Study in Australia

Want to study in Australia? We’re not surprised!

It’s one of the world’s most popular study destinations, and it’s not difficult to understand why…

What comes to mind when you think of Australia? Sandy beaches and a deep azure ocean, cold cans of lager, and barbecues? Perhaps you might add some weird and wonderful creatures (amongst which more than a few are poisonous enough to kill you), miles upon miles of unpeopled wilderness, and an almost maniacal love of sport.

There is a large element of truth to these common suppositions. Australia does boast two beaches known as the Eighty Mile Beach and Ninety Mile Beach (and 10,683 other smaller beaches on its mainland alone), Australians – particularly students – do enjoy a drink on the weekend, and the warm weather does indeed lend itself to the outdoor preparation of food. But this by no means an entire portrait of the country – for one thing, it misses out any mention of Australia’s impressive higher education system.

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The name of Australia’s biggest city tends to evoke images of beaches, surfing and drinking, all in the shadow of the nation’s most recognisable landmark, the Sydney Opera House. And, sure, it is famed for its party lifestyle. But, like many larger cities famous for their nightlife, it is also bohemian, creative, and intellectual. If this sounds like your kind of environment, then universities in Sydney provide plenty of choice. Two of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight – the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales with a fellow Aussie university, the University of Queensland) – are based in the city, as well as a number of other institutions, including the country’s top-ranked non-Go8 university, Macquarie University, the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Western Sydney .


Considered to be the cultural and multicultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is a good alternative for those who perhaps find Sydney a bit too brash – think of it as a sort of San Francisco to Sydney’s Los Angeles. However, it’s not a pretentious intellectual bubble either – Melbourne’s locals are known for their love of sport, and you won’t be left wanting in terms of nightlife. It is also notable for being one of Australia’s best-preserved cities architecturally. Universities in Melbourne again include two Go8 institutions, the University of Melbourne and Monash University, as well as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Deakin University, La Trobe University, and Swinburne University of Technology.


Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane is known for the friendliness of its locals – often considered to be a major factor in the city’s growth. Of course, friendliness alone isn’t enough to make a city, and it also has a thriving live music scene, a plethora of world-class cultural institutions and – of course – access to plenty of beautiful beaches. Among universities in Brisbane, the most prominent is the University of Queensland (Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland). The other ranked institutions in the city are the Queensland University of Technology , and Griffith University.


If it’s the quiet life you’re after, then maybe Perth should be quite high up your shortlist. The city lies in splendid isolation on Australia’s west coast, and boasts a high volume of relatively unspoiled and quiet beaches. The city itself is uncrowded and peaceful. If you’re more into cafés, parks and peaceful beaches than all-night partying, then you and Perth might be a match made in heaven. Universities in Perth include the University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Murdoch University, and Perth is also the main location for one of Australia’s two private universities, Notre Dame University.


Located in the midst of Australia’s chief wine-growing region, Adelaide is the capital of the region of South Australia. Like all of the cities listed here, Adelaide is a coastal city, so can offer the gold and blue shades which characterise Australia’s beaches, as well as the lush greenery which provides the setting for the region’s vineyards. Unsurprisingly, given its location, Adelaide is noted for being a good city for lovers of food and drink. It is also, as a result of the many nature preserves and conservation areas which lie within spitting distance of the city, a good choice for lovers of nature and wildlife. Among universities in Adelaide, the highest ranked is the University of Adelaide in world rankings, followed by the University of South Australia and Flinders University.

Australian University Admissions & Fees

The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose. As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. You can use the Course Search on this website to find courses and see details such as their tuition fees. There may be additional costs for your course, including course materials and access to institution facilities. The list below gives you an indication of the range of course costs for different types of qualifications.

  • School – $7,800 to $30,000
  • English language studies – Around $300 per week depending on course length
  • Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) – $4,000 to $22,000
  • Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – $15,000 to $33,000*
  • Postgraduate Masters Degree – $20,000 to $37,000*
  • Doctoral Degree – $14,000 to $37,000*

Australian Student visa (subclass 500)

If you intend to study in Australia, you will need to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500).

