Study in Australia: Introduction
With thousands of international students choosing to study in Australia every year, it has been fast-becoming one of the hottest study abroad destinations across the world. In terms of the number of international students Not too far behind the US and UK, Australia houses the largest number of international students across the globe. One of the topmost reasons for so many students flying to Australia for their studies is that the country takes pride in its eight universities that are counted amongst the top 100 universities in the world. Its modern culture and research advancements are also major reasons for international students opting for courses in Australian universities. A high standard of living, green and beautiful locales, jumpy kangaroos and cuddly koalas add to the reasons furthers.
Thanks to the globally recognized degrees offered by Australian universities, international students completing a course from these universities stand a higher chance of bagging their dream job anywhere across the globe. While the living expenses in Australia are comparatively lower than countries like the US and UK, the standard of living is marginally higher. The range of courses offered by Australian universities is vast, which gives a higher chance to international students in finding their preferred course. In addition to an excellent education system, Australia also allows international students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight, which eventually helps them in gaining enough experience and money while they complete their course.
Study in Australia: Top Australian Universities
With a foundation of diversity and excellence, Australia houses some of the top-ranked universities across the globe. Known for their brilliance in research and life-altering advancements in various fields, Australian universities welcome international students with open arms.
Here is the list of top universities to study in Australia:
|S. No.||University||Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018||Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2018||QS World University Ranking 2019|
|1||The University of Melbourne||38||32||39|
|2||The Australian National University||69||48||24|
|3||The University of Queensland||55||65||48|
|4||University of Sydney||68||61||42|
|6||The University of Western Australia||93||=111||91|
|7||The University of Adelaide||101-150||=134||114|
|8||The University of New South Wales||101-150||85||45|
|11||James Cook University||201-300||201-250||=369|
|13||Queensland University of Technology||201-300||201-250||=244|
|14||University of Tasmania||201-300||301-350||287|
|15||University of Wollongong||201-300||251-300||=218|
|17||La Trobe University||301-400||351-400||=397|
|19||Swinburne University of Technology||301-400||401-500||=387|
|20||The University of Newcastle, Australia||301-400||251-300||=214|
|21||University of Technology Sydney||301-400||201-250||=160|
|23||University of South Australia||601-700||201-250||=264|
|24||Charles Darwin University||N/A||301-350||651-700|
|26||University of Canberra||601-700||351-400||601-650|
|28||Southern Cross University||N/A||401-500||801-1000|
|29||Western Sydney University||401-500||401-500||=498|
|30||Australian Catholic University||501-600||501-600||801-1000|
|32||Central Queensland University||N/A||501-600||601-650|
|33||Edith Cowan University||801-900||501-600||751-800|
|34||University of the Sunshine Coast||701-800||501-600||801-1000|
|35||University of Southern Queensland||N/A||601-800||751-800|
|36||University of New England||701-800||N/A||801-1000|
|37||Charles Sturt University||901-1000||N/A||801-1000|
The University of Melbourne
160 years old, The University of Melbourne has constantly been ranked the number 1 university in Australia. Somewhere around the 30th rank worldwide, The University of Melbourne is house to over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students with 36% of them coming internationally from more than 130 countries. The university works on the Melbourne Model – a unique curriculum that provides students comprehend more extensively and choose the right path for themselves in the future.
The Australian National University
One of the world’s leading universities based in Canberra, the Australian National University is renowned for its emphasis on quality research and education. Sixteen of the subjects taught at the Australian National University are ranked in the top 25 globally. The university also boasts six Nobel Laureates among its staff and alumni. With over 25,000 students, the Australian National University has seven academic colleges including ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU College of Business & Economics, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science, ANU College of Health & Medicine and ANU College of Law.
The University of Queensland
Ranking among the top 50 universities across the globe, the University of Queensland strives for creativity and independent thinking, honestly and accountability, mutual respect and diversity, and supporting its people. The University of Queensland’s top-notch campuses at St. Lucia, Gatton, Herston and other locations boast the finest teaching and learning methods. Ground-breaking innovations at the University of Queensland such as the Nanopatch, Gardasil and Cervarix have paved way for many life-changing developments.
Study in Australia: Scholarship Options
There are a number of scholarships available for international students looking to pursue their academic dreams in Australia. There is a good mix of university scholarships and government scholarships available for international students in the country. These scholarships are mostly merit-based, that is, the chances of the student winning the scholarship depends on the student’s academic performance in his previous years. The university scholarships are less competitive as compared to the government scholarships as most of the universities offer a plethora of scholarships for international students. If an international student wishes to apply for a government scholarship in Australia, it is advisable that he/she should apply way in advance.
Here are the top scholarships for Indian students looking to study in Australia:
Key scholarships for study in Australia:
|Scholarship Name||Specific Elements||Application closes|
|Dr. Abdul Kalam International Postgraduate Scholarship||The Dr Abdul Kalam International Postgraduate Scholarship from University of Sydney is open to international students who have an offer of admission in the University of Sydney for a Masters in the Faculty of Engineering and IT.||January|
|School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences Indian Scholarship||School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences Indian Scholarship is open to students from India studying postgraduate coursework programs administered by the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences at The University of Queensland. A total of four scholarships are awarded each year.||October|
|Bachelor of Medical Science Scholarship||Open to academically high-performing students applying for the Bachelor of Medical Science program at Griffith University, the Bachelor of Medical Science Scholarship holds an award value of $10,000 in total.||November|
|ANU College of Business and Economics India Excellence Scholarship||ANU College of Business and Economics India Excellence Scholarship supports diversity and strengthens educational outcomes for international students at Australian National University. It is open to international students who have made an application for admission to an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework program at the ANU College of Business and Economics and have achieved at an outstanding level in their final years of schooling as determined by the CBE academic panel.||October|
|ANU-Study Canberra India Scholarship||ANU-Study Canberra India Scholarship at Australian National University is a highly competitive award that is open to successful international applicants who have performed exceptionally in their final years of schooling or university studies in India.||June|
|Research School of Accounting India Merit Scholarship||The main aim of Research School of Accounting India Merit Scholarship at Australian National University is to bring in international students from India who have a past record of academic excellence.||October|
|2019 Curtin International Scholarships – Merit Scholarship||2019 Curtin International Scholarships – Merit Scholarship is open for international students who are commencing studies at Curtin University’s Western Australia campuses in 2019. The winners of the scholarship will have 25% of their first year of tuition paid for.||November|
|RMIT International Excellence Scholarship||RMIT International Excellence Scholarship is open to international students with excellence academic background (overall 70% or equivalent in your last completed qualification). The financial assistance is provided to a total of 36 exceptional international students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the university.||January|
Study in Australia: Visa Requirements
There are different types of student visas available to study in Australia. It is important to identify the one you require depending on the type of study you are looking to take up in the country. In order to start the process, you need to submit your visa application no less than 3 months before the joining at your institution.
Some of the important documents required for the visa application as given below:
- Visa application form
- Visa application fee
- Passport-size photographs
- Valid passport
- Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment from the institution
- IELTS result
- Academic and work experience documents
- Statement of purpose
- Evidence of financial ability
Post submission of your visa application, you will be required to go through a medical examination by a doctor. Next, a unique Transaction Reference Number (TRN) will be given to your application by the Australian Government, which you track online.
Study in Australia: Health and Safety
With stringent anti-gun and anti-drug laws, Australia is known to be a safe country for international students with low crime rate. In the sphere of health, international students are required to arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before leaving for Australia and maintain it as long as they are in the country. OSHC encompasses medical services as specified in the student’s policy. Students may ask their institution’s international helpdesk for support in arranging OSHC.