Studying in AustraliaReady to further your studies? We will help you.
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,100 institutions and 22,000 courses to choose from.
The Australian education system provides primary, secondary and tertiary education as is distinguished from many other countries by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF is a national policy that shows how qualifications relate to each other at each level of education.
International students 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). The term 'tertiary education' in Australia refers to higher education (universities) and vocational education and training (VET and TAFE colleges).
Higher education - Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and VET - Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) are organisations for higher education and VET institutions. These organisations are responsible for registration/re-registration of institutions and accreditation/re-accreditation of courses.
Regardless of what you are studying for or how long you are studying, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students. This includes the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code). These provide nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training for international students.
Step-by-Step Guide to Studying in Australia
Think about what you’d like to study, the school, college or university you’d like to attend and the city that suits your lifestyle and budget.
Get an idea of the subject areas that interest you the most. You might also look at some course descriptions, university reviews and their locations. Start a wish list of your preferences and begin to narrow down your selection.
Speak to an IDP counsellor
When you’re ready, make an appointment with an IDP counsellor. Our counsellors are professionally certified and many have been international students themselves. They’re a friendly face and a wealth of first-hand professional advice and personal experience from different study locations all over the world.
Take your wish-list and course preferences along with you to your appointment as a starting point. Your counsellor will work through all the big and small details to ensure the best possible fit between you, your future university and your area of study.
Make your application
After you’ve chosen your course and university, college or school, it’s time to apply. Your IDP counsellor will support your applications. We take our job very seriously and follow the strictest legal and ethical standards.
Your counsellor will personally contact your chosen university, college or school to make sure they support your application to improve your chances of acceptance.
If you need to take an English test to qualify for your course, don’t assume you’ll get the grade without practise. In a test such as IELTS you will need good grammar and spelling, as well as a wide range of vocabulary. Even the best English speakers can have bad habits so remember to practise these skills.
Accept your offer
Once the university or school receives your application it will be assessed and you will be notified of the result. It can take a few weeks (or longer for postgraduate courses) for your application to be processed.
If your application is successful, you’ll receive a letter of offer and an acceptance form. Before accepting your offer, your counsellor will read it carefully through with you and check any conditions that may apply.
If you are accepted for more than one course or school, we'll help you decide which option is best for you.
It’s natural to be nervous as you wait for the outcome of your course applications. If you are feeling anxious, we want you to tell us. This is perfectly normal and we can help you feel more confident.
Practise your English skills
It’s always a good idea to brush up your English skills to ensure you can keep up with what your lecturers are saying, especially if English is not your first language. Try watching things like TV news and talk shows, reading books or listening to podcasts where the English is more formal.
Have some fun learning the local slang in Australia. For example, Australians (or ‘Aussies’ as they call themselves) have lots of different words (and accents) even though they all speak English.
Apply for a student visa
Now that you have been accepted, it’s time to apply for your student visa. IDP can provide you with some information to help make sure you are well positioned to navigate this process with the authorised migration departments.
You’re on your way
Congratulations! You’re off on a huge adventure. There are lots of things to think about during this time and your IDP counsellor will help out along the way with advice on matters such as exchanging money, insurance, SIM cards and opening a bank account.
The costs of studying in Australia will depend on the institution and the level of study you choose. The list below gives you an indication of the range of course costs for several types of qualifications.
School - $7,800 to $30,000
English language studies - Around $300 per week depending on course length
Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) - $4,000 to $22,000
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree - $15,000 to $33,000*
Postgraduate Masters Degree - $20,000 to $37,000*
Doctoral Degree - $14,000 to $37,000*
* This does not include high value courses such as veterinary and medical studies. Please visit institution websites directly to see costs for these courses.
Many scholarships are available to students of all nationalities, however all scholarships conditions are set by the institution or organisation offering the scholarship. Applications have to be done directly with the scholarship provider and to find out if you are eligible to receive a scholarship you must contact the organisation offering the scholarship.