Australia is a big draw among Indian students due to
its competitive cost of education
The country’s USP
The wave of Indian student landing in Australia has
been rising, from under 500 in early 1990s to nearly 30,000
Hot for what?
Popular study options among international and
particularly Indian students include post-graduate studies
(Master by course work) in Business Administration,
Management, Computer Science, Information Technology,
Engineering, Surveying. Undergraduate programmes are popular
as well as graduate diplomas. University studies in Science
course such as Biotechnology are becoming more popular.
Australia universities are not allowed to reveal
nationality-wise enrolment figures because of the country’s
In Australia, the university year usually comprises
two semesters that star in late February or early March and
end in early December. For certain programmes, institutions
also take in a mid-year batch in July. Some universities
follow a trimester system, under which courses begin in
January, May and September.
Standardised test score
Applicants need not take any entrance examination.
However, some institutions may require an IELTS score. For
certain management programmes such as MBA, some institutions
might ask for a GMAT score and work experience, although
there are institutions that accept students without these.
Varies from one university to another and one course
to another as given here.
MBA – AUS $15000 – 40,000 (Rs 5,16,068 – Rs 13,76,782)
Master in Engineering – AUS $15,000 – 20,000 (Rs 5,15,896 –
Business – AUS $12,000 – 20,000 (Rs 412,743 – Rs 6,88,278)
Hospitality – AUS $14,000 – 18,000 (Rs 4,81,804 – Rs
Cost of living
Living expenses in Australia come to around AUS
$12,000 (Rs 4,12,743) a year.
There are institution specific scholarship, which
can be found on their individual web sites. Certain
organisations, such as the Australia Agency for
International development (AusAID), also offer financial
support. A scholarship database is listed on
Details of government scholarship can be found at
Students can work up to 20 hours a week during the academic
year on or off campus and full-time during vacations.
Apply for visa after receiving a confirmation of enrolment
for direct entry to a course from the university and about
six to eight weeks before your course is to begin. An
applicant must have an IELTS score of 6 or higher. He or she
is also required to show proof of sufficient money to pay
for tuition, travel, and living expenses for him or herself
and his or her family during their stay in Australia. A
Statement of Purpose is also required with the visa
application. For details:
After completing their programme, graduates are allowed to
take up permanent jobs in Australia.
For details on students visa and immigration and
Citizenship, or visit www.immi.gov.au.
How to apply
Get in touch with Australia institution directly.
Contact details of institutions can be obtained from the
Australia Education Centre or www.studyinaustralia.gov.au,
the Australia Government’s official website for
international students. Go through an education agent.
Australia education institutions have authorized agents in
India. These agents offer information about the institutions
they represent and help aspirants to apply for enrolment and
facilitate the application for an Australian Student Visa.
Make sure that the agent is an authorized representative of
the institution of your selected institution and check if
any fees would be charged for using their services. The
Australia High Commission has not authorized any agent but
supports an agents’ book, the Associations of Australian
Education members are required to follow a code of ethical
practices. A list of AAERI members is available able at
Though universities have their own deadlines, these usually
end three months before the session being. Some universities
accept late applications if seats are available.
Application processing time
Authorities take four weeks to process applications
for undergraduate programmes, six weeks for postgraduate
coursework, and eight weeks or more for PG research,
depending on the availability of supervisors.
Your selection depends on your academic records.
Check the entry requirements for courses at the website of
your chosen universities. The application docket should
contain the following:
Class X and XII marksheets (for UG studies)
Graduation marksheets (for PG pragrammes)
International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) score
Statement of Purpose
Any recommended letter from a professor or employer
Work experience certificate, if applicable.