How to Apply for Admission to Study, Live and Work in Australia

Australia, officially called the Commonwealth of Australia is a country in the mainland of the continent of Australia. Countries bordering Australia are Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Zealand. The consistent high quality education in Australia makes it the destination for students looking forward to having a world class education.

Behind the United Kingdom and the United States, Australia has the highest number of international students, making it a preferred location for students who seeks to have a wonderful experience while studying. International students must study a course with an institution that is registered on the commonwealth register of institutions and courses for overseas students (CRICOS).

This is to ensure that your course of study and institution meets the standards for international students. Universities in Australia fall within 8 regions (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia).This article will be giving information about the cost of studying in Australia, Cost of Living, Admission requirements, Language requirements and more.


Cost of studying in Australian universities varies depending on the level of studies and the institution involved. Tuition is between$7800 to $30,000 for undergraduate studies, English language studies is around $300 per week, Vocational Education & Training is between $4,000 to $22,000, Postgraduate Master’s degree is around $20,000 to $37,000 and Doctoral Degree is between $14,000 to $37,000. All cost is in Australian Dollars. Tuition is payable before studies begin.

Scholarships are available up to$200,000,000 for the international students by the Australian government. Schools, Public and private organizations also offer scholarships, information is usually provided by the scholarship provider.


Your location in Australia determines how high or low your cost of living will be. Sidney for example is one of Australia’s biggest cities and may be considered a more expensive city to live in. A yearly budget of about $19,800 can carter for feeding, accommodation, transportation, buying of books etc.Knowledge of the average living costs in Australia is an important part of you preparing financially and planning ahead. Below are some of the costs associated with studying and living in Australia for your reference.

  • For hostels and Guesthouses, price is about $90 to $150 per week
  • For Share Rental,price is about $85 to $215 per week
  • For on campus rent,price is about $90 to $280 per week
  • For Home stay,price is about $235 to $325 per week
  • For Rental, price is about $165 to $440 per week
  • For Boarding schools,price about $11,000 to $22,000 a year
  • For Groceries and eating out, charges ranges from about $80 to $280 per week
  • For Gas, electricity,bill is about $35 to $140 per week
  • For Phone and Internet,bill is about $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport about $15 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) about $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment about $80 to $150 per week

From July 2016 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection requested some financial requirements one must meet to receive a student visa for Australian Education. The 12 month living cost is about $19,830 for you and about $6,940 for your spouse and that of your Child will be about $2,970.


For undergraduate studies, entry is based on the institution and the territory. A good secondary school certificate is considered. A master’s program requires a completion of at least a degree at undergraduate level. Some schools may consider a research and working experience. A doctoral degree program requires a completion of at least a master’s program.


English Language

A proof of English language proficiency test is needed in some cases. This varies, depending on the institution. Also, note the fact that the English language level and skill required for your student visa might be different from that required by an institution. Therefore, it is necessary to always check the institutions English language requirement and that of immigration and border protection.

There is a wide range of English courses to suit your study needs (General English, English for Academic purposes, English for specific Purposes, Examination preparation, English for teaching and Study tours).


The following are the requirements for entry: Academic requirement, English language requirement, evidence of funds to support your study and an overseas student health cover.



The following steps will guide in applying successfully

  1. Make a choice of course of study and institution
  2. Check the entry requirement for course of study and visa
  3. Apply for your preferred course
  4. An offer letter will be sent if you are successful
  5. A confirmation of enrolment
  6. Apply for student visa.


Student visa depends on the following;

  1. Preferred course of study
  2. Electronic confirmation of Enrollment (ECOE) Certificate.
  3. Genuine temporary entrant requirement
  4. Sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living cost
  5. English language proficiency
  6. Health and character requirement
  7. Overseas student health cover.

Student Visa allows you to work for 40 hours every two weeks during school sessions and unrestricted during off seasons.


Below is a comprehensive list of all 43 Australian universities.

  1. Australian National University
  2. University of Canberra
  3. University of New England
  4. Charles Sturt University
  5. Southern Cross University
  6. University of Newcastle
  7. Australian Catholic University
  8. Macquarie University
  9. University of New South Wales
  10. University of Sydney
  11. University of Technology, Sydney
  12. University of Western Sydney
  13. University of Wollongong
  14. Charles Darwin University
  15. Griffith University
  16. Queensland University of Technology
  17. University of Queensland
  18. Bond University
  19. University of the Sunshine Coast
  20. CQ University
  21. University of Southern Queensland
  22. James Cook University
  23. Carnegie Mellon University
  24. Flinders University
  25. University of Adelaide
  26. University College London
  27. University of South Australia
  28. Torrens University Australia
  29. University of Tasmania
  30. Federation University of Australia
  31. Deakin University
  32. La Trobe University
  33. RMIT University
  34. Monash University
  35. Swinburne University of Technology
  36. University of Divinity
  37. University of Melbourne
  38. Victoria University
  39. University of Notre Dame Australia
  40. Curtin University
  41. Edith Cowan University
  42. Murdoch University
  43. University of Western Australia


Studying in Australia is generally divided into two semesters. Applications for first Semester of studies starts from Mid-November with a late December deadline. While applications for second Semester begins in April with a May deadline.

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