Study in Australia


Existence : 400 yrs

Area : 7,692,030 square kilometres

Population : 20,272,417

Main States/ Territory and Cities : New South Wales - Sydney, Victoria - Melbourne, Queensland - Brisbane & Gold Coast, Western Australia - Perth, Hobart - Tasmania, Darwin - Northern Territory, Canberra - Australian Capital Territory

Industries : Dairy / Education / Mining

Climate and Environment :


Australia has a relatively warm climate. However, extreme temperatures have been recorded such as: 53°C at Cloncurry (Queensland) in 1889, -23°C at Charlotte Pass (NSW) in 1994.

Summers tend to be hotter and more humid in the north and winters are usually colder in the south. (source: PIER)

Overall Australian cities tend to have mild climates in comparison to other cities in English-speaking countries. The following average temperatures have been compiled from World Weather Information Science :

Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics and the rest is in the temperate zone.The highlands and tablelands of Tasmania and the south eastern corner of the mainland are the coldest areas. Summer is from December to February; autumn from March to May; winter from June to August; and spring from September to November.

Multiculturalism : Australians pride themselves on their friendliness and multiculturalism. They live in generally safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society. Many ethnic groups are represented in Australia, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
Australia's diversity is described here:

  • 25% of Australians were born in another country.
  • 25% of Australians have at least one parent who was born overseas.
  • Australian migrants are from more than 140 countries.
  • 2 % of Australians are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

The British influence originating in Australia 's colonial origins has evolved over two centuries into a dynamic multiculturalism with invaluable contributions from migrants from all parts of the world.

Language : Although English is the official language, there are more than 200 languages are spoken in Australian households.

Some interesting figures from the ABS website (Year Book Australia, 2008)

  • More than 3.1 million Australians speak a language other than English at home, this is a 10% increase compared with data from 2001.
  • More than 55,000 Australians speak an Indigenous language at home in 2006.
  • About 7% of the total population speaks one of the six most commonly spoken languages (other than English) at their home.

Religion : Australia is predominantly a Christian country; however, all religions are represented in Australian society. Australians respect the freedom of people to practise their choice of religion. Churches, mosques, temples and synagogues are located in most major cities.

Culture : Australia is rich in the arts. There are eight professional orchestras and a national opera company. Within Australia there are more than 1000 museums preserving and displaying Australia 's diverse cultural heritage.

Australian films are winning international acclaim and many Australian film directors, actors and technicians have been acclaimed in Hollywood at the highest level.

Australian authors have received international recognition particularly with the Booker Prize, won twice by Australians and with Patrick White winning the Nobel Prize for literature. Novelists, dramatists and poets are internationally accepted by their peers as having made a substantial contribution to world literature.
Australians traditionally have provided strong support for theatre, from regional amateur troupes to polished professional companies.

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.


Sports and Recreation : Australians are very keen on sport and outdoor activities. Australia has more than 120 national sporting organizations and thousands of state, regional and club bodies. It is estimated that 6.5 million people, about a third of the population, are registered sports participants. While there are over 120 sporting organizations, Australians also take part in bushwalking, fishing, boating and water sports.

Australia 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


Transport : 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. Tickets can be bought at train stations, on buses and trams and at newsagencies.

Tourist students may drive in Australia on a valid overseas drivers licence but if the document is not in the English language the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An international driving licence is not sufficient by itself.

Metered taxicabs operate in all major cities and towns. You will find taxi ranks at transport terminals, main hotels or shopping centres or you can hail taxis in the street. A light and sign on the roof indicates if a cab is vacant. There is a minimum charge on hiring and then a charge per kilometre travelled. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.


Health Insurance : Australia has a special system of health cover for international students called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Students will need to buy OSHC before they come to Australia to cover students from when they arrive. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires students to maintain OSHC for the duration of your time on a student visa in Australia. Most plans will cover medical emergencies, to be covered for prescriptions and other check-ups and treatments, then search through the various policies available or your institution will organise this for you for the duration of your studies.


