Australia growing up quickly as a popular study destination among the students around the world. Most of the students go to Australia to study in the vocational education and training system and at university level. The most popular fields of study are business and management, information technology, engineering, and tourism and hospitality. Students these days are increasingly studying in a wide range of disciplines at Australian institutions.
Australia has a proven reputation as an educational provider, it provides high quality education for all student especially international ones. There is growing awareness of the quality and variety of Australian courses and qualifications especially in countries such as Nepal, India China etc. Many students are attracted by the flexibilities offered by the Australian Educational System, which sets out 12 levels of qualifications across three educational sectors – school, university and vocational education and training. Qualifications are awarded only after the achievement of competency standards. Once achieved, students can progress through different levels of qualifications, regardless of the sector, thus providing many different pathways between different levels. Australia is a safe and welcoming destination, proud of its own enormous cultural diversity. The interests of international students in Australia are protected by Australian government legislation – the Education Services for Overseas Students Act. Only institutions which are registered by the Australian Government can recruit students from overseas. The costs of studying in Australia compare favorably with traditional destinations such as the USA and Britain.
The Australian education system is distinguished from many other countries by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF was established in 1995 and is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education and vocational education and training) in addition to the school-leaving certificate; the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. This allows you to move easily from one level of study to the next, and from one institution to another, as long as you satisfy student visa requirements. It allows for choice and flexibility in career planning. All qualifications in the AQF help prepare you for both further study and your working life. If you are studying an AQF qualification, you can be sure that your institution is Government-authorised and nationally accredited, and that your degree or other AQF qualification will be genuine. Our institutions are linked across the country and across the world, which makes it easy to move throughout the education system between courses or institutions and formal agreement and recognition frameworks mean every step of the path will contribute to your future no matter what your study or career goals.
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. Australia is a great option not only in terms of the education standards but because it makes great economic sense as well. Institutions will advise when to pay your tuition fees and acceptable methods of payment.