- Australian National University
- University of New South Wales
- University of Melbourne
- Macquarie University
- University of Technology Sydney
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of New England
- Charles Sturt University
- La Trobe University
- RMIT University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Bond University
- James Cook University
- University Of Southern Queensland
- University of Sunshine Coast
- Central Queensland University
THE PEOPLE :
- Multi-cultural society.
- Free from racial discrimination
- English is the common language used
- Religious freedom
- Immigrants from Europe and recently from Asia constitute the bulk of the population
- Friendly People
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It’s about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 percent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilo meter. It has population of 22 million only.
With the reverse season of the northern hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate. Most of Australia receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, or an amazing 70 percent of the total possible hours. Grab a hat and sunscreen and enjoy the delightful climate.
CITIES / REGIONS :
- Six states and two territories
- Sydney is one of the most highly urbanized cities in the world
- Sophisticated cities such as Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide
- WA – Very upcoming Brisbane fastest growing
- Most beautiful country in the world with amazing cultural and natural diversities
- Diverse flora and fauna spread across the country
- Home to the Great Barrier Reef
SPORTS & RECREATION :
Cricket, Hockey and Rugby, Aussie Rules, are popular sports in Australia. With more than 120 national and thousands of local, regional and state sporting organizations, it’s estimated that six-and-a-half million people in Australia are registered sport participants.
AUSTRALIA – DESTINATION FOR EDUCATION
While overseas study is expensive, Australia is more affordable than most other destinations and offers a high standard of quality education, excellent living condition and a tolerant multicultural society. Australia’s Higher Education Institutions rank among the world’s best and the quality of education they offer is correspondingly high. Higher education in Australia provides value for money by offering shorter and more intensive courses, they quickly incorporate latest innovations in science & technology, modern trends in marketing & management in their diploma/degree programs, hence Australian education is more practical and responsive to the needs of Trade & Industry.
AUSTRALIA SEEMS TO BE HIGH ON THE LIST FOR MANY REASONS:
- Duration for the masters courses is between 1, 1.5 to 2 yrs.
- Competitive costs for tuitions and living in comparison to other developed countries. Like UK etc.
- Australian education is recognized worldwide from US to NZ.
- High Standard of education in international terms, good research facilities available with state of the art equipment.;
- Visa process is straightforward and fair.
- Australian universities are members of an International Academic community and academic staff are frequently recruited on an international basis.
- Australian academics and graduates are keenly recruited into institutions overseas, indicating a measure of Quality Education.
- ESOS Act to protect the interest of overseas students.
- Safe country with pleasant climate and a stable democracy
AUSTRALIAN QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORK (AQF):
Australia has an integrated nationwide system of qualifications, known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is recognized by the Australian Government. Under this, students can move easily from one level of study to the next and receive credit for previous study. It brings together the quality offered at different levels.
COURSES AVAILABLE AT UNDER GRADUATE & GRADUATE LEVEL:
Awarded courses vary considerably with the higher education sector in the form of entry requirements, duration and method of assessment. The following awards are offered by Australian Universities:
- Doctoral Degree
- Masters Degree
- Graduate Diploma / Graduate Certificate
- Undergraduate Diploma / Advance Diploma and
- Bachelors Degree
- Associate Diploma / AQF Diploma
- TAFE Certificate I, II, III & IV
English, Philosophy, History, Foreign, Language Studies, Communications, Psychology
Education Studies, Teaching, Early Childhood, Special Education
Geography, Behavioral Studies, Welfare And Counseling, Spot And Recreation, Sociology
MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING:
Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Based Information System, Computer Science
Science Pharmacology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biotechnology
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS:
Art, Graphic Arts, Fashion Design, Crafts, Performing Arts, Music
Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Structural, Mechanical, Automotive, Aeronautical, Mining, Industrial, General Engineering, Computer, Telecommunications, Mechatronics, Polymer, Environmental
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND LAW:
Economics, Accounting, Commerce, Management, Administration, Marketing, Finance, HR
Nursing, Nutrition, Medical science, Environmental Health, Optometry, Dentistry, Personal And Family Health Care, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Public Health, Physiotherapy.
Agriculture, Forest, Horticulture
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM:
Hotel Management, Tourism Management & Commercial Cookery.
