Study in Australia
There are many factors which contribute toward this - an education system which reflects quality, excellence and innovation, education institutions which impart the most modern skills cost effectively through innovative teaching, a high level of technological advancement, some of the best infrastructure and facilities and a welcoming multicultural society enjoying a quality life-style in a safe environment.

The combination of world-class qualifications and access to the latest technology and research excellence opens doors to many opportunities. International students gain skills in Australia that help them to launch their careers and set them apart in the eyes of employers.Educational Opportunities - Australia Vast, exciting and ever-evolving:

It is a place where students can realize their potential in ways that they planned and perhaps in ways that they never imagined. Australia is a dynamic, vibrant country. Its people are energetic,
friendly and confident. When you study in Australia, you discover fresh challenges and develop skills in a supportive learning environment.You excel as person, as well as academically. Australia’s education institutions will challenge and reward you academically, personally, and professionally. They offer a stimulating environment for students from around the world to gain valuable skills, experiences and qualifications.

In 2006 there were 3,32,500, international students in Australia of some 190 different nationalities of these around 32,500 were Indian students, studying mainly in the fields of Post graduate studies. The rich diversity of nationalities ensures that you will make life long friends with students from around the world as well as from AUSTRALIAIn Australia International students experience a unique kind of education- a learning style that encourages innovative, creative and independent thinking. International students build valuable skills, which gives them an advantage academically personally and professionally.

The Australian Qualifications Frame work (AQF):
Educational qualifications certify the knowledge and skills a person has achieved through study, training, work and life experience. They are a measure of our “intellectual capital“ and increasingly important in a society where continuous upgrading is required in all forms of work and in day- to- day life.Australia has developed what is called the Australian qualifications frame work (AQF) which links together different level qualifications in highly visible, quality assured national systems of educational recognition, thus promoting a seamless and diverse education and training system.

The AQF is a unified system of thirteen national qualifications in the school, vocational education and training and higher education sectors. As a result, Australia has a comprehensive national system helping learners, employers and education training providers to participate and navigate the qualifications frame work. This allows students to start at the level that suits them and then enhance their qualifications as per their need and interests which develop and change over time, The AQF assists learners to plan their career progression at what ever stage they are with in their lives and when they are moving either in Australia or Overseas. Work based qualifications and academic qualifications are now part of a single system, allowing minimum flexibility in career planning and continuous learning.In this way the AQF supports national standards in education and training standards in education and training and encourages life-long learning.

The AQF makes a specific commitment to flexible, transparent and systematic learning pathways and to the removal of boundaries between educational sectors. It therefore encourages cross-sect oral linkage programs such as: VET: Vocational Education and Training in schools.

Which allows schools to offer industry based units of learning that can contribute to both the senior secondary certificate of education and certificate I - IV qualifications.

Articulation and Credit Transfer Arrangements:Between the registered Vocational education and training providers and universities involving efficient articulation of programs and maximum credit transfer.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) by which credits are granted of an individual’s knowledge and skills gained through education ,training, work and life experience. Many Australian Universities recognize vocational qualifications such as diplomas and advanced diplomas as a good foundation for a bachelor’s me Degree. Some Vocational education and training institutions have agreements with Australian Universities that give students with diplomas and Advanced diplomas credit in to Bachelor’s degrees.

There are also an increasing number of partnerships between registered vocational education and training providers and Universities, which have been set up to enhance the pathways from an industry qualification to higher education qualifications. This ensures that the maximum amount of credit is given to avoid repetitive and inefficient education and training.This features of the Australian Qualifications frame work is especially useful for international students because their prior learning can be recognized and accredited to their course to attain any of the thirteen AQF qualification, herby reducing the amount of time that they need to study.

International Recognition:
Australian Education Institutions offers an exciting range of coursesat the diploma, undergraduate and post graduate level. All courses offered to International students have a CRICOS number as a signifier of Australian and Quality control In addition all professional degrees like Engineering, Information Technology, and Accounting are also accredited by the respective professional bodies like Engineers Australia, Australian computer society and CPA Australia.

Global Recognition:
Australian Universities are the most internationalized in the world. They have working agreements for students staff exchange, research collaboration, joint programs with some of the finest institutions in the world like OXFORD, CAMBRIDGE, UCLA, HARVARD, LSE, NUS, IIT, IISC , IIM.

