Did you know Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million? This isn’t surprising when you consider Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world! In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universities 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.

These are strong academic credentials, but our institutions are just as highly rated as the cities that house them around the country. Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity – all essential elements for students when choosing the best study destination. And with more than A$200 million provided by the Australian Government each year in international scholarships, we’re making it easier for you to come and experience the difference an Australian education can make to your future career opportunities.

Do you have a specific study area of interest? There is every chance Australia has you covered, with at least one Australian university in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics.

Given this impressive education pedigree, it’s not surprising there are now more than 2.5 million former international students who have gone on to make a difference after studying in Australia. Some of these students are among the world’s finest minds. In fact, Australia has produced 15 Nobel prize laureates and every day over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations – including penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and Black Box Flight Recorders – to make their lives, and the lives of others, better.

Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from.

You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities).

Regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students.

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000(opens in a new window) and the National Code of Practice(opens in a new window) for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code) provide nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training for international students.

As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. You can search for courses and institutions here on the Study in Australia website.

Along with the ESOS Act and National Code, there are also regulatory and quality assurance organisations for higher education and VET institutions. These government organisations are responsible for registration/re-registration of institutions and accreditation/re-accreditation of courses. These organisations are:

  • Higher education– Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • VET– Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

So no matter the type, of course, you want to study, how long you want to study for or where you want to study, you can be assured that in Australia you will have a high quality and rewarding study experience.

For over 20 years Australia has led the world in putting in place systems and processes to ensure that international students receive the high-quality education they expect. These measures include:

    • The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000, which sets out the legal framework governing the delivery of education to overseas students studying in Australia on a student visa.
    • The Tuition Protection Service, which helps you find an alternative course or refund your unspent tuition fees in the rare case that your institution (education provider) can’t continue to offer your course.
    • The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. AQSA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.
    • The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)(opens in a new window)regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s higher education sector. It undertakes both compliance assessments and quality assessments.
  • Ombudsman organisations that can investigate complaints about problems that international students have with their institutions. You can find out more about these organisations on the Support Services page in the Australian Education section of this website.

International students rate Australia highly

In 2012, the Australian Government, in collaboration with peak education bodies and state/territory government education departments, surveyed current international students to obtain information about their living and learning experience in Australia. The key findings of the survey included:

    • 87% of international student respondents are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their overall experience in Australia.
    • 86% of international student respondents are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their study experience in Australia.
  • 88% of international student respondents are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with living in Australia.

By choosing to study in Australia, you will join hundreds of thousands of students from Australian and all over the world – including many from your home country – who are discovering new friends and opportunities in this beautiful country. You will work closely with classmates, researchers, instructors, and other faculties – collaboration is a vital part of our students’ successes. And in many cases, you can gain practical and hands-on training in the industry in which you are studying. This combination of teamwork shared learning, and industry focus will provide you with a leading edge for your further studies and career.

Australia – a research-intensive country

Australia has a long and proud tradition of world-class research and development that has benefited millions around the world. From the discovery of penicillin in 1945 and the discovery of acquired immunological tolerance in 1960, through to observations which led to the discovery of the accelerating Universe in 2011. Australia has a proud record of contributing to the benefits of the world:

    • Through Backing Australia’s Ability initiative, A$2.9 billion will be invested over the next five years to fund research that will stimulate economic and scientific innovation.
    • Australia is investing over A$140 million will be spent over the next five years to establish Federation Fellowships. The fellowships aim to recruit world-class researchers to Australia, with up to five of the fellowships each year awarded to high-profile non-Australian researchers from overseas.
    • There are 35 unique Research Centres and Key Centres of Teaching and Research based at Australian universities undertaking high-level research and providing a diverse range of undergraduate, postgraduate and specialised professional education courses in a variety of fields.
  • Australia has established an additional 63 Cooperative Research Centres which foster joint research between universities and private industry.

With about 50,000 people in higher education organisations involved in R&D, Australia has an active research and development (R&D) capabilities. The world famous Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the most significant government R&D agency in Australia

Living in Australia will be a new experience, but there are support services in your institution as well as from other organisations to help make adjusting to life in Australia easier.

As Australia is the fourth happiest country in the world (Prosperity Index 2012) and we have five of the 30 best cities in the world for students (Top University Rankings 2012), you are sure to enjoy your time here.

No matter what type of study you are doing in Australia, whether you are here for a few months or a few years, some research and planning will help you have a safe and rewarding study experience. Important considerations and planning include:

  • Planning your departure.
  • Arriving in Australia.
  • Accessing support services.
  • Remaining visa compliant.
  • Working while you study.
  • Living costs and finding accommodation.
  • Health and safety.


Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) – is a database of all the registered Australian Education Institutions. To be able to enrol and teach an international student Institutions in Australia must be registered by CRICOS.

