Why study in Australia?
Did you know Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million? This isn’t surprising when you consider Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world! In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universitas 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
These are strong academic credentials, but our institutions are just as highly rated as the cities that house them around the country. Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity – all important elements for students when choosing the best study destination. And with more than A$200 million provided by the Australian Government each year in international scholarships, we’re making it easier for you to come and experience the difference an Australian education can make to your future career opportunities.
Do you have a specific study area of interest? There is every chance Australia has you covered, with at least one Australian university in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics.
New student visa applicants
From 1 July 2016, there will be only one student visa available to study in Australia – the Student visa (subclass 500). After 1 July 2016, if you want to study in Australia, you will need to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of your field of study. To find out the documents you might need to provide with your student visa application, select your education provider from the list available at:Education providers.
For more information, refer to the factsheets below:
- General information for students
- English language requirements
- Financial capacity requirements
- Simplified student visa framework – overview of key changes
- General information for education providers
- Student visa (subclass 500)
You must have: applied for and been accepted to study in a registered full-time course at an educational institution in Australia organized appropriate welfare arrangements for the duration of your intended stay in Australia if you are under 18 years of age. This visa is for students who want to come to Australia to study at a registered education institution.
- You can study a registered full-time course in Australia.
- Eligible family members can accompany you to Australia.
- You and your family members can generally work a specified number of hours.
- You can generally stay in Australia until your course is finished.
Before you apply for this visa, you must have: been accepted to study full-time at an educational institution in Australia organised appropriate welfare arrangements for the duration of your intended stay in Australia if you are under 18 years of age.
- More information is available about student visa grant periods. Cost
- The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.
- You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
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