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TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in Australia


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TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in Australia


Australia has always been one of the most popular countries among foreign students. This state invariably attracts people both as a place to move and to learn English abroad - more and more foreign adults decide to send their children to study in Australia every year. In addition to quality education, the country can offer many prestigious jobs, and graduating from a university in Australia is a dream of ambitious young people who are set for success.

The advantages of studying in Australia are obvious: this is a quality international diploma, which is quoted around the world, and excellent command of the English language. A graduate of an Australian school, college or university has every prospect of building a career in any English-speaking country. And if someone has plans to move to Australia for permanent residence, then preliminary education will only contribute to this.

In the article SMAPSE experts will talk about the available options for studying in Australia for different categories of students - children, schoolchildren and students - SMAPSE experts will analyze the structure of education, affordable programs, the cost of tuition and accommodation, as well as the nuances of the transfer and receipt of foreign students.

TOP-5 things you need to know to send your child to study in Australia

  1. In Australia, it is compulsory to receive basic secondary education. After completing this stage, the student can go to receive seniority or continue to study in high school, then enrolled in the university in Australia, Europe or the world. A foreign student can go to an Australian educational institution at any stage, because the selection conditions are focused on other criteria.
  2. The bulk of Australian universities do not organize entrance exams for applicants. Instead, the selection committee looks at the results of examinations in the disciplines that high school students choose based on their future professional activities. The candidate’s total score for the entire period of study at school (Australia or another country) is also taken into account.
  3. If a newcomer does not reach the level of knowledge of the English language, this is easy to fix: on the basis of Australian schools, language courses are organized where a foreign student can quickly improve their English proficiency and get education in academic subjects.
  4. Advantages of Australian schools: high quality education, the opportunity to enter the best Western universities immediately after school without additional education and college. SMAPSE experts will also mention the cost of education as tangible pluses (studying here will be 20% cheaper than in England, the USA or Europe).
  5. Australia is deservedly referred to those countries where the happiest people of the planet live: it has a wonderful climate, colorful nature, high quality of life, the opportunity to combine study and a first-class vacation. 

The structure of the educational system in Australia: features, programs and prices

The scheme of obtaining Australian education is based on the classical British structure, which is equally characteristic of secondary education and higher education.

Secondary education includes three levels:

Primary School

from 1 to 7 class

Secondary school

from grades 7 to 10

High school

11-12 grade

In Australia, education is required for all local citizens, starting at the age of 6. At the same time, many Australians send their children to school even a little earlier, so in the first grade you can often meet children 5 years old.

The school year in Australia is divided into 4 quarters: the start will be in October, February, April and July, respectively. A foreign student can join the education in the first week of any quarter.

The state offers students several types of educational institutions: public schools, Catholic or private schools, institutions of mixed or separate education (for boys or girls), boarding schools in Australia with accommodation. Local parents and children choose institutions of the first type for themselves (more than 65% of students), institutions with a Catholic direction (about 20%) are slightly less suitable, and less than 15% of students choose private schools in Australia. The latter are popular among foreign students, because for entering a boarding school they will not need a residence permit, as with a public school. Therefore, in private institutions with a boarding, a special international environment is being formed, because the main category of students here are students from different countries.

The list of subjects required to study in primary and secondary grades of an Australian school:

  • English
  • maths
  • history
  • geography
  • biology
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • foreign language
  • physical culture.

In addition to the list of basic disciplines, each student can choose additional classes in accordance with their interests: dancing classes, painting lessons, music, modeling and so on.

Studying in high school is not a compulsory education and is intended for students who plan to enter colleges or universities in Australia. Here, special disciplines are added to the list of general subjects that are related to further development in the chosen profession: jurisprudence, information technology, economics, and so on.

If an Australian student or a foreign student plans to enter universities in Britain, the USA, Canada, or Europe after receiving a high school diploma, then the International Baccalaureate (IB) program is suitable for this. Such an international course was created to prepare an applicant for successful admission to the best and most prestigious universities in different countries.

Requirements for admission to high school in Australia for foreign students:

  • pass the test in English with a result above the average (to understand the program well);
  • prepare a report card for the last 2-3 years of study at the previous school (attention is paid to academic performance in mathematics, physics, geography, foreign languages);
  • apply for a student visa and medical insurance.

Higher Education in Australia

Higher education in Australia also has its own characteristics. So, the priority areas for visiting students are education in the field of high technology, law or medicine.

The local university’s loyalty to foreign students can also be attributed to the peculiarities of local institutions: visiting applicants act on a par with Australians and can rely on scholarship or grant support on a par with local ones.

Admission to universities in Australia takes place twice a year - this is February and September. The academic year is divided into 2 semesters, at the end of each, students take exams to confirm their knowledge. As in many European countries, here, during higher education, students can find a side job: according to the law, a young person receiving a diploma can work no more than 20 hours a week, but during the summer holidays students can go out for a full day. Salaries for foreign students are on the same level without any discrimination.

In addition, many specialties involve gaining practical experience in production for 2 years. Foreign students use this chance to stay longer: in addition to invaluable experience, this serves as a good opportunity to permanently move to Australia.

How much does it cost to send a child to study in Australia?

As for the amount of financial costs required to obtain an Australian education (secondary or higher), here everything will depend on the particular educational institution. One year at an Australian school will cost about 10,000-15,000 AUD $. The costs of other items of financial expenses will also be small - approximately 1,000-1,700 AUD $ per month.

The prices for higher education are as follows: from 17,000 to 25,000 NZD $ depending on the university and direction (the more popular specialties are more expensive and the competition for them is higher).

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