Situated in between the Pacific and Indian ocean in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia is one of the most naturally and architecturally beautiful country in the world. Even after being sixth largest country by land, Australia is not heavily populated with population of around twenty- five million. It is an island located in the Oceania and is home to people from different ethnic background and cultures. Its capital is Canberra and Sydney are its largest city with home to around 4.6 million people.

Why Australia?

Australia being one of the most popular destination for higher education has been able to earn this reputation because of its amazing universities, great opportunities for part time jobs while studying, accessible PR, amazing experiences and many more. Australia is also welcoming for students of all race and colors. Australian universities are renown for providing great human resources for various job sectors like banking, nursing, engineering, finance, etc. It is a developed country with growing economy meaning there are a lot of opportunities during and after education in Australia. It is empty in the inner country as it is not suitable for living of human so the main cities are around the coast meaning there is access to beaches from almost every city in Australia.

Education System

Student can apply for various level of education in their preferred subjects to get education in Australia. There is other education provided by Australian institutions like diploma but the three primary higher education provided by Australian Universities are:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree
  • Doctoral degree

College and University

Australia has more than a thousand institutions where a wide range of courses are provided. There are 43 universities in Australia including two international universities. These universities are well reputed around the world for their quality education, state of the art infrastructure and hostility provided to the students. They produce people working in various fields and well as leaders. Degrees are offered mainly by two kinds of college.

  • Private college Private colleges are the colleges owned by a person or an organization. These colleges are usually more expensive then public college because they rely on the tuition from the students and some funding’s.
  • Public college Public colleges are the colleges owned by the state or the government. They are usually cheaper than private college because they do not solely depend upon the tuition of the students. They get funding from the government and are also helped by various organizations and charitable personalities.


Tuition cost for university in Australia is usually more for international students in comparison to the local students out there. Cost of living also depends upon the person as some can live in less amount of money whereas some need a little more amount of money and live comfortably. Cost of education in Australia includes various things such as tuition fees, accommodation, foods, transportation and other expenses. Tuition: The tuition for most of the Australian university is depends upon the course and type of university you’re enrolling to.

  • Bachelor’s degree- AUD $15,000 to $33,000 per year
  • Maters degree- AUD $14,000 to $37000 per year
  • Doctoral degree- AUD $14,000 to $37000 per year

Accommodation: Housing in Australia depends upon the city and type of resident you’re living in. Renting an apartment on shared by friends is mostly popular in Australia because it gives the students the freedom for students to work anytime they want and also it is cheaper and pretty much better than on campus residence. Some of the accommodation types in Australia are:

  • Homestay- 500-1200 AUD/month
  • Students hall of residence- 450-1100 AUD/month
  • Renting an apartment - 750-1500 AUD/month
  • Shared apartment- 400-800 AUD/month Other costs include cost of food, transportation, internet and all which usually sums up to 800- 1000AUD/month.

here is a big need of being financially responsible in order to not go broke as a student in Australia because of the inflation. So, students are suggested to spend the least amount of money they can without having to live beyond the needs as spending large amount of money partying and buying stuffs that aren’t essential will make you suffer before you get your next pay cheque.

Working In Australia

Australia is popular not only for its education but also for the working environment it provides for the students. Students are allowed to work 20 hours a week during schooldays and they can work full time during semester breaks to make the living. There are a lot of options that students can choose among to work part time. On campus and Off campus work are available to the students willing to work during their period to fund their education. The payment depends upon the city and the type of work that the student is doing. Some of the most popular part time job among students are:

  • Tutor
  • Fast food worker
  • Food delivery
  • Librarian
  • Teachers assistant and research works And other jobs.

People are not judged on the basis of job they do in Australia and everyone is treated with respect which is one of the best parts about the Australian working culture. Students are usually paid around 20-30AUD an hour so students can easily make around 1600- 2000 a month which is enough for living and they can make the money for tuition and others while working full time during semester breaks.

Overseas Students Health Cover (OHSC)

As international students do not have access to Public Health System of Australia provided to its citizens, they are suggested to do OHSC in order to cover for their treatments and services which even includes emergencies. It does not include optical, dental treatments, but it includes all the services covered by Australian public health system. It costs around 565AUD/year and it is important as it ensures the financial security in case something was to happen to the student. It is compulsory for the students studying in Australia because there are chances of student getting into some minor or major health hazards and as Australian health care system is pretty expensive, getting this insurance our financial safety.

Admission Procedure and document checklist

Different documents are essential for the applying to get visa. Getting student visa is one of the most important process in studying abroad as one cannot live in another country without a visa. These documents help the Australian government and the universities to ensure that the students that are going to there are genuinely student and they can live there without facing financial problems. Some of the important documents include.

  • Certificate that gives information about your previous education level
  • IELTS/PTE or other English proficiency tests result
  • University application
  • Passport
  • Evidence of financial capacity and income sources with required documents
  • English transmitted Citizenship certificate
  • Statement of Propose (SOP)
  • Letter of confirmation from university

Visa process and condition

SSVF (Simplified Student Visa Framework) was designed to make the process of applying for student visa simpler for making students more comfortable during visa process. They use different combined evidence level outcomes of the student’s education provider and country of citizenship to guide whether the student needs to provide evidence of financial and English language capacity with their student visa application. New rule of SSVF requires international students apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of their chosen course of study. As the students come on student visa, there are some restrictions and rules that may follow being a student.

  • Students must update the education provider regarding address and other details upon arrival in Australia.
  • Regular attendance and progress are required.
  • OSHC health cover must be maintained during the time in Australia.
  • University application
  • Passport
  • Evidence of financial capacity and income sources with required documents
  • Student must leave the country once their visa expires.
  • Students are allowed to work for only 40 hours a fortnight (period of 2 weeks) throughout the semester.

After completing studying in Australia, international students receive a Post Work Study Visa for 2 years. Students and also apply for PR in Australia after living and working there for a certain period of time if their goal is to live in Australia upon completion of their education.

Quick Facts

As Australia is a totally different country than Nepal, upon arrival many students face a “cultural shock”. The living standards, lifestyle, culture and beliefs in Australia is a lot different from that in Nepal. Living and studying in Australia helps students know a lot about the international market and how they can get themselves prepared to be an active citizen of this rapid globalization. Many students face cultural shock because of lack of proper research about the place that they are visiting. So, in order to avoid these cultural shocks, students need to do some research about the Australian culture and be mentally prepared to face the difference they are going to observe in the new country. Even after being a Christian majority country, there is no absence of people believing different religions and Australia has no record of causing harm for people of different religion. Australians are really kind, direct and informal in their way of treatment so students must be ready to face the new challenges in their life upon arrival in Australia.