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The country famous for kangaroos, surfing and koalas, but there is more to Australia. Australia covers an area of 7.69 million square kilometers. This makes it the 6th largest country in the world and home to over 23 million people. Its rich culture and history are founded on its Aboriginal heritage and blend of vibrant cultures. Australia is a global leader in education. This makes it a popular study destination for international students.

Why Study in Australia?

Studying in Australia offers a lot of opportunities. There are over 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions across the country. This makes it highly likely that your preferred course will be available to study in Australia.

As well as having the quantity and variety, Australia leads in quality of education. Seven out of the top 100 unis in the world are in Australia. Their education system ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. The Australian education system is recognized as world-class.

Quality of education is important, but so is student life. Australia is home to six of the forty best student cities in the world. A 2012 survey revealed that 88% of student respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with living in Australia. This is no surprise, as Australia is the tenth happiest country in the world.

Aside from these, Australia and its government invest in international education. For example, there is over $200,000,000 invested by the government every year for international scholarships. This makes studying in Australia more accessible for international students.

It is no wonder that Australia is the 3rd most popular student destination in the world!

More about Australia

Australia is one of the most welcoming and diverse countries. Almost half of the population were either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas. There are over 260 languages being spoken in homes across Australia!

Aside from its diversity, the country boasts of its economy. It has seen steady growth, even throughout the 2008 global financial crisis. The country, for the year 2014, had a GDP of more than $1.4 trillion.

Due to its large size, the country has diverse environments. It has over 500 national parks and over 2,700 conservation areas. These range from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves. On top of this, 17 of the UNESCO World Heritage sites are in Australia. Examples of these are the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.

Cost of Studying and Living in Australia

Study Expenses

*Australia uses the Australian Dollar or AUD as its currency.

As a popular study destination, scholarships are competitive. If you are self financing you should be aware of the costs of studying and living in Australia.

As with most other countries, the cost of education in Australia is dependent on several things. This includes the type and duration of your studies, among other things.

For example, English Language Courses are available at $300/week. Vocational training or education on the other hand will cost you $4,000 to $22,000. Vocational training awards Certificate Levels (from I to IV), Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. Costs will be higher for the latter.

Bachelor Degrees will have you spending $10,000 to $33,000 a year. Expect higher costs if pursuing your degree at a private institution. Studies taken in a public institution will generally cost less.

Studying a Master’s Degree will cost from $20,000 to $37,000 per year. Doctoral Degrees on average range from $14,000 to $37,000. As mentioned private education will result in higher costs.

Living Expenses

There is a minimum cost of living for student visas. This is decided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and it is $18,610. Your living expenses in Australia will depend on which region you plan to live in. For example, urbanized areas will have higher living costs. There are several different choices for living arrangements. Hostels and guesthouses range from $90 to $150 a week. Shared rentals and on-campus living will cost $85 to $280. More expensive options are homestay ($235 to $325 per week) and rental ($165 to $440 per week).

Aside from accommodation, your weekly expenses will most likely include:

  • Groceries or eating out ($80 to $280).
  • Gas and electricity ($35 to $140).
  • Phone and internet ($20 to $55).
  • Public transport ($15 to $55).
  • Lifestyle ($80 to $150).

You should factor in health insurance costs and overseas student health cover.

Study and Work in Australia

Working whilst you study in Australia is a great way to cover your living and tuition expenses. It is important that you check with the appropriate government office first. Different visas (discussed below) have different stipulations on this. It should be possible to work part time whilst you study.

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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

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Institutions in Australia

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