Australia is one of the top choices for students globally wishing to continue their studies abroad with English as the mother tongue. Apart form the quality of education that is second-to-to, australia is also known for its friendliness and cultural diversity. 


Why study in Australia?

World-class education 

Even though Australia is a small country (25 million inhabitants), it is home to some of the best universities in the world with 37 top universities, according to the famous Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2021 (7 of which featured in the prestigious top 100 of the latest QS world ranking. It’s no surprise the country attracted over 720,000 international students last year.  In fact, Australia is the third most popular destination to study in behind the US and UK, which is significant considering the small population. There are currently 1,100 institutions to choose from in the country and over 23,000 courses available to overseas students.   
Australian universities are praised for the high student satisfaction rate they achieve, the high-quality education they provide, and the high teaching standards. Australia also enjoys a global reputation stemming from the fact that some of the most incredible Nobel Prize winners (15) have attended some of the best Australian universities. The country is known for its cutting edge research projects with significant findings in medical, technological, and scientific fields such as IVF, Ultrasound, black box recorders, etc. The training methodologies in various fields are praised all around the world.  

Future Prospects 
Australia is a fantastic country to find post-study work opportunities. Indeed, overseas students who complete a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree in Australia are eligible for a post-study work visa that allows them to remain in the country for up to two years after completing their studies. Besides, Australian qualifications are internationally recognised, which can prove a significant asset on a resume and help obtain a higher paid job. A study    led a few years ago, showed that 79% of international students who had studied in Australia were in full-time work three years after they graduated, 4% were self-employed, and 6% were studying (may it be in Australia via sponsorship or in their home country). 

Quality of Life 
Australia attracts millions of visitors and thousands of students every year as they yearn to experience the unique Australian way of life.    The main cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, offer an exceptional outdoorsy and relaxed lifestyle to locals and students alike. Three of the five main cities are even consistently featured in the top 10    rankings of the most liveable cities in the world.     The country also relies on a world-class infrastructure system and top-notch medical facilities.    

Australia is also a multicultural country offering international students a chance to find a piece of home abroad, connect with people from all around the world, and explore different local habits such as surfing!   

Education Systems in Australia  

Australia counts six states and two territories; New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, and Northern Territory. The education system is similar across the country, with only small variants between states:  
  • Primary school: Primary school starts at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7 (7 or 8 years in total). In years 3,5,7 and 9, students will have to sit the NAPLAN test to assess their numeracy and literacy skills  
  • Secondary school:  Secondary school runs from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10 (3 or 4 years in total). Secondary schools are usually called high schools. Students will have to sit the NAPLAN test again in year 7  
  • Senior secondary school:  Senior secondary school runs for two years, Years 11 and 12. During years 11 and 12, students prepare and sit the ‘’Preliminary Higher School Certificate’’ and the ‘’Higher School Certificate’’(HSC). Note that the HSC is the highest academic award you can achieve at secondary school. At the end of high school, you’ll be attributed an ATAR/OP rank (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), which will be used as the primary criteria to enter an undergraduate course in universities  
  • Higher education: Higher education includes universities and vocational education and training. Most students will gain access to university based on their HSC and ATAR/OP scores. However, some alternative entry pathways, such as the TAFE, can allow you to gain extra credit to enter university.  

Higher Education  
Higher education courses generally run from late February to mid-November. There are two types of higher education studies:  
Universities offer academic education, with learning being the primary goal. University studies usually lead to a bachelor’s, bachelor’s degree (honours), master’s, or Ph.D. degree.   
  • Undergraduate Studies: Undergraduate students typically study for 3-4 years full time to earn their first bachelor’s degree. They can also pursue a  bachelor’s degree with honours, which usually entails an extra year of research-based study. A bachelor’s degree will cost you between $23,000AUD to $45,000AUD a year, depending on the institution and the type of degree.    
Note that to apply, you’ll be required to provide an overseas equivalent of the Australian secondary school certificate of education (Year 12).  
  • Postgraduate Studies:   
In Australia, postgraduate courses are offered by universities and private colleges. Note that the competition is fierce to enter higher education courses in Australia, and a high standard of English is often required.  However, every provider will have different requirements, so make sure you contact them before applying. There are three main types of higher education qualifications:  
  • Graduate certificate/diploma: These qualifications are for students who want to gain vocational skills in a professional area. To enter, a bachelor’s degree is usually required.  
  • Master’s degree:Master’s degrees are designed to provide students with a mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field. They run for one or two years and usually require a bachelor’s degree. There are three streams for Masters in Australia:  
  • Masters degree (coursework)  
  • Masters degree (research)  
  • Masters degree (extended)  
  • Doctoral degree: Usually completed in three or four years, doctoral degrees are the highest academic degrees. They come in two different formats:  
  • Research doctorate (Ph.D.)  
  • Professional doctorate  

Vocational Education and Training  
Vocation Education Training (VET) is designed to provide students with work skills and practical training so that they can join the workforce and hit the ground running. TAFE  is the largest provider of VET courses in the country. However, VET courses are usually also available in Registered Training Organisations (RTO), including certain colleges and private schools. VET courses can lead to a few different types of qualifications:  
  • Certificate I to IV: In some instances, this type of certificate can provide international students with a pathway into higher education. Note that you’ll have to meet specific requirements and might benefit from extra credit.  
  • Diploma: The same thing applies to diplomas. Check with your institution the number of extra credits you could get with this type of qualification.  
  • Advanced Diploma: The pathway into higher education also exists for international students studying for an advanced diploma.  
  • Vocational graduate certificate/diploma  
  • English language courses  
Average tuition fees range from$4000AUD to $22,000AUD  per year and can signific antly differ depending on the course level you choose. 

