Cost of Education
Required Tests
Work Prospects
Applying for Visa

Study in Australia – Vocational courses, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs

Study Australia is the next ‘hot‘destination after the USA, in terms of numbers, quality and living conditions. Every year, several thousand students from India (around 20,000 in 2004) and throughout the world go to Australia, for world-class education, which is recognized globally and that has top-class and highly ranked universities. Australian universities and training institutions offer a wide range of courses to met most aspirations and requirements. The curriculum and infrastructure are the latest while the faculty is up-to-date and progressive in outlook and result-oriented.

The excellence in Education, the multicultural background of students, value for money, English speaking country and on top of that, Governmental and institution support for international students are some other aspects that has made Australia very attractive destination for students from all over the world to study Australia.

One excellent advantage for Indian students is the similarity between Indian and Australian education systems, which are broadly patterned on the British education system. Therefore, it is easier for admission into any level without the hassle of credential evaluation, university review of qualifications etc. Also, because of flexibility in their education system, students who have completed two years of Bachelors/Diploma could enroll directly into the 2ndyear 3rdyear of Bachelor’s program in Australian institutions. Studies in Australia, Australian degrees are recognized by the Association of Indian Universities for purposes of government employment and further education in an Indian university.

Main intake every year commences in February/March whereas most of the universities also have an intake in July.

There are two semesters per year, from February to June and July to November.

November – February is the major vacation period.

All the programs in all fields of specialization are available for study in Australian institutions at all levels.

Cost of education in Australia is quite competitive when compared to other countries like UK and USA. Also, because of the ‘foreign exchange value’, Indian students find Australian education comparatively cheaper and more affordable!

Education System

There are 39 universities in Australia offering Bachelor degrees, Master’s degrees, Doctorate, Postgraduate certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas that are recognized throughout the world. Universities are established under legislation and set their own academic requirements within strict legislative guidelines.

As part of its commitment to the high quality of Australia’s higher education, the Australian Government has established the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). This agency is tasked with ensuring high quality of teaching and learning, research and management standards in Australian universities through a panel of expert senior academics and administrators. Higher education research: There is a strong culture and tradition of leading research in Australian universities that has been internationally recognized.

Australia has an integrated nationwide system of qualifications, known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is recognized by the Australian Government. Under this, students can move easily from one level of study to the next and receive credit for previous study. It brings together the qualifications offered at different levels.

There are several institutions offering Vocational courses offering Certificate and Associate Degree programs (equivalent to +2 level in India), which are highly popular for their employment potential. TAFE colleges and private institutions are highly popular in offering Vocational programs. The vast range of courses includes information technology, business and management, marketing and communications, health, science, design and the arts, television production and media, environmental studies and land management, sport and recreation, engineering and building, and hospitality and tourism. English language training and university preparation courses are also offered. TAFE courses most appropriate for students from India and neighboring Asian Countries are at Certificate II, III, IV, Associate Diploma, Diploma and Advanced Diploma level and are normally of two-year duration.

After the vocational level, admission is possible at the undergraduate level, which offers Bachelor’s degrees. The subsequent level is the Post-graduate, where Master’s programs are offered. Interestingly, the three-year degrees from India are acceptable for direct admission into Master’s level programs in Australian universities. At the Master’s level, the focus is more on research, though most universities are offering professional master’s degrees too, that are suitable for gainful employment. A good academic record in Bachelors degree from a recognized university is necessary. Any work experience in the field will be helpful. For most of the MBA programs, students need to have 2-5 years of work experience along with their Bachelors Degree, in addition to good GMAT scores.

KALT Overseas Educational , study Australia’s gamut of services provide total assistance and guidance about the education system, studying at all levels in your country of choice and plan your total process, right from pre-application to visa, in a professional and result-oriented manner. If you have any queries, use our helpline.


  • To start with, the student should collect various brochures and prospectus for different institutions and do a comparative analysis of the institutions, vis-à-vis course details, tuition fee, standing of the university etc.

  • Detailed information and guidance is available from the counselors of KALT Overseas Educational and through our website’s helpline Once the institution has been decided upon, the procedure to be followed would be:

Admission Procedure

  • Make an application to the institution of choice through KALT Overseas Educational.

  • The institution will make an offer of admission based on qualifications after assessing the application.

  • Submit a Pre Visa Assessment (PVA) application to the Immigration Section of the Australian High Commission through KALT Overseas Educational.

Cost of Education

The average tuition fee for different programs can be: (Australian $ per annum)

Diploma : 7,000 – 11,000
Bachelors Degree : 9,000 – 15,000
Masters degree : 10,000 – 22,000

Accommodation and living expenses

For accommodation, students have a number of options available that can be on-campus or off-campus such as hostels, rented housing, home stay etc. The cost of living can vary depending on the city. However, on an average, a student would need between ASD$ 8,000-A$ 10,000 per annum. This amount would cover accommodation on rent, food, clothing, transport etc.

Required Tests

For admission into any level of programs, IELTS is required for admission and for visa purpose as well.

For Master’s level programs in Sciences, Engineering and Education this is the only requirement. Unlike the US, a score in GRE is not required. At the same time, some universities prefer applicants with a GRE score.

However, for admission into MBA programs, decent GMAT score, in addition to IELTS and relevant work experience of at least 2-3 years is required along with good academic background.

Health insurance

All international students in Australia are required to have medical insurance. The overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) charge of A$ 274 is payable before the student visa is issued.

Work prospects

Students can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week after they start their studies and full time during vacations. However they are required to obtain a work permit by paying AUS.$50 payable in Australia itself on course commencement, in favour of DIMA to obtain their work permits.

The limitations on work must be strictly observed; students found working more may face deportation.

Applying for a visa

After securing admission into the University one must start with the visa formalities.

KALT Overseas Educational Consultants, study Australia, overseas education consultants provides wide range of services for study in Australia. For information on our Visa service and other services, click here . Contact our helpline for further assistance.

In addition to other packages, the ‘Apply yourself’ package being offered by us will make the work of applicants easy, smooth and productive. Right from selecting the appropriate universities that suit one’s requirement/profile to evaluating essays, recommendations, resume etc., till applying for the visa, KALT Overseas Educational, study Australia will be with you all the way when you enroll for this highly useful package. For more details about the package and to know how KALT Overseas Educational , study Australia can help you realize your dreams.

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