Study in Australia

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What is an Australian Study Visa?

An Australian study visa is a temporary visa, that enables you to remain in Australia for the duration of your study. Guidelines issued as per the notification and w.e.f. July 1, 2016, for the Australian Student Visa, have changed, and a Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) has been initiated. According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, all international students planning to study in Australia are now required to apply for a visa under Subclass 500 and this effectively combines the erstwhile subclasses 571 – 576 into one.

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Upcoming Intakes in Australia

Australian universities have two intakes every year:
Intake 1: Extends from February/early March to late May/early June
Intake 2: Extends from July/early August through to November
The first intake is usually treated as the main intake by most Indian students. The best thing to do is to prepare for the next upcoming intake.
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Top 20 Universities in Australia 2024

Australia ranks as per the following among the Top 500 universities in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2020,
- Australian National University (ANU) - The University of Melbourne - The University of Sydney
-The University of New South Wales (UNSW) - The University of Queensland (UQ) - Monash University
-The University of Western Australia (UWA) -The University of Adelaide - University of Technology Sydney (UTS) - University of Newcastle - University of Wollongong - Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- Curtin University - Macquarie University - RMIT University - Deakin University - University of South Australia (UniSA) - University of Tasmania - James Cook University (JCU) - Swinburne University of Technology - La Trobe University - Flinders University - Bond University - University of Canberra

Documentary Proof Required for an Australia Study Visa

You will generally need the following basic documents while applying for an Australia Student Visa.
- The Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment as proof of admission into a college or university.
- A valid passport.
- Your visa application fee.
- Your GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) statement.
- Academic and work experience documents.
- Evidence of financial ability to meet expenses like tuition fees, living expenses, living costs for dependents, and return airfare.
- Details of OSHC health insurance policy.
- Statement of purpose.
- Passport-size photographs.
You will also be required to provide additional documents like parental consent if you are under 18 years of age.
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Application Process: Study in Australia in 3 Simple Steps!

Once you have determined the type of student visa you need and ensured your eligibility, it's time to prepare your visa application. Preparing your visa application is a crucial step in your journey to studying in Australia. It requires careful attention to detail and thorough organization. By following the necessary steps and gathering the required documents, you can increase your chances of a successful visa application.
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Living Conditions and Cost of Living

Living conditions in Australia are generally quite good. Australia consistently ranks in the top five or ten in the world when it comes to quality of life indexes (e.g., The Economist’s) or human development indexes (e.g., The United Nations’). Housing and accommodation is of good quality, public transport is available, food and water are high quality, and many public amenities are accessible. Students can experience a wide range of leisure and sporting activities, and can expect low crime rates and a safe environment. Tuition fees range from $A5,500 to $30,000 per year depending on your education provider and location.
Students should be aware that the costs of studying in Australia will depend on your education provider, the level of study you choose and your study location in Australia. Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (all costs are in Australian dollars). The costs below are an approximate guide only and don't take into account your budget and spending habits.
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- Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
- Shared Rental - $95 to $215 per week
- On campus - $110 to $280 per week
- Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
- Rental - $185 to $440 per week
- Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year

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Living Expenses

- Groceries and eating out - $140 to $280 per week
- Gas, electricity - $10 to $20 per week
- Phone and Internet - $15 to $30 per week
- Public transport - $30 to $60 per week
- Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
- Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week

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Living Cost

- For students or guardians - AUD$21,041
- For partners coming with you - AUD$7,362
- For a child coming with you - AUD$3,152

Australian Student Visa Processing Time 2024

Usually the student visa Australia is processed within a month, however, the maximum time it could take is 3 months.
However, Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) streamlines the visa processing time. Processing Time for Student Visa is:
- Foreign Affairs or Defense Sector (20days)
- Postgraduate Research Sector (30days)
- Independent ELICOS Sector (23days)
- Vocational Education and Training Sector (52 days)
- Higher Education Sector (17days)

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Other Important FAQs

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1. Are gap years acceptable in Australian universities?

Most individual universities in Australia have their own set of criteria for admissions. While gap year acceptability varies from one university to another, small gaps of one or two years are normal. You will however need to justify large gaps of three to four years though. 

Other factors for gap acceptability depend upon whether you want to join an undergraduate course or a postgraduate course. Justification is necessary though, irrespective of the course you intend to join. You may also have to provide evidence as a reason in some cases.

After completing your higher education in Australia, you can also apply for the Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 to obtain a permanent residency. This visa makes international students eligible to live and temporarily work in the country after completing two years of studies in Australia.

There is no maximum age limit to fulfill your dreams of studying at an Australian university. The student visa to Australia has no age limit. Living in Australia is an incredible experience. 

You can improve your training and develop skills, both professionally and personally.  Age is not an excuse to not leave your comfort zone. Do not miss an opportunity like this.

Yes. While most universities in Australia require Indian students to appear for an English language proficiency test, many have waived the IELTS test. However, this tends to vary and you are required to check the same with the admission faculty of the university concerned. Quite often, the IELTS English proficiency test is waived for students who have earlier completed their education in the English language.

Your spouse and other family members can accompany you while you participate in your desired study in an Australian education program. You can apply for this inside or outside of Australia through the online portal.

Conduct these basic checks before you apply

  • >> Ensure that you are enrolled in the desired study in Australia program.
  • >> You should either fall in an exemption category or hold the OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover).
  • >> The applicant should be equal to or more than 6 years.
  • >> In case you are less than 18 years of age, you are required to prove that you have a welfare arrangement.
Provided that you meet immigration requirements, a student visa to Australia allows undergraduate and postgraduate full time university degree students to work part-time during the academic year and full time over summer vacations.

However, the right to work on your student visa cannot be enforced till you have formally enrolled in your study program at the university.

Individual universities in Australia also provide a Student Job Search service. This is to help you find part-time work during the term and full time work during the summer holidays. Make sure you join and access this as soon as possible as new offers from employers come in all the time.

Australian Student Visa allows full time university degree students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during academic terms and unlimited hours during summer vacations.

If your current visa conditionally is not subject to a No Further Stay, you can always apply for a further student visa in Australia.

The following process is applicable for undergraduate or postgraduate program students.

Step 1 – Use the same online request form for obtaining a new Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment or eCOE.

Step 2 – The OHSC is not automatically extended with eCOE. You will have to separately organize an extension until the expiry date of your new student visa. Contact the agent privately to extend your policy.

Step 3 – Prepare the supporting documents to attach to your application. This includes – 

  • >> Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE).
  • >> OSHC Policy.
  • >> Your Passport.
  • >> Statement to satisfy the Genuine Temporary Entrant status.
  • >> Evidence of Financial Capacity.

Step 4 – You can apply online for a Student Visa Subclass 500 to the Department of Home Affairs. You can do this yourself or use the services of a registered migration consultant.

The Department of Home Affairs will send you an acknowledgement along with a copy of your Bridging Visa for applicants in Australia.

Normally, your Australian Student Visa to a university will last for the duration of the study programme (including holidays) you are enrolled in and will also allow you to remain in Australia for some time after finishing the course.

It depends upon the length of the course and the month in which it ends. If your course is longer than ten months and ends in November or December, your student visa can end on March 15 of the next year.

Several educational institutions in Western Australia and South Australia offer a wide range of scholarships to meritorious Indian students to help them fund their studies.

The Australian government, public, and private establishments also provide grants and bursaries apart from scholarships. However, check the eligibility criteria along with the closing  application date.

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