Study in Australia – Australian Education
Australia has emerged as a popular destination for higher education because of its strong educational infrastructure, a high quality of life, and relatively lower expenses. Australian degrees are gaining increased acceptance in the global arena, particularly in the Pacific rim countries. A peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, together with the cosmopolitan charisma of cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide – Australia could be the ideal destination for you.
Situated between, and isolated by, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Australia has many animals and plants, which are unique to the planet. The surface geology is typically old and flat.
Nearly a one-third of Australia is in the tropics and the rest is in the temperate zone. The highlands and tablelands of Tasmania and the southeastern corner of the mainland are the coldest areas. Summer is from December to February; autumn from March to May; winter from June to August; and spring from September to November.
The British influence originating in Australia’s colonial origins has evolved over two centuries into a dynamic multiculturalism with invaluable contributions from migrants from all parts of the world.
Almost a quarter of today’s 18 million Australians were born in another country. There are nearly one million Asian-born Australians. About 2 percent are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. More than 100 different ethnic groups are represented in Australia, making Australia one of the most ethnically diversified countries in the world.
Although English is the official language, a host of other languages is spoken in Australia.
Australia is predominantly a Christian country, however, all religions are represented in the community. Devotees will find churches, mosques, temples and synagogues located in most major cities.
Australia is rich in the arts. There are eight professional orchestras and a national opera company. Within Australia, there are more than 1000 museums preserving and displaying Australia’s diverse cultural heritage.
Australian films are winning international acclaim and many Australian film directors, actors and technicians have been acclaimed in Hollywood at the highest level.
Australian authors have received international recognition particularly with the Booker Prize, won twice by Australians and with Patrick White winning the Nobel Prize for literature.
Novelists, dramatists and poets are internationally accepted by their peers as having made a substantial contribution to world literature.
Australians traditionally have provided strong support for theatre, from regional amateur troupes to polished professional companies.
In music, Australia has developed a fertile environment that supports a great range of musical tastes ranging from the most avant-garde experimental to folk, from the youthful sounds of chart-busting pop to the unique music of the
Painting in Australia has a history that can not only be traced back over forty thousand years of Aboriginal culture but also is represented in the major museums and galleries of modern and avant-garde art, worldwide.
Sports and Recreation
Australians are very keen on sport and outdoor activities. Australia has more than 120 national sporting organisations and thousands of state, regional and club bodies. It is estimated that 6.5 million people, about a third of the population, are registered sports participants. While there are over 120 sporting organisations, Australians also take part in bush walking, fishing, boating and water sports.
Australia has a worldwide reputation for sports and outdoor activities. This is endorsed by the Olympic Committee’s selection of Sydney to host the Olympic Games in the year 2000.
Australia has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, tramways, ferries, two major national airlines and a number of regional airlines. Metropolitan areas are divided into zones and your ticket type and cost depends on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. Tickets can be bought at train stations, on buses and trams and at news agencies.
Tourist students may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s licence but if the document is not in the English language the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An international driving licence is not sufficient by itself.
Metered taxicabs operate in all major cities and towns. You will find taxi ranks at transport terminals, main hotels or shopping centres or you can hail taxis in the street. A light and sign on the roof indicate if a cab is vacant. There is a minimum charge of hiring and then a charge per kilometre travelled. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.
Type of Programs & Qualifications
Bachelor Degree (with Honours)
Application Procedure for Undergraduate Courses (Bachelor Degree Programmes)
IELTS : For most courses and universities, International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test) which is regularly administered by the British Council. Some universities may accept TOEFL as an alternative.
TOEFL : This test is conducted by ETS for International students applying to a Universities abroad. This is accepted by most Australian universities
PTE : Pearson test of English is also acceptable
Letter from Institution : Some Universities may waive IELTS/TOEFL if you can get a letter from an institution that you have last studied in mentioning that you have been studying in English medium throughout and they are convinced that you are proficient in English.
Statement of Purpose : The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admissions as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty assessing your application their most significant impression of you as an individual.
A personal statement should include reasons for choosing this particular course, your area of interest, the suitability of your education and experiential background for this course and your personal and present future goals.
Send enquiries at least 6 months before the proposed date of admission. There are two ways to get application forms.
Requesting Application Forms via email:
You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.
Downloading from the university website:
Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.
Getting applications from University Representatives:
You can also get the application forms from many authorized representatives of Australian Universities in your country.
Most Australian universities accept the graduation system of three years for entry into most postgraduate courses. An Indian bachelor degree like B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. (ordinary) is equivalent to an Australian Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree.
However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to Australian Bachelor (Honours) Degree, which requires either a honours graduation degree like B.A. (H), B.Comm (H) etc or 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year of graduation or a four year degree course like B.E., B.Tech and other such courses.
For most Universities, a good first degree from a leading university in India or its equivalent is essential.
Full details of your education including your course subjects and grades are required in the applications. Transcripts or official records of your previous academic qualifications are crucial for your application.