Higher education courses can be taken to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia. There are three main types of higher education which lead to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees. In Australia, it is quite common for students to enrol in a double or combined Bachelor Degree program which leads to the award of two Bachelor Degrees. This is most common in the fields of arts, commerce, law and science.

Australian institutions have the primary intake in February/ Early March each year. July/ August intake is also a massive intake with few courses in the specialized programs not being offered at this point.

Popular courses for studying in Australia

  • Business Management
  • Engineering and related technology
  • Computer Science and Information and Technology
  • Health Professions (Medical Studies)


International students in Australia are required to pay their tuition fees up-front. Some institutions may also charge for other student costs, in addition to tuition fees. These may include the library, laboratory, or sports facility costs. Students should also consider the costs of excursions, books, and stationery, as well as any essential materials specific to their course of studies, such as lab coats or photographic supplies.

    • Undergraduate Bachelor degree from an Australian university can cost anywhere from AUS $14,000 to 35,000 a year.
    • The postgraduate degree can cost from AUS $15,000 to AUS $ 36,000 a year.
  • Cost of Living: the average cost per year of study in Australia for international students AUS $18,012 (US$14,100).

Students are allowed to work 20-hours part-time during their course and 40 hours during vacations. This helps them to cover most of their living expenses.

Note: 1 AUS $ = INR 50 approx.


For Bachelor’s degrees: a minimum score of 65-75% in XII. For some Top Universities, these requirements can go up to 90% marks in class 12th examinations.

Diplomas: Those interested in graduate diploma programs need a minimum score of 55% in their bachelor’s degrees.

Master’s Degree: To pursue masters you would need a minimum score of 60% with relevant work experience in the same field.

English Requirement: Most Australian universities insist upon a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 for Diploma courses, 6.0 for bachelors and 6.5 for Master’s programs. Those who do not meet the English Language requirements are also permitted to take the ELICOS course, which is a pre-sessional English program which lasts for about 6-8 weeks.

The Application process generally is the same for most of the Universities however it may vary slightly from one University to other.

    • The documents required for the admissions and the assessment are- mark sheets and passing certificates of previous studies, work experience letters (if applicable), reference letters, IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scorecard to assess English proficiency, ID pages of passport. Additional documents (Statement of purpose and CV) can be asked if required depending on the course you have selected.
  • With the implementation of new process under Streamlined Visa Processing, a student is required to submit certain documents like Student Eligibility Checklist, Financial Declaration Form, Pre Visa assessment Form at the time of applying for admission. Incorrect or incomplete checklists cannot be processed by the universities and may lead to a delay in processing your applications. Your counsellor will provide you with all the forms and will submit the same to the University for the Assessment.

While studying in Australia, a student has the advantage of working part-time (off Campus/On Campus) to gain work experience as well as manage their living expenses. A student is permitted to work a maximum of 20 per week and 40 hours during vacations and Holidays.

Students also get post study work rights of 2-3 years, depending on the course undertaken. Students who are going for a Bachelor’s Degree or 2 years Master Program will get 2 years of work permit. Students who are going for a Master by Research work will get 3 years of work permit. Students who are going for a PhD course will get 4 years of work permit. A student who opts for a Diploma course or a Masters course with a duration of fewer than 2 years is not granted a post-study job search visa.

The possibility of Immigration: In addition to providing an outstanding educational opportunity, once you have completed a registered course of 2 years study in Australia you may be eligible to apply within Australia for a Skilled Permanent Residency Visa under the Graduate Overseas Student Subclass. This will entitle you to permanent residency status thus allowing you unrestricted work rights in Australia (conditions apply).

Here is the list of highest paid jobs in Australia:

  • Medicine Professions : $322,178 – $577,674
  • Management & Finance : $288,790 – $320,452
  • Engineers : $185,808 – $ 441,513
  • Psychiatrist : $234,557 – $318,974
  • Actuary : $196,144
  • Judge : $355,844
  • Futures trader $281,600

Medical specialists dominate the list of the 50 highest paid men’s jobs, with investment bankers, MPs, chief executives, dentists, company secretaries and mining engineers also making the list.


Although most international students in Australia are full-fee paying students, international students may also choose to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships in Australia are offered by the Australian government, education institutions, and a variety of other organizations. They cover vocational education and training, student exchanges, and undergraduate and postgraduate study and research. Australian Government scholarships are not available for international students who are undertaking English language training specifically in Australia, but several Australian institutions offer English language training scholarships. There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries which can help support you financially with your studies in Australia. They are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions, and much other public and private organizations.

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) scheme enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia, allowing them to gain experience while working with leading Australian researchers. The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs for scholarship holders, as well as health cover costs for their dependents.

Students considering Australia scholarships are recommended to begin the application procedure 8-12 months before the intake. Scholarship deadlines vary amongst institutions.


  • The University of Adelaide
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • RMIT
  • La Trobe University
  • Deakin University
  • Griffith University
  • University Technology Sydney
  • Queensland University Technology