Entry Requirements:
Australia and India share similar education systems - 12 yrs of schooling, under graduate degrees in arts and science are normally 3 years, engineering and architecture degrees require 4 years of study. Students from India, hence not required to take up any special entrance exams. Admission to all undergrad programs is based on your marks obtained in Standard XII exams. For post grad degrees and diplomas it is based on the marks obtained in your under graduate degree. Scores of GRE, GMAT is needed by some business schools. All students who aims to pursue their further education in Australia must demonstrate their English proficiency by obtaining scores in the IELTS test. This is also a mandatory requirement for obtaining a student visa. Enrolling in to bachelor or masters degree student must obtain at least an IELTS score of 6.0. Where as those enrolling in a diploma level program need an overall band of 5.5. However some courses like law,
communications, MBA need a higher level of proficiency, as overall band score of 6.5 or 7 with no band less than 6.0.

Work While Study:
As a student you are legally permitted to work 20 hours a week duringsemester and full time during vacation. It can be on-campus or off- campus. After enrolling at the institution in Australia you will have to apply for a work permit to DIMIA with a letter from your institute as proof of enrolment. Casual work may not be relevant to your course but will sharpen your soft skills. Working is a great experience but don’t rely on it for additional income. It’s also very important to balance work and study.

Scholarships:
At the undergraduate level, few universities offer bursaries in theform of fee waivers (25.50%) of tuition fee to students with academic background. There are limited full fee scholar ships awarded based on Std XII marks in 4 major subjects ( eligibility - above 90% ) and IELTS score (above 7.0 ) . There are some government funded scholarships like the IPRS (International Post graduate Research Scholarship) to attract high quality researchers. IRPS covers tuition fees and the annual overseas health cover (OSHC) for the entire period of study. However, it must be noted ‘getting aid’ is very competitive as it is based on academic requirement and no country specific quotas are applicable.

Supporting Your Education Financially:
Many banks now sanction loans up to Rs.25 lakhs to students whointends pursuing their higher education abroad. Since the rate of interest is reasonably low with repayment normally commencing one year after completion of the programme. Most of them find it more convenient
option. Please check with your bank for detailed eligibility criteria including collateral security, parent’s income, guarantor. Personal loans for education purpose can be taken as to up to an existing educational loan. Loans from two individual banks are acceptable as long as both have each others sanction details.

Placements After Completion of Course:
Every university has a career and employment office to assist you find jobs anywhere in the world. For more information on employment opportunities and career services offered by universities PLEASE VISIT www.gcca.com.au (Graduate careers council of Australia (GCCA). The Australian immigration system now offers clear pathways for those students who choose to change their visa status to work / live in Australia, after graduation.Visit www.immi.gov.au for more info.

Successful Australian Graduates:
Australia produces graduates with the right combination of theknowledge, skills, attributes and attitude which makes them employable anywhere in the world. In India the Australian Alumni Association (www.australianassociation.org) assists returning graduates with finding employment upon their return to India provides a fantastic networking opportunity besides engaging in community related activities. Graduate success stories include CEO’s of Ford, coca-cola and Mc Donald’s the firs Japanese astronaut, the stars of Hollywood block buster movies and India’s richest woman Ms.Kiran Mzumdhar Shaw!Study in Australia - Vocational courses, Bachelor's Master's and Doctoral programs Australia is the next 'hot' destination after the USA, in terms of
numbers, quality and living conditions. Every year, several thousand students from India (around 32,500 in 2006) and throughout the world go to Australia, for world-class education, which is recognized globally and that has top-class and highly ranked universities. Australian universities and training institutions offer a wide range of courses to met most aspirations and requirements. The curriculum and infrastructure are the latest while the faculty is up-to-date and progressive in outlook and result-oriented.
The excellence in Education, the multicultural background of students, value for money, English speaking country and on top of that, Governmental and institution support for international students are some other aspects that has made Australia a very attractive destination for students from all over the world. One excellent advantage for Indian students is the similarity between Indian and Australian education systems, which are broadly patterned on the British education system. Therefore, it is easier for admission into any level without the hassle of credential evaluation, university review of qualifications etc. Also, because of flexibility in their education system, students who have completed two years of Bachelors/ Diploma could enroll directly into the 2ndor 3rdyear of Bachelor's program in Australian institutions. Australian degrees are recognized by the Association of Indian Universities for purposes of government employment and further education in an Indian university.Main intake every year commences in February/March whereas most of the universities also have an intake in July.There are two semesters per year, from February to June and July to November.

