Australia—Study Abroad in the “Land Down Under”

Australia uses modern state-of-the-art technology to enrich its education system. It also prides itself on having the best universities on the planet.

With outstanding learning environments, top-notch research facilities, and remarkable career opportunities, the “Land Down Under” is a paradise for future learners. Aside from this, because of its geographic location in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia is one of the top choices for international students because it offers everything that they could need.

Whether you are looking to study abroad on a budget, or to have some sightseeing adventures, or to explore life in the big city or countryside,—Australia is a country that can give you all of this and so much more.

There are tons of good reasons for you to want to live in Australia after you complete your graduation. Many students may decide to continue their studies and pursue postgraduate or even doctoral degrees from Australia. Some may stay back to try to enjoy post-study work opportunities, while others might decide to work on getting PR in the near future.

Australia's Best Education Programs

There are plenty of courses and subjects you can get degrees on. But the most popular ones are-

  1. Business Administration
  2. Building and Construction
  3. Food and Hospitality Management
  4. Health and Medicine (Includes Nursing)
  5. Engineering (Includes Civil, Mechanical, and Automobile)
  6. IT and ICT
  7. Social Work
  8. Occupational Therapy

Cost & Expenses for Australian Education

Studying in Australia might initially seem too expensive when you first look at your options. However, thanks to many government and NGO-based grants, university scholarships, and awards; due to them, financing tuition fees have become a lot easier.

Many international students will often feel overwhelmed when choosing to go to Australia, as it is believed to have higher living and studying costs compared to other countries. However, if you plan a strict budget after factoring into the approximate costs & expenses, then you can make the most out of studying in the country.

This table will provide you with some understanding of the cost of tuition as an international student in Australia (numbers given are an approximation, and can increase or decrease depending):

Level of Study Average Cost (in AUD)
1. Secondary Education (High School) 7800 to 30,000 per annum (approx.)
2. Courses on the English Language Approx. 300 per week (based on the duration of course)
3. Vocational Education and Training (VET) 4000 to 22,000 per annum (approx.)
4. Technical and Further Education (TAFE) 4000 to 22,000 per annum (approx.)
5. Foundation courses 15,000 to 29,000 for the entire course (approx.)
6. Undergraduate Bachelor Degree 15,000 to 40,000 per annum (approx.)
7. Postgraduate Masters Degree 20,000 to 40,000 per annum (approx.)
8. Doctoral Degree 14,000 to 40,000 per annum (approx.)
9. MBA 11,000- more than 121,000 for the entire course (approx.)

It is important to keep in mind that the above are only the average figures, and your personal costs may be higher or lower depending on the university you choose and the location of the campus, etc. Also, if you are enrolled in a Bachelor of Business or IT degree, the overall cost might not be as high since the undergraduate degree is three years long.

The list provides a basic range of possible tuition costs. Please remember that in order to budget all of your expenses; you will need to consider several other influencing factors, such as:

  1. Cost of living (city/ suburbs/ countryside, dorm/ personal housing, nearness to campus will all play a role in how costly your accommodation might be)
  2. Health Coverage (OSHC is the healthcare plan most international students will be required to have, the cost of which might depend on the duration of your stay in Australia)
  3. Food and Entertainment/ Leisure (This might also vary from region to region, with prices being higher if you are living closer to bigger cities and towns)
  4. Travel (from the location of your accommodation to your campus)
  5. Extra funds for emergencies

Calculating an average of all the above costs will allow you to make a sensible budget and portion out your expenses in a way that helps you cut costs, if and wherever it is possible.

Lucrative Awards & Scholarships

Many Bangladeshi students might feel intimidated by the cost of education in Australia, but there are a few ways to simplify your route to studying abroad. PFEC Global could help you apply for some top-notch universities with great funding opportunities.

There are government awards and scholarships, program-based bursaries and waivers, that you could avail to reduce at least part of the cost. Scholarships and awards are given based on different criteria at different times, but all of them are famed to acknowledge diversity.

Below are listed some more widely known scholarships available to international students from Bangladesh by the Australian government.

1. Australia Awards

Originally referred to as the Australian Development Scholarships or ADS, these are continuing development awards managed by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

It is supported by the Department of Education (DoE) and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). It is a full cover, which means it has other allowances besides a full-tuition cover.

2. International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Known as IPRS for short, this award covers the tuition fees and the student’s health cover for 3 years.

3. Destination Australia

In recent years, this is an action that has been enabled by the Australian government to boost the growth of local and regional economies.

International students can study in regional Australia in order to help boost the local economy, improve the quality of education provided by tertiary education institutions, and allow international students to learn from the unique study abroad experiences.

Although this is technically not a scholarship, introducing this action has encouraged more international students to venture forward and study, work and even be eager to settle down in regional Australia.

Two Sessions per Year

For those of you who want to apply to study abroad in “The Land Down Under” must remember that Australian tertiary institutions usually accept students at two key intakes:

1. Semester 1
Begins in late February/ early March, and the last intakes being from late May/ early June

2. Semester 2
Begins in late July/ early August, and the last intakes will be accepted till the end of November

Documents Required For Visa Application

Once you have made the primary selection about the program and university that you have chosen for yourself, you should feel a little more at ease with the wheels set in motion. However, if you are still facing some confusion, we at PFEC Global, with over 7 years of experience in the field, are absolutely able and willing to help you in fulfilling your dreams of studying in Australia or any other foreign land.

By the time you are waiting for your application to be processed, plan and start collecting all the documents needed for a proper student visa application. While the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has an updated list of documents you will need to hand in with your visa forms; we have an abridged version of the list for your ease:

  • GTE (General Temporary Entrant Requirement) to check your true intentions behind visiting the country
  • Proof of financial capacity
  • Proof of English language requirements
  • Health and character requirements

Please check the website of DHA for more current information. PFEC Global will help you plan your study abroad, assist you in applying for the correct visa, and ensure you are well-equipped to face your visa interview.

Australia is widely renowned for having world-class certifications, high-quality education, a rich diverse culture, and an array of scholarship and internship opportunities to enrich the student experience. You can also get PR and post-study employment.

Therefore, whenever you decide to make Australia your study abroad destination, PFEC Global will be there for you, guiding you every step of the way.

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