Education in Australia

Tertiary education

Tertiary education in Australia comprises higher education (universities), and vocational education and training institutes [vocational education and training (VET) and technical and further education (TAFE) colleges]. Classes are generally conducted in large group lectures and small group tutorials.

Qualifications offered

The country has a unified system of qualifications, well-known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is regulated by the Australian Government. It unifies and assures the quality offered at different levels of education in Australia so that students can move easily from one level of study to the next after completing their previous level, and from one institution to another, as long student visa requirements are satisfied by the student.

Following are the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) levels of qualifications granted by Australian institutions for higher education:

VET Education or Diploma Course (Year 1- leading to Degree – Bachelors direct into 2nd Year)
Associate Degree
Advanced Diploma

Undergraduate Courses
Bachelor Degree
Bachelor Degree (honors)

Post-Graduate Courses
Master’s Degree (extended)
Master’s Degree (coursework)
Master’s Degree (research)

Vocational and Technical Schools

Australia offers Vocational and Technical studies known to TAFE and VET through various institutes. These institutes offer short courses, certificate courses, diplomas, and advanced diplomas. These courses are meant to provide training for students in a particular vocation or help them to get out into the workplace.

Top universities for study in Australia

Australia has 43 universities in total, out of which, 40 universities are public, 2 are international universities and 1 is a private university. The country has some of the most prestigious and high ranking universities in the world. As per the latest QS World University Rankings, 35 Australian universities are ranked among the world’s top 500 universities’ list and 6 are ranked among the world’s top 100.

Top 10 universities for foreign study in australia are:

Australian National University (ANU)
University of Melbourne
University of Sydney
The University of New South Wales
University of Queensland (UQ)

Monash University
University of Western Australia (UWA)
University of Adelaide
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
The University of Wollongong

Top courses to study in Australia for Indian Students

Do you have any particular area of interest to study?
There is every possibility that Australian universities have you covered.

Australian universities offer a wide range of courses and programs as per the field of interest of the students. Whether it’s an undergraduate or postgraduate program a student wants to enroll in, there are numerous options on one’s platter. Australia is particularly known for Social Sciences, Management, Natural Sciences Degrees, Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics.

Different degree courses to study overseas in Australian universities:

Arts and Design: Literature, History, Psychology, Foreign Language Studies, Communications, Philosophy, Public Relations
Education: Education Studies, Special Education, Accountancy Teaching
Engineering and Technology: Chemical, Automotive, Civil, Telecommunications, Mechanical, Aeronautical, Mining, Environmental, Electrical, Electronics, Structural, Industrial, General Engineering, Computer, Mechatronics
Hospitality and Tourism: Hotel Management, Commercial Cookery, Tourism Management
Mathematics and Computing: Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer-Based Information System
Health Sciences: Nursing, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Veterinary Science, Environmental Health, Public Health, Personal and Family Health Care, Pharmacy,
Science: Pharmacology, Environmental Science, Chemistry
Visual and Performing Arts: Art, Fashion Design, Music, Crafts, Performing Arts, Graphic Arts
Agriculture: Agriculture Science, Forestry, Horticulture, Biotechnology
Law and Business Administration: Economics, HR, Accounting, Commerce, Marketing, Management, Administration

When and how to apply

Applications for overseas education in Australian Universities are accepted all-round the year. Most universities accept new students in two intakes in each academic session, which are usually in February and July or November, with slight variations according to a university’s academic calendar. However, it is better to apply as early as possible because the visa process takes up takes 1 Day -12 week turnaround time. If you wish to begin your studies in Australia for February intake, you should aim to have your application completed and submitted by mid-November/late-December, depending on the institute. If you are targeting the July intake, you should complete your application by May.

Australian academic Intakes

Foundation courses: Duration is 1 year and intake is in February (depends on the university).
Vocational Education and Training courses: Duration is 6 Month-1year and intake are in Jan, May, June, Oct, TAFE Institutions
Undergraduate courses: Duration is 3 years (4 years for honors degree) and intake is in Feb, July, and November, (depends on the university).
Postgraduate/Masters courses: Duration is 1-2 years and intake is in March (depends on the university) Feb, July, and November.
Doctoral degrees: Duration is 3-4 years and round the year intake as the supervisor or the project demands.

Eligibility criteria for admission in Australian Universities

The general criteria for applications in Australian universities are mentioned below:

English language proficiency: All applicants are required to take a recognized English language proficiency test. IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score is generally considered by Australian Universities.

For undergraduate programs, a minimum IELTS band score of 6 with no less than 6.0 in each section is required and for post-graduate programs, a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in each section is required.

Academic requirements:

Undergraduate study in Australia
High-school certificate or Year 12 of school education
Academic scores with a minimum 60 % or above in class XII
Mathematics in-class XII as a prerequisite(for some sciences and technology courses)

Postgraduate study in Australia
Recognized undergraduate certificate or 15 years of education
Strong academic background
Relevant work experience (some universities require this for MBA programs)

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