Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students in the English-speaking world, behind the United States and the UK. Many international students choose to study there because of the cultural diversity, friendly natives, and high quality of education.

Australia is blessed with temperate climate and the highlands and tablelands of Tasmania and the south-eastern corner of the mainland are the coldest areas. It is a land of bright sunshine, surf beaches, tropical rivers, rainforests, mountain ranges, red deserts and rich green coastal plains. Summer is from December to February; autumn from March to May; winter from June to August; and spring from September to November.
Apart from the sunshine, food culture and relaxed lifestyle that everybody enjoys, Australia has been rated as one of the top student countries in the world.

The annual tuition fee varies from AU$ 16000 to AU$ 40000 depending on the university or college. Approximate annual living expenses of a Bangladeshi student would be in the range of AU$ 15000 to AU$ 20000.
The average international student in Australia spends about $320 per week on housing, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, international and domestic travel, telephone and incidental costs.
In Australia accommodation will not be a problem for international students. There are several options like university flats or halls of residence, private accommodation or home-stays or farm-stays. Most of the students opt for university accommodation since it makes the university life much livelier. It makes you mingle with other students on a long term. Generally, there are three types of housing available to students.

On-Campus Accommodation

The on campus housing provides halls of residence and this can be sometimes hard to secure as spaces are limited. Fees will vary depending on which school you attend, and most provide meals and some furniture.

Off-Campus Accommodation

The student can stay at flat or rental houses during their academic education preferably in the second or third year.

Home Stay

Home stay is available in Australia which is a good option for those who want to experience the real Australian culture as it will involve living with an Australian family either with your own private room, or shared.

The most popular courses for Bangladeshi students in Australia are Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Biotechnology, International Business, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting, Business Administration and Social work. Also there are many students choose health related courses like Nursing, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Physiotherapy etc.

The Australian Government and Australian Universities provide a large number of scholarships for international students wanting to study in Australia.

Australian Government Scholarships:

  1. Australia Awards Scholarships
  2. Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards
  3. International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

Australian University Scholarships:

  1. University of Sydney International Research Scholarships
  2. Macquarie University International Scholarships
  3. Melbourne Research Scholarships
  4. Adelaide Scholarships International
  5. La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarships for International Students
  6. Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships
  7. Monash University International Merit Scholarships

If you have a student visa you can work up to to 40 hours per fortnight (two-week period) during university semesters, and full-time hours during vacations. In general, students shouldn’t expect to cover tuition fees or living expenses by holding down a casual job.

If you are studying at UQ on a scholarship, you should contact your scholarship provider about how many hours you are permitted to work each week.

IELTS

IELTS is a compulsory exam required by all the students planning to go for Australian studies. Minimum scores required – 6.0/9 for UG and 6.5 / 9 PG students.

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enrol in English-speaking universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions.

PTE Academic

The Pearson Test of English Academic. PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

Australian student visas were previously categorized in deferent types depending on the study level, but on 1 July 2016 this was simplified so now all international students apply for the Student Visa (Subclass 500) which you must apply for online. The changes also mean that students are no longer assigned an immigration risk assessment level, as the same framework applies to all students.

Before applying for a visa, you will need to obtain a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) or a Letter of Offer confirming that you have been accepted into a course registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses

Student visa are granted by the Australian DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) DIBP will grant you a student visa if your course is registered or is a part of registered course on a full-time basis. Once the offer is made the student accepts the offer by paying the first semester Tuition fees after which he /she gets the COE (confirmation of enrolment issued by the institution). One of the primary aspect of the Australian student visa is that each student need to establish GTE factor (Genuine Temporary Entrant)

Along with the COE, Education Documents and correct financial Documents the student will be applying for his educational visa. The Financial documents will defer according to the institution, fees, living cost, source of funds etc. Once all the relevant documents are ready Visa is filed through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

You may be required to undergo health examinations as part of the visa application process. Your health examination reports are forwarded to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (the department) for assessment to determine if you meet the health requirement. The department uses an on-line system known as eHealth to process your health examination results. You can expect your visas within 4 to 5 working weeks after the visa is lodged

How much a Program cost in Australia?

Ans: TAFE program will cost between AUS$ 12000-15000 per annum. Bachelors program will cost between AUS$18000-30000 per annum. Masters program will cost between AUS$20000-35000 per annum.

Can I work while studying in Australia ?

Ans: As an international student you can work for 40 hrs per fortnight during semesters and unlimited hours during semester breaks. If you are enrolled for a research program (Masters by research or PhD) you will not have any work restrictions.

What should I do if I have low academic percentages?

Ans: If you have low academic percentage and backlogs have to take PQP. PQP is Post Graduate Qualifying Program. You have to undergo this program before you take up the main course in Masters Program.

What is a conditional offer letter of admission?

Ans: If you submit the documents required for admission to any University without IELTS score sheet and passing certificate of your current pursuing program, you will obtain a conditional offer letter of admission.

What are the major intakes of admission at Australian universities?

Ans: February and July intakes are considered as major intakes at Australian Universities. Few universities do accept students during summer term (November) too. In some universities for popular programs like management they follow trimester system and may have 4 intakes in a year mainly January, April, September and November.

Do I need GRE for admission into Australian universities?

Ans: Not required.

Can I apply for admission into universities without IELTS score?

Ans: Yes, you can apply but you have to mention the date of test.

Do I need medical examination?

Ans: Every student has to undergo medical examinations as the part of their visa application

What is the process time to get e-CoE?

Ans: To obtain an e-CoE(electronic conformation of enrolment)after making the payment it will take minimum of one to two weeks depending upon the payment method.

What is a fully sanctioned bank loan letter?

Ans: The bank loan, which does not have preliminary or a partial sanction then it’s called a fully sanctioned bank loan letter. Australian High Commission accepts only fully sanctioned bank loans.

Is the application for admission process same for Australia and other countries?

 Ans: No, the process of admission varies from one country to another in terms of documentation and pre-requisite tests based on the program of study. It is very important to know the requirements before we apply to any particular country.

How many major fields of study are available in Australia?

Ans: There are over 200 major fields of study to choose from. Australia is one among very few nations in the world to offer different programs as per student choice.

What is Elicos? When it is required?

Ans: Students who do not meet IELTS requirement specified by the University should take ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students)

What is the duration of ELICOS?

Ans: Duration of ELICOS depends upon students present score of IELTS. Based on the score the students few weeks of ELICOS is designed by the admission department of Universities..

When should I apply to Australian University?

Ans:  At least 5 months prior to semester is considered as right time..