australia

Australia is a land of contrasts and diversity. Its landscape ranges from desert and bushland in the central areas, to rainforest in the North, to snowfields in the South East. Australia’s nearest neighbour is Papua New Guinea, 200km north. Australia lies 1920km west of New Zealand, and 2000km to the north of Antarctica.

CUSTOMS

Australia is a young and diverse nation and Australian people come from many different cultural backgrounds. As you settle in and make friends you will find that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Australian. You will encounter a wide range of social customs, habits and perspectives on life that may be new and different from what you have experienced before. This section may help you to prepare for some of these new experiences.

ADJUSTING TO LIFE IN AUSTRALIA

Students experience many different feelings when embarking on an overseas adventure. Leaving your home country and coming to Australia to start University is both exciting and challenging. The International Student Centre has prepared important information about “Culture Fatigue” that may help you to understand these feelings, and to realise that they are common emotions for international students.

GOVERNMENT

Australia uses a three-tier system of government:

Federal Government: Australia’s federal parliament is based on the British Westminster system with a prime minister and cabinet (inner council). It is responsible for matters of national interest, including: defence, external affairs foreign trade, treasury, communications, immigration, etc. Federal government comprises two houses – the House of Representatives (lower house) and the Senate (upper house, or house of review).

State Government: Administration areas including education, health, law enforcement etc. Each state has a Premier who leads the party majority in state parliament.

Local Government: Responsible for their local areas (for town planning, parks etc). The mayor or president is the leader of a local government.

Voting: Voting is compulsory for all registered Australian citizens over 18 years. Voting is by secret ballot, and Australians commonly have a number of different individuals and political parties to vote for. Voting systems vary between states, and between houses of parliament.

AUSTRALIA IS DIVIDED POLITICALLY INTO SIX STATES AND TWO TERRITORIES, AND THEY EACH CONTAIN UNIQUE TRADITIONS, PRODUCTS, LAND AND PEOPLE.

Sr. No States Capital
1 Western Australia Perth
2 South Australia Adelaide
3 Queensland Brisbane
4 New South Wales Sydney
5 Victoria Melbourne
6 Tasmania Hobart
7 Northern Territory Darwin
8 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Canberra
    • Large land area, sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometer.
    • Over 350,000 international students, from approximately 140 nations have come to Australia in the year 2013.
    • Safe learning environment.
    • Multicultural society.
    • Relatively warm climate.
    • Standard of living & cost is viable.
    • Part time job opportunities are available.
    • IELTS,TOEFL, PTE & CAE scores are acceptable.
    • ELICOS (Pre-sessional English) programs are available.
    • World class qualification.
    • Can work 40 hours per fortnight when the course is in session and 40 hrs/week during scheduled course breaks.
    • Chances of getting Permanent Residence by gathering 65 points.
    • Introduction of Streamlined Visa Process (SVP) making visa process and documentation simpler resulting in visa success rate
    • Post Study Work Visa of 2 years for the students who complete at least 2 academic years of degree (Masters or Bachelors) in Australia.
    • If students studies in Regional areas in Australia they get

                  5 extra points which support in achieving 65 points for  PR.

  • Students who are not eligible directly for Universities Bachelor program can be given packaged program.
  • These are 1 yr Diploma program in TAFE or College leading to 2nd yr of Bachelor’s program in partner University.
  • We get combined offer for Diploma & Bachelor program.
  • These programs focus on rigorous coaching to students and prepare them for university‘s required level.
  • Various course options are available for packaged program from the field of Business, Information Technology, Health Science, Engineering, etc.
  • In most of the cases, commission is received from both the institutions, i.e., from TAFE/Private college for diploma course and from the university for bachelor’s course.

Academic Requirement:

  • Minimum 45% in class 12th.

IELTS Requirement:

  • Overall 5.5, with no band less than 5.0

Student with IELTS 5.0 (4.5) can be given ELICOS of 10 weeks

Tuition Fees:

  • AUD 10000 to AUD 23000/Year

Intakes:

  • February, July & October

UNIVERSITIES WE PROMOTE:

  • Central Queensland University
  • Australian Technical & Management College, ATMC
  • University of Canabbera
  • Curtin University of Technology
  • Deakin University
  • Griffith University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Ballarat
  • University of Tasmania

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Strut University
  • Bond University
  • Macquarie University
  • James Cook University
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Tech Sydney
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Charles Darwin University
  • University of Newcastle

  • Monash University
  • University of Wollongong
  • Swinburne University Of Technology
  • RMIT, Melbourne
  • Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
  • Chisholm Institute of TAFE
  • Holmesqlen Institute of TAFE
  • Melbourne Institute Of Technology MIT
  • Kalpan Business School
  • Bradford College

Academics:

  • Diploma: Minimum 45% in class 12th.
  • Bachelors: Minimum academic percentage required is around 60% + in class 12th

for the students from CBSE board and 65% + for ICSE/State Board.

  • Masters: Minimum academic percentage in a bachelors degree should be second class if the University is falling under section 1 and 2 of the NOOSR guidelines or first class if the university is falling under the section 3 of the NOOSR guidelines.
  • Foundation/Packaged program are available for the students who are not directly eligible for the Bachelors Program.

English Language Requirement:

Diploma: Overall 5.5, with no band less than 5.0 Bachelors: Overall 6.0, with no band less than 5.5 Masters: Overall 6.5, with no band less than 6.0

Pre-sessional English Language Program (ELICOS/EAP) is available in Australian Universities for the students who do not meet the IELTS requirements of the University. Till IELTS of 5.0 we can offer English Language program of nearly 20 weeks.

COST OF LIVING IN AUSTRALIA

Study in Australia is becoming a common affair for most of the international students now days. Although, scholarships have been proven as life saver but it is not easy to manage daily expenses. Living in campus helps many students to save expenses on extra rent but it is also not certain that every student will get an in-campus accommodation.

Department of Immigration and Border protection needs a student to meet the financial requirements in order to get the student visa which says a student should have minimum AUD$18,610 but cost of living expenses for international students vary according to city, region and the lifestyle a student opts for. Sydney and Melbourne are listed as most expensive cities in Australia but on the other hand there are cities like Hobart, Wollongong which are comparatively less expensive and student friendly as well.

Here are the approximate living expenses for International Students in Australia –

  • Rent $100-$400
  • Entertainment $50-$100
  • Utility $60-$100
  • Transportation $10-50
  • Groceries and Eating out $80-$200

Of course this list is not comprehensive, but will give you a starting point to work out what things will cost and the cost of living for the Australia.

 

Australian Awards Scholarships (AWS)

AWS provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. They aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

Endeavour Awards

For students in the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern regions seeking to undertake academic or professional development in Australia, the Endeavour Awards are a perfect opportunity for this. Endeavour is the Australian Government’s merit-based scholarship program, and there are also a smaller number of scholarships available for people in Europe and North and South America to get involved.