You can apply for the following types of study on this visa:

  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
  • school – primary or secondary
  • secondary school exchange program
  • vocational Education and Training (VET) courses –a registered VET course or a registered course for the award of an advanced diploma
  • higher education courses –a bachelor or associate degree, a graduate certificate or graduate diploma, a masters degree by coursework or a higher education diploma or advanced diploma
  • postgraduate Research degrees –a masters degree by research or a doctoral degree
  • non-award courses – non-award foundation studies courses or components of a course that do not lead to an award
  • students sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs or Trade or the Department of Defence.

You may be able to package your courses if you would like to study more than one course. This is known as course packaging.

Here’s a quick checklist of what it takes to get an Australian student visa:

Acceptance on a Course

Australian visa requirements for students mean you must first be accepted to study a course which is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS). You’ll need an online code and a copy of your confirmation of enrolment or an offer letter to serve as proof of this. You will be able to change course afterwards, but it must be to one of the same level, or else you will need to be apply for a new visa.

Proof of Finances

If you need to provide evidence of financial capacity, you will be able to demonstrate this by providing one of the following:

  • evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia and 12 months’ living, course and (for school-aged dependants) schooling costs for the student and accompanying family members
  • evidence that you meet the annual income requirement
  • an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form (secondary exchange students only)
  • a letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.

Twelve months’ funds option

Evidence of funds can include money deposits, financial institution or government loans, scholarships or sponsorships.

Annual income option

The annual income option requires a student to provide evidence of personal annual income of at least AUD 60,000. For students accompanied by family members, the requirement is at least AUD 70,000. The income demonstrated must be the personal income of your spouse (who is not coming with you) or parents. Where both of your parents are working, their combined income can be considered for this requirement. Evidence must be in the form of official government documents such as tax assessments. Evidence in the form of bank statements or information directly from an employer is not acceptable.

Living costs

From 1 July 2016, the 12 month living cost is:

  • student or guardian – AUD 19,830
  • partner or spouse – AUD 6,940
  • child – AUD 2,970.

Medical check-ups/ Health Insurance

You may be required to take a medical and/or a radiological check-up to show that you are in good health, but you shouldn’t do this unless you are specifically advised that you must. If you are told to take a test then you must attend an appointment with a doctor who has been approved by the Australian immigration department. You are also obliged to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover – OSHC – unless you are from Belgium, Norway or Sweden, though Swedes must be covered by CSN or Kammarkollegiet for this to apply. You may purchase this cover through your university, or directly from one of the five approved providers. These are Australian Health Management, BUPA Australia, Medibank Private, OSHC Worldwide and nib OSHC. The cost of this insurance is A$437 for a single person for a year, which is around US$300.

Proof of English proficiency

If you need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency, we will accept the following minimum English language test score:

English language test providers

Minimum test score

Minimum test score where combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS

Minimum test score where combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS

International English Language Testing System




*Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper base




TOEFL internet based test




Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)




Pearson Test of English Academic




Occupational English Test




*The TOEFL paper based test will only be accepted from limited countries

Criminal record checks

You will also need to show that you don’t have a substantial criminal record, and your past and present conduct must not suggest you will engage in criminal activity or incite discord in Australia. You may need to acquire penal clearance or get a police statement for this purpose. You will also need to declare fidelity to Australian values by signing an Australian Values Statement.

Apply for Student Visa

You must apply for this visa online.

You can apply when you are in or outside Australia.

After you have gathered and scanned the documents that support your application, create an account and apply for your student visa with our online application system – ImmiAccount.

You must pay the application fee when you apply or your application will not be valid.

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University is one of Australia’s leading universities, with more than 36,000 students. The University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with a focus on high quality learning, teaching and student experience; a commitment to employment outcomes; and innovative research.

