Counted amongst the Top 3 study abroad destinations, Australia attracts more than 500,000 students every year after the USA and the UK. Indian students who opted to study in Australia crossed a mark of 87,000 in the year (2018). Even though amidst the COVID-19 pandemic overseas students in Australia dropped by 33.5%, an overall of around 70,000+ Indian students (new and continuing) applied for an Australian student visa.

Offering more than 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia invests 200,000,000 AUD in scholarships each year. Seven Australian universities rank among the top 100 institutions in the world and overall 36 highest education institutions make it to the QS top universities list. The United Nations ranked the country as the second-best in terms of education and per-capita income. 

New South Wales (11 universities), Victoria (10 universities), and Queensland (10 universities) are among the top student’s destinations in Australia. Along with universities, each of these states offers a higher number of TAFE (Technical & Further Education) institutions for students. The image below is an overall distribution of international students pursuing education in different Australian states.

Major Highlights to Study in Australia

Total Institutions11,000 institutions (43 universities)
Visa Acceptance Rate for Higher Education23%
Visa Acceptance Rate for VET Courses33.9%
Visa Acceptance Rate for ELICOS48.10%
Average Cost of Study in Australia$50,000
Common Admission Portal for Universities in NSW and ACTUAC (Universities Admission Centre)

What to Study in Australia?

Australian education system offers you to pursue a variety of courses such as Higher Education, VET, Schools, English Language programs, and non-awarding courses. Let us find out how are these different from each other:

  • Higher Education– Mainstream UG and PG degree/certificate programs are classified under this category. 
  • VET- These are partnership programs between government and industries offered at TAFE and private institutions and help students to work and learn with industry experts. 
  • English Language Programs: Preparatory language programs available to students looking for to beginning their studies in Australia. 
  • Foundation/Pathway Programs: Foundation programs are pre-university courses preparing you for university education. Ensuring that you are up to the mark for studying in Australian higher education institutions. 
  • Schools: Lower Level of study programs are offered at Australian schools.

Some of the popular streams amongst international student who chose to study in Australia are:

  • Business, Management, and Commerce
  • Information Technology
  • Health
  • Engineering
  • Society and Culture
  • Natural and Physical Sciences.

Popular Programs to Study in Australia

BBA in AustraliaBtech In AustraliaBachelor of Mechanical EngineeringBachelor of BusinessBachelor of ArchitectureLLM in Australia
MBA in AustraliaMS in AustraliaMasters in Business AnalyticsMasters in Project ManagementMasters in Civil EngineeringMasters in Data Science

Why Study in Australia?

Experiencing a cutting edge education that makes you ready for a world of opportunities is what you take away from the leading institutions in Australia. The potential for success is considered to be boundless for those studying in Australia. Let us find out why Australia is the new popular study abroad destination among international students:

Globally Ranking Institutions 

  • 7 out of 43 universities ranked among the Top 100 universities globally as per QS world rankings.
  • 5 of them rank within the Top 50 globally.
  • There is a robust system controlling the government accreditations and quality of higher education in Australia. It ensures that students have access to a premium university experience and to standards set for excellence in education globally.

Research-Intensive and Technologically Forward Approach

  • Important innovations and discoveries such as IV F, Wi-Fi, Penicillin, Cervical Cancer Vaccine were successfully accomplished at Australian schools and universities.
  • Research funding spent by universities in Australia on R&D has double over the past 18 years. The government also indulges in funding programs promoting global connections allowing you to pursue your dream research while studying in Australia.

Extensive Range of Educational Programs

  • Flexible course options, such as part-time and online courses are available.
  • Pathway Programs to degrees like ELICOS (English language Courses) and Vocational Education Training programs are offered.
  • VET programs allow you to learn while on a job. 