There are 39 universities ranging in size from around 3,000 students to 50,000 students – 37 of these are government run. Australian universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in traditional and modern subject areas such as innovative courses in IT, electronic business and science. Australian academics have won prestigious awards, including several Nobel Prizes, and are involved in ground-breaking research. Many students are also high achievers and have won international prizes and awards. There are many advantages to studying in Australian universities. They give you an international education through international staff, students, curricula, agreements and research. They offer cutting-edge technology and have strong ties with research bodies and industry, allowing you to keep up to date with the latest developments.
Australia offers a wide variety of choices for postgraduate studies. The individual universities offer different strengths and capabilities, providing a diverse base of research for students. Australian universities pride themselves on a strong research base and devote considerable research facilities and state of the art equipment to their postgraduate schools.
Foundation studies provide students with the necessary skills to successfully complete an undergraduate course. Special streams are offered in Engineering, Business and Arts as well as a six month preparatory course in Design.
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA (VET)
The pride and confidence that Australia has in its VET system is the result of a long tradition in technical education, a decade of continuous reform and a national system which is truly driven by customers’ needs and the quest for quality. Vocational education and training is offered by two types of institutions: Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and private training organizations such as private colleges, industry training centers and individual enterprises. These institutions offer a wide variety of training, ranging from preparatory and entry level, through operator and technician to professional levels. A broad spectrum of programs and learning opportunities are delivered with relevant up-to-date industry experience. The Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) college system is both Government owned and operated. There are around 110 TAFE institute & 550 private colleges in Australia. TAFE colleges specialize in training students for the workforce. TAFE graduates are in demand from both business and industry for their wide range of practical and technical skills. Australia offers a wide variety of vocational education and training courses. Each year increasing numbers of international students are choosing the TAFE option, either as a means of training and qualifying for a highly skilled job in business, the arts, or industry, or as an alternative pathway into university degree studies. The advantages for international students choosing to undertake TAFE studies are numerous but lower fees is one of the main criteria.
UNDERGRADUATE – BACHELORS :
- A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling
- Some courses such as Computing and Engineering will require Mathematics and /or Science as pre-requisites
POSTGRADUATE – MASTERS :
- A good academic record in Bachelors Degree from a recognized university is necessary
- Any work experience in the field will be helpful
- For MBA programs at some Universities students need to have 1-2 years work experience along with their Bachelors Degree
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS :
- An overall band of 6.0 is appropriate score for Australian Student visa.
- Students having low IELTS score can take English Language program called ELICOS.
Australia generally has two intakes i.e. February and July, with few Universities offering multiple intakes in September & November. It is suggested that you should start making applications ideally 4-6 months prior to the intake. University generally takes around 4-6 weeks to process the applications. Documents needed for making an application are resume, statement of purpose, Bachelor Degree, Transcripts, three reference letters from colleges / employers and passport copy & IELTS score sheet.
I n Australia every course offered in a university has CRICOS Code which is given by Australian Government reflecting that the education system is fully controlled by the Government in Australia. There is no formal ranking of universities. Thus students from all around the world have long made Australia their education destination. In 2004 – 2005 for e.g. there were over 300 000 International students drawn from more than 200 different countries.
STUDY COSTS IN AUSTRALIA
Australia offers the international student excellent value and high quality education at very competitive costs. International students are charged up-front tuition fees. These costs will vary depending on the course or institution, therefore, average costs are provide below and should only be used as a guide. Australian university fees vary from about A$9000 for a Graduate Certificate to A$ 20,000 per year for a Doctorate Degree. The more expensive courses usually have strong laboratory or computer components. Australia’s vocational education and training providers offer a great variety of courses. Costs vary from A$ 5500 to A$ 18,000 depending on the type and length of course. Higher education in Australia provides value for money by offering shorter, more intensive courses than are available in other countries, thereby reducing living expenses.
AUD. $ 8,000 TO 19,000
SCIENCE & ENGINEERING AUD $ 15,000 TO 26,000
MEDICINE & DENTISTRY AUD $ 25,000 TO 36,000
Figures shown are estimated annual tuition fee in Australian Dollars (1 A$ = Rs. 100.00* at the time of going to print) (Duration of Course, Undergraduate 3 -4 yrs, Postgraduate 1-2 yrs)
- Falcon Educational Consultancy helps/guides the student in processing the visas.
- Student visa is valid till a month after the course completion.
- Course requirements must be satisfied and valid enrollment maintained.
- Students may not work more than 40 hours per two weeks while the course is in session.
- Students must maintain health insurance while in Australia.
- A student breaching any of these conditions may be required to terminate their studies and leave Australia. Even before a student visa is issued, there are certain requirements which must be met to the satisfaction of the Australia authorities abroad.
THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENT SHOULD:
- Be a genuine applicant.
