For many, Australia is a strange and almost fabulous country. And studying in it, in general, is something from the category of science fiction … But in fact, a huge number of people from all over the world strive to get (and receive!) Higher education in Australia, and then stay to live and work on this beautiful continent. Australia has a number of clear advantages:
• Recognition of Australian diplomas and degrees around the world
• Quiet safe life
• Opportunity for part-time work while studying
• Availability of paid internships
• Real opportunity to stay and live in Australia after studies
Cost of higher education in Australia
Consider first the cost of higher education in Australia , because, often, the answer to this question turns out to be decisive when choosing an educational institution and country.
• Undergraduate : from 21.000 AUD per year of study
• Master’s : from 22.000 AUD per year of study
• Preparatory courses : from 20.000 AUD per year of study
As a reminder, prices are quoted in Australian dollars, and when converted, this amount will no longer seem so huge. But, of course, it is also difficult to call it cheap.
Australia’s higher education system is similar in many respects to Britain’s. You will also be here for 3 years to study for a bachelor’s degree. And just like in Great Britain, schoolchildren study for a year longer than our children, and therefore, after school, foreign applicants are not accepted immediately, but require first to complete a preparatory course.
There are 2 types of preparatory programs:
• Diploma Program
Both programs last the same, depending on the level of English proficiency – from 2 to 4 semesters. But there is a significant difference. After graduating from the Foundation program, students go directly to the 1st year of the undergraduate program, and after graduating from the Diploma program, they are automatically transferred to the second year. It’s not hard to guess that the second program is more popular!
But it’s not that simple. Naturally, the entry requirements for the Diploma program are much higher. Our advice: keep your level of study at a high level and start studying English right now, so that in the future you can save a whole year of study and a lot of money!
After graduating from the bachelor’s degree, graduates can:
• start working
• continue their studies up to the master’s degree
Education in the master’s program You can
study in the master’s program for 1 or 2 years. As in the British system, there are programs of varying duration. Local students prefer to study for a master’s degree for a year, but foreign students are more willing to study for a two-year program. Why?
According to the laws of Australia, if foreign students have completed their studies, at least 2 years they are given the so-called. “Graduate visa”, according to which they can live and work in the country. Studying on a two-year program gives students the opportunity to immigrate if they wish, which is why this option for a master’s degree is very popular.
But if you are not planning on staying in Australia and you are not concerned about immigration issues, you can go on a 1-year program.
When applying for a master’s degree, students do not have to complete preparatory programs. Unlike bachelor’s degree, our students are admitted immediately after graduation and receiving a bachelor’s or specialist’s degree.
For admission to the master’s program, you need to:
• Translate and notarize the Diploma and an insert with grades
• Demonstrate proficiency in English at the IELTS level of 6.5 and higher
• Provide CV
• Provide other documents (depending on the specialty and university)
Labor rights of Australian university graduates
Under Australian law, after a student has completed 2 years, the state grants an additional two years to find a job. The graduate has a choice: to continue living in Australia on the Students Graduate Visa (student graduate visa) or to apply for a work visa. And the question arises – why choose between a student and work visa? Everything is very simple! After two years, you can apply for a change of immigration status, options: independent immigration, regional immigration or … just a work visa!
Employment statistics and the level of graduates’ salaries
As we wrote before, higher education abroad is an investment. And like any investment, it should pay off! We have prepared the official statistics of the organization that unites all Australian universities, the Australian Universities International Directors’ Forum.
Out of 100 percent of foreign graduates:
79% of graduates had a job
4% worked for themselves
6% of respondents continued their studies in other programs
11% were in the process of changing jobs
If you recall the prices for education in Australia, which we quoted above, and compare them with the percentage of employment and the average salary in Australia, you can easily understand that investing in higher education is very profitable! But you need to be aware of one important point … Not all specialties are so good for employers. You need to soberly assess your strengths and understand that some specialties are extremely competitive. All all creative disciplines tend to find work quite difficult. And here we come to another important point in our review …
Who should study in Australia?
You need to choose a specialty, of course, based on your personal desires, capabilities and goals. But in the selection process, you must take into account one important document – Skilled Occupations List.This document is published annually by the Australian Department of Immigration and outlines all of the most sought-after professions in the country. For graduates of the specialties represented in this list, the state provides additional benefits for obtaining Australian citizenship.
Some specialty of the Skilled Occupations a List:
• construction project manager
• Accountant and Auditor
• Chemical engineer
• Engineer in Civil Engineering
• Engineering Transport
• Electrical Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• aeronautical engineer
• Biomedical Engineering
• Systems Analyst
• Computer Network Engineer
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