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Studying in Australia - Frequently Asked Questions 

Here are some answers to help you know Australia better

Moving to a new country is not easy. The lifestyle, classroom environment, transportation – everything is going to be different from Sri Lanka. And we know you have a lot of questions in your mind, so have answered common questions students like you raise about studying and living in Australia.

Do Australian institutions accept 10+2+3 education system of Srilanka?

Yes, 10+2+3 system is accepted by Australian universities for masters programs.

What and where to study in Australia after 12th?

Australia has 39 universities, 37 out of which are public and two are private. Choosing a program and an institution solely depends on your interests, academic background, and budget. To decide where to study and what to pursue, you can start by creating a list of your interests and skills and spend some time reflecting upon it. Do your research to understand which skillset or interest has a good scope professionally. Narrow down your choices accordingly and search for relevant courses and institutions. You’ll also have to take intakes of your preferred courses into consideration, because not all universities or colleges offer programs in all three intakes.

Our handy guide can help you choose a course that suits your profile and needs the best. You can also book a free counselling session with our experienced counsellors who can advise you on course selection, application submission, and visa procedure.

What and where to study in Australia after graduation?

Pursuing masters in Australia can be one of the best decisions of your life since it’ll not only enhance your technical skills but also give your CV an edge over others. As a Srilankan student with an undergrad degree, you should be ideally looking for an institution that emphasises on practical knowledge, hands-on experience and getting you job-ready. Australian universities provide a research-based learning approach wherein you’ll be implementing all the concepts and ideas you gather in the classroom.

Begin by taking a look at the subjects you learnt in your undergrad program, list down the ones that interest you. Narrow down to your preferred niche and search for possible programs and universities. Applying to Australian universities and institutions would also require you to take language and/or aptitude tests. So, do consider your academic scores while deciding what and where to study. Look for the intake offered for your preferred courses and prepare accordingly.

Our experienced counsellors can help you identify and secure the university or college where you can thrive. Visit your nearest IDP office for free advice on how to further your post-graduate career in Australia.

Which English language tests are accepted by Australian institutions?  

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most preferred English language proficiency test accepted by almost all institutions in Australia. However, globally, Australian institutions are open to accepting other proficiency tests such as Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) paper-based test, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), Cambridge English: Advanced and Occupational English Test (OET) (do check the official website of your preferred institution for the same).

Can students work during studies in Australia?

All students with subclass 500 visa are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight and full-time during vacations. Doctorate students can work full-time throughout the year.

Are Australian qualifications recognised worldwide?

Yes, degrees from Australian institutions are accepted worldwide and known for their quality of education.

What are the accommodation options available in Australia?

As a Srilankan student, you can opt for on-campus residence facility or look for an off-campus accommodation. Most universities in Australia offer on-campus residence facilities to international students, however you need to apply for it separately, and well ahead in time to secure a slot for yourself.

You can also opt for an off-campus accommodation wherein you can share apartments with other students from Srilanka or stay with a local Australian family. The rent is usually paid every two weeks or four weeks in advance. You’ll also be asked to pay an equivalent of four to six weeks’ rent in advance as bond.

Your university may also be able to help you with off-campus accommodation since they usually have a list of options available. Student notice boards in your institution will mostly have information on accommodation listings nearby.

Remember, the rentals vary from city to city. Understand that homestay hosts do not make too much money out of the money you pay; it’s mostly about their love for hosting international visitors so do not expect them to do everything for you and ensure to adhere to the house rules, if any.

If you arrive before the date of your course commencement, you’ll have to look for short-term accommodation options in Australia. You can try staying at backpackers’ hostels, discounted/budget hotels or your institution may offer you a temporary housing while you settle in a new country.

IDP, with its quality accommodation service providers, helps you find a home that goes well with your budget and lifestyle. Your IDP counsellor will help you out with the same. Read more here.

Is there any special requirement for under 18 students to study in Australia?

All students under 18 years of age must have welfare arrangements in place for the duration of their stay in Australia until they turn to the age of 18.

We, at IDP, have an access to a national network of caring and experienced guardians in Australia for students under 18. So, if you don’t have a family member in your city of choice, we can connect you to a professional and experienced support person to be your official guardian.

Be assured, all guardians have been through rigorous police checks in accordance with the Australian law. Know more about our Guardianship services.

What are some interesting facts about Australian universities?

The country has 39 world recognised universities that offer bachelors to doctoral degrees.

Australian universities are highly ranked by globally recognised ranking systems such QS World Ranking and Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking.

All programs are professionally accredited.

Australian universities provide state-of-the-art facilities.

Universities in Australia are known for their inter-cultural environment with students from across the globe.

Melbourne universities have about 277,000 students studying in them, with 91,000 being from overseas.

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