Study in Australia
Student Culture in Australia
Its reputation as being one of the world’s sunniest countries as well as breathtaking beaches, mountains and deserts, Australia has long been a popular destination for international students despite its remote location.
Boasting a very multi-cultural society with Aboriginal, Asian and British influences, whether you decide to study in the big cities such as Sydney or Melbourne or somewhere more off the beaten track will have a big influence on your experience of Australia.
Manners and Behaviour
Known for their friendliness and laid-back attitude, Australians are sociable, informal and sporty. They are confident in voicing their opinions, sometimes very direct in their approach, and embrace the freedom of speech, sexuality and religion which is enjoyed in the country.
Most Australians are fun-loving, employing a sharp, sarcastic sense of humour and a lot of slang!
The Australian’s are famed for loving food that suits their laid-back lifestyle and so probably the best way to sample the local culture is to head to the beach or to a famous Australian barbecue.
- Chicken Parmigiana
- Barbecued Snags (Sausages)
- Chiko Roll
- Meat Pie
- Anzac biscuit
- Neenish Tart
Student Accommodation in Australia
There are plenty of accommodation choices available to you whilst studying in Australia but, unlike other countries, there is very little accommodation provided by the university, meaning that most students will live off-campus in shared rental properties, homestays or hostels.
Most universities will encourage international students to arrive in Australia 2-3 weeks before their course starts in order to get settled.
Australia has a relatively high cost of living, although the wages are quite high. You can expect your living expenses to be on average AU$20,000 per year.
Average monthly costs in Australia might look something like this:
- Accommodation: AU$650 (Melbourne could be as much as AU$1500)
- Utility bills: AU$100
- Mobile Phone: AU$30
- Broadband internet: AU$50
- Study materials: AU$80
- Travel: AU$150
- Groceries: AU$550
- Typical night out: AU$40
- Cinema ticket: AU$15
Work and Study in Australia
Once your course has started, you will be permitted to work 20 hours per week during term time, with no limit on the amount of hours you may work during official university holidays. Any work you need to carry out as part of your degree does not count towards the 20 hour limit, but any voluntary or unpaid work will count.
You can receive permission to work at the same time as your student visa, there is no need to apply separately.
Scholarships and funding
Both full and partially funded scholarships are available in Australia. As well as scholarships offered by individual universities, there are also schemes which are offered by the Australian government as well as private organisations.
Some examples are:
Australia Awards – they offer prestigious scholarships and fellowships to the next generation of global leaders.
Destination Australia – providing financial support for those studying in regional Australia.
Australia visa guidance
An Overseas Student Programme is operated by the Australian Government, allowing people who are not permanent residents to study there.
The visa you will need will depend on the level of course you are studying.
Types of Australia student visa
The main types of visa you might need to consider if you want to take an English Language course, undergraduate or graduate degree in Australia are as follows:
- Subclass 570 – For those wishing to study English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).
- Subclass 573 – A visa for higher education leading to a bachelor or associate degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma.
- Subclass 574 – For those wishing to study a masters degree or a doctorate.
You can find more details on the visa application process on the Home Affairs government website.
Australia student visa requirements
You can apply for your study permit online from the Citizenship and Immigration Australia (CIC) website. An offline option is also available, but will take twice as long to process as an online application.
Some evidence you will need to provide includes:
- Proof of your acceptance onto an approved course in Australia
- Proof of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) if required
- Evidence of AUS$20,290 per year for living expenses
Visa processing times can vary so you should apply in plenty of time. You can find estimates of the time you might have to wait here.
Australia visa fees
A Subclass 500 Student Visa currently costs around AU$575, but you should check the Home Affairs website to ensure the price hasn’t changed and also to check if you are exempt from the charge.