La Trobe has built an international reputation for excellence, and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2015). La Trobe currently hosts more than 7,000 international students from 110 countries and approximately 2,600 international students complete a degree at the University each year.
La Trobe is ranked among the top ten universities in Australia for the number of research fields rated at well above world standard in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia National Report. The University’s researchers work in some of the world’s best facilities, including the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science and the Centre for AgriBioscience.

La Trobe has eight campuses in Victoria and New South Wales, and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. La Trobe’s largest campus is located in Bundoora, just 14km from Melbourne’s city centre.

Western Sydney University

Ranked in top three per cent of universities worldwide, Western Sydney University offers unlimited potential for students with the drive and determination to succeed.
With one of the most comprehensive range of courses in Australia, our curriculum and approach to flexible learning is designed to be a springboard for a successful career.
To ensure that students in the Western Sydney region and across Australia have access to a greater range of quality undergraduate opportunities, we invest in providing new study options and support services – such as The College, Advantage Entry Programs and scholarships – as pathways for entry and academic success.

The Academy at Western Sydney University offers advanced degrees that prepare you to thrive in the face of change and seize success at every opportunity. Whether your dream is to achieve as a professional, an entrepreneur or as an academic, you will learn to think differently and creatively.

With our growing international reach and reputation, we also provide our students with unlimited opportunity to learn, travel and work in more than 300 destinations across the globe.

Griffith University

The remarkable people who better our world, the remarkable experiences that transform people and communities, and the remarkable contributions that change the future forever.
We know success often comes from being an exception to the norm—challenging convention, adapting and innovating, creating bold new trends and pioneering solutions ahead of their time. At Griffith, remarkable is the norm.

Since we started teaching over 40 years ago, we’ve been deeply connected to the Asian region, socially conscious and environmentally aware, an integral part of the community and heavily industry focused. We’ve also become a comprehensive, research-intensive university, ranking in the top 3% of universities worldwide.

Our teaching and research spans five campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world.

Curtin University

Curtin is Western Australia’s most preferred university for undergraduate study, with 45 per cent of the state’s undergraduates making Curtin their first preference in 2016. We collaborate with some of the largest companies in the world to stay at the forefront of innovation and equip our graduates with the knowledge, skills and future focus that employers want.

Our campuses are vibrant, welcoming spaces that value diversity and difference, emphasise industry connections and practical learning, have a strong commitment to social justice, and foster a forward-thinking culture for our students, staff and the wider community.
In line with developments in Perth, we are beginning to transform our main Bentley Campus into a cultural hub where members of the community can live, study, work and socialise together as part of the Greater Curtin project.

Deakin University

Deakin University offers a personalised experience, enhanced by innovative digital engagement. We lead by creating opportunities to live and work in a connected, evolving world. We’re ranked 5 stars for world-class facilities, research and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness.

Ranked #3 in Australia for graduate employability*, Deakin University’s course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.
Get access to industry through Work Integrated Learning options and partnerships with some of Australia’s biggest companies, including Telstra, IBM, Save The Children and The Geelong Cats.

Charles Sturt University

Since its establishment in 1989, Charles Sturt University (CSU) has grown to become Australia’s largest regional university and the country’s leading provider of distance education. The University’s origins date back to the establishment of Experimental Farms in Bathurst in 1895 and Wagga Wagga in 1896, and its history includes the development of Teachers Colleges on those sites in Wagga Wagga in 1947 and Bathurst in 1951. The growth and evolution of these institutions led to the formation in 1989 of CSU, which incorporated what had by then become the Mitchell College of Advanced Education at Bathurst and the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education at Wagga Wagga. A non-profit organisation, the Foundation aids and promotes excellence in the education, research and service activities of Charles Sturt University by seeking, receiving and administering private sponsorship for the benefit of the University, beyond the scope of the University’s general budget. Philanthropic support helps improve University life and enhances outcomes for our students, their professions and communities via scholarships, industry placements, cooperative research projects and capital development programs.