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 (opens in a new window) and the National Code of Practice (opens in a new window) 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) (opens in a new window)
VET – Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) (opens in a new window)
Sources: www . studyinaustralia . gov . au/global/australian-education
Australia has one of the highest standards of living in the world. It is an English-speaking country with a population of about 21.5 million. It is home to people from over 190 countries, and at least one in five Australians was born overseas. Cultural diversity is part of its national identity and is one of Australia’s greatest strengths.
The major reason why students choose to study in Australian universities is for its high quality of lifestyle and education. The Australian lifestyle will be hassle-free and more relaxed. This helps students to enhance their studies without any tension. Another reason for choosing Australia is for its cost efficiency. The education and living expenditure in Australia will be comparatively 40 to 60 percent less than that of USA/UK, varying with the location. Among various study courses, Indian students prefer technology and management programs and accountancy in addition to the management subjects.
Australia is the next ‘hot’ destination after the USA, in terms of numbers, quality and living conditions. Every year, several thousand students from India (63,604 in 2007) and throughout the world go to Australia, for world-class education, which is recognized globally and that has top-class and highly ranked universities. Australian universities and training institutions offer a wide range of courses to meet most aspirations and requirements. The curriculum and infrastructure are the latest while the faculty is up-to-date and progressive in outlook and result-oriented.
The excellence in Education, the multicultural background of students, value for money, English speaking country and on top of that, Governmental and institution support for international students are some other aspects that has made Australia a very attractive destination for students from all over the world.
One excellent advantage for Indian students is the similarity between Indian and Australian education systems, which are broadly patterned on the British education system. Therefore, it is easier for admission into any level without the hassle of credential evaluation, university review of qualifications etc. Also, because of flexibility in their education system, students who have completed two years of Bachelors/Diploma could enroll directly into the 2ndor 3rdyear of Bachelor’s program in Australian institutions. Australian degrees are recognized by the Association of Indian Universities for purposes of government employment and further education in an Indian university.