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Education System
The education system in Australia is defined by AQF- Australian Qualifications framework. All form of higher education falls under Tertiary education; this includes vocational education and training.

Institutions in Australia are linked across the country and across the world, which makes it easy to move throughout the education system between courses or institutions and formal agreement and recognition frameworks mean every step of the path will contribute to your future no matter what your study or career goals. This opens up many avenues for students.

Academic Year
There is no set system for an Academic year in Australia; it totally depends on the type of study the student is taking up. Unlike anywhere else some Universities in Australia offer a midyear or a second semester start. Though this maybe the case, below is a general guide on the academic year for higher education in Australia

Length - 1 to 4 years
Semesters – Two
Starts - February, but can vary by course and institutions

Post Graduation
Length - 1 to 2 year
Semesters - Two, although some institutions offer three semesters (trimesters)
Starts - Typically March, but can vary by course and institution

Credit based System of Education
Like in the US, Australia also follows a credit based system of education wherein there is a minimum requirement of credits that need to be met before you are awarded a degree. What this facilitates is the system of transferring credits from other institutions that you may have previously attended. Every University has their own take on the transfer of Credits and this can be confirmed on their University page.

Exemptions- This system also allows that you are exempted from attending a unit or subject. If the student gets an exemption for any subject rather than a credit, the student would have to take another unit or subject to earn credits and contribute to their overall qualification.

Cost of Education

The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose. (Bachelors/ Master’s)

As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. There may be additional costs for your course, including course materials and access to institution facilities.

The list below gives you an indication of the range of course costs for different types of qualifications.

• Undergraduate Bachelor Degree - $15,000 to $33,000
• Postgraduate Masters Degree - $20,000 to $37,000

Please note that the fees are written in the form of Australian dollars.

Financial Aid
International Postgraduate Research Scholarships - The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program focuses on improving the quality of Australian research. If a student already has a graduate qualification, an IPRS scholarship lets him/her study in Australia with some of the best researchers in their field.

There are many scholarships available to International students. More information about this can be received at http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/usa/australian-education/scholarships

Admission Process

The admission procedure can be broken down into the following list of tasks

1) Zeroing down on the course of choice and short listing Institutions
2) Application completion and submission to shortlisted Universities
3) Receiving and accepting the admit
4) Getting the eCoE- electronic confirmation of enrollment
5) Student VISA application

The following are requirements that need to fulfilled before receiving a admit to a University.

English Language requirements
This would include certified copies of English proficiency (IELTS/ TOEFL) or proof that past year of education was completed in an English medium institution. All institutions have their own set scores that they consider a minimum requirement for their University. This information can be found on the admissions page of any University the student wishes to apply to.

Academic Requirement
This would include mark sheets/ transcripts of all past years of education. This document must be in English, if the student has received these documents In the native language, then the translated version as well as the original needs to be sent to the University.

Proof of Financial Stability
Every University wants to know if the student applying to a particular course can afford to pay for their education. This proof can be in the form of bank certificates, affidavits of support or Loan grant certificates based on the method you have chosen to fund your education.

Post Application submission
Once your application reaches the University, the admissions committee reviews it to determine if you meet the minimum requirements of the University both academic and financial. The University can then decide to give the student a full letter confirming the acceptance or a conditional letter. A conditional letter can be offered due to the following reasons

1) Incomplete application
2) Missing document
3) Necessity to complete a pre-requisite course before joining

If and when the student completes or fulfills this criteria he/ she will receive a confirmed letter of admit. Once the student accepts the admit and the University receives the acceptance letter, the University will issues an Electronic Confirmation of enrollment which is required for the student VISA process.

VISA Process

The VISA that is required for a student to enter an Australian University is Subclass 573 higher education VISA or a Subclass 574 Postgraduate research VISA.

Indian students at ELICOS, VET have been categorized as Assessment Level 4 by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Students at school level and postgraduate research level are classified as Level 2 and higher education (Bachelors, Graduate Diploma and Masters by course work) as Level 3. This means that you must send your application to the Australian Visa Office in New Delhi. Student visas take approximately 12 weeks to process and it is very important to submit all the information required at the time of application.

Overseas Student Health Cover This is especially in place for International students. It is required to help students pay for medical or hospital care that would be required during your period of study.it also covers the cost of prescriptions and an ambulance in case of an emergency. This I required before the student arrives in Australia. It is one of the most important requirements for a student VISA.

The documents required are as follows

1. Proof of your capacity to cover the cost of airfare, tuition fees and living costs. Your living costs in Australia are set at AUD 18,000 per annum.
2. Proof of your capacity to cover the cost of airfare, living costs and school fees for any dependents (if applicable).
3. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson’s English language test are accepted by Australia University and immigration for visa.
4. Your personal situation in your home country, for example, personal or financial commitments that may prompt you to return home.
5. Your academic records.
6. Your previous immigration history in Australia.
7. You have health insurance through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) (Australia has
a special system of health cover for international students called OSHC. You must have health cover for the duration of your enrolment as a condition of your visa requirements).

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