Why study in Australia?
In 2016, Australia ranked third place with the number international students enrolled in institutions, trailing behind the United Kingdom and the United States. As many as eight of the world’s top 100 universities are located right in the land of kangaroos.
Studying across the hemisphere means not only attending quality courses and schools, but also having an easier time entering the labour market. University is not the only option! For those who have completed their high school studies, there are many professional courses in Australia that offer excellent opportunities.
Young people in Europe may struggle to find a job but 72% of young people in Australia find a job only four months after the end of their high school studies. For a recent graduate, entry level wages can exceed $50,000 AUD per year.
How to study in Australia: The Available Training Courses
The study paths that are available in Australia are varied to meet the needs of each student.
English Language Skills for Non-Native Speakers
If you’re a non-native speaker, you will want to prioritise improving your English language skills when arriving in Australia. These skills will help in your working and personal life. There are many different English language courses to choose from that are essential to access specific professional or academic paths.
- Beginner: for those who are starting from scratch.
- Advanced: for those who already speak English but wish to improve.
- Business English course.
- Courses to improve pronunciation and vocabulary.
- Courses to obtain a language certificate (IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge).
The average duration of these courses is 12 weeks, but you can choose longer or shorter courses according to your needs.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
However, if your English is already great and you want to focus on a path that can help you with your work, you can opt for a professional course (or VET). VET is a training course with strong practical content that was created with the aim of preparing for a specific profession. There are VET courses for almost all employment sectors, so it won’t be difficult to find a route that is in line with your area of interest.
There are a number of VET courses that only take three months to complete. These short-term courses are a great option for students looking to earn credit towards a degree or experience what it’s like to study abroad in Australia.
University or Post-Graduate Study
There is also the possibility of attending a university or post-graduate course in Australia. This choice can be very demanding, in bureaucratic, organisational and financial terms, as university is very expensive in Australia. Just remember, if it’s easy to dream it, it’s easy to live it; university is definitely an option for international students.
Choosing the Correct Visa
Any course you choose to study in Australia requires a visa. The Working Holiday Visa allows you to study and follow a course for four months and work in the meantime, without any limit to weekly hours.
To undertake a full-time course, the Australian government requires you to have a Student Visa. This special visa allows you to stay in Australia for the duration of your coursework, and to work part-time during the course and full-time during breaks. Student Visas are valid for the duration of a course and can even be extended for up to five years.
For more information on choosing the right visa for you, click here!
How much does it cost to study in Australia?
There is no set cost when it comes to studying in Australia. It can be more or less expensive depending on the course of study chosen, its duration and the school.
The cost of an English course, for example, depends mainly on its duration and the type of institution you choose to attend.
A similar situation applies to vocational courses but with a few variables, such as the level of the course and the professional environment (a fitness course will cost a different amount than an IT course).
When compared to the cost of university in Europe, studying in Australia can seem very expensive. A year can cost between $18,000 and $45,000 AUD. However, at the end of your course, there will be many professional opportunities.
There are alternatives to save a little money. If attending university in Australia is your dream, you can apply for a scholarship. In fact, the Australian government makes scholarships available for international students every year. GO STUDY has access to exclusive discounts and scholarships for many courses and institutions. Contact our expert advisors today and ask about the deals we have access to. Seriously, we can often get a deal that’s better than what’s offered on the college website!
Alternatively, you can check if there are vocational courses, relating to the sector you wish to work, that you can attend. These courses are much cheaper than University and require less commitment. The additional time you will have can be spent finding, or working, a part-time job while you study.
Studying at a private college is another cost-effective alternative to University. Many private colleges offer higher education courses that are more personalised and offer students a niche learning experience.