Food : A common worry as a parent will be ensuring your child is eating regularly and healthily. The first point to note here is don't worry! The food may be different to which they are accustomed and take some time to get used to, but most countries will have a wide enough choice to satisfy any tastes. Supermarkets stocking international cuisines are becoming norm, whilst chain restaurants to which many will be used to can be found in most countries

Why Australia ?

Why Study in Australia? :

  • Recognition of Australian Education from US to NZ.
  • Work permit and Permanent Residency Options.
  • Great Exposure and Experience Low Cost of Living compared to US, UK.
  • Growing Destination.
  • A great Life Style.
  • Diversity.
  • Technology.
  • Better Value for Money.
  • Competitive study expenses.
  • High standard of living Government controlled high quality Universities and Education.

From Indian Student’s perspective, Education in Australia offers :

  • They are readily accepted for postgraduate study at leading international universities.
  • Australia offers an education experience that makes a real difference.
  • Graduates from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide.
  • Students can travel with family.

Australia is one of the world’s most exciting places to be a student. It’s a country with a vivid mix of cultures, first-class infrastructure, high quality education and cutting-edge research, and it’s rich in lifestyle and landscapes. When most people think of Australia, they see wide open spaces of outback bush, kangaroos, koalas and clean air and water. Not a bad picture to be portraying to the world! However, Australia has so much more to offer than just these stereotypical images.

Australia is among the best in the world. Several of Australia’s capital cities regularly rank among the world’s ‘most liveable’ cities.

The Growing Destination : Australia is rapidly growing as one of the most popular destinations for international student to attend. Currently Australia has the third largest international student enrollment behind the USA and the UK. . For many students, Australia may represent a better study destination than other popular alternatives like the UK and the US.


A great lifestyle : The lifestyle and quality of living Mercer 2010 worldwide quality of living survey recently found that three Australian cities ranked in the top 25 for overall quality of living. Sydney, Melbourne and Perth ranked 10th, 18th and 21st respectively, a feat not achieved by any US or UK city.


Diversity : Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of course and degrees, making it easy to find a fit that is right for you!

Technology : Not many people know this, but Australia is in the top 10 spenders in the world for research and development and 2% of all scientific papers in the world come from Australia, putting Australia at the forefront of new technology and innovations. From only a meager population of 19 million, there have been 7 Nobel Prize winners.

Education System

Australia – a place where your quality of education is guaranteed

In 2000, Australiaintroduced the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. ESOS ensures that, in order to enrol international students, institutions must first meet requirements for registration. All institutions which meet registration requirements are listed on the publicly available Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Types of Institutions and Education :

41 Universities

110 + Tafe Institutions

550 + Private Colleges

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a quality assured national framework of qualifications in the school, vocational education and training (VET), and higher education sectors in Australia.

Secondary education : Australiais a popular secondary school destination due to the quality and international recognition of the education offered, and the safe, caring and multicultural environment. An Australian secondary school education will provide you with skills for your future study, employment and life, inAustraliaor anywhere in the world.

English language courses : Australia is proud of the reputation and quality of its English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) courses. The National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) works to maintain the high standard of Australia’s ELICOS courses. These courses are designed to help students succeed in university studies by improving their English and academic study skills.

Intakes : The main intake for all Australian Institutions is February . Every university opens admissions for all courses that they offer, for the February intake. There is also a Mid-year intake offered by some Australian Universities during July . It is important to keep in mind that, a university offering an intake in February might not necessarily offer all the courses that they have on list, during the mid year intake. Whether or not a University will offer a July intake can be found out on the university website , university brochures or from our career counselors.

Some universities also follow November – summer intake. It is available only for limited number of universities and limited courses. Generally universities follow semester system and for some programs, they have trimester system.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) : Thousands of courses are offered through the VET sector in Australia. Qualifications gained through the VET sector can lead to a career in a variety of diverse and exciting industries.

Courses and qualifications : Australian vocational education and training courses provide students with skills that employers have identified as important in the workplace.

