Higher education courses can be taken to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia. There are three main types of higher education which lead to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees.
In Australia it is quite common for students to enroll in a double or combined Bachelor Degree program which leads to the award of two Bachelor Degrees. This is most common in the fields of arts, commerce, law and science.
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from. You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training [VET], from English language courses to higher education [including universities]. And regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia¡¯s laws promote quality education and protection for international students. This includes the Education Services for Overseas Students [ESOS] Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 [National Code]. These provide nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training for international students.
As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students [CRICOS]. CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. You can search for courses and institutions here on the Study in Australia website.
Along with the ESOS Act and National Code, there are also regulatory and quality assurance organisations for higher education and VET institutions. These government organisations are responsible for registration/re-registration of institutions and accreditation/re-accreditation of courses. These organisations are:
Higher education - Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency [TEQSA]
VET - Australian Skills Quality Authority [ASQA]
So no matter the type of course you want to study, how long you want to study for or where you want to study, you can be assured that in Australia you will have a high quality and rewarding study experience.
The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose.
As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. You can use the Course Search on this website to find courses and see details such as their tuition fees. 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.
School - $7,800 to $30,000
English language studies - Around $300 per week depending on course length
Vocational Education and Training [Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma] - $4,000 to $22,000
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree - $15,000 to $33,000*
Postgraduate Masters Degree - $20,000 to $37,000*
Doctoral Degree - $14,000 to $37,000*
* Note: This does not include high value courses such as veterinary and medical. Please visit institution websites directly to see costs for these courses.
There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries which can help support you financially with your studies in Australia. They are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions, and a number of other public and private organisations. You can use the search tool available on every page of this site to find scholarships relevant for you, along with contact details for the institution providing the scholarship as all applications for scholarships are done directly with the providing organisation.
Here is information about some of the major scholarships programs available for international students:
Australia Awards - The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links, and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through Australia's extensive scholarship programs. The program brings together scholarships offered by the Australian Agency for International Development [AusAID], the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education [DIICCSRTE] and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research [ACIAR].
International Postgraduate Research Scholarships - The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships [IPRS] program focuses on improving the quality of Australian research. If you already have a graduate qualification, an IPRS scholarship lets you study in Australia with some of the best researchers in your field. You can read more about these scholarships at the Department of Innovation website. Or to search for the scholarships, use the search tool on this website.
JASON [Joint academic scholarships online network] - JASON is a postgraduate scholarship search engine. Scholarships in the database apply to Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and to international students wishing to study in Australia. You can find out more on the JASON website.
All scholarships listed on our website are available to international students. Many are available to students of all nationalities, however all scholarships conditions are set by the institution or organisation offering the scholarship and applications have to be done directly with the scholarship provider. To find out if you are eligible to receive a scholarship you must contact the organisation offering the scholarship.
Internships are temporary work placements in workplaces and education institutions. Internships can be paid or unpaid depending on the industry and the length of placement, and are a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the area of your study.
Benefits of undertaking an internship can include:
There are several student and work visas that allow international students to intern in Australia. Different conditions can apply when it comes to the period of your internship, including: how many hours a day/week you can intern, and whether you can earn money as an intern. Further information on visa conditions can be found on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
Many institutions have internship programs, so check what options your institution offers. There are also private recruitment and internship placement firms that help international students find internships; however, be aware that there can be costs associated with using these providers. This can range from $A1,500 to 2,100 depending on the length of your placement.