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Studying in Australia for international students

Studying in Australia can be your ticket to a first-rate education and a bright future career. Find out all you need to know about studying in Australia for international students.

Australia is one of the most popular study destinations for international students around the world and home to a number of prestigious educational institutions, while boasting some of the world's most livable cities in Sydney and Melbourne, where students can enjoy an affordable cost of living while pursuing their academic and professional goals.

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Why study in Australia?

When it comes to quality of life, high-quality education, and promising opportunities for international students, Australia is always the perfect choice. Here's why:

  • The quality of education

Australia is home to some of the world's most prestigious universities. What’s more important is that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency oversees Australia's higher education system (TEQSA).

  • The quality of life

The quality of life in Australia ranks behind Norway as the greatest in the world. With advanced infrastructure, world-class healthcare services, a diverse range of public transportation, numerous student services, and a comparatively affordable cost of living, Australia is truly a home for international students.

  • Post-graduation opportunities

Post-graduation, many international students can extend their stay in Australia. The temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) permits you to stay in Australia after finishing your studies to live, study, or work.

Admission requirements in Australia for international students

Admission requirements vary depending on the degree and from university to university, although some basic requirements for international students are similar across all universities and include:

Cost of studying in Australia for international students

The cost of studying in Australia will vary based on the degree you pursue and the chosen educational institution. The average annual tuition at universities in Australia is between AU$8,000 and AU$35,000.

Study ProgramAverage Annual Tuition Fees in AUD
Vocational Education and Training (Diplomas)$8,000 to $20,000 AUD
English Language Studies$2,000 to $10,000 AUD
Bachelor’s degree$25,000 to $35,000 AUD 
Master’s degree$25,000 to $37,000 AUD
Doctoral degree$25,000 to $45,000 AUD

Scholarships for international students in Australia

Here are some of the most popular scholarships for international students to study in Australia:

Scholarship NameValue
UTS College to UTS Pathway ScholarshipUp to 50% of fees
Trinity College Residential College ScholarshipsUp to 30,000 AUD
Director’s Scholarships for Academic ExcellenceUp to 7,500 AUD
DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club Undergraduate ScholarshipUp to 4,000 AUD
ASTRO 3D Science PhB Advanced Studies Course AwardUp to 3,000 AUD

Student visa requirements in Australia

The type of visa you require in Australia will be determined by the level of study, the field of study, and the length of the program you intend to enrol in. Regardless of your study program, university of choice, or tuition fees, you will require a student (subclass 500) visa as an international student.

To apply for a student visa to study in Australia, you will typically need the following:

  • A valid passport
  • A visa application fee
  • Passport-sized pictures
  • Proof of enrolment (your electronic confirmation of enrolment eCOE)
  • A Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement
  • Details of health insurance policy (OSHC)
  • Financial proof that you can afford living expenses, tuition fees, return airfare, expenses for dependents

If you are under the age of 18, you will be required to submit additional documents, such as parental permission.

More about studying and living in Australia

Student Essentials

Student Essentials

We have a range of special services for students applying to Australia!
Guide to studying in Australia

Guide to studying in Australia

As one of the top three international countries where foreign students study abroad (alongside the US and UK), you can enjoy the best of student life when you study in Australia.
Education System

Education System

Australia is home to some of the world’s leading universities, consistently ranked in the world’s top 100. Let’s explore the education system so we can find the best options for you.
People and Culture

People and Culture

With sophisticated infrastructure, world leading healthcare services, a dynamic range of public transport, numerous student services and a comparatively affordable cost of living, Australia is a haven for those looking to study abroad.
THE University Rankings in Australia

THE University Rankings in Australia

Check out THE University Rankings in Australia for 2020-2021
Find your perfect city
Study in Melbourne
Melbourne has an exciting range of events on all year round, including sporting highlights like the Australian Open tennis grand slam.
Study in Sydney
There’s a lot going on in Sydney. From great dining and shopping and inspiring arts and culture to amazing architecture.
Study in Adelaide
Adelaide is a big city, but it doesn’t get the crazy level of busy you come across in other bigger cities in Australia.
Study in Brisbane
With stunning history, diverse shopping arcades, bars and a thriving art and music scene, Brisbane is hard to beat as a great city to live in.
Study in Perth
Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital, with stunning, sandy beaches and a huge number of city parks, it’s an excellent destination for those who love the outdoors.
Study in Canberra
With high quality institutions, amazing libraries and numerous museums, Australia’s capital makes an excellent choice as your study city.
Study in Hobart
Hobart combines big city benefits with a small city flair and it’s the most affordable capital city in Australia.
PhD Degree in Australia
Why choose Australia for your PhD degree?
MS in Australia
Benefits of pursuing MS in Australia
MBA in Australia
Benefits of pursuing MBA in Australia
Masters in Australia
Benefits of pursuing Masters in Australia
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Postgraduate Diploma (PG) in Australia
Start studying for your diploma degree after graduation in Australia. Learn everything you need to know to study Post Graduate Diplomas (PG) in Australia.
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