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Universities for Expats in Australia

Submitted: July 2013

Universities in Australia provide top-tier education, research, knowledge transfer and have an international outlooks. They are highly placed in many world university rankings, with nearly quarter of them being among the top 200 universities in the world. Known for the variety of students they attract – they educate over 400,000 international students per year – Australian universities offer your child the opportunity to develop a truly global outlook.

Although they are government subsidised, Australian universities are fee-paying. Generally, domestic students pay far lower university fees than international students. Annual tuition fees range greatly, depending on factors including nationality, number of courses and level of study. Tuition fees range from approximately A$15,000 to A$33,000 for an undergraduate bachelor degree, A$20,000 to A$37,000 for a masters degree and A$14,000 to A$37,000 for a doctorate. Note that these averages do not include high-value courses such as medicine, and that university fees increase by about 5% each year.

To attract international students, the Australian government and several universities offer a large number of scholarships specific to international students. More information can be found about these scholarships via the following link: https://www.scholars4dev.com/4950/australia-scholarships/ Several student loans are available to allow non-rich students to go to university. Though primarily for domestic students, you should consult the following website to see if any of these loans are applicable to you: https://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/

Entry into Australian universities is normally determined by academic performance. For undergraduate studies, most universities recognise a number of school-leaving qualifications equivalent to the Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Hence overseas students will not be at a disadvantage. Admission to many undergraduate courses in Australia universities is achieved via the University Admission Centre (UAC) for participating schools. The application process for most universities is electronic and relatively simple to complete.

Most Australian universities follow a two-semester pattern, with a few having three terms. If you are planning to apply to an Australian university, please note the following deadlines:

  • 15th October – deadline for January/February semester application.

  • 15th March – deadline for starting in July/August.

In some cases these deadlines are extended; for example, the International College of Management's deadline is 30th November. It would be best to check with individual universities to determine exact application times. The admission procedure is not as uniform for postgraduate studies. You should visit the website of each university in order to determine whether the desired course is offered, its costs, funding opportunities and application information.

Most universities use English as their medium of instruction. They therefore require students from non-English speaking counties to provide evidence of a certain level of proficiency in English, by gaining a sufficient grade in IELTS, TOEFL or another recognised English language examination. Alternatively, students can take a year-long foundation course in English.

In determining which university would best suit you or your child, you may want to consult university guides. These provide an in-depth analysis of various criteria such as student satisfaction, tutor-to-student ratio, investment on facilities, ease in finding employment opportunities upon graduation and graduate pay. Some established university reviews include:

The Australian Education Network University and College Guide: https://www.australianuniversities.com.au/

Hobsons Course Finder: https://www.hobsonscoursefinder.com.au/

The Good University Guide: https://www.studyabroad.sg/australian-universities-by-good-university-guide-2011-by-research-grants/




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