Study Abroad at Australia
by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)
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.
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.
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
English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) undertaken as a stand-alone course, not leading to an Australian award
Certificate I, II, III, and IV
Enabling course: non-award foundation studies
Full-time courses of all types undertaken by AusAID or Defence students sponsored by the Australian Government
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