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Facts about Australia

Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean. It is world’s 6th largest country by land area. Canberra is Australia’s political capital. It’s main cities are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. Australia has been ranked 7th in the world in terms of quality of life, making it one of the most sort after destinations for living and working

Australia is a Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy and it is one of the oldest democracies in the world. English is Australia’s official language. Hindi and Punjabi are among the fastest growing foreign languages in Australia.

Australia is a highly urbanised developed country. It has world’s 10th highest per capita income. Its currency Australian Dollar is among the best performing currencies against the US Dollar. Australia has very high human development index.

Area – 99.84 Lacs Square KM
Population – 38 Million (2019)
GDP – USD 1.9 Trillion (2019)
Distance from India – Approx. 10,000 KM or 12-13 hours flight journey
Time difference from India – 4.5 hours during day light saving; 5.5 hours during non-daylight saving.

Benefits of Studying in Australia

Australia is the world’s 3rd largest Educational destination among International Students. Many students are choosing Austalia because its friendly, laid-back nature, excellent education system, and high standard of living. Australia has many top ranked universities and most of group of eight universities are consistently ranked in top 50 globally ranked universities. Australia has the most unique educational experience to offer with its high quality of education. Universities in Australia offer a wide range of courses at all level of studies at a reasonable cost. Australia is a very multicultural and diverse country and offers great mix of cultures to international students.

Australia offers highest quality of living standards and students are allowed to work part time along with their studies which allows them to manage their living cost while studying in Australia. Australian Universities are also known for their high quality research in science and technology and equipping students with practical skills to help them succeed in the chosen industry. Australian qualification are recognised worldwide and graduates from Australian universities are highly skilled and employable in their field of studies. One of the main benefits of studying in Australia is its friendly immigration policy. All the students studying in Australia are eligible for post study work visa which can lead them to plan for settlement.

Living and Working in Australia

Culture : Australia is a very diverse and multicultural country and this is reflected in the Australian lifestyle. Australian people are very welcoming towards other cultures, all the cultures and religions are respected. Australia offers great amount of exposure and cultural learning opportunity to international students. Outdoor activities, sports, wining and dining are important part of the Australian culture.

Safety & Welfare : Australia is one of the safest countries in the world and provides save and welcoming environment to international students. Most of the Australian cities are voted as best place to live and work. Australian government and universities provide all round support to its international students to give them sense of belonging. Australian universities provide students financial support to students in need and also assist them in looking for job. All students need to apply for Tax File Number (TFN) before they start working in Australia. Australia arguably has world’s best health care system. All the international students are required to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to study in Australia. OSHC takes care of all the health care expenses of students.

Transport : Travelling in Australia is very easy and convenient. All the cities in Australia have very advanced transport system including Buses, Trains, Trams, Metros, and Taxis. International students can also buy or rent cars, Australia is a right hand drive country which make driving easier for Indian students. Indian students can use their Indian driving licence in Australia for a year.

Working as student : All the international students are allowed to explore working opportunities in Australia as they are allowed to work for 20 hours weekly during their term time or 40 hours fortnightly, during their semester breaks. Most students work part time and they usually work with the shopping malls, retail stores, petrol pumps, restaurants, cricket stadiums, sports complex etc. Part time jobs are easily available and pay good wage rates compared to some other countries.

Student Life : As a student you will have a very vibrant lifestyle in Australia, with excellent opportunities for all kinds of outdoor activities and travel within Australia. Australia has over 10,000 beaches and people often spend their leisure time on the beach. Australia has diverse wild life, diverse landscapes, natural wonders and variety of experiences of offer. The urban life in Australia has its own zing we well; there are clubs, lounges, bars and specialty restaurants in all cities, And not to forget the famous Opera House in Sydney. Australia is also popular for sports like football, cricket and Ruby and known for hosting various music and cultural festivals.

Universities, Courses & Intakes

Universities : Australia has many universities across all the cities. All the universities offer very high quality and skill based education. Australian universities have fairly relaxed entry requirements when compare to American or Canadian universities. All universities have excellent campus and facilities for the students. The group of 8 universities are rated as the best universities in Australia and consist of the following universities, University of Adelaide, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, and University of Sydney & University of Western Australia.

