A peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, together with the cosmopolitan charisma of cities like Sydney and Melbourne, Australia could be the ideal destination for you.
Australia is situated between, and isolated by, the Indian and Pacific oceans. It has many animals and plants, which are unique to the planet. The surface geology is typically old and flat. In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation and it has, however, a relatively small population. Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands and also is the driest inhabited continent on earth.
Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics and the rest is in the temperate zone : Summer is from December to February; autumn from March to May; winter from June to August; and spring from September to November.
Although English is the official language, a host of other languages like French, Spanish and Hindi are spoken in Australia.
Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious multi-cultural society in which students can learn, travel and live harmoniously. Australia is a safe country compared to almost any other country world. Crime and political unrest are rarely seen in Australia. Your study plans and progress are not likely to be upset by political turmoil. People from about 200 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. The multicultural nature of Australian society means international students are readily accepted by other students and teachers.
Australia is rich in the arts and music. In music, Australia has developed a fertile environment that supports a great range of musical tastes ranging from the most avant-garde experimental to folk, from the youthful sounds of chart-busting pop to the unique music of the aboriginal people. Painting in Australia has a history that can not only be traced back over forty thousand years of Aboriginal culture but also is represented in the major museums and galleries of modern and avant-garde art, worldwide.
Australians are open, warm and friendly people and you will find a welcoming embrace in Australia. Many students living in home stay situations experience Australian family life in a natural, friendly way and often find they are treated like a family member. Wherever you live – home stay, boarding school or campus accommodation – you will discover many opportunities to make lasting friendships.
Australia is predominantly a Christian country; however, all religions are represented in the community. Devotees will find churches, mosques, temples and synagogues located in most major cities.
Australians are very keen on sport and outdoor activities and has a world wide reputation for sports and outdoor activities. This is endorsed by the Olympic Committee’s selection of Sydney to host the Olympic Games in the year 2000.
Australia has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, tramways, ferries, two major national airlines and a number of regional airlines. Metropolitan areas are divided into zones and your ticket type and cost depends on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. Tourist students may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s license but if the document is not in the English language the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An international driving license is not sufficient by itself. Cab services: Metered taxicabs operate in all major cities and towns. There is a minimum charge on hiring and then a charge per kilometer traveled. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.
Australia has emerged as a popular destination for higher education because of its strong educational infrastructure, a high quality of life, and relatively lower expenses.
Australia has both government and private Universities that offer to programs called “Under Graduate”, and after graduation courses called “Graduate Programs or Post Graduate”.
The most popular courses of study for international students have been in the fields of Business, Administration and Economics, followed by Science, then Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
In general the time duration of a Graduate Certificates =6 months, Master=1 year, Master Honor=1.5 year, Doctorate= 2 years.
However these degrees are not measured by time but by subjects/ courses taken, therefore depending on how may subjects courses they do per semester, it may impact the time it takes to complete them.
Most of these post graduate courses however, do have a time limit to Complete.
Subclass 570 Independent ELICOS : For international students undertaking ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) as a stand-alone course, and not as a prerequisite to commencing another course (for example, a degree course)
Subclass 571 Schools : For international students undertaking ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) as a stand-alone course, and not as a prerequisite to commencing another course (for example, a degree course)
Subclass 572 Vocational and technical education (VTE) sector : covers Certificate I, II, III and IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma.
Subclass 573 Higher education: covers a Bachelor degree, Associate Degree, Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Diploma
Subclass 574 Postgraduate Research: covers a Masters degree by coursework or by research, and a Doctoral degree
Subclass 575 Non-award: covers foundation, bridging or other courses that do not lead to the award of a degree, diploma or other formal award
Subclass 576 AusAID or Defence sponsored: covers full-time study undertaken by AusAID or Defence students sponsored by the Australian Government.
1. you are of good character
2. you are of sound health
3. you have acceptable health insurance through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for yourself and members of your family unit accompanying you to Australia
4. you have no outstanding debts to the Commonwealth of Australia, or have made arrangements acceptable to the Minister to repay such a debt
5. where you are under 18 years of age, acceptable arrangements for your accommodation, support and general welfare are in place
An Offer of Acceptance - Before a student can apply for a student visa, a valid offer letter from a CRICOS registered Australian institute is required.
English Proficiency - An English Proficiency test score is a mandatory requirement and evidence of this must be included at the time of application for the student visa.
Financial Capacity - Student visas are granted when a student can prove that they have adequate funds to support themselves in Australia , pay for their tuition and care for dependant family members included on the visa.
Work Permit Rules - As a student in Australia , you will only have a limited working allowance on your visa. Therefore adequate funding to pay for living expenses and tuition are important and must be evidenced to gain the visa. If you take time off from study to work, you will fall below full-time study levels, exceed your work allowance on the visa, or will fail academically. Any of these things can lead to visa cancellation.
Bonafides - The student needs to submit their past academic records for verification as well as a statement of purpose for undertaking the desired course.
Health cover - Because Medicare, the Australian national health system, is not available to overseas students, you must maintain your Overseas Student Health (OSHC) cover while in Australia.
Non-Immigrant Intent – You must leave Australia before your visa expires.
Good Character – Other requirements are that you be a genuine student, have good health and be of good character-without a criminal record.
In order to get a Student Visa, you must satisfy the norms of the Visa requirements and Your student visa will list the conditions that apply specifically to you. It is important to comply with your visa conditions to avoid visa cancellation.
Here is the extracted information on Visa and it is bound to timely changes. For more detailed, accurate and up-to-date information on student visas and visa requirements please check the official site -
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ( DIBP)