Study in Australia

Australia is always taking international students as an important part of its community as well as the economy with modern and multicultural existence in the global forum. The country has extensive varieties of food, cultures, religions, and linguistic backgrounds and these aspects make the country one of the most popular destinations for international students. It is decided into six states and all of the states have the best universities and colleges to cater to thousands of international students from around the world. English is the official language of Australia, however, there are many words and phrases that are specific to Australian English.

Mates International – Education & Visa Services has been recruiting Nepalese students to obtain Student Visas for Australian universities and colleges for over a decade and a half. Mates International is an institution established to provide consultation services to students intending to seek academic opportunities in the global world. With globalization, the entire world is literally shrinking which has made people explore places, other than their birthplace, in search of facilities and opportunities. Out of many, education has been one of those factors for which people have started exploring other parts of the world. Many of the searches have been accomplished after getting the option of Australia, the country which is gaining popularity for world-class academics.

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Australia, the 6th largest country which is a continent in itself lies in the southern hemisphere of the globe. Australia's name is derived from its location which in the Greek language means ‘southern’. It is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. The population of Australia is 25 million which is highly urbanized and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. The capital city of Australia is Canberra, and the largest city is Sydney. Other major metropolitan areas of the country are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. The country was inhabited by Indigenous Australians for about 65,000 years before the arrival of Dutch explorers in the early 17th century, who named it New Holland. In 1770, Australia’s eastern half was claimed by Great Britain and was initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788, a date which is Australia’s national day as well. Australia is a highly developed country, with the world’s 14th-largest economy. It has a high-income economy, with the world’s tenth-highest per capita income. It is a regional power and has the world’s 13th-highest military expenditure. It has the world’s eighth-largest immigrant population, with immigrants accounting for 29% of the population.

The fact of an increased percentage of immigrants in Australia reveals that the country has become a place of attraction for people throughout the world, be it for education or settlement. So Australia is the targeted destination for many of the prospect-seeking people of the world, Nepal not being an exception.

Points To Remember

Helpful Information

In general, your academic and financial competency are the major aspects required to be eligible for the student visa. However