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Reasons to study in Australia as an international student in 2023

Reasons to study in Australia as an international student in 2023

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Wondering why you should study in Australia? Know the best reasons to study in Australia with some latest updates in the blog.

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Rohit Gidwani

Updated on: 25 Oct 2023

Do you know for the year 2022, there were 1,00,009 Indian students enrolled in various Australian universities as per the Ministry of External Affairs making India the second largest source of international students. So, what is it that attracts these many Indian students to study in Australia? Well, it is the recognized Australian education system, cultural diversity, increased part-time working hours for international students, and extended post-study work visas.

The Australia-India Education Qualification Recognition Metabchanism was finalized in March 2023, under which degrees obtained in India will be recognized in Australia and vice-versa. This significant move with another one, where offshore campuses of top Australian universities like Deakin and Wollongong will be established in Gujarat, India.;

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Top 10 reasons to study in Australia for international students

Listed below are some of the reasons why international students are attracted to Australia:

1. Accredited education system;

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), a national policy put in place in 1995 that specifies standards of qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education, vocational education, and training), in addition to the school-leaving certificate known as the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, is what makes the Australian educational system unique.

As per the AQF framework, the various degrees that are given to students are

  • list items Diploma (Level 5);
  • list items Associate Degree/Advanced Diploma (Level 6);
  • list items Bachelor’s (Level 7)
  • list items Bachelor’s Honours (Level 8);
  • list items Master’s (Level 9)
  • list items Doctorate (Level 10)

 

Do you know that Australia has a rigorous student protection act, especially for international students? Australian Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000, all programs provided to international students adhere to stringent government regulations, ensuring their rights and welfare are safeguarded.

2. Globally ranked universities

Australia is home to more than 1,100 educational institutes offering 2,200+ courses being provided. Academic excellence is evident with the improvement in the ranking of Australian universities. Earlier there were no universities under the top 20, now they have three universities in the top 20. Similarly, earlier they had only seven universities in the top 100 but now they have nine universities in the top 100. The top 10 universities in Australia in accordance with the QS world university ranking 2023 and 2024 are:

University Name QS world university ranking 2023 QS world university ranking 2024

Australian National University (ANU)

30

34

The University of Melbourne

33

14

The University of Sydney

41

19

The University of New South Wales

45

19

The University of Queensland

50

43

Monash University

57

42

The University of Western Australia

90

72

The University of Adelaide

109

89

University of Technology Sydney

137

90

University of Wollongong

185

162

 

3. Cultural diversity and inclusive environment

The rich cultural diversity of Australia is one of its biggest strengths. One in four of Australia’s 22 million people is born overseas according to the Australia Human Rights Commission. The crime index of Australia is 43.03, according to the World Population Review. This is lower when compared to other study-abroad destinations like the USA and UK which have a crime index of 47.81 and 46.07 respectively.;

Also, you can find a sizable group of Indians to mingle with and celebrate regional holidays together. Victoria has 111,787 residents of Indian ancestry, New South Wales has 95,387, and Queensland has 30,259 Indian Australian residents as of 2022.

4. Superior quality of life

Given the excellent standard of living, five of its major cities Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide have been named among the world's most livable cities in Australia. To top that Australia ranked 12th among 146 countries as per the World Happiness Index 2023. Thus it can be said that Australia is a safe and peaceful country that will make you feel welcome as an international student.

5. Linguistic Diversity

With the highest percentage of immigrants in a developed nation, Australia provides unmatched global exposure. In Australia, there are more than 200 languages and dialects spoken. English is the widely spoken language, 72% of the total Australian population use English as a language to communicate in their daily life.

Did you know almost 30% of Australians are born overseas? This has made Australia multicultural.;

6. Reasonable cost of Living and tuition fees

Cost is one of the most important variables in making a decision to study abroad. Both the cost of living and the cost of studying are low in comparison to countries like UK and USA. The cost of different degrees provided at the Australian university are as

Type of Program Average fees per annum in AUD Average fees per annum in INR

Bachelor’s Degree;

20,000 AUD - 45,000 AUD

11,01,400 INR - 24,78,000 INR

Masters Degree

22,000 AUD - 50,000 AUD

12,10,000 INR - 27,53,500 INR

Doctorate Degree

18,000 AUD - 42,000 AUD

9,91,000 INR - 23,11,000 INR

Diploma

26,000 AUD - 30,000 AUD

14,31,800 INR - 16,51,000 INR

MBA

11,000 AUD - 121,000 AUD

6,70,000 INR - 66,00,000 INR

 

The cost of living, just like the cost to study is quite affordable when it is compared to the countries like UK and USA. A table has been developed that includes some basic expenses and the associated costs that will be a basic requirement for the student.