Students life in Australia  

Australia is both a country and a continent and, as such, offers a wide range of landscapes, flora and fauna, and seven distinct climate regions from equatorial to oceanic. If you’re planning on travelling while studying Down Under, some of the highlights of the country include; The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, The Kimberleys, The Great Ocean Drive, and, of course, the famous Sydney Opera House.   
 A few key things you should know before enrolling for Australia:   
  • Australia has a laid-back culture. People are usually friendly and easy-going.  
  • People call each other by their first name. As a student, you would call your lecturer by their first name  
  • Sport is very popular in Australia  
  • Australians eat early, and therefore restaurants’ kitchens are usually closed by 9 pm  
  • Australians are polite and respectful. They follow the rules and like order  
  • The grading system is unique to Australia. Letters are used to grade your assignments with HD standing for high distinction and D for distinction. Cr means credit, P stands for pass, and F for fail.   

Whether you want to stay on campus or prefer to rent your own room, Australia has a wide range of options when it comes to accommodation for international students:   
  • Boarding school:

Many private schools offer international students fully catered options with the possibility of choosing a private or shared room in a family-like atmosphere. Boarding school accommodation fees can cost up to $22,000 per year. 

  • Homestay:

Homestays are a great way to immerse yourself into the Australian way of life as you’d be staying with a local family. Costs range between AUD$235 to $325 per week, depending on the location.  

  • Residential colleges:  

If you want to stay on-campus, this is a good option. Residential colleges offer accommodation, meals, cleaning, and social services to help you meet new people and adjust to the Australian culture. They also usually offer private rooms with well-maintained communal areas and a friendly atmosphere. 

  • Halls of residence:  

Halls of residence are a cheaper version of residential colleges. They offer accommodation and cleaning services but are usually self-catered.  

  • Apartments:  

Some providers offer private (single or shared) apartment options on-campus or close by. Check with your institutions whether the option is available to you. 

  • Hostels and guesthouses:  

If you’re looking for temporary accommodation while you settle down, guesthouses or hostels can be a great solution for you. Not only will this option help you meet people, but it’s also a cheap alternative with shared rooms ranging from AUD$90 to $150 per week on average. 

  • Private rental:  

If you prefer to have your own room and live outside the campus, you can easily find a shared house or apartment or even a private place for yourself by browsing websites such as,, or Costs range on average between AUD 165 to $440 per week.   

Australian towns are well-connected, and there are a number of options to travel within and between cities:   

Buses, Light Rails, and Ferries:   
Buses are widely available in the main cities. Some cities like Sydney or Melbourne also have a light rail network, and Sydney and Brisbane offer ferry transport. Each state has its own rules in terms of concessions for students, but all states or cities highlighted below offer student discounted fares.  

If you want to travel between states and don’t have much time, plane is the best option. Australia is such a vast country that the plane network was developed extensively to help Australians reach their destinations faster. Some budget airlines offer good rates if you book in advance.    

Social life:
With 47% of the population born out of the country, Australia is characterised by the multitude of ethnicities and religions it is home to. The ‘’Australian fusion’’ food is a reflection of this diversity and inclusion. Therefore, international students from all around the world can expect to find their home favourites Down Under. Going to restaurants and bars to mingle with friends and meet new people is very common in Australia. Barbecues are also very popular, especially in summer. Being a former British colony, Pubs are also deeply embedded in the local culture.    
Being surrounded by Ocean and blessed with a great climate all year round in most of the country, the Australian way of life is outdoorsy. Sport is very important, especially AFL (Australian Football League), NRL (National Rugby League), and Cricket. Some leisure activities Australians enjoy in their free time include surfing, swimming, and boating.    
The Australian nightlife is also vibrant, with a lot of pubs, bars, clubs, and hotels being open late.     

As mentioned before, Australians are easy going, and if you try and adjust to their way of life, you'll make friends in no time.   

The Australia student visa  

The student visa costs $620(AUD).   

Getting a healthcare cover while you’re studying in Australia is critical as you won’t have access to Medicare, and any medical issues could end up costing thousands. Therefore, overseas students (with the exception of students from Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden) are required to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) during their stay as part of their visa requirements.   

Noted: For students who apply with SpringBoard4Education in any countries, we help you prepare the necessary documents for your student visa application, as well as other steps in the process, completely free of charge.

Work opportunities  

Part-time jobs        
Working part-time while studying is a great way to help cover some of your living costs and gain some professional experience. Some of the most popular jobs for international students in Australia include:    
  • Barista   
  • Bartender  
  • Grocery store assistant  
  • Retail assistant  
  • Gas station employee  
  • Call center  
  • Admin officer  
  • Side hustle  

To maximise the chances of securing a part-time job, open an Australian bank account so that your employer can easily deposit your earnings.   

Work opportunities         
Suppose you wish to find long term work opportunities after you’ve completed your degree. In that case, you can apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485), which will allow you to remain in Australia for a set period of time after you finish your course.     
  • Graduate Work Stream:  

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations that Australia needs . This visa lets you stay for a period of up to 10 months.   

  • Post-study Work Stream:    

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian institution. You can stay up to 4 years on this visa.   

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