Over the years, Australia has become a popular place for foreign
students to study. The high quality of the schools and universities
has led to Australia having the 3rd highest number of international
students in the English-speaking world behind the USA and UK.
Before applying for a student visa, you need to think of some
factors. Obviously, where and what would you like to study
is just one question. To research the universities, and the courses
offered, in Australia, please visit our university
directory. However, you may not be ready for a university
course and Australia offers a wide range of educational options
from English Language Courses to Vocational Education and Training
Another big question is whether or not you are proficient
in speaking English. Australian education institutions can
only accept students with an appropriate level of English proficiency.
Obviously a big question to ask yourself.
What are the fees involved? Well there are tuition fees
but they do not come close to the cost in the United States and
the U.K. Here is an approximate guide as of June, 2002.
AUD $6,000 13,000 per year
Undergraduate: AUD $10,000 $16,500 per year
Postgraduate: AUD $9,000 $18,500 per year
Foundation Studies: AUD $9,000 $14,000 per year
- Vocational education and training
(TAFE and private colleges)
AUD $5,500 $18,000 per year
- English language training
(varies a lot depending on the length of the course)
AUD $3,500 13,500
Other costs include accommodation, food and other living expenses.
These expenses can vary dramatically depending on your location.
For example a large city such as Sydney or Melbourne is going
to cost much more to live in than Hobart in Tasmania.
Will you qualify for a student visa? You already know
that you have to be proficient in English but you must also have
adequate means of financial support, have health insurance coverage
while in Australia, intend to undertake registered courses on
a full-time basis and are of good character. If you fulfill these
requirements you can learn more about the student visa process
More information on visa requirements can be found at
The final question, is will you be accepted into an educational
institution such as an university.
To gain a better feel for this you should probably contact the
universities. Most of their websites have information for foreign
Good luck with your educational endeavours in Australia.