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2018-07-30 11:57:08

Study in Australia for foreign students: the cost, reviews

Study in Australia for foreign students: the cost, reviews

The educational system of Australia is characterized by flexibility, orientation to practice, high quality of teaching. All this attracts students from all over the world. Australian teaching methods are based on the most relevant ideas of the modern English educational system.

Advantages, basic features of the educational system in Australia

  • Popularity and high rankings in the rankings. Australia is a very popular country among foreign students - it ranks third in the number of students from abroad. In addition, there are 7 universities in the TOP-100 higher education institutions in the world, and in general the national education system took the 7th place in the Universitas ranking.
  • Comfortable living conditions. Local cities occupy high places in the ranking for the following indicators: the contingent of students, the availability of education, the quality of life of students from abroad and the probability of successful employment.
  • Prices for education and accommodation. Prices for tuition and accommodation are well below the British, American and European programs.
  • Prestigiousness of education. The diploma of the Australian university is highly appreciated all over the world.
  • Permission to work while studying. Get a work permit during the school year and find a job will not be difficult.
  • Opportunity to get acquainted with a unique country. In Australia it is impossible not to fall in love: it is a country with a unique flora and fauna, beautiful cities and pleasant inhabitants.


Education system: main educational levels and programs

  • Institutions adopted the principles of the English system of education + learning takes place in English, which is not very different from state to state;
  • In Australia, the dual principles of education are common and upon completion of certain university programs one can obtain a dual specialty, for example, in the field of finance and law;
  • The basis of education is the system of qualifications;
  • All students from abroad become members of the trade union and receive the same benefits as local students;
  • The academic year is divided into quarters: in every 12 weeks, the beginning of studies is at the end of January and the end of the year for December.

Education system in Australia

Name of institution

Age of child

Diplomas and types of certificates

1. Primary School

6-12 years old


2. Junior Secondary

12-16 years old

3. Senior Secondary

16-17 years old

Higher School Certificate

4. Secondary special education / Primary

16-18 years old

Certificate or diploma

5. Higher education

18-22 years old


6. Postgraduate education



2. Forms and process of education in leading schools in Australia

About 71% of educational institutions are state-owned, the rest - independent boarding institutions, which are especially popular among foreign students. From state to state, there may be some differences in the organization of education, but all schools - both public and private boarding schools - have established themselves as institutions with a high level of teaching. Gaming forms of education are used, a diverse interactive is used. A lot of time is devoted to the upbringing and development of physical culture, and an individual approach is recognized as the head. As in the British institutions, there are a lot of circles and electives. One of the advantages of the programs in their flexibility, unlike the English school, is that Australian children can enter at any age, plus English courses for foreign students.

3. Studying after school

Post-secondary education is compulsory for overseas students and involves preparation for higher education institutions. There are probably 2 ways of preparing:

  • Prepare for the university in special courses offered by the university. With successful study on the course, the student is guaranteed to enter the first year of the university;
  • To graduate from the TAFE college, upon completion of which the enrollment for the second year of the university is guaranteed.

TAFE programs allow you to get a professional education and get a good job or continue your education in a university. In colleges, you can get education on the most relevant and demanded programs. At the end of the college students receive either a certificate from the 1st to the 4th degree, or a regular or advanced diploma. Terms of courses for obtaining a certificate vary from 12 to 52 weeks, but for a diploma you need to study for about 2-3 years.

4 . List of the best universities, features of education 

Australian universities offer the most relevant academic programs, among which the following faculties are especially popular:

  • Information Technology;
  • faculty of medicine;
  • finance and economics;
  • marine biology;
  • MBA programs.

The Big Eight includes the best universities in Australia, the most prestigious and top-ranked:

The local universities operate the principle of independent education of students. Students are not forced to attend lectures and perform academic assignments. Before attending classes, it is suggested to read certain material, but it is not necessary. The only requirement is the attendance of practical seminars.

Opportunities for foreign students

  • Scholarships and grants for foreign students. Almost every university offers scholarships to foreign students who meet the classical requirements: excellent study and excellent knowledge of English (determined by the results of international testing). With the help of high scholarships, you can cover the costs of education. On average, scholarships range from 3,000 AUD $ to 9,000 AUD $. Anyone from abroad has the right to participate in the competition for an academic scholarship of the country (Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships), which provides an opportunity to receive education on a master's and doctoral program for free.
  • Work while studying. Students from Australian universities can work no more than 20 hours a week.
  • Confirmation of the certificate. Since the Australian system of education is based on the educational standards of Britain, then there are similar rules: because of the difference in the duration of secondary education, it is necessary to pass the Foundation course in order to enter the university of Australia
  • After graduation, the student has the right: to obtain a work permit for 2 years, and some educational courses give the opportunity to stay in the country for 2 years of practice.


What are the programs for foreign students: types of education and language requirements


Language and academic requirements

Average cost per semester

Language classes

First level

300 $ per week

High school programs

Fluent English

7,800 - 30,000 $

College - TAFE (Diploma)

IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL 53

9,000 - 22,000 $

College - TAFE (Advanced diploma)

TAFE Certificate 2

Preparatory year (Foundation)

IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL 80

10,500 - 28,000 $

Bachelor's program

IELTS 6.5 / TOEFL 80

10,500 - 28,000 $

Master's Courses

IELTS 7.5 / TOEFL 105, GRE, Bachelor Degree

18,000 - 28,000 $

Doctoral studies

IELTS 7.5 / TOEFL 105, GRE, Master Degree


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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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