Safe and Student-friendly Country

  • A culturally diverse country with immigrants from over 100 countries.
  • Australia has 6 cities ranked among the Top 50 QS Best Student Cities.
  • There is an extensive support system offered to international students through ESOS ACT. The act frameworks laws and practices that ensure the rights of international students are not violated. 
  • 30% of the Australian population is are born overseas reflects the overall.

Post Graduation Employment Statistics

Australian education classifies you to succeed in the global workforce. Potential employers in Australia and around the world welcome graduates from Australian education institutions.  

  • 79% of graduates have full-time employment.
  • 6% of students enrolled for further studies.
  • 4% of the total student are self-employed.

Funds and Scholarships

  • The government of Australia spends 200 million dollars annually to provide scholarships, fellowships, and grants to international students.
  • Among some of the popular international student’s funds are Australian Awards, Destination Australia, Australian Government Research Training Program, APEC Women in Research Fellowship, and Provider Scholarships. 

Application Cycle to Study in Australia

Admissions at Australian universities are semester wise. There are two semesters when application intake begins for most of the higher education institutions in Australia:

Semester 1

  • Semester 1 begins in February and ends in June. 
  • The deadlines for international applicants is December

Semester 2

  • Semester 2 begins in July and concludes in December.
  • The deadlines for international students to submit the application is May

In some universities, the Trimester system is followed commencing in January, May and, September. Deadlines for the same are November, March and, June respectively.

Study in Australia: Timeline of Admission Cycle

May- June (previous year)Research your options
JuneRegister for standardized test and take the test
JulyPrepare the application package and get your test scores.
August- SeptemberStart applying
October- NovemberApplications close
December-JanuaryColleges start replying to applications
DecemberPrepare your finances, explore scholarships, and apply for education loans.
December-JanuaryApply for the student’s Visa
FebruaryDeparture preparations
February – MarchSession starts

Australian Student Visa

To study in Australia, you are required to obtain a student visa. There are various subclasses of the Australian student visa, however, Indian students planning to study in Australia for the first time are required to apply for an Australian Subclass 500 Student Visa. 

When to apply for Australian student visa?

It usually takes anywhere around 17-32 days for processing a student visa for applicants of higher education in Australia. This is usually the minimum time that a visa process can take, however, it can go up to 3 months for your student visa to be processed. Applicants are hence, suggested to apply at least three months before their classes begin in Australia. 

Where to Apply?

Create a login for ImmiAccount with the Ministry of Home Affairs Australia. You can also choose to apply via agents or third-party counselors available for helping students. 

How much does Australian student visa cost? 

The application fees for applying for the student visa is 620 AUD (around 35,000 INR) 

What are the documents required for Australian Student Visa?

International applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • CoE, letter of acceptance and support
  • Evidence of having enough money to stay- 62,222 AUD (for singles)
  • Provide evidence of having genuine access to the money
  • Evidence that you are exempted from paying visa application charge, if applicable
  • Evidence of OSHC
  • GTE documents
  • Language documents- Scores of exams required to study in Australia
  • Partner documents, if valid.
  • Documents for dependents and children, if applicable.
  • Find out specific documents required with this Document Checklist Tool. 

Cost of Studying in Australia

When planning to study abroad at designations like Australia, international students must be prepared to experience a huge expenditure on tuitions, applications, accommodation, living in Australia and more. The tuition fees for pursuing a specific degree will vary as per institution, level of study, and choice of program. Given below is a table briefing the tuition fees for studying in Australia:

Sector/ProgramYearly Fees in INR
School4.27-16.45 lakhs
ELICOS 16,453/per week (yearly fees depends on duration of program)
VET2.19 to 12.06 lakhs
Undergraduate Programs10.96 to 24.67 lakhs
Postgraduate Programs10.96 to 27.42 lakhs
Doctoral Programs9.88 to 23.04 lakhs

Note: The costs mentioned are as per the average given by the Australian government. You degree program may or may not lie within this range of fees.

