Every month on average about 6,000 men, women and children Permanently immigrate to Australia to begin a new and prosperous life. On average another 120,000 people every month receive a Temporary Visa and are able to start a business or enjoy a working holiday in Australia. And 111,000 more are granted a Study Visa and learn highly paid skills and professions that are urgently needed here. When you have completed a 12 month study course in Australia you can also apply here for a Graduate Student Permanent Visa. The cost of applying for a Permanent Visa is between AUD$1,000 and AUD$4,500(Approx). If you fail the Australian Government Points Test for gaining entry you lose your entire application fee.
Once you start studying, you can apply for work rights and are eligible to work twenty hours per week when school is in session and forty hours per week during vacations. You may also be eligible for student loans at some Australian universities.
The reasons, for Australia being the first choice destination of these students are many, the most common being the fact it is an English speaking friendly country providing globally recognized quality education at considerably a lesser cost than UK and USA. Another attractive feature for students going from abroad for higher studies in Australia is the protection of their interests provided by the government through Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act. The act ensures protection of international students in matters such as tuition fees and provides for grievances to be addressed and service to be guaranteed all such educational institutions
For entry into any course falling under `higher education? category a student is required to have a score of six or more on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) conducted by British Council. For Vocational Studies and Training courses as well as for secondary school courses an overall score between 5-6 is required, depending upon the choice of course. A score of 213/300 and above in TOEFL is also accepted. Some Universities also accept Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grades A or B). Most postgraduate applications have to be referred to Faculties and may take 6 weeks to process.
How to get visa after acceptance?
If your application for study is successful, you will be sent a letter offering you place at the University and detailing the first fee payment due. When you return your acceptance of the offer and make that first payment to the University, an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCEO) is sent to the Australian diplomatic mission (embassy, consulate etc) you have nominated in your application form. A paper copy of this electronic Confirmation of Enrollment is sent to you. You then submit your copy of the eCEO to the nominated diplomatic mission when you apply for a student visa.
Cost and Fees
Tuition fees vary from AUD 6000 to AUD 7000 for a six-month graduate certificate course to over AUD 30000 per annum for a medical degree. Most full time degree and post graduate degree cost between AUD 10000 to 20000 per annum. In vocational education and training, costs vary from AUD 3000 to 4000 for a 20-week certificate course to over AUD 12000 per annum for laboratory or computer intensive advanced courses. The Australian government requires that international students and their families pay for health insurance in Australia through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Scheme. Health care costs in Australia can be quite expensive. The cost of health insurance may be around $300 for a single person.