Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. . Australia is situated entirely in the southern hemisphere, between the Indian and the Pacific ocean, south of Maritime Southeast Asia and north of the Antarctic. It is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country. The country’s capital city is Canberra. Australia has no official language, English is mostly spoken in a part of the country, and they also have a variety of languages spoken in different parts of the country.
Australia is home to over 25 million people, and is incredibly diverse. Its rich culture and history are founded on its Aboriginal heritage and a blend of vibrant cultures. Australia is a global leader for education. This makes it a popular study destination for international students. The currency used in Australia is the Australian Dollar (A$) or AUD.
This article will consider the higher education system in Australia, application deadline, costs of living, tuition fees, admission requirements and the lists of low tuition universities in Australia
Higher Education System in Australia
There are three main stage of higher education which lead to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees.
Access to undergraduate education is through the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. This main stage of university education leads to the Bachelor’s Degree.
Undergraduate studies last between three years (Arts, Science, Commerce), four years (Education, Engineering), five years (Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Architecture) and six years (Medicine and Surgery) full-time. An Honors Degree is normally required for access to higher degrees.
A graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree can proceed to a one- to two-year postgraduate course leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in a particular subject. A student who has qualified for a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) at a sufficiently high level may proceed to study for the Master’s Degree which constitutes the second stage of higher education. This Degree may be obtained after one year (Pass Degree) or two years (Honours Degree) of full-time study. Alternatively, a student who has qualified for a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) at a sufficiently high level may proceed to study for a Doctorate (usually PhD: Doctor of Philosophy).
The Doctoral degree, or PhD, is usually a pure research degree and the highest qualification awarded by Australian universities. They typically take three years to complete and are undertaken on completion of a Masters qualification.
Australian University Application Deadline
Different Universities have different deadlines for international students in Australia. Even at the same university, different courses can have different deadlines. The most common deadlines for undergraduate and postgraduate courses fall in February, December, June, and October for some of the universities. Here is more on deadlines and Intakes: Intakes in Australia
Living Costs in Australia: Food costs
Groceries are available in local supermarkets and usually require around 500 – 1,000 AUD per month. You can save some money by shopping at the cheapest supermarkets, like Aldi, Coles and Woolworths.
The average cost of a meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs 18 AUD, while a three-course meal for two is 80 AUD. You can also choose from various Asian, Greek and Italian restaurants if you enjoy their specific cuisine.
Some universities have a private transport supplier that helps students who stay on campus or those who need to reach some remote areas.
Depending on the area you are living in, you can benefit from other discounts from state programmes such as QLD (Queensland), SA (South Australia), or VIC (Melbourne). Otherwise, a public transport pass for students costs between 30 and 70 AUD/month, depending on the city.
You can also get around using a bicycle. You can rent one for around 40 AUD per day.
- Most universities provide a small number of student dormitories for on-campus-accommodation. That’s why many international students choose to rent a private property or live with a local family (homestay).
Average prices for common accommodation options:
- Homestay: 450 – 1,200 AUD/month
- Student halls of residence: 440 – 1,100 AUD/month
- Rent an apartment: 750 – 1,700 AUD/month
- Share a rented apartment/house: 380 – 850 AUD/month
The tuition fee varies on three main factors:
- the discipline you choose to study
- the degree level, and
- the university in which you enroll
If you are a domestic student, you will pay a lesser tuition fees, and you also receive support from the Australian government
If you are an international student, you will be liable to pay a full tuition fee for your course. For an undergraduate bachelor degree, this can be between A$15,000 and A$33,000. For a masters degree, this can be between A$20,000 and A$37,000. For a doctoral degree, this can be between A$14,000 and A$37,000. These tuition estimates do not account for higher value courses, such as veterinary science or medicine.
If you wish to study an English language programme, you can expect to pay around A$300 per week, depending on the length of your course.
If you are applying for a vocational course, for example Certificates I to IV, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you should expect to pay between A$4,000 and A$22,000 depending on the level at which you will be studying.
- high school certificate (for undergraduate studies)
- bachelor’s diploma(for masters or Ph.D.)
- certified proof of your level of English language proficiency
Low Tuition Universities in Australia
- University of Tasmania
- University of Divinity
- Federation University Australia.
- Central Queensland University (CQU)
- Charles Sturt University.
- Australian Catholic University (ACU)
- University of the Sunshine Coast.
- Torrens University Australia
- Charles Darwin University.
- Avondale University
- Victoria University
- Western Sydney University (WSU)
- University of Wollongong
- Southern Cross University.
- University of New England (UNE)
- Edith Cowan University.
- Central Queensland University (CQU)
- University of Southern Queensland.