About Australia

If someone ever told you “Why don’t you study in Australia? It’s an educational hub”, the first thought that would pop in your mind is “Let me find out more about this country”. Well Australia is a unique geographical entity. This island is a country as well as a continent, located in Oceania between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. Its capital is an island called Canberra and other major cities are Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide which are coastal cities.

The major attractions of this country are Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and a wide variety of distinctive flora and fauna. Australia has a diverse culture and is deemed as a safe and internationally recognized environment for higher education, innovative research and development.

Moreover, Australia has been globally acknowledged as one of the leading providers of quality education to students from all over the world.

Being the world’s smallest continent yet the sixth-largest country, Australia encompasses a wide variety of geographical regions, with an estimated land area of 7,686,850 square kilometers (2,967,910 sq mi) (including Lord Howe Island and Macquarie Island).

The Australian mainland stretches over a total coastline of 35,877 km (22,293 mi) with an additional 23,859 km (14,825 mi) of island coastlines.  There are 758 estuaries around the country most of which are located in the tropical and sub-tropical zones. Australia has the largest area of ocean jurisdiction in the world with no land borders.

The current population of Australia is 24,774,248 as of 21st December, 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found in its study. In Australia, english is the official language. It is one of the least populous countries in the world. Australians take pride in their friendliness and cultural diversity.

The population lives in a generally safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society. It is predominantly a Christian country; however, Australians are tolerant towards all religions. Churches, mosques, temples are located in most major cities; hence all religions are well represented in the Australian society.

The population of Australia is concentrated along the eastern and southeastern coasts. The country is blessed with extremely diverse geography, ranging from the snow-capped mountains of the Australian Alps and Tasmania to large deserts, tropical and temperate forests. Australian cities tend to have mild climates in comparison to other cities in English-speaking countries. Australia has a low average annual rainfall but high falls occur in the north. Australia is divided politically into 6 states and two territories. The six states and two territories and their capitals are as below respectively:

New South Wales (NSW) – Sydney,

Queensland(QLD) – Brisbane,

South Australia(SA) – Adelaide

Tasmania (TAS) – Hobart

Victoria (VIC) – Melbourne

Western Australia(WA) – Perth

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – Canberra

Northern Territory(NT) – Darwin

Why Study in Australia?

  • Globally recognized, world class education at affordable cost
  • Thousands of stimulating study programs
  • Well-equipped infrastructure, highly professional teaching faculties and friendly environment for study
  • Excellent international student support services
  • Enrollment only in registered institutions and courses
  • Protection of international students by government regulations like the ESOS Act 2000, CRICOS, The National Code
  • Safe and politically stable country that welcomes international students
  • Part time working rights for international students
  • Multicultural society and very high standard of living
  • State-of-the-Art computer laboratories and quality libraries
  • Student centric interpersonal and intrapersonal learning approaches
  • One of the growing and expanded business areas of the world
  • A variety of high standard student accommodation as per different budgets and needs.

The 10 main advantages of Studying in Australia as cited from PIER online are as below:

1. Value for money

There are various universities in Australia for international students with low tuition fee, hence studying in Australia offers excellent value for money, and this is probably the main reason why international students choose to study in Australia.

Living expenses and tuition cost in Australia are considerably less expensive than the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).

In addition, earning a bachelor degree takes 3 years in Australia compared to 4 years in the US


2. Society and Environment:

Multicultural: More than 100 ethnic groups are represented in Australia; making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. 47% of the population are either born outside of Australia, or have one parent born outside of Australia hence there are mixed influences.

Safe: Australia has low crime rates and strict gun control laws that provide a safe environment. Study plans and progress are quite unlikely to be upset by political unrest.

Welcoming: Australians are laid-back and friendly people so students usually find them quite welcoming. Many students living in home stay situations experience Australian family life in a natural way and often find they are treated like a family member.

Unique Environment and Experiences: From beaches in summer to snow fields in winter, and coastal rainforests to vast inland deserts, Australia is a land of contrasts and adventure. Students can experience exciting leisure and sporting activities such as bushwalking, diving, surfing, and rock-climbing, etc.

3. Qualification Recognition

Australian qualifications are recognized in and outside the country when students seek employment or consider further study at leading international universities. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) covers most courses and training undertaken by international students there. The AQF is a national system of learning pathways, which is sanctioned by the Australian Government and recognized by other countries as well.

4. English Speaking Country

What better way to learn English than in an English speaking country?

These are some reasons why this can be worthwhile:

  • English opens doors to a wide range of study options and a wider range of international careers, being “the current lingua franca of international business, science, technology and aviation.
  • Students can improve their English proficiency while studying in Australia. Learning to use English can be an enjoyable experience that develops a student’s self-confidence.
  • Learning English enables greater social interaction and for students to meet people and make friends from all over the world.
  • Students can obtain recognition of their ability (e.g. by taking an IELTS or TOEFL test)
  • With a multicultural mix in educational facilities, students learn the world’s language in a truly international environment.

5. Excellence

There are over 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses on offer for International students considering Australia as a destination.  Importantly, education institutions there have an international reputation for excellence in many disciplines with lot of options to study in Australia with scholarship.

6. Quality Assurance

International students who study in Australia and their dependants enjoy a high level of service and financial protection. Quality is assured in a number of ways:


Institutions must be registered with the Australian Government and meet special registration conditions.


Both public and private institutions are subjected to scrutiny and must meet high standards of quality and ethical practice, which take into account issues such as:

  • curriculum;
  • qualifications of teaching staff;
  • Facilities including specialist equipment.


Quality assurance processes in education and training in Australia are strengthened by:

  • The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF);
  • The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA);
  • The Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA)
  • The Tuition Protection Service (TPS)

7. Student Support Services

Australian institutions are sensitive to religious and cultural needs and provide a range of support and monitoring services to help deal with settling into a new environment, the practicalities of living in Australia and completing studies.

