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Australia Education System

Australia is the 6th largest city in the world by land area and has the lowest population density per square kilometre. It has the world class qualification. Australian universities have the high international rankings. International students have part time job opportunities. Also allows the post study work visa for 2 years. There is opportunity for permanent residency as well.

All universities accept IELTS, TOEFL, PTE scores. International students have the opportunity for pathway programs. Safe learning environment provided by multicultural society. Australia has a warmer climate. As value of Australian dollar is lower there’s a viable costs of living and tuition fees.

Famous cities to study in Australia

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Perth

Available intakes in Australian universities

  • Major Intakes

Major intakes are in February and July. These intakes are offered by universities and private colleges. All popular courses are offered.

  • Minor Intakes

Minor intakes are held in November. These offers are provided by some of the universities and private colleges (e.g. Deakin University and Griffith University). Courses that are offered in minor intakes are business, hospitality and information technology.

Types of Educational Institutions in Australia

  • Private colleges
  • Universities
  • TAFEs

Private Colleges in Australia

Programmes offered by the independent colleges are Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. Pathway colleges offer ELICOS and diploma programs. Courses which are mostly offered are business, information technology, and hospitality.

Programs offered by Australian Universities

  • Business, management and accounting
  • IT and computer science
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Engineering and project management
  • Education and teaching
  • MBBS, nursing, and public health
  • Biotechnology and biomedical sciences
  • Media and communication
  • Architecture and urban planning
  • Pharmacy

IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and PTE (Pearson Test English) are the language tests accepted by the Australian Universities.

Eligibility for Australian Universities (Undergraduate)

Eligibility for Academic Entry

  • CBSE/ICSE Board:

A minimum of 60% – 65% in HSC in best 4 subjects.

  • State Board:

A minimum of 65% in HSC in best 4 subjects.

Eligibility of Australian Universities (Postgraduate)

Eligibility for academic entry

  • Follow NOOSR guidelines

(National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition – An Australian Government Agency assessing level of overseas qualification)

Section of the Indian University                  according to NOOSR Aggregate Percentage required to be eligible
           Section 1                            50%
           Section 2                        50%-55%
           Section 3                            60%

English Language requirements of Australian Universities

Eligibility vary depending on the universities and program

         IELTS              PTE                TOEFL
Overall No bands

less than

Overall No bands less than Overall No bands less than
    6.5     6.0    58        50        79        18
    6.0     6.0    50        50        75        19
    6.0    5.5    50        42        75        16

“Pathway Programs” in Australia

Pathway programs are for those students who are not able to meet the direct entry requirements of the Australian Universities. These programs are both for the undergraduate level and postgraduate level. These programs are also called as ‘Packaged Programs’. The students who miss the mark to the direct entry requirements of the Australian Universities.

Sorts of Pathway Programs

Two types of Pathway Programs

  • Academic Pathway Programs
  • English Language Programs

Academic Pathway Programs (Undergraduate)

These is for the students scoring 60% to 64% in HSC. They are also called diploma leading to degree programs. Students get admission usually in a college where they study diploma program for one year. After they complete their diploma, the students get the admission in the second year of Bachelor’s Degree, eventually completing their bachelor’s degree in 3 year itself.

LEAST ACCEPTABLE ACADEMIC SCORES TO STDY IN AUSTRALIA

Least acceptable academic scores for the students of state boards is 60% and for the students from CBSE/ICSE board is 60%. Cases of borderline with 58% – 59% can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCORES

  • IELTS score                    : Overall 6.0 with no bands less than 5.0
  • PTE score                       : Overall 50 with no sub score less than 50.

ELUCIDATION OF ACADEMIC PATHWAY PROGRAM (POST-GRADUATE)

This program is offered to the students who miss the marks to meet the NOOSR criteria. A short duration of program is offered to the students for qualifying, i.e. up to 3-4 months called as Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) or Pre-Master’s Program (PMP). Any student enrolled in such a program will first have to complete the PQP successfully after he can start pursuing his master’s degree. PQPs are obtainable only for business/management/accounting degrees.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PATHWAYS TO STUDY IN AUSTRALIA

English Language Pathway are also called as ELICOS, EAP, ELP, etc. Before commencing their main program students have to study English for a certain period of time. Duration of ELICOS varies from 10 weeks to 20 weeks. Tuition fees of ELICOS is AUD 300 to AUD 400 per week. Longer duration of ELICOS (more than 15 weeks) may result in visa refusal of students.

ELICOS DURATION CALCULATION TO STUDY IN AUSTRALIA

For the shortfall of 0.5 bands in IELTS the students have to undergo 10 weeks.