The types of qualifications that can be obtained through the VET system include:

Certificate I–IV : these courses are designed to provide introductory skills and training. They provide industry-specific knowledge and skills in communication, participation, literacy and numeracy, and teamwork. They vary in length from a few weeks to six or more months.

Diploma : a diploma course prepares students for industry, enterprise and para-professional careers. Diploma courses can be completed at TAFE institutes and private colleges. Diplomas require 18 to 24 months of full-time study.

Advanced Diploma : An advanced diploma provides a high level of practical skills for employment in a specific career area, such as accounting, building design, and engineering. Some advanced diploma courses can also be completed at university level. Advanced diplomas vary in length from 24 to 36 months.

Average tuition costs :

$5500–$18000 per year

Please note that course fees can vary widely depending on the course, institute and location chosen and should always be sourced from the relevant provider(s).

Pathways to university : TAFE provides both international and domestic students with a number of education pathways to university (higher education). In addition to providing assistance with entrance requirements, TAFE courses can also be counted for credit towards some Australian university courses. For example, students who graduate with a diploma from a TAFE college may receive up to two or three semesters of credit towards a related university degree.

Pathways to the workforce : A TAFE qualification can also improve your prospects in the job market. Due to the practical emphasis of most courses in this sector, a TAFE qualification can be a valuable addition to the resume.

Foundation courses : a pathway into university

Foundation courses help international students who may not initially meet entry requirements gain entry to undergraduate study at Australian universities and colleges. They also help students adapt to the Australian academic environment and life in Australia. Some foundation courses promise a place at university after successful completion of the course. Foundation courses are typically intensive one-year preparatory courses, but this time frame can sometimes be altered according to the student’s needs.

Average tuition costs

$9000–$18000 a year

Higher education – Diploma and Undergraduate : Entry into most higher education (university) courses in Australia is highly competitive and a high standard of English language is required for undergraduate study. Each education provider has different entrance requirements.

Average course costs

Diploma and Bachelor degree : AUD$15000–$30000 per year

Please note that fees vary widely from college to college

Higher Education – Postgraduate : Australia has built a strong reputation for excellence and quality across its higher education and training programs. Many international students elect to complete their postgraduate studies in Australia.

Graduate Certificate/ Diploma : generally designed for specific vocational purposes, either the broadening of skills and knowledge already gained in an undergraduate program, or the development of vocational skills and knowledge in a new professional area. The typical requirement is six months of full-time study for the graduate certificate and twelve months of full-time study for the graduate diploma. Entrance usually requires a bachelor degree or advanced diploma.

Masters degree : provides a mastery or high-order overview of a relevant field of study or area of professional practice. Typically they involve two years of study after a bachelor degree, or one year of study after a bachelor degree (honours). The masters degree may be offered in three formats:

Coursework Masters : consists of coursework, project work and research in varying combinations. Entry typically requires prior completion of a bachelor degree, a bachelor degree (honours) or a graduate diploma.

Research Masters : consists of at least two-thirds research with a substantial thesis, which is often externally assessed. Entry normally requires a bachelor degree (honours) or masters preliminary year, a research-based graduate diploma or equivalent research experience.

Professional Masters : may consist of a work-based project. Entry requires a relevant qualification and professional experience, or extensive relevant professional experience.

Doctoral Degree : recognises a considerable original contribution to a given field in the form of new knowledge or the adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. The doctoral degree may be offered in two formats:

Average course costs

Graduate Certificate/Diploma : AUD$14000–$30000 per year

Masters and Doctoral Degrees (per semester) : AUD$14000–$30000 per year

Application Procedure

Ideally, you should begin the application process about 12 months before you hope to enrol. If you are awaiting final examination results, most institutions will grant provisional acceptance based on your past academic performance. Provisional acceptance will also be granted pending acceptable English language proficiency.

Application Fees : Each university will have different application fees which could be waived during different events organized by our company. Events likeAustralia week and road show (on the spot) where students get an opportunity to meet university representatives personally.

