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Australia is known to the outside world as a fast paced and technologcally advanced country. Yet, this country is much more than that. It is big, that is true but aside from that, Australia has the most beautiful environment to live in. It is filled with breath taking beaches, serene nature, calm sanctuaries, shimmering cities and much more. It is an adventure waiting.

Not just the environment but even the people in these surroundings are from all over the world. People from more than 200 countries come together to make Australia their home. This is also why anyone that lives in Australia never feels out of place. It is as comfortable and accommodating as the land you grew up in.

Although, all of these have to be considered before choosing a place, the top priority of concern would be one's health. But even when it comes to this, Australia does not disappoint. They have high standards in health care for both public and private hospitals. All are up to date on the most recent medical technologies and provide high care services. This can also be proven by the life expectancy of the Australians being among the highest in the world.

Australia is chosen as one of the best places to study in, with five of the best cities, students want to live in. It has top notch universities that offer any course that you may dream of.

AUSTRALIA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM

Australia gains the interest of the international students not only because of the variety of courses they offer. It is mainly because after completing these educational courses, they become responsible adults that can stand on their own. Unlike many of the other countries in the world, through learning in Australia, they also offer a hands on experience in their individual area of study. Their main education system is divided into three sectors:

  • Primary School: The kids have to attend school for seven to eight years in this period. It is basic learning; their foundations take birth here.

  • Secondary School:After going to primary school, going to secondary school is mandatory. These are for years 7 to 10 and this education runs for three to four years.

  • Senior Secondary:After going to secondary school, it is followed by senior secondary. Senior Secondary is basically studying year 11 and year 12 or grades 11 and 12.

  • Tertiary Education:This is after senior secondary and are for those that are interested in higher education and Vocational education and training (VET).

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)Australia is internationally renowned for having top vocational and education training. This is due to the fact that these services are mostly focused only on giving them the best of everything that is required in that specific field. Students are trained in such a manner that they are as skilled as any experienced person in the field of that specific specialization.

  • Foundation StudiesAustralia has this system called foundation studies. This course makes anyone who wants to study at university in Australia possible. It is a program mainly aimed at international students and at the end of this course, students are eligible for studying any kind of course at university. It builds their foundation and basics and makes them ready for university. It lasts for a minimum of one year.

  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)This was established by the Australian government in 1995. Its main aim is to sift and sort through the various qualification titles so that all of them represent the same quality of education. This also comprises of a set of rules regarding the level of education that each qualification therefore might represent. This can come as a benefit to many of the international students as it helps save a lot of time when looking for the best institution suitable with their course. With AQF qualification, students can always be rest assured as they know where their institution stands. That is, AQF is transparent about whether an institution is Government authorized or nationally accredited.

  • CRICOS RegistrationInternational students are required to study in institution that are registered with the CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students). This is a registration of Australian education institutions, which is managed by the Australian Governments Department of Education that allow educational provider to offer courses to international students who are studying or are planning to study in Australia on student visa.

PROSPECTS & EXPENSES

Study Expenses

The cost of studying in Australia varies depending on universities you choose and level of study you enroll into as indicated in the table below.

Education/QualificationsFee (AUD$/year)
School AUD$7,800 to AUD$30,000
Vocational Education and Training
(Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma)
AUD$4,000 to AUD$22,000
English language studies Approximately AUD$300 per week depending on course length
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree AUD$15,000 to AUD$33,000
Postgraduate Master’s Degree AUD$20,000 to AUD$37,000
Doctoral Degree AUD$14,000 to AUD$37,000

Living Expenses

The minimum cost of living required by the Department of Home Affairs to issue a student visa is $AUD20,290 to cover accommodation and living expenses indicated below.

Accommodation Expenses

First Child AUD$3,040/year
Second Child AUD$3,040/Year
Dependents AUD$7,100/year
Hostels and guesthouses AUD$80 to AUD$135 a week
Shared rentals and On-Campus Accommodation AUD$70 to AUD$250 a week
Homestay AUD$110 to A$270 a week
Return Air Travel AUD$2,000/head

Weekly Expenses

Groceries or eating out AUD$80 to AUD$200
Gas and Electricity AUD$60 to AUD$100
Phone and Internet AUD$20 to AUD$50
Public Transport A$10 to A$50
Entertainment A$50 to A$100

EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS ON STUDENT VISA

Working while studying is one of the major reasons why a large number of international students choose Australia as their study destination. The Australian Immigration system allows international students on a student visa to work up to 40 hours fortnightly during semesters and unrestricted hours during semester breaks.

The international students must obtain Taxation File Number (TFB) from Australian Taxation Office to apply for any work in Australia. The process requires basic details like name, current address, date of birth, the date of arrival in Australia, passport and proof of enrolment.

The industries such as hospitality (restaurants, bars and cafes), agriculture (farming and fruit-picking), retail (super markets and clothing stores), tourism (hotels and motels), sales and telemarketing are the most common areas where international students work while studying in Australia.

Find a Job

Some of the best ways to find appropriate work in Australia are through online job sites and newspapers, through institution’s international student support staff, registering the details at a recruitment firm and through recommendations of people you know well.

Work Rights

Every individual working in Australia including international students on student visa or people on working holiday visa have some basic rights at work. This includes:

  • A healthy and safe work environment
  • A minimum wage
  • Right to Challenge unfair dismissal
  • Breaks and Rest Periods

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