The Perks of an Australian Student Visa

If you are foreign-born and of school going age or plan on being enrolled as a full-time student at one of Australia’s many exceptional educational institutions you will need a Student Visa.

This visa will allow you to live, study and work in Australia while you work towards your qualification and Australia is very keen to have you there!  In fact, the Australian government is so serious about attracting young talent and provides approximately AU$200 million dollars in scholarships for international students every year.

Once you have this visa to your name you hold the key to a very bright future with many of the privileges other Australian students enjoy.

What an Australian Student Visa lets you do

  • This visa is for students who want to come to Australia to study at a registered education institution
  • You can apply to undertake two or more courses on your Student visa (subclass 500) where there is a clear progression from one course to another. This is known as course packaging
  • You can study a CRICOS registered full-time course in Australia
  • Australian qualifications are recognized by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorized by the Australian government
  • You will be allowed to stay in Australia for the duration of your course
  • If Mom or Dad qualifies they may join you in Australia for the duration of your visa
  • You might be able to extend your stay if you plan to study further, your graduation date is after your visa expiry date or if you acquire a tourist visa. If you find employment in Australia you may then apply for Temporary Residency through a Work Visa or you may also apply for the after graduation working visa depending on your qualifications
  • Holders of a Student Visa may be employed for 20 hours a week
  • Australia offers a safe multicultural, friendly and harmonious society in which to live while you qualify.

Remember:

  • You need to either leave Australia before your visa expires, or lodge a new visa application
  • In general, you can only hold one visa at a time. A new visa (other than a bridging visa) will generally replace any other visa that you hold and come into effect as soon as it is granted.

Besides acquiring a brilliant education Australia offers young people a big and exciting adventure.  The choices are endless and include a wide range of affordable indoor and outdoor activities. The country is known for its beautiful natural scenery and some of the best beaches in the world. You can climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, slide downhill in Melbourne, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and still be done in time to enjoy the nightlife of the country’s many exciting cities!

Teachers, engineers or doctors; who get the jobs in Australia?

If you are planning on studying and perhaps eventually living in Australia you might be interested to know which qualifications are most likely to lead to employment setting you on your path to Australian residency / citizenship.

As an example; students completing an accounting degree may be eligible to undertake a Professional Year Program to increase their chances of gaining work and permanent residency in Australia. Professional Year Programs run for 12 months and allow international students to gain work experience in Australia after graduation through an internship with a host company.

It makes absolute sense to pursue a qualification in a career which 1) you will enjoy and excel at, 2) is something you are naturally interested in and 3) is likely to find you quickly employed once your qualifications are issued.

So you might wonder which careers are on offer and which courses are popular with foreign students.  We’ve found a list of a number of careers to consider.  The list offers a large field of discipline and level of qualification.  You are bound to find the right fit for you.

Here are some ideas:

Communications:  this would include journalism, media and film studies.

Creative Arts: creative and performing arts are always popular in Australia, thanks to a number of prestigious schools and colleges, with graduates continuing to make their mark at the international level.

Business: Business is one of the largest and most diverse fields of study in Australia. Business and management courses are offered at a large number of institutions across the country and at all qualification levels, from vocational certificates to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and even research.

Computing and information technology: computer systems, database management, games design, network engineering, software engineering and web computing.

Good news is that graduates of this field may also be eligible to complete a Professional Year Program.

Engineering and technology: degrees in civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering to aerospace engineering, naval architecture, nanotechnology, aviation, food technology and industrial design are all available at Australian universities. 

This field of study also lets international students complete a Professional Year Program upon graduation.

Environmental studies: Australia looks after its natural treasures. Marine biologists, farmers, resource management specialists, environmental protection/impact professionals, agriculturists, horticulturists, veterinarians and veterinarian nursing staff are always in demand.

Health/medicine and medical research: traditionally medically trained staff does exceptionally well in Australia.  This would include careers in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and rehabilitation all have strict accreditation requirements, with courses recognised both Australia-wide and overseas.

How Much Does it Cost to Study in Australia?

You might have come to the realization that studying in Australia is an excellent opportunity, well done!  Now the planning starts.  There are a number of things to consider before you sign up at an Australian University.  One of the major considerations is what this education will cost.  Australia is home to some of the world’s best universities and if you consider all the perks of having an Australian tertiary qualification you will agree that such an opportunity is a priceless investment into your and your children’s future.