Courses : Australian universities offer a wide range of courses to choose from. Students can opt for specialised courses as per their background and interest. Some of the most popular courses in Australia are; Business Management, Computing and Information Technology, Accounting and Finance, Engineering, Public Health, Construction Management, Mining and Health Care Management

Intakes : February and July are the main intakes in Australian universities where all the universities run all their courses, however, some universities do have intakes in the other month of the year as well providing opportunity to students to enroll any time in the year.

Funding and Scholarships

Tuition Fee : Range of tuition fees varies university to university. Below is the approximate range of tuition fees per year at the British Universities.

Level of study Annual fees range in AUD Annual fees range in INR (approx)
Master’s degree 24,000-40,000 12 Lakhs – 21 Lakhs
Pre Masters 22,000-30,000 10 Lakhs – 15 Lakhs
Bachelor’s degree 22,000-32,000 10 Lakhs – 26 Lakhs
International Foundation 20,000-30,000 9 Lakhs -15 Lakhs

Living Expenses : Students planning to study in austrlia are required to show AUD 21290 per year for the living expenses. In addition they need to show AUD 2000 to cover their travel expenses to Austrlia. It is also mandatory for them to buy insurance which is called OSHC costing AUD 500-700 per year.

Scholarships & Bursaries : Australian universities provide good scholarships to international students ranging from 10%-30% of annual tuition fees. Thse scholsrships are merit based and are awarded to deserving students. In addtion to internal scholarships offered by universities, there are some external scholarships available like the Australia Awards Scholarship, IPRS Scholarship, APEC etc.


Student Visa: Australian student visa (subclass 500), is an e-visa. Visa process for Australia is easy and straight forward, but the processing times varies case to case and can take up to 6 weeks. Student visa is a multiple entry visa and valid for the entire course duration.

Students require to following documents to apply for visa

  • COE : A Confirmation of Enrolment letter from the university. This is issued by the university after they completed all the GTE checks from their side
  • Funding : You need to provide evidence of finances showing your capability to fund your course tuition fees & living expenses while you are studying in Australia.
  • Proof of English language proficiency : Provide soft copy of all the documents to Study Smart and relax, we will apply for your visa.

Work Visa : Graduate from Australian universities are eligible to get Post Study Work Visa depending on their course of study and the duration. Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) allows students to work in Australia for up to 4 years. Post Study Work Visas are open work visa and can further be extended with the support of an employer. Students can even apply for a PR on completion of the post study work visa.

Arrival and Accommodation

Arrival : Upon arrival, your passport and documents are checked at the destination airport. Universities in Australia arrange airport pickup from the nearest airport. Students can also take private taxis from airport to their destination. Options of public transport from the airport are also available.

Accommodation : Universities in Australia offer variety of accommodation option to international students such as on campus university accommodation, home-stay, and private apartments. Students can opt for their choice of accommodation depending on their budget, location and preferences.

Orientation and Welcome Week : Orientation and welcome week is a very important step of your journey as a student in Australia. It offers you a great opportunity to make friends, know about your university and get familiarised with the campus facilities and much more. All the students are advised to attend these orientation and welcome week to start their journey on a right note.

Career and Employment Opportunities

Over the last decade, Australia’s strong economic performance has resulted in significant economic process, low inflation, low unemployment and low interest rates. The Australian economy is open and competitive, aided by a dynamic private sector and a talented workforce. Opportunities can be found in a number of major industries like Financial, Business and Consulting, Metal and Mining, Energy and Utilities, Healthcare.

Main Industries in Australia : Strategy and General business, Human Resource, Information Technology, Sustainability, Information Technology, Pharmaceutical, Tourism & Hospitality, Aircraft Leasing, Alcoholic Beverage Industry & Healthcare.

Emerging Industries in Australia : Construction, Energy, Food, Technology, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Transport, Warehousing, Retail Trade, Education and Training.

Areas of Skill Shortage in Australia

There are plenty of jobs and skills, which are listed in the current skills shortage list for Australia. The most updated list is available on the Australia immigration website. Some of the relevant skills shortage areas for students are

Business and Finance : Accountants, Business Intelligence Analysts, Financial Advisers,

Construction : Architects, Surveyors, Site Managers, Construction Project Manager and Planners

Education : Secondary School Teacher, Primary School Teacher, and Special Education Teachers.

Engineering : Biomedical Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Energy Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Mining Engineer

IT : App Developers, Data Analysts, Software Developers, IT Support Specialists, Programmers

Healthcare : Dentist, Audiologist, Physiotherapist, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Opticians, Radiologists

Hospitality : Chefs and Tour Operators

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