Studying in Australia requires a visa. The visa you need to obtain will depend on your nationality, age and purpose of visit. If your main purpose is to study, you will obtain a student visa. The subclasses of student visas are such:
- Higher Education Sector
- Schools Sector
- Non-Award Sector
- Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector
- Postgraduate Research Sector
- Independent ELICOS Sector
- Vocational Education and Training Sector
It is possible to study a short course on one of the following visas:
- Visitor Visa
- Working Holiday Visa
- Working and Holiday Visa
- Student Guardian Visa
You can also obtain a Temporary Graduate Visa. This is useful for international students who recently graduated from an Australian institution.
Each person has a different case, therefore requirements and processes vary for everyone. You are recommended to read about visas here:
Despite numerous languages spoken in Australian homes, the majority of the country speaks English. Although there is no declared “official language”, English is widely seen as the national language. Australian English has a distinct accent and dialect compared to American English.
If your first language is not English, you will have to prove that your level of English is up to a certain standard. If you do not reach that standard, most Australian universities provide Pre-Sessional English programmes. These allow you to raise your level and improve your ability ready to succeed in your chosen course!
Evidence of English language proficiency may be required for visa processing.
Five of the best 30 cities in the world for students are in Australia. These cities are ranked based on student mix, affordability, quality of life and employer activity.
Have a look at some of Australia’s biggest cities below and see what they have to offer!
As of 2013’s QS City Index, Sydney is the world’s fourth best city for international students. It is the most populous city in Australia. A famous tourist destination for structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Destinations such as Bondi Beach and the Royal National Park are also popular. It is also home to the oldest university in Australia, the University of Sydney.
Just behind Sydney is Melbourne ranked at fifth. Considered an international center for arts. The city a UNESCO City of Literature. It is also home to the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Exhibition Building. Melbourne also has the world’s largest tram network. The city is also known for its weather which can change drastically due to the city’s location.
With three major institutions, Brisbane has a very high student ratio. It is the world’s 26th best city for students. Brisbane is popular with tourists for its proximity to beautiful beaches. A mix of urban and outdoor lifestyles, Brisbane has an active outdoor culture mixed with the city’s nightlife.
The world’s 30th best student city is Australia’s fourth largest city. Isolated from other Australian cities, Perth offers access to numerous natural beauties. The city also boasts of a local world-class wine industry. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Perth is the 9th most liveable city in the world.
Australia’s national capital is the 37th best student city in the world. Home to the Australian War Memorial, Black Mountain Tower and the National Library of Australia. The city also has emerging dining scenes to complement its regional wine scene. The country’s highest ranked institution, Australian National University, is in Canberra.
Right next in the list at 38 is the country’s fifth largest city. It was also included in the Top 10 of the World’s Most Liveable Cities from 2010 to 2012. The Property Council of Australia proclaimed the city as the most liveable city in Australia from 2011 to 2013. Adelaide is a learning city. This is due to the presence of universities, as well as research institutions, such as Royal Institution of Australia.
Universities in Australia
Browse Australian universities and colleges using the map. You can also select a university from the list below to view more information about the institution, its location and the courses offered.