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Why study in Australia?

  • Australia is the 3rd Most popular study destination for International Students in the English-speaking study world;
  • Australia is a popular study destination because of the cultural diversity, friendly people and high quality of education.
  • 8 out of the top Universities in the world are in Australia (
  • Australia is a safe and happy place to study and live.
  • Australian qualifications are recognised world-wide. Courses undertaken by international students are covered by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). The AQF is a system of learning that ensures providers maintain a standard in the delivery of learning.
  • Australia provides a protection mechanism for international students through the ESOS.
  • Australia is a safe, multicultural, friendly and harmonious society. Australia has very low crime rate
  • In Australia, you will get better value for money as the conversion rate is lower as compared to USA or UK.
  • Australia is a less populated yet vast country which can fit in employment opportunities at a faster rate than any other part of the world.
  • Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies than in most other countries. Hence facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of the state of the art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology

English Proficiency Requirements

In some cases, you may need to provide results of an English language test. Be aware that the English language skill level required by an institution can be different from the level of skill required for your student visa application. You should carefully check student visa information on both the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)(opens in a new window) website and the institution website for any English language requirements.

The Academic Requirements

The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to study in Australia will vary depending on the level of education you want to study. Institutions can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their website carefully and contact them to ask for advice.

Here is some general guidance on entry requirements for the different levels of study:

  • English language - Entry requirements vary between institutions, and according to the level of English language course you want to study.
  • Schools - Entry requirements vary between schools depending on the state or territory you will be studying in. Academic performance and ability is considered during the application process.
  • Vocational education and training - In most cases there are no entrance exams for VET institutions. However, some courses may have specific pre-requisite subjects or work experience requirements.
  • Higher Education Undergraduate - To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course you will need to have an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also have specific pre-requisite subjects.
  • Higher Education Postgraduate - As well as the satisfactory completion of at least one degree at undergraduate level, your institution may take research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.

How much will cost?

The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose.

As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. The list below is just an indication of the course costs for different types of qualification and does not include high value courses especially in the medical field.

School From $7,800 - 30,000
English Language Studies Around $300 per week depending on course length
Vocational Educational and Training (Certificate I-IV, Diploma and Advance Diploma) From $4,000 to $22,000 (duration from 21 weeks to 103 weeks)
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree From $12,000 - $15,000 per semester (with a course duration of usually 3 years)
Postgraduate Master Degree From $12,000 - $15,000 per semester (with a course duration of usually 2 years)
Doctorate Degree From $10,000 - $15,000 per semester (with a course duration of one year to 2 years)

All cost are per year in Australian dollars.

A school year would often have 2 semesters.

There is an annual cost of living requirement provided by DIBP. For Details see DIBP website:

From 1 July 2016, the 12 month living cost is:

  • Student/guardian AUD 19,830
  • Partner/spouse AUD 6,940
  • Child AUD 2,970


  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental - $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus - $90 to $280 per week
  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental - $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out - $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity - $35 to $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet - $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport - $15 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week

The 'Insider Guides Cost of Living Calculator' is also a useful tool to help estimate your cost of living(opens in a new window) in Australia in a new window).

If you experience financial trouble while in Australia, talk to your institution's international student support staff for assistance.

Preparing the Statement of Purpose

In preparing a Statement of Purpose, the student must be able to demonstrate that the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement has been met.

The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement is an integrity measure to ensure that the student visa programme is used as intended and not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.

The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants. The officer assessing the visa will and consider whether the individual circumstances of the student indicates that their intention is for a temporary stay in Australia.

The student must demonstrate that the genuine intention is merely to stay in Australia temporarily.

Hence in writing the statement of purpose, the student must be able to demonstrate:

  • Why the student is studying the course;
  • Why the student has chosen to study in Australia and not in other countries;
  • Why the student has chosen the particular provider;
  • How will the course improve the economic situation of the student
  • Explain the current circumstances of the student in home country and how will studying the course improve/benefit the circumstance of the student in home country

What is an Offer Letter?

An Offer Letter is a letter issued by the Course Provider, after the student has met all the academic entry requirements of that provider. Simply put, the provider has offered the student a place to study. The offer letter, would detail the course, the duration, the cost, the payment/fees due and the refund policy of that provider.

The student must read the Offer Letter and understand it. Signing the offer, signifies the assent to comply with the terms and conditions in that offer as well as the rules and regulations of that provider.

What is a COE?

The COE or the Confirmation of Enrolment, is issued by the Provider. It confirms the enrolment of the student into the course. This is issued only after the student has paid the required deposit, has shown an appropriate OSHC, and has signed the offer letter.

The COE is the document required for the filing of the student visa.