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Step 1 - Study planning
If you are visiting this website for the first time you can browse through these steps leading to study in Australia or you can create a personal profile to access the Study Wizard. With a personal profile you can return to this website at any time and resume your enquiries where you logged off. You can review your search results, refine your selections or decide upon an entirely new study path.
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What education type are you interested in?
The Australian education and training system has four main sectors:
Australia's national system of learning pathways enables students to move easily from one sector and qualification level to the next, and from one institution to another.
As you browse through each sector you will find information on qualifications, course duration and commencement, entry requirements, qualifications recognition, quality assurances and the world-class facilities for teaching, learning and research.
What fields of education are you interested in?
Universities offer many undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering fields of education such as agriculture, business, economics, education, environmental science, engineering, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, information technology, law, mathematics and computing, medicine, science and visual/performing arts.
Vocational education and training institutions offer practical, career oriented courses including business, computing, marketing, tourism and hospitality.
Australian schools offer an education style that is highly interactive, encourages students to participate and develops personal skills and confidence. All schools offer English, mathematics, science, arts, technology and languages. You may also be able to study such diverse subjects as digital media, agriculture, graphic design, music and accountancy.
Australia offers a range of English language studies, that can cater for everyone from beginner student to advanced student to teacher training.
In the Next Step we will guide you in searching for a course and institution.
What level of qualification is best suited for you?
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a national structure covering 10 different qualification levels that link the four education sectors and provide clear learning pathways and recognition for previous study. Once the status of your existing qualifications is established the AQF will help you to choose the appropriate course within Australia. Many institutions offer preparatory studies, also known as bridging or foundation courses, to help meet the academic entry requirements of Australian institutions. There are also many English language courses with starting dates throughout the year to prepare you for further study in Australia.
Find out about the AQF
Do you have a preferred location?
You may wish to consider the location and environment of the institution you select (e.g. urban or rural, climate and extra curricular activities available on and off campus). You may prefer the urban environment of our city campuses, or you may prefer to explore the lifestyle and community of one of our many regional campuses.
In the Next Step we will help you to locate your preferred institutions on a map of Australia and link you directly to the websites of most institutions.
The majority of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students and are not awarded scholarships. Student loans are not available for international students in Australia.
You will need to consider if you can afford to study at a particular institution. Fees vary according to the institution and discipline selected. For example, science and medical courses that require a large amount of laboratory and fieldwork are more costly than arts courses. To be granted a student visa you will need to declare your financial ability and in some cases you will need evidence of having sufficient funds to pay part or all of your tuition fees.
There is also the cost of living to consider. If you intend to get a job while studying in Australia then the money you earn from working in Australia should only supplement your income and not be your primary source of income. Given living costs in Australia, you should not expect your earnings to cover your living costs.
Find out about study and living costs
Do you have any personal considerations
There are also personal considerations in deciding on the institution of your choice (e.g. friends have previously attended the same institution, friends and relatives are nearby, or the institution caters for your religious, sporting and recreational needs).
Now that you have a good idea of the qualification level and where you want study…
Select your course