Cost of Pursuing Popular Programs in Australia

The tuition fees for pursuing some of the popular Australian programs are as follows:

  • MBA in Australia: 29.63 lakhs to 47.19 lakhs INR
  • MS in Business Analytics in Australia: 21.94 to 42.24 lakhs INR
  • MS in Australia: 10.97 to 27.43 lakhs INR
  • Masters in Data Science in Australia: 19.20 to 49.38 lakhs INR
  • BBA in Australia: 49.38 lakhs to 75.72 lakhs INR.

Cost of Living in Australia

The average living expenses in australia are tabulated here. 

Expense TypeCost in INR
Groceries Cost770 to 15,360/week
Phone & Internet822-1,645/week
Car (post-purchase)8,230 to 14,262/ week
Gas & Electricity550 to 1,100
Entertainment4,400 to 8,230
Overall Additional Funds Required to Study in Australia
Singles (Student/Guardian)11.51 lakhs/year
Partner Accompanying You4.03 lakhs/year
Child Coming with You1.73 lakhs/ year

Accommodations in Australia

There is plenty of student accommodation available in Australia. The costs of these accommodations vary depending on the city you choose to live in, however, given below are certain monthly costs you must be prepared for:

  • Hostels & Guesthouses– 360-600 AUD.
  • Shared Rentals: 360-860 AUD.
  • On-campus Housing: 440-11,000 AUD
  • Boarding schools: 840-1690 AUD.
  • Single Rentals: 740-1760 AUD. 

Jobs after Studying in Australia

After completion of your studies from Australia, you qualify as an attractive employee to employers across the world. For applicants who have completed their bachelor’s or masters in Australia and are planning to stay & work in Australia, you will be eligible for an Australian work visa subclass 485.  It is mandatory for international students to have a work visa before starting their careers in Australia. The average monthly salaries across Australia are around 7500 AUD. Among the highest paying sectors, jobs for MBA graduates in Australia make it to the top of the list with an average of 82,000 AUD a year.

On a yearly basis, the average salaries recorded in Australia are 90,800 AUD. The salary division in the country is found to be:

  • 25% of the workforce earns 25,000 AUD or less.
  • 50% of the workforce earns 80,900 AUD or less.
  • 75% of the workforce earns 242,000 AUD or less.

The top-paying cities in Australia are Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. Given below is the average annual salaries offered to the employees across different cities in Australia:

Among some of the highest paying job sectors in Australia are:

  • Executive Management: 1.06 crore INR.
  • Legal Department: 87.6 lakhs INR.
  • Legal & Paralegal: 86.5 lakhs INR
  • Financial Services: 70.18 lakhs INR
  • IT & Software Development: 67.38 lakhs INR.

Some of the top employers and the salaries offered are:

EmployersAverage Salary in INR
Wesfarmers1.5 crore
Telstra1.06 crore
GE Capital1.01 crore
Toil Group92.67 lakhs
Lend Lease1.58 lakhs
Toyota98.8 lakhs
Nomura89.27 lakhs
Clayton Utz96.6 lakhs
PwC55 lakhs
Accenture51.66 lakhs

Points to Remember

Application Cycle

  • Semester 1 Feb to June: Deadlines for international applicants is December.
  • Semester 2 July to December: Submit the application is May.

Australian Student Visa

For availing the Australia student visa, students need to submit documents like:

  • CoE, letter of acceptance and support
  • Evidence of having enough money to stay- 62,222 AUD (for singles)
  • Evidence of OSHC
  • GTE documents
  • Language documents- IELTS Scores or TOEFL Scores.

Cost of Studying

Some of the popular courses to study in Australia and their fees are as follows:

CoursesCost in INR
B.Tech in Australia26 lakhs
BBA in Australia77 lakhs
MBA in Australia45 lakhs
Masters in Australia27 lakhs

The cost of living in Australia for international students is around 11 lakhs INR per year. Apart from offering you world-class education, multicultural society, and welcoming environment, studying in Australia will also help you reach for your dream jobs roles and employers.