Reasons Students Pursue Higher Education in Australia

by Ragini Sharma Study Abroad Consultant

Australia has consistently ranked in the world’s top 10 most liveable countries. Almost 30% of the population constitute immigrants bringing together diverse cultures and traditions of their homeland. Though 260 languages are spoken in the whole of the Australian continent, you are likely to come across English speaking people more often. According to an Australian government website, about 35.6% and to give you an exact count, 398,563 of international students were enrolled in higher education programs, in the year 2018

Australia has 1100 institutions offering a wide range of degree programs. Overseas students are permitted the right to work for 40 hours a fortnight. Moreover, there are standards and legislative frameworks in protection of overseas students to listen to their issues and complaints, if there happened to be any. International students possessing student visa are granted for post-study visas on fulfillment of certain eligibility criteria.

These were some of the statistical highlights. While you plan to study abroad especially, in Australia, you may consider the following major factors- What are the popular courses and universities that you should choose, the tuition fees and other expenses and the accommodation facilities.

Government Recognized Courses

There are over 2000 courses available across 1,100 institutions in Australia out of which Information Technology and Information System, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, Planning and Architecture and Pharmaceutical Sciences are most sought-after field of study.

  • Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering- Victoria University
  • Bachelor’s in Electronics- Flinders University, Adelaide
  • Master of Medical Radiation Physics- The University of Adelaide
  • Master of Aerospace-The University of Adelaide
  • Master of Planning- The University of Adelaide
  • Master of Quantum Technology- The University of Queensland
  • Master of Pharmaceutical Science- University of Tasmania
  • Master of Clinical Pharmacy-Curtin University

All the above listed courses along with umpteen others are registered on CRICOS which meet the high-quality education standards and are guaranteed by the government of Australia.

Top-ranking Universities

Australian universities have produced many leading scientists, engineers, designers and entrepreneurs in the world. Out of 43 universities spanning across the continent of Australia, seven universities rank among the top 100 worldwide. Some of the high-ranked universities that you can aim for are-

  1. Australian National University (ANU)
  2. The University of Melbourne
  3. The University of Sydney
  4. The University of New South Wales
  5. The University of Queensland, Brisbane
  6. Monash University, Melbourne
  7. The University of Western Australia
  8. The University of Adelaide, South Australia
  9. The University of Newcastle, Callaghan
  10. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

ANU ranks 1st in Australia and 29th in the world according to the QS ranking and has the highest average teacher to student ratio among Australia's leading universities. The University of New South Wales at rank 38th follows the University of Melbourne at 43rd position, The University of Queensland is at 47th and Monash University at 58th position in the world as per the QS World Ranking 2020.

Education and living expenses

A total of $30,000 to $45,000 is spent annually for an undergraduate degree course in Australia that to varies according to the course and university you have opted for.

Post-graduate study in Australia for international students costs up to $30,000 to $50,000 per year.

You can search course fee on the website of that institution for the current academic year. As an international student you can check on the official website of ‘the Department of Home Affairs’ for queries related to the cost of your stay, travel and other expenses. The annual living expenses in Australia can be as high as AUD$21,041 that includes cost of accommodation, meal, gas, electricity, public transport and entertainment.


There are several scholarships available for international students to take the burden of tuition fee off their shoulders. The scholarship may cover full tuition cost or a part of it. High-caliber students with excellent academic results are eligible for a tuition fee waiver under the guidelines of the institution.


You may choose to work while you study paying off some of your extra expenses. International students can work for 40 hours a fortnight and unlimited hours during holidays. Not necessarily, you’ll get paid for the internships, but the experience gathered is undoubtedly helpful in the future.

Post-study Work Permit

After you have finished your Bachelor, Masters, or Doctoral degree, you can stay back and work. You’ll require a temporary graduate visa as per which a period of 2 to 4 years post-study work is granted.


There are rental houses and apartments available as per your budget and lifestyle. You must consider the amount of fee of bond and the utilities if you’re living in a rented house on your own. If you’re not okay living in a rented house, you can stay in purpose-built residencies where all the amenities are at your disposal.

Australia is no doubt the right choice to pursue higher education. You can seek the advice of abroad education consultants on which course and educational institution to go for. You can also seek assistance for overseas education consultants for the application and visa process before making up your mind. All the best for your future endeavors!

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