IELTS Requirements Student’s Score    Student

falling short

 

Duration of

Overall Individual Overall Individual        by    ELICOS
6.5    6.0 6.5    5.5 0.5 band      10 Weeks
6.5    6.0 6.0    6.0 0.5 band      10 Weeks
6.5 6.0 6.0    5.5 1.0 band 10/15/20 Weeks
6.0 6.0 6.0    5.5 0.5 band      10 Weeks
6.0    5.5 6.0      5 0.5 band    10 Weeks

TIMETABLE FOR AUSTRALIA VISA PROCESSING

For February Intake

           IELTS Coaching                      July
Appear for IELTS Test                      July
IELTS Test Result                July/August
Submit applications to universities                July to October
Offer Letter                July to November
Arrangement of Funds                August to December
Financial Assessment in the universities                September to January
Apply for visas                October to January
Visa Grant                December to February
Fly to Australia                February

TIMETABLE FOR AUSTRALIA VISA PROCESSING

For July Intake

IELTS Coaching                    December
Appear for IELTS Test                    January
IELTS Test Result                  January/February
Submit applications to universities                  January/April
Offer Letters                  January to May
Arrangement of Funds                  February to May
Financial Assessment in the universities                March to May
Apply for Visas                May to June
Visa Grant                April to July
Fly to Australia                    July

COST OF EDUCATION AND LIVING IN AUSTRALIA

IELTS Exam Fee Rs. 12,650
Tuituion fee of University (2 yrs.) Rs. 25,00,000
Living Costs Rs. 10,00,000
Airfare from India to Australia Rs. 50,000
Visa Fee Rs. 30,400
Total Expenses Rs. 35,93,050
Less Part Time Earnings Rs. 15,60,000
Net Cost Rs. 20,33,050
Less Scholarship Amount If applicable
Total money to be spent by the student Rs. 20,33,050

GTE – GENUINE TEMPORARY ENTRANT

The term Genuine Temporary Entrant is for the students should have genuine intentions of studying in Australia and also the student should intend to stay in Australia temporary. To distinguish between the genuine students with the non- genuine students is the main motto of Genuine Temporary Entrant. Not only profile but intentions of the students are also a main concern of universities and AHC.

GTE Assessment is conducted at three levels:

  • Agent
  • University/college (GTE checklist, SOP, Interview )
  • Australian High Commission (SOP,Interview)

The foremost aspect of a student to be a GTE compliant is the profile (academic

scores, IELTS score and work experience) of the student. Secondly, the reason

behind choosing to study his intended program. Then, how much the program choosen by the student is related to his previous education and if it is beneficial for the student or not. Following, if the student is aware of the program structure, costs, units, etc. Then, the evidence he can furnish to explain the reasons and the gaps in the profile of the students. Then, reason why student not studying in India and also reason for choosing studying in australia and not other countries. Following, the students’s reason for choosing his desired university in comparison with other universities in Australia. Subsequently, the student’s future plans, organizations he desire to work with, designations he expects to work at, and salary he expects to receive after his studies are over.

Then, if the applicant have marital status then firstly the qualification of the spouse, employment status of spouse, annual income of spouse and the tenure of marriage is needed to be mentioned. Following, the history of visa refusal and immigration of the student and the dependents for australia and other countries. Then, awareness of the applicant about the costs (tutition fees and living expenses) during his stay in Australia and how he plans to cover the expenses. Next, circumstances he is facing in India, and also employment status and annual income of his sponsers. Lastly, the circumstances of the student as in presence of his close family members in Australia.

TEMPORARY GRADUATE VISA (SUBCLASS 485)

This term is for the students who after completing their studies wants to live, study and work in Australia temporarily.

Suitability measures to apply for the visa are mentioned below:

  • Age less than 50 years.
  • Minimum of 92 weeks (2years) study in duration.
  • English language criteria (Overall 6 with no bands less than 5).
  • Eligible visa of applicant.
  • In last six months the applicant must meet the Australian study requirements.
  • Health insurance of the applicant in Australia.

Temporary Graduate Visa have two streams, firstly, Graduate work stream and secondly, Post study work stream. The graduate work stream is duration of 18 months and granted to the applicants who graduate with skills and qualification that mentioned on the Skilled Occupation List. The duration of Post study work stream is usually 2 years but in case it can extended to 4 years depending on the qualification. Study field is not a measure for this stream.

Universities to study in Australia  

There are total 43 universities in Australia from which 40 are public universities and 3 are private universities. The higher education sector in Australia primarily consists of Universities. The top 8 universities in Australia have formed a group which is called Group of 8. The universities of Australia offer pathway programs, bachelor’s and master’s degree and doctoral programs.

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