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Studying in Australia

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Australian Education

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

Research

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 your study country. 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.

Education Costs

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.

Scholarships

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.

Click here to find out what scholarships you are eligible for.

People and Culture in Australia 

Australia has so much to offer and as a migrant or student, there is so much to learn. We share tips and tricks to help you adapt to life in Australia.

Cost of Living in Australia 

Planning your finances is important to get your budget on track. Find out how much you need to live in Australia.

Transport in Australia 

Discover transport tips on getting around Australia like a local.

Health and Safety in Australia 

Observe the same precautions with your safety as you would in any other country or at home. Learn of the keep safe and stay healthy in Australia.

Working in Australia 

Discover the benefits of working in Australia, from work-life balance, effective training to the infinite opportunities to network and develop your career.

Migrating to Australia 

If you have enjoyed your time in Australia and want to call it home, there are many options available for you to work and build a career here.

You start the journey
and we'll chart the course.
Over 50 years of helping students
You start the journey
and we'll chart the course.
Over 50 years of helping students