Expenses; Average cost per month in AUD Average cost per month in INR

Accommodation

297 AUD - 743 AUD

16,000 INR - 40,000 INR

Food and Groceries

208 AUD - 416 AUD

11,000 INR - 22,000 INR

Transportation

44 AUD - 89 AUD

2,400 INR - 4,900 INR

Utility Bills

14 AUD - 29 AUD

770 INR - 1,599 INR

Miscellaneous

22 AUD - 29 AUD

1,200 INR - 1,600 INR

7. Abundance of scholarships and financial assistance

International students can significantly lower their tuition fees by applying for a variety of scholarships, grants, and bursaries. That can allow even students from low-income homes can benefit from the best quality education without having to worry about financial arrangements. Some of the scholarships that you can apply for with their eligibility and benefits are shown in the table below.;

Scholarship Name Benefits Eligibility

Australian awards scholarships

  • list items 100% tuition fees Contribution to living expenses
  • list items Overseas student health cover
  • list items Supplementary academic support
  • list items Return air travel fare (economy)
  • list items Minimum age - 18 years
  • list items Expected minimum scores: IELTS - 6.5 TOEFL - 84 PTE - 58
  • list items IELTS - 6.5
  • list items TOEFL - 84
  • list items PTE - 58
  • list items Fulfilled all admission requirements of university

Destination Australia Scholarship

  • list items Upto 15,000 AUD per year (for a maximum of 4 years)
  • list items AQF levels from Certificate IV to Ph.D. course (tenure 1-4 years);
  • list items Valid Australian student visa.;
  • list items Acceptance of full-time study program registered on CRICOS.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

  • list items Part of tuition fee
  • list items Travel allowance upto 3,000 AUD
  • list items Establishment allowance upto 4,000 AUD
  • list items Stipend - 3,000 AUD per month
  • list items Travel and health insurance
  • list items Minimum age - 18 years
  • list items Good academic performance;
  • list items Not having other Australian scholarships
  • list items Not received this scholarship already in past

Sydney Scholars India Equity Scholarship

 

(University specific: only for the university of Sydney)

  • list items Up to 60,000 AUD scholarship (per annum) to financially support commencing postgraduate coursework students from India
  • list items Indian citizen and resident
  • list items An International student
  • list items Applied for Postgraduate degree.

Australian government research training program scholarships

  • list items Up to $124,000 one time is provided.
  • list items Tuition fee is covered
  • list items Stipend is also provided
  • list items Good academic performance on educational transcripts
  • list items Completed MS.
  • list items Have good and potential research problems to work on.

 

Note: Indian students will be allowed to study in Australia for up to four years thanks to a new scholarship that the Australian government has established called the Maitri scholarship. This scholarship is designed for 45 students, who will receive financial aid to cover all of their tuition costs as well as a stipend to help with their living expenses.

Fun Fact - Indian students in Australia can greatly reduce tuition fees through a wide range of scholarships, grants, and bursaries. The Australian government allocates over £200 million annually for international scholarships.

While most scholarships only pay for tuition, those who choose to enroll in research programs may also be eligible for living expense reimbursement.

8. Work while you study

If you have a student visa, you can work full-time during vacations. In case you want to work during semesters you can work for 48 hours every 2 weeks as per the latest Australian government order which will be valid from July 1, 2023. Earlier it used to be 40 hours every 2 weeks.

Many Australian degrees and vocational courses include work experience and internships and thus this can help international students to gain real-life practical experience and build a network that can prove to be useful in the future. Some of the recommended industries for international students are retail, hospitality, farming and fruit-picking, Healthcare services, administration and clerical work, and tutoring. The minimum legal hourly rate is 18 AUD approx for a job that does not require any specific skills.

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9. Post-study work visa

Australia offers a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) that allows some international students to stay in Australia and continue to work after they have graduated. This visa provides an opportunity for international students to stay back in the country for a period of 18 - 24 months and work full-time. Also, as per the latest changes by the Australian government, a 2-year extension on this work visa will be provided for some selected courses. The increase in post-study work permits could allow students to get their tenure extended in the following manner:

  • list items For selected bachelor degrees - an increase of 2 - 4 years
  • list items For selected masters degrees - an increase of 3 - 5 years
  • list items For selected doctoral qualifications - an increase of 4 - 6 years

 

Latest Update - Indian students studying in Australian Universities can now apply to work without visa sponsorship for up to 8 years, under Mobility Arrangement for Talent Early-professional Scheme (MATES).

10. Favorable climatic conditions

The climatic conditions in Australia are mostly pleasant throughout the year and thus as an international student, you would feel great. Unlike Canada where you have to adapt to extremely cold weather, here you will be able to adapt to the new climatic conditions quite easily. Australia's seasons are at opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring. The average temperature during summers is 30 degrees Celsius while during winters the average temperature is 14 degrees Celsius.;

Now that you have read about 10 reasons to study in Australia, we hope that some of your concerns regarding why you should study in Australia are answered. The next step is shortlisting the right university for you, which requires a holistic comparison to check the requirements, eligibility, fees, ROI, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health insurance provided to international students by the Australian Government?

The Australian Government will provide you with Overseas Student Health Cover health insurance. This is a health insurance that is designed especially for international students.;

Which English proficiency test do I need to take to study in Australia?

As Australia is an English-speaking country you would need to take an English proficiency test. IELTS is preferred in Australia when it comes to language proficiency tests. Apart from it Australian immigration department also accepts TOEFL iBT as well but it is always recommended to take IELTS if you have plans to study in Australia.

What is the cost of studying in Sydney vs London?

When a comparison needs to be done between the two countries it can be said that Sydney is a more economical choice to pursue your abroad education. The cost of living in Sydney is approximately 1,24,000 INR while the cost of living in London is around 1,40,000 INR. Additionally doing a MS degree in Sydney will cost you around 12,40,000 INR and for London it is 27,00,000 INR per year.

What are some of the popular courses that an international student can pursue in Australia?

Some of the popular courses that an international student can pursue include STEM Courses, Hospitality & Tourism, Law, Health Science, and more.;

How safe is Australia to study for international students?

Australia's commitment to international student safety is exemplified by its impressive ranking in the Global Peace Index. In 2022, Australia secured the 13th position out of 163 countries, highlighting its reputation as a secure and peaceful destination for students from around the world.