Study Abroad at Australia

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Australia

Higher education in Australia is quality regulated by the Australian Government across all universities. There are national agencies to monitor teaching, learning, administration and research in institutions. Australia has an ESOS Act (Education Services for Overseas Students) which protects the integrity of the system, safeguard the welfare and rights of an international student. The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) must approve the courses offered to international students. There are 64 Cooperative Research Centers (CRCs) which bring together industry, government and academics.

Admission Test

Australia and India share similar education systems, and there is no entrance exam (except GAIAT, which is required by some B-Schools). Their admission is based on academic background, work experience and English Language proficiency. While a good TOEFL score is, acceptable for admission to an institution, obtaining an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 is a mandatory requirement for the student visa to Australia unless the institution has a higher requirement.

Areas of Expertise

Australian universities provide the major research and development programmes. Most of the courses deal with state-of-the-art knowledge. The fees are significantly lower and it requires three years to complete an undergraduate degree in Australia. A Ph.D degree can be completed in three years. More than all, the cost of living for international students is significantly lower.

Immigration Details

The Australian Government through its Overseas Student Program (OSP) allows people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to study in Australia. The following is the list of student visa types and required qualifications.

Student visa subclass

Courses/qualifications

Subclass 570
Independent ELICOS

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) undertaken as a stand-alone course, not leading to an Australian award

Subclass 571
Schools

Primary school
Secondary school including junior and senior secondary
Approved secondary exchange programs

Subclass 572
Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Certificate I, II, III, and IV
Diploma, Advanced diploma
Former RATE system qualifications: Certificate, Advanced certificate and Associate diploma

Subclass 573
Higher Education

Bachelor degree
Associate degree
Graduate certificate
Graduate diploma
Masters Coursework

Subclass 574
Masters (Research) and Doctorate

Masters Research
Doctoral degree

Subclass 575
Non-award Foundation Studies/Other

Enabling course: non-award foundation studies
Other full-time courses or components of courses not leading to an Australian award

Subclass 576
AusAID and Defence

Full-time courses of all types undertaken by AusAID or Defence students sponsored by the Australian Government

 

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