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Studying in Australia: All you need to know about

The Australian Education System provides primary, secondary and tertiary education. 

In this hierarchy, Tertiary education includes higher education and vocational education and training (VET). 

Australian Qualifications Framework

You need to familiarise yourself with Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), a distinct national policy, born in 1995, that overlooks the functions of tertiary education (as mentioned above) and the providence of school-leaving certificates and Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.

  • The framework consists of 10 levels, collating into a single national system of school, university, and VET qualifications.
  • Provided you fulfil the student visa requirements of the State, the AQF enables an international student to smoothly vade through these 10 levels of education and between courses, preparing a deserving student for a professional course of life ahead. 
  • An AQF-authorised institution is nationally accredited, assuring you of a genuine Australian degree of education.

Popular Courses 

Considering Indian affinity and past records, here is a list of popular courses across highly reputed institutes, where considerable advantage is offered for selection across various disciplines.

Business

Business courses are the most popular of the lot and are sought by ambitious students seeking to enhance their managerial and international business skills and find a niche section across industries. Business courses potentially offer lucrative job profiles for students and opportunities at high-end jobs. Here is a list of domains you can aspire to as a Business student:

    • Banking and Finance
    • Management Information Systems
    • Accounting
    • International Business
    • Human Resources
    • Marketing
    • Business Management and Administration

For graduate students, a proper MBA program can be an important aspect to tug them onto established organisations and ensure a great line of connects through their educational pursuit. Australia hosts a good number of students for highly renowned MBA programs, in all major universities, and even back them with many opportunities in the sector. As an MBA aspirant, it is important that you consider all factors, including a good plan, finances, duration of the course and location to make the best of the program you undertake. 

Information Technology

Another hot topic, among Indian students, in education, is Information Technology. Being passionate about problem-solving, decision-making and the technical aspects of the latest technologies can fetch you one of the most coveted positions at a reputed Australian IT program. The practical nature of this field lets you witness the full extent of the Australian Education System. The institutes provide world-class infrastructure to house the learning and implementations of the newest technologies on the scene. Employers, all over the world, seek graduates from some of the major universities in Australia. If you are the one they seek, you sure are destined for a satisfying career in IT.

Again, as in for Business, the course in IT require you to consider factors including duration, location, finances & budget and your ability to stand out among the scores of applications they receive.

Engineering

Another interesting area of expertise that features in this list is Engineering. A popular choice even back home in India, the majority of Indian students find these specialisations extremely rewarding, mainly because the demand for engineers in various segments. Further domains include:

  • Computer Science Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Finance Engineering

Agricultural Science

Australia is vast country and continent with a diverse variety of flora and fauna. Its agricultural policies are one of the most fluid and engrossing in the world, and the output generated through some of the most modern practices is phenomenal. This has opened loads of opportunities in Agriculture. Though not the most popular among Indian students, the course has been gaining traction steadily and is currently, on the rise, as it offers least competition and a secured assurance of a good job and scale. 

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management

Australia is steadily surpassing the likes of the USA and the UK in terms of their educational prospects in Hospitality and Tourism. This increasing trend has been attracting students from across the globe. With good, life-long career prospect and the potential of leading a unique, on-field job, the response from Indian students is gaining momentum. The range of industries it affects is also tremendous, from the hotel industry to the airline industry, the potential for job is endless. Australia offers great options for this field of education based on levels and duration as well, including Diplomas and Certifications, in addition to Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

Commercial Pilot License Courses

VET courses are on the upward trajectory too. Especially, courses offering commercial pilot licenses. Though higher on the budget scale, the ROI for this amazingly wonderful field is simply splendid.

Nursing 

Another vocational and highly lucrative field to pursue in Australia is Nursing. This selfless profession employs strong and determined individual to partake in the healthcare sector.

Photography Courses

Pursuing a specialisation course in Photography in Australia is primarily for professionals in the field, who wish to enhance their skills and venture into the depths of professional photography. However, even if you find yourself highly passionate about this art, Australia opens their doors to enthusiasts who want to make a career in this field.

Arts

The opportunities in the field of Arts are aplenty in Australia. Their education system helps students who are artistically inclined to find the education they seek and even provides them with wonderful platforms to excel, with highly paid careers. If you have an innate understanding towards the Arts, consider the following domains to venture into:

  • Fashion Designing
  • Interior Designing
  • Jewellery Designing
  • Graphic Designing
  • Film Making

Admission Process

As an Indian student, studying in Australia would require you to follow a two-fold application process:

  • Application to university/institute of choice
  • Application for student visa to the Government of Australia

NOTE: It is important that you choose your field and your program before you start your application process.

Application to University

  • Submitting your application to the institution
  • Receiving and accepting a Letter of Offer
  • Receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)

Application for Visa

There is a range of entry requirements that you will need to meet both for you institution application and your visa application. 

This can include:

  • Academic requirements
  • English language requirements
  • Evidence of funds to support your study and stay
  • Overseas student health cover

Visa Requirements

You can apply for the student visa depending on the course you pick for your future studies. The visa requirement in general are as follows:

  • An electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate
  • Meeting the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement. Read more about this on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website
  • Sufficient funds for airfares, program fees and staying costs
  • English language proficiency
  • Health and character requirements
  • Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Post Study Work Permit

Once you see yourself graduating from an Australian university/institute, you are going to find many opportunities back home and even in Australia to pursue and achieve success. These opportunities can also be instances where you pursue further, high-level education or club your expertise with that another field of study. In Australia, to continue studying or working, you must appropriate if your visa holds the necessary permissions to undertake further ventures in the country. If yes, then well and good; if no, then you must seek to apply for a new visa before the expiration of your current visa. You can visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website to check your visa status and conditions and find out the best options available for your decision.

PRO TIP: Stay in touch with the connects, you established during your educational pursuit and seek to join your alumni group. It will be worth the efforts for your future prospects.

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