- Be accepted for a full-time course of study (registered by the Australian Government for overseas students).
- Not intend to become a permanent resident.
- Have adequate financial means for the duration of their studies.
- Have evidence of arrangements for health insurance in Australia.
- Have reasonable proficiency in English to successfully undertake the intended courses. (IELTS)
- Pass a medical assessment in Pakistan.
- Have a Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) from the institute for any preliminary course you have enrolled & the Offer letter / COE for the
- Have a current passport valid for the period of stay in Australia.
- Have access to an acceptable Credit Card.
- Have access to sufficient funds to cover study cost, living cost, and accommodation & travel expenses.
- Satisfy the health requirements as per the Australian high commission rules.
- Be of a good character.
POST STUDY WORK PERMIT
Students completing bachelors, masters and PhD in Australia are eligible for 2-4 years of post study work permit. During this they can work full time.
TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION :
On Campus :
College hostels (self catered or fully catered)
Off Campus :
Renting a flat / apartment
Home stay :
With the Families near the institution.
It is advisable to apply early application for accommodation arrangements.
LIVING COSTS IN AUSTRALIA :
The average international student in Australia spends about A$1000 per month on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, international and domestic travel, telephone and incidental costs. While this is a realistic guide, it is important to remember that individual circumstances will vary by location, course and lifestyle.
AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS:
Most international students study in Australia on a full fee paying basis. There are, however, students undertaking postgraduate research in areas of particular concern to Australia who may apply for an Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarships (OPRS). There are around 300 scholarships offered yearly to students from around the world Individual universities occasionally offer scholarships or research grants for outstanding students. Australian Government has an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) scheme for postgraduate research students. Many Australian institutions offer their own scholarships. For details, refer to the institution’s handbooks, contact the institutions directly.
Both collateral / Uncollateralized Loans are available for higher studies. Interest varies from bank to bank. Contact the Loan desk of the banks.
Q. HOW WILL FALCON EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANCY HELP ME?
- Falcon Educational Consultancy has been sending students to Australia and other countries since years. Falcon Educational Consultancy has trained, and certified counselors who have got experience and certificates to assist students.
- All our offices provide students with Counseling and information on various courses and institutions.
- Application Forms – Brochures – Guides etc.
- Admission Assistance
- Visa Counseling
- Travel and accommodation arrangement
- Insurance, Flight ticket Booking
Q. ARE CREDIT TRANSFERS POSSIBLE?
A. As the Australian Government recognizes Pakistani Universities, credit transfers are possible. However for this the students are required to submit their course syllabus to the institution and it can take minimum of 6 months for credits to be granted.
Q. ARE AUSTRALIAN DEGREES RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE?
A. All Australian universities are recognized worldwide.
Q.WHY IS GMAT AND GRE NOT ASKED FOR BY ALL AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES?
A. The reason why Australian Universities do not insist upon students going for a GMAT or GRE etc. is because these exams are for American Standards. However, it may be asked by some Universities to assess the overall ability of the student.
Q. HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE VISA APPLICATION PROCEDURE TAKE?
A. The average time taken by the Australian High Commission for the visa procedure is anywhere between 2-3 weeks depending on the individuals background, so the students need to apply for their visas at least a month prior to their course commencement.
Q. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH UNIVERSITY IS THE BEST IN AUSTRALIA?
A. One cannot rate universities in Australia as there are numerous universities and all are regulated under the Vice Chancellors Committee, which follow the code of ethics. Students generally follow the market trends like MBAs or BBA, MIT etc., but it would be unfair to judge universities as one can only compare the course structure and faculty.
Q. CAN I FIND A JOB PLACEMENT AFTER MY COURSE COMPLETION?
A. On a student visa, a student can work 20 hours fortnightly part time and full time during the semester break, expected to leave the country on completion of the course. However, Australian student visa allows a clear pathway to migrate into the country for the overseas students, provided they obtain the required credits points for the Permanent Residency in Australia. The student also get a work permit up to 2- 4 years.
Q. HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR THE PERMANENT RESIDENCY (PR)?
A. Currently a student needs to cover up to 60 points to become eligible for the PR. The points can be obtained by a combination of the following course, age, English language proficiency, duration of the study in Australia, studying in a regional area, working full time. For further details and to test your points, visit the following website:www.immi.gov.au
Q. HOW MUCH SALARY CAN I EARN ONCE I START WORKING IN AUSTRALIA?
A. The average starting salary that you can earn is between A$ 2500 to A$ 4000 per month.