In the past decade, there have been a vast number of students who chose to study in Australia from Nepal and listed below are some of the excellent range of services supporting the personal and academic achievements of international students in Australia:

  • Language tuition;
  • Designated international student advisers:
  • Application and visa-processing assistance;
  • On-arrival reception and orientation programs;
  • Health, counselling, accommodation and employment services;
  • Student Accommodation Officers;
  • Prayer and worship room;
  • Clubs, societies, sport and other facilities.

Student Welcome Services provides an all-inclusive pre and post arrival online orientation program to ascertain that international students have the opportunity to learn and understand the issues relating to living and studying in Australia.

8. Accommodation Options

A variety of student accommodation is available to cater to every budget and need. Institutions usually provide students with help in finding accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can also be arranged before they leave home, allowing time on arrival to consider where and how they would like to be accommodated in the longer term. Student notice boards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent. The accommodation options are as follows:

  • Home Stay
  • Hostels and Guest Houses
  • Share Accommodation/Rental Accommodation
  • Boarding Schools
  • University Apartments, Colleges and Halls of Residence

9. Ability to Work:

During the Studies

As a study destination, Australia is very appealing to students since they are allowed to work to supplement their income. International students studying in Australia are only allowed to work once they commence their course. A Student visa holder is subject to work condition 8105 which permits the student to work 40 hours per fortnight* while their course is in session and unlimited hours while their course is not in session;

* Postgraduate Research students can work unlimited hours once their course commences.


Dependants of student visa holders are permitted to work in Australia for 40 hours per fortnight once the student has commenced their course. If the student’s course of study is a course for the award of a masters or doctorate degree registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses of Overseas Students, a dependant may work unlimited hours.

10. Post-Study Work Rights

The Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) presents extended opportunities for working in Australia to eligible graduates with a higher education degree. Under this stream, successful applicants are granted a visa of two, three or four year’s duration, depending on the highest educational qualification they have obtained.

For further details visit DIBP.
Source: Education Agent Training Course by PIER (http://eatc.com)

Education System

The high living standards, globally recognized world class education and friendly nature of the people have made ‘Study in Australia’ a rage among international students. Being the third most lucrative destinations for abroad studies, many students enquire about the best consultancy in Nepal for Australia year after year.

Australian universities feature in 8 out of 100 top universities and 21 out of 500 top universities. Also, 5 out of 30 best student cities in the world are in Australia. Students get exposed to hybrid way of study with combination of academic and professional qualification, with the help of well-equipped infrastructure and highly qualified teaching faculties in a friendly environment.

There is a wide variety of courses being offered at all graduate, under-graduate and diploma level to meet most aspirations and requirement of international students. The curriculum is latest while the faculty is up-to-date, result-oriented and progressive in outlook.

Universities – Offer Graduate, Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters and PhD.

Vocational institutions – Both government and private funded closely associated with various industries, offer highly practical and skill-based courses.

Schools – Both government and private funded


  • Doctoral Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Diploma

Study in Australia Cost

Cost of education per year

  • VET Course: AU$5,500 to 18,000/-*
  • Bachelor’s Degree: AU$: 15,000 to 33,000 *
  • Graduate Diplomas , Masters & Doctoral: AU$15,000/- to AU$37,000/-*

*Fees given are of informative nature, may vary from university to university.

Cost of living per year

  • Applicant: AUD 19,830
  • Partner/Spouse: AUD 6,940
  • Child: AUD 2,970

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University Education in Australia

There are 39 Australian universities, of which 2 are private (Bond and Notre Dame). In addition, Carnegie Mellon and University College London have campuses in Adelaide, South Australia. Since the main campuses and administrations of these universities are established in other countries; they are considered as non-Australian universities.

Universities are situated in all major State and Territory capital cities as well as in many regional centres. The locations of their main campuses are given in the table below:

State / Territory             University Nanme Location of main campus
Australian Capital Territory


The Australian National University Canberra
University of Canberra Canberra
New South Wales Australian Catholic University Sydney
Charles Sturt University Albury-Wodonga
Macquarie University Sydney
Southern Cross University Lismore
The University of Newcastle Newcastle
The University of New England Armidale
The University of New South Wales Sydney
The University of Sydney Sydney
University of Technology Sydney Sydney
University of Western Sydney Sydney
University of Wollongong Wollongong
Northern Territory Charles Darwin University Darwin
Queensland Bond University Gold Coast
Central Queensland University Rockhampton
Griffith University Brisbane
James Cook University Townsville, Cairns
Queensland University of Technology Brisbane
The University of Queensland Brisbane
University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba
University of the Sunshine Coast Maroochydore
South Australia The University of Adelaide Adelaide
Flinders University Adelaide
University of South Australia Adelaide
Tasmania University of Tasmania Hobart
Victoria Deakin University Geelong
La Trobe University Melbourne
Monash University Melbourne
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Melbourne
Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne
University of Ballarat Ballarat
The University of Melbourne Melbourne
Victoria University Melbourne
Western Australia Curtin University of Technology Perth
Edith Cowan University Perth
Edith Cowan University Perth
The University of Western Australia Perth
The University of Notre Dame Fremantle


Test Requirements

  • TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System
  • PTE: Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Work Rights and Stay Back

  • Part time work right – 40 hours per fort night when the courses in session and full time work rights for spouse for Masters, PhD and post-doctoral programs
  • Bachelors 2 years stay back
  • Masters by course work 2 years can be extended by 2 years
  • Masters by research (3 years )up to 3 years & PhD students – up to 4 years

Note: Study resulting in a diploma level qualification or trade qualification is not eligible.

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