While Australia might be considered a bit more expensive than studying locally the benefits certainly outweigh the cost.  This is supported by the fact that as of March 2017 more than 480,000 international students are enrolled at Australian tertiary education institutions.  This is 15% more than the year before!

All these students realize that:

  • An Australian qualification is recognized globally
  • Having an Australian qualification earns visa applicants more points giving them the edge over students with foreign qualifications
  • Students have access to a peaceful, violent free environment in which to learn where their classes and libraries aren’t being torched
  • Being a student at an Australian university means you have access to the best educators, world-class facilities and resources.

What you can expect to pay

Study in Australia, the official government site for international students, gives the typical annual tuition fees for international graduate students as:

Advanced Diploma – AU$ 5,000 – $ 10 000

Master’s degree – AU$20,000 to $47,000

Doctoral degree – AU$14,000 to $47,000

Another cost to consider is the Student Services and Amenities fee, which is a charge for services and amenities of a non-academic nature, up to a maximum of AU$294 in 2017. Not all universities in Australia charge this, but make sure you check beforehand so it’s not an unexpected expense.

Tuition fees and course costs for students who are citizens

A brilliant reason to keep in mind when you are moving your young family to Australia is that citizens may apply for a Commonwealth supported place, which means study costs are largely subsidized by the government. Commonwealth supported places are available at all public universities in Australia and some private ones.

Domestic students may also apply for financial assistance from the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).

Cost of living in Australia

Accommodation: AU$85 and AU$440 per week for accommodation, depending on whether you stay

Groceries and Eating Out: AU$80 to AU$280

Gas and Electricity: AU$55 to AU170

Phone and Internet: AU$20 to AU$55

Public Transport: AU$25 to AU$75

Entertainment: AU$80 to AU$170

This means you will need around AU$422 per week.

Student visa costs for Australia

There are many different kinds of student visas for Australia, ranging in price from nothing at all to AU$620.

Other visa related expenses:

  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for yourself and any accompanying family members, which needs to be valid for the duration of your stay. This will be around AU$2,164.17 for a three-year stay
  • Before you set foot in Australia you must prove you have AU$21,250 for living costs per year. If you’re bringing a partner you’ll need to add AU$7,940 to this figure, and if you have children, you’ll need to show you have an additional AU$2,970 for each child. This amount is adjusted from time to time so it is best to speak to your immigration consultant before drawing up your budget
  • As well as proof of these funds, you will also need to show you have a return air fare for yourself and every family member you take with you, and AU$8,000 per year for any children aged five to 18 to cover school fees.

Source: topuniversities.com and studyinaustralia.gov.au

An Australian Qualification Opens Doors for You

Choosing to study in Australia and obtaining an Australian qualification could be one of the best decisions you will ever make in securing your future.

Australia is a former colony of the British Common Wealth and still hold strong ties with countries like Canada and New Zealand.  These ties give residents access to certain rights and benefits reaching further than Australia.  Citizens are able to freely travel to The UK, Canada and New Zealand.  Working in either of those countries are considerably easier for Australian citizens than non-citizens.

That sounds great, but what has it to do with my studies?

A lot actually!  Persons holding an Australian qualification have a much better chance of obtaining permanent residency in Australia and once you are a permanent resident you can eventually apply for citizenship.  This means you will be able to work, live and even further your studies in a number of First World countries with fantastic international reputations and strong economies.

Is it really the best quality education?

It certainly is high up there!

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act was introduced in 2000 and is designed to protect standards for international students studying in Australia. This piece of legislation, amended in 2010, delivers regulatory requirements for education and training institutions through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

I heard the Australian Universities is some of the best in the world.

 That’s completely true!  According to the 2017 World University Rankings 8 Australian universities placed amongst the top 150 universities in the world:

22nd Australian National University

42nd University of Melbourne

46th University of Sydney

49th University of New South Wales

51st University of Queensland

102nd University of Western Australia

125th University of Adelaide

This is quite amazing when you consider that the University of Cape Town ranks 191st and The University of Stellenbosch 395th on the same list.

But will I qualify?

Many institutions offer foundation studies – one-year preparatory courses designed to provide the skills and qualifications needed to continue higher education in Australia.

Completing foundation studies gives students the equivalent of an Australian high school graduation (year 12). While courses are taught in English, they often include English tutoring where required and are focused on preparing students for university study.

Your Education consultant will give you more information about this.