Application Procedure : Each University specifies its application procedure / requirements. Generally one can apply for admissions in 2 ways

1. By Corresponding with the University, i.e. sending an application with all relevant documents through post or filling up an online application form, and also through

2. Road show / On The Spot Interviews conducted by several visiting Universities: In this case, one is required to attend an interview conducted by university staff/ faculty, who will offer the student an on the spot decision, about whether or not he is eligible for admission. Planet can help you apply to Universities in both the ways, where by all application, admission and correspondence services will be provided by us.

  • Application Form
  • Resume / Bio-data
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Graduation Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate (if applying for PG)
  • Individual Mark sheets for all years/semesters
  • Std 12 mark sheet
  • Std 10 mark sheet
  • 2 Recommendation letters (out of which at least 1 should be academic, with the other being from the work place, if student is working)
  • Work experience letters (if applicable)
  • IELTS / TOEFL scorecard (as proof of English proficiency
  • Any other relevant certificates

Portfolio of work must also be included, incase of application for courses in art / design etc.

Studying & Living

It can be hard to imagine what life will be like in a new country, and even harder to predict everything you might need to organise or take along for your stay.

Cost of Living : As per our students in Australia, they can expect to spend AUD$300–$400 per week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, travel, telephone calls and other costs. The amount you spend will vary according to factors such as lifestyle, and the type and location of your course.

The cost of living and tuition costs in Australia are much lower that compared to theUSAor theUK. These lower costs make it more affordable for students to attend a school in The Mercer 2010 cost of living survey found that only two Australian cities, Sydney at number 24 and Melbourne at number 33, appeared on the list of the 50 most expensive cities to live. TheUKhas the 17th most expensive city -London, while New York comes in at number 27.

Australia’s strong economy and low unemployment rate means international students who wish to work have no problems finding a job.

WORKING WHILE STUDYING : The Australian Immigration system allows students to work up to fortnightly 40 hrs during course time and full-time during vacation periods. This opportunity makes it much more affordable for students who can attend university and still fund their education with some work. Although it is possible for international students to work whilst studying, part-time employment should not be regarded as a means of financing your studies in Australia.

Permission to work is granted after you commence your studies.

Tuition Fees : The following tuition fees represent the average costs of undertaking courses of study in Australia and should be used as a guide only. Specific information about tuition fees can be obtained directly from individual institutions.

Vocational education and training (TAFE and private colleges)
Certificates I-IV / Diploma / Advanced Diploma : A$5500 – $18000 per year


Undergraduate : A$14000–$22000 per year

Postgraduate : A$14000– $30000 per year

Foundation studies : A$9000–$18000 per year

Visa Process

India falls under Assessment level 3.

Steps for Australian student visa :

  • Visa file submission
  • Medical examination
  • 1st semester tuition fees payment to Institute
  • Final visa

Processing time : The processing time for the visa file is 8 – 10 weeks

Funds : An applicant must demonstrate that they can support their tuition and living expenses while studying in Australia.

Funds requirement as per the assessment level :

IELTS requirement :

Visa Class Award Name Bands required
572 Certificate IV / Diploma / Advanced Diploma 5.5
573 & 574 Graduate Diploma,Bachelor,Master Degree 6.0

Living expenses : Estimated at AUD 18,000 per annum

Sponsors : Self, Spouse, Parents, Siblings, Maternal & Paternal Grand Parents, In laws & extended blood relatives can sponsor. Others may be accepted at the Discretion of the Visa Office.

Acceptable Funds : Bank balance in savings account, fixed deposits, provident fund, PPF, and Postal Investments.

Education Bank Loans : From recognized financial institutions in India are accepted for all Australian student visa subclasses. Only some financial Institutions are recognized by the Australian Visa Office – see

For dependents : An additional finance needs to be shown.

Medicals : After the student launches his visa file, they are advised to undergo a medical check-up from a doctor appointed by the Australian High Commission.

Pay Tuition Fees : Students are required to pay the first semester tuition fees after applying for visas. On receipt of payment, the Australian institution issues an electronic confirmation of enrolment (COE) which is a mandatory document.

Passport : A student is now required to submit their passport after Provisional visa approval to the Australian Visa Office in Delhi for final stamping.


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