Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million. Many international students are studying in Australia because of it’s high educational standard. For example, Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world. In the latest Universitas 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, ranking eight above the likes of Netherlands, Japan and Germany. Today, I will be focusing on education in Australia, with much emphasis on tuition fees, cost of living, entry requirements, and list of top universities.
The cost of studying in Australia depends on the institution and the level of study you choose. Here’s how it goes:
- English language studies – Around $300 per week depending on course length
- Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – $15,000 to $33,000 per year
- Postgraduate Masters Degree – $20,000 to $37,000
- Doctoral Degree $14,000 to $37,000
- Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) – $4,000 to $22,000. Note that these figures are all in Australian dollars and at the current exchange rate, an Australian dollar goes for 0.93 USD.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Australia is a bit higher than other countries. It ranges from $1000 to $1500 per month which covers the cost of accommodation, food, books, recreation, travels etc. Note that this amount is just an estimation and could be lower or higher depending on a student’s spending habit.
Requirements for undergraduate study
To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course you will need to have an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also have specific pre-requisite subjects.
Requirements for postgraduate study
As well as the satisfactory completion of at least one degree at undergraduate level, your institution may take research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.
List of top universities in Australia
- The Australian National University
- The University of New South Wales
- The University of Melbourne
- University of Sydney
- Monash University
- The University of Western Australia
- The University of Queensland
- University of Adelaide
- RMIT University
- Macquarie University