Study in Australia
Do you want to study in Australia? We can help you for free with the application to all Australian universities and colleges! Read more about schools, fees, visas, scholarships, etc.
Why study in Australia?
Australia is one of the most popular countries to study abroad in among international students. Australia is a country with a lot to offer. With a wonderful climate where you can flee the cold and darkness of winter. Many parts of Australia are warm all year around, especially compared to northern Europe and north America. Here you can find exciting large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, not to mention the exciting and fascinating countryside with animals and nature that you can only experience in Australia.
You will spend a large amount of time outside with plenty to do, see and experience. Swimming, surfing, hiking, music festivals, barbeques, parties and much more. The lifestyle here is relaxed and it’s relatively easy to find a job as an international student. What’s not to like?
What can you study in Australia?
You can study almost anything in Australia. Choose between these different kinds of educational establishments:
The universities in Australia have an excellent reputation. The best universities in Australia, the so-called Group of Eight, are almost all of them on the list of the Top 100 universities in the world. The highest ranking Australian universities are:
- University of Melbourne
- University of Sydney
- Australian National University
- University of Queensland
- Monash University
- UNSW Sydney
- University of Adelaide
- The University of Western Australia
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of Canberra
The most common choice amid international students is to do a Study Abroad-semester where you take separate courses for 1 or 2 semesters. You can choose which subjects you want to focus on from the university’s academic directory. Normally you take 4 courses (24 Australian credits) during one semester.
We have partners who can help you apply to all universities in Australia. Fill out an info request to get help to choose and apply to universities in Australia.
In Australia many of the colleges are vocational or more practical. These colleges are usually smaller than the universities. The number of students can vary from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand.
Some Australian colleges offer 3-year bachelor’s degrees like the universities. The difference is that the degrees are more practical, and the colleges are usually focused on specific subject such as design, music or animation. These colleges are a good choice if you are looking for a practical education in a creative field.
Other colleges in Australia offer diploma courses which are usually one year long. Usual subjects are business, hospitality, tourism, marketing and management. These diplomas are usually less expensive, more practical and less demanding that university studies. The number of students in each class are usually smaller.
Some examples of Australian colleges are Collarts in Melbourne that offer degrees within design and entertainment, Kaplan Business School in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and Australian College of Physical Education in Sydney who offer degrees in Health, Fitness, Dance and Sports.
If you want to improve your English, studying at a language school is your best option. You have the opportunity to start any Monday and decide the length of your course yourself. Study standard English or exam courses focused on Cambridge Exams or IELTS that are useful when applying to universities or colleges. You can also take a TESOL course if you want to work teaching English as a second language.
We highly recommend International House located in downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach, Melbourne and in Darwin.
Finding and applying to a school in Australia.
Australia have more than 40 universities and if you count colleges and language schools we are talking about hundreds of educational establishments. To choose one that is suitable for you and applying to it is not easy. However, we have a partner who can help you decide which school is suitable for you, apply to it and help you with the visa process all free of charge. They have offices all around Australia, so they can also offer help with accommodation, work and activities during your free time.
Fill out an information request for more info about how we can help you study in Australia.
What are the semester dates?
As Australia is quite literally on the other side of the world, the seasons are opposite to those of the northern hemisphere. That means that the academic year starts in February or early March, which is the end of summer in Australia (even if the winter time there is just as good or better than summertime in Northern Europe or North America). The fall semester usually runs until the second half of June. The spring semester then runs from end of July until end of November when the summer holiday starts.
Colleges and smaller schools can have slightly different semester dates and if you are attending a language school you can usually start any Monday and choose the length of the course yourself.
Many Australian universities will accept applications up until a couple of months before the semester starts. We recommend that you apply at least three months before you want to start, preferably even earlier, to sort out everything with the application, funding and visas.
What does it cost to study in Australia?
Australia is not a cheap country for international students. Living costs are similar to other English speaking countries, but tuition fees at the universities are quite high. Here we take a closer look
Tuition fees vary between different schools and programs so always check your school’s website for the specific price of the program you are interested in. Here are some cost estimates from the Australian Government’s website for international students:
- Language courses cost about 300 AUD per week on average, usually cheaper for a longer period of study.
- Foundation courses in general cost between 15000 and 30000 AUD totally.
- Vocational college tuition varies from 4000 to 22000 AUD per year.
- University undergraduate course is between 20000 to 45000 AUD, postgraduate course is from 22000 to 50000 AUD. Courses like medicine and veterinary may cost even more.
Fill out an information request to get a price quote to the school where you want to study in Australia. Together with our partners we can help you apply to all colleges and universities in Australia.
In general the living cost and price in Australia is not significantly different from other developed western countries. Major cities like Melbourne and Sydney usually comes with higher costs more than smaller places.
International students' living cost is expected between 1500 to 2500 AUD monthly, depending on in which city you study, what kind of accommodation you choose, your lifestyle and spending habits etc.
Scholarships to study in Australia
You will usually need your own funding to study in Australia, but luckily there are scholarships you can apply for to lower your costs. The scholarships are usually awarded by the school where you want to study and you apply at the same time as you apply for the course. Here are some examples:
- Together with our partner Go Study, we can offer scholarships of 20-30% to several popular Australian universities.
- Kaplan Business School offers favorable prices and a scholarship of 20% to selected European students.
- Students from Asia and the Pacific countries can apply for big scholarships from Australia Awards. Please note that we cannot help you apply for this scholarship.
- You are also welcome to apply for DreamStudies' study abroad scholarship of 1000-1500 Euro if you will study in Australia next year. The application deadline is December 15.
Read more in our scholarship guide.
Insurance in Australia
It is important that you have a good insurance when studying abroad. If study on a student visa in Australia it is mandatory to sign up for the Australian OSHC insurance, Overseas Student Health Care. This insurance covers health care but other important parts are usually missing such as theft, transport and responsibility/legal protection. If you can’t add these to your OSHC insurance you should look into getting an ordinary study abroad insurance as well.
You will always need a visa when studying in Australia. This must be organised before you travel. For university studies and other courses that are longer than 3-4 months, a student visa is mandatory. For shorter language courses you can travel on a tourist visa or Working Holiday visa.
Read more about student visa to Australia here.
Working as a student in Australia
When you study on a student visa in Australia you can work up to 40 hours over 14 days from when your studies begin. During your holidays you can work as much as you want but you cannot work before you start your courses. Read more about working on a student visa in Australia.
In the employment market, international students are protected by the same labour laws as the domestic student. The minimum wage in Australia, which is currently 19.84 AUD before tax, applies to all work forces including international students.
If you are studying for four months or less and travelling on a Working Holiday visa you can work as much as you want. You can start working the day you arrive in Australia and for up to a year, but no more than 6 months with the same employer. Read more about Working Holiday visas in Australia.
If you are studying a short course on a tourist visa you are not allowed to work during your stay in Australia.
Can you help me if I want to study in Australia?
Yes, we have an Australian based partner who can help students from Europe and the Americas to find a school that suits you and apply to any university or college in Australia. They can also help you with accommodation, finding a job, organising your visa and many other things. Fill out our request form and we will send you more information about studying in Australia.