November - February is the major vacation period.All the programs in all fields of specialization are available for study in Australian institutions at all levels.Cost of education in Australia is quite competitive when compared to other countries like UK and USA. Also, because of the 'foreign exchange value', Indian students find Australian education comparatively cheaper and more affordable!

Education System
There are 39 universities in Australia offering Bachelor degrees, Master's degrees, Doctorate, Postgraduate certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas that are recognized throughout the world. Universities are established under legislation and set their own academic requirements within strict legislative guidelines. As part of its commitment to the high quality of Australia's higher education, the Australian Government has established the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). This agency is tasked with ensuring high quality of teaching and learning, research and management standards in Australian universities through a panel of expert senior academics and administrators. Higher education research: There is a strong culture and tradition of leading research in Australian universities that has been internationally recognized. Australia has an integrated nationwide system of qualifications, known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is recognized by the Australian Government. Under this, students can move easily
from one level of study to the next and receive credit for previous study. It brings together the qualifications offered at different levels.There are several institutions offering Vocational courses offering Certificate and Associate Degree programs (equivalent to +2 level in India), which are highly popular for their employment potential. TAFE colleges and private institutions are highly popular in offering Vocational programs. The vast range of courses includes information technology, business and management, marketing and communications, health, science, design and the arts, television production and media, environmental studies and land management, sport and recreation, engineering and building, and hospitality and tourism. English language training and university preparation courses are also offered. TAFE courses most appropriate for students from India and neighbouring Asian Countries are at Certificate II, III, IV, Associate Diploma, Diploma and Advanced Diploma level and are normally of two-year duration.

After the vocational level, admission is possible at the undergraduate level, which offers Bachelor's degrees. The subsequent level is the Post-graduate, where Master's programs are offered. Interestingly, the three-year degrees from India are acceptable for direct admission into
Master's level programs in Australian universities. At the Master's level, the focus is more on research, though most universities are offering professional master's degrees too, that are suitable for gainful employment. A good academic record in Bachelors degree from a recognized university is necessary. Any work experience in the field will be helpful. For most of the MBA programs, students need to have 2-5 years of work experience along with their Bachelors Degree, in addition to good GMAT scores.

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Admission
As there are no grading/rating of universities, students are advised to go through the program structure and course content. Reputations are built over a long period and universities are known for their specific faculties. To start with, the student should collect various brochures and prospectus for different institutions and do a comparative analysis of the institutions, vis-à-vis course details, tuition fee, standing of the university etc. Detailed information and guidance is available from the counselors of Valmiki and through our website's helpline Once the institution has been decided upon, the procedure to be followed would be: -

Admission Procedure
Make an application to the institution of choice through Valmiki. The institution will make an offer of admission based on qualifications after assessing the application. Submit a Pre Visa Assessment (PVA) application to the Immigration Section of the Australian High Commission through Valmiki.Accommodation and living expenses For accommodation, students have a number of options available that can be on-campus or off-campus such as hostels, rented housing, homestay etc. The cost of living can vary depending on the city. However, on an average, a student would need between AUD 8,000 - AUD 10,000 per annum. This amount would cover accommodation on rent, food, clothing, transport etc.

Required Tests
For admission into any level of programs, IELTS is required foradmission and for visa purpose as well.For Master's level programs in Sciences, Engineering and Education this is the only requirement. Unlike the US, a score in GRE is not required. At the same time, some universities prefer applicants with a GRE score. However, for admission into MBA programs, decent GMAT score, in addition to IELTS and relevant work experience of at least 2-3 years is required along with good academic background.

Health insurance All international students in Australia are required to have medical insurance. The overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) charge of AUD 342 is payable before the student visa is issued.

Work prospects Students can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week after they start their studies and full time during vacations. However they are required to obtain a work permit by paying AUD 60 payable in Australia itself on course commencement, in favour of DIMA to obtain
their work permits. The limitations on work must be strictly observed; students found
working more may face deportation.

Applying for a visa
After securing admission into the University one must start with the visaformalities. Valmiki provides wide range of services for studying in Australia. For information on our Visa service and other services, click here . Contact our helpline for further assistance.