local real estate company, notice board in the institute, classmates and friends. Students are also encouraged to gain assistance from accommodation services at institutes. They are strongly advised to inspect the house / room in person before engaging in any agreement or contract. The lease contract or agreement is usually 6 months or can be flexible in individual cases.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a health insurance which is offered to international students. It is the requirement by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for student visa holders. They must obtain and maintain OSHC for the entire duration of study in Australia. It covers the basic medical costs.

Working while studying in Australia

All student visa holders are automatically granted with permission to work for up to 20 hours per week while the course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.

For more information about visa condition, please visit DIAC.

Tax File Number (TFN)

You must obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) if you are going to work while studying in Australia. To apply, complete a form available from the ATO website http://www.ato.gov.au/.

 

Why Australia?

Australia is a dynamic, vibrant country with energetic, friendly people. Multicultural Australia is English-speaking and a safe and friendly society in which students can learn and travel freely.
Australia also offers excellent value for money and a standard of living that is among the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably less expensive than the UK and USA. The other advantages for this country in the Asia Pacific Rim include paid internships while studying.

1. Excellence

The Australian approach to vocational and technical education is now recognised as among the best and most innovative in the world. It enjoys an international reputation for excellence in all areas of education and training. Australian universities are widely recognised for excellence in many disciplines.
Institutions deliver practical and career-orientated training so graduates can be confident they have the skills demanded by employers. It has played an important role in Australia’s economic performance, by greatly increasing the skill of workers and contributing to improved productivity.
2. Innovation
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries and enters the new millennium with one of the highest rates of internet access in the world. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology.
3. Qualification recognition
Australian qualifications are recognised by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.
4. Quality assurances
Australia’s national quality assurance system is unique both in its structure and its rigour. International students, and even their parents, enjoy an unparalleled level of service and financial protection. The country is committed to providing quality education to students — be it national or international.
The Australian Quality Training Framework has been set up by the government to strengthen the quality assurance processes in education. Australia provides the world’s most rigourous protection for international students through ESOS.
5. Multicultural society
Australia is a safe, multicultural, friendly and harmonious society. Australians value the wealth of cultural diversity and social sophistication that international students bring to the campuses and communities.
Great care is taken in looking after international students and helping them to adjust to the Australian way of life. Australia has a low crime rate and strict gun control laws providing a safe environment.
One’s study plans are also not likely to be upset by political turmoil. People from about 200 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. The multicultural nature of Australian society means international students are readily accepted by other students, and teachers are experienced in teaching classes to students from many countries.
6. Cost of living
In Australia, a student gets value for money in terms of cost of living.
7. Job opportunities
While the UK closes doors for doctors and the US focuses more on IT professionals, international students have started to hit upon Australia which offers more job facilities in multiple disciplines. Be it in agriculture or aeronautics, accounts or actuaries, Australia offer work permits to international students like none other.

8. More research opportunities

Australia offers research opportunities to eligible professionals willing to enhance their career. The biggest advantage is Australia offers country-based research that is spread all over the continent. Selection for these highly regarded research opportunities are based on merit and is highly competitive, and a proven track record of academic excellence is a pre-requisite.

 

 

Australian Education System

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a quality assured national framework of qualifications in the school, vocational education and training (VET), and higher education sector in Australia. The national guidelines can help students to understand the current national qualifications issued in the institutes and choose the suitable program for themselves.

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS)

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on students visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance. This ensures that students can study in an equitable learning environment.

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)

CRICOS is the registration under federal legislative requirements for any institutes which intend to provide education or training services to international students in Australia

Types of courses

  • English Language Course (ELICOS)
  • Primary or Secondary Schools
  • University Foundation Cert. IV (pathway program)
  • University Diploma (pathway program)
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduation Certificate/Graduation Diploma
  • Master Degree
  • PhDs ((Doctor of Philosophy)

Major areas to choose from the following:

  • Literature and Humanities
  • Business and Economy
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Design, architecture and aviation
  • Tourism and or Hotel Management
  • Law, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Performing arts, visual arts and multimedia
  • Science and Engineering

 

If you need further information on courses or programmes, please contact our staff for assistance.

 

Fees and expenses

 

Tuition fee / Expenses

The tuition fees in Australia are relatively lower than those in the UK and the USA.

Before you arrive in Australia, you and your families need to consider the expenses that may incur in Australia. In general, the expenses will include tuition fees, living expenses, visa application fees and costs for overseas students health cover. Also, students may need to pay for some additional services, such as student union, library, laboratory and sports facilities.

Schools

Primary AUD $11,000 – $22,000 a year
Secondary school (junior and senior) AUD $12,000 – $25,000 a year

English Language Training

Fees vary significantly depending on the course duration or institution AUD $ 300 – 450 a week

Vocational education and training

Certificate I – IV
Diploma
Advanced Diploma
AUD $ 5,500 – $18,000 a year

University

Foundation studies AUD $16,000 and above a year

Undergraduate

Bachelor Degree AUD $19,000 and above a year

Postgraduate

Graduate Certificates
Graduate Diplomas
AUD $20,000 and above a year
Master / Doctoral Degree AUD $20,000 and above a year

Other expenses

Visa application Fee (including working permit) AUD $535
Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) AUD $480 a year (single)
Living expenses (including accommodation, transport and food) AUD $18,000 a year

The tuitions fees indicated above are for reference only. Fees vary according to the programs and institutions that the students attend.

 

Application Procedure

Step 1: Attend a counselling sessoin

Attend a counseling session at our office to find out your options relating to study destination, courses available and recommended institutions.

 

Step 2: Register with Choice Maker

Register with Choice Maker to start the admission and visa process. We can help you navigate through the various processes and make studying overseas easier.

Step 3: Apply for admission

Once you have decided what and where you want to study, we will help you complete the application to the institutions of your choice. At the time of application for admission you will be required to submit several documents including proof of previous academic qualifications and in most cases proof of your English language ability. We will also provide you with a checklist for the documents you will need to provide when the time comes to apply for your visa.

Step 4: Pay tuition fee

To accept your offer from an education provider, you must pay the tuition fee. Most Australian institutions require you to pay the first semester fee only or for the whole 1 year in some of the cases.

Once the institutions have received and processed your tuition fee payment, they will issue you with an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (ECoE). Once we have received this, we will notify you that it is now time to come back with your required documents and start the visa application process.

Step 5: Visa lodgment

To lodge your visa application you will need to provide the documents outlined in the checklist we provided. Choice Maker will keep you updated as to the progress of your application and take the hard work out of tracking your application by keeping in contact with the visa office on your behalf.

Step 6: Undertake medicals

Within 28 days of lodging your visa application, you will need to undertake a medical examination by one of the doctors approved by the Australian Government. A list of the approved panel doctors can be found by visiting: http://www.border.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Help/Location/nepal. Once you have undertaken the medical examination, your doctor will forward the medical reports and documents directly to the visa office.

Step 7: Visa outcome

We will notify you as soon as we know the outcome of your visa application so you can come in and collect your grant letter. In most cases this is a positive response and it means you can also start planning your travel and accommodation for Australia!

Step 8: Travel services

At Choice Maker we can help you organise your travel arrangements to begin your new student life in Australia.