Live & Study in Australia

In Australia, you have the freedom to choose a path that suits your particular goals. There are thousands of courses on offer.

Whichever course you choose, you’ll experience a unique kind of education. Studying in Australia promotes innovative, creative and independent thinking. You’ll learn to work as part of a team, to communicate effectively with others and to develop the practical skills and intellectual abilities you need for global success.

Most importantly, you’ll learn how to use your initiative. Your teachers will encourage you to think of original, practical solutions to real-world problems. Upon graduation, your qualification will make you highly sought after by Australian and international employers.

The Australian education system has a h6 international reputation and is known for its effective structure and innovative policy developments. Many other countries, eager to improve their own education systems, turn to Australia for advice.

Australia is also one of the best places to live. It is a young, vibrant and friendly country in which students can live, learn and grow. So if you want a quality education and a good lifestyle, Australia’s the place to be.

Study planning

These steps will guide you through the steps involved for study abroad.

What education type are you interested in?

The Australian education and training system has four main sectors:

  • Universities
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Schools
  • English Language Training

Australia’s national system of learning pathways enables students to move easily from one sector and qualification level to the next and from one institution to another.
As you browse through each sector you will find information on qualifications, course duration and commencement, entry requirements, qualifications recognition, quality assurances and the world-class facilities for teaching, learning and research.

What fields of education are you interested in?

Universities in Australia offer many undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering fields of education such as agriculture, business, economics, education, environmental science, engineering, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, information technology, law, mathematics and computing, medicine, science and visual/performing arts.

Vocational education and training institutions offer practical, career oriented courses including business, computing, marketing, tourism and hospitality.

Australian schools offer an education style that is highly interactive, encourages students to participate and develops personal skills and confidence. All schools offer English, mathematics, science, arts, technology and languages. You may also be able to study such diverse subjects as digital media, agriculture, graphic design, music and accountancy.

Australia offers a range of English language studies, which can cater for everyone from beginner student to advanced student to teacher training.

In the Next Step we will guide you in searching for a course and institution.
What level of qualification is best suited for you?

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a national structure covering 10 different qualification levels that link the four education sectors and provide clear learning pathways and recognition for previous study. Once the status of your existing qualifications is established the AQF will help you to choose the appropriate course within Australia. Many institutions offer preparatory studies, also known as bridging or foundation courses, to help meet the academic entry requirements of Australian institutions. There are also many English language courses with starting dates throughout the year to prepare you for further study in Australia.

Find out about the AQF
Do you have a preferred location?

You may wish to consider the location and environment of the institution you select (e.g. urban or rural, climate and extra curricular activities available on and off campus). You may prefer the urban environment of our city campuses, or you may prefer to explore the lifestyle and community of one of our many regional campuses.

In the Next Step we will help you to locate your preferred institutions on a map of Australia and link you directly to the websites of most institutions.
Financial considerations

The majority of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students and are not awarded scholarships. Student loans are not available for international students in Australia.

You will need to consider if you can afford to study at a particular institution. Fees vary according to the institution and discipline selected. For example, science and medical courses that require a large amount of laboratory and fieldwork are more costly than arts courses. To be granted a student visa you will need to declare your financial ability and in some cases you will need evidence of having sufficient funds to pay part or all of your tuition fees.

There is also the cost of living to consider. If you intend to get a job while studying in Australia then the money you earn from working in Australia should only supplement your income and not be your primary source of income. Given living costs in Australia, you should not expect your earnings to cover your living costs.

Do you have any personal considerations

There are also personal considerations in deciding on the institution of your choice (e.g. friends have previously attended the same institution, friends and relatives are nearby, or the institution caters for your religious, sporting and recreational needs).

Do you meet the entry requirements for the selected course?

Students must meet minimum academic requirements to be accepted into specific courses. Each institution sets its own entry requirements so they may vary from one institution to another, and from one course or faculty to another. Some courses also require relevant work experience and this may be particularly important in relation to MBA and other postgraduate studies.

You may be asked to provide evidence of your academic achievements and English language proficiency to assess whether you meet the entry requirements for your proposed course of study in Australia. Institutions will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for further study you can enrol in secondary school in Australia. If you do not meet undergraduate course entry requirements you may be able to enrol in Foundation Studies which prepare you for further study in Australia and reserve a provisional place in your proposed course. Bridging courses, such as a Master Qualifying program, are also offered. It is recommended that you seek advice from the institution about meeting their entry requirements before applying for admission into your selected courses.

Do you meet the English language requirements?

Evidence of English language proficiency is required when applying for a student visa. Depending on your proposed study sector you will need to have a minimum score in an accepted English language proficiency test and/or a period of English language tuition.

Most university and vocational education and training courses also require students to have a sufficient level of English language proficiency. You should check with each institution what English language proficiency tests are recognised by that institution and what the minimum scores are for each course. There are many English language courses with starting dates throughout the year to prepare you for further study in Australia.

Universities & Colleges in Australia


Victoria (Main City Melbourne)

Australian Catholic University
Australian Institute of Technology & Education
Australian College of Catering & Management
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Bradford College (Kaplan)
Cambridge International College
Central Queensland University
Charles Sturt University
Chisholm Institute of TAFE
Deakin University
Gordon Institute of TAFE
Headmasters Academy
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
International Design School Melbourne
Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE
Latrobe University
Melbourne Institute of Business & Technology
Melbourne Institute of Technology
Menzies Institute of Technology
Meridian International Hotel School
Monash College
Monash University
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
OzFord Business College
RMIT University
Swinburne University of Technology
University of Melbourne
University of Ballarat
Victoria University
William Angliss Institute of TAFE

New South Wales (Main City Sydney)

Asia Pacific International College
Australian Catholic University
Australian Hair & Beauty College
Bradford College (Kaplan)
Central Queensland University
Charles Sturt University
Curtin University of Technology
Latrobe University
Macquarie University
Melbourne Institute of Technology
Meridian International Hotel School
Sterling College
University of New England
University of New South Wales
University of Sydney
University of Ballarat
University of Technology Sydney
University of Wollongong

Australian Capital Territory (Main City Canberra)

Australian National University
Australian Catholic University
Canberra Institute of Technology
Charles Sturt University
University of Canberra
University of New South Wales

Western Australia (Main City Perth)

Australian Academy of Hospitality Management
Cambridge International College
Canning College
Curtin International College
Curtin University of Technology
Dental Nursing Australia
Edith Cowan University
Education and Training International
Murdoch University
Perth Collage of Business and Technology
Perth Institute Western Australia
Sterling Business College
The University of Notre Dame Australia
The University of Western Australia

South Australia (Main City Adelaide)

Adelaide Institute of Management and Technology
Adelaide Pacific International College
Bradford College (Kaplan)
Cambridge International College
South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT)
University of Adelaide
Tourism Institute Australia
University of Ballarat
University of South Australia

Queensland (Main City Brisbane)

Australian Agricultural�College
Australian Catholic University
Central Queensland University
Charles Sturt University
Central Queensland Institute of TAFE
Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
Griffith University
International College of Queensland Australia
James Cook University

Tasmania (Main City Hobart)

TAFE Tasmania
University of Tasmania

Northern Territory (Main City Darwin)

Charles Darwin University
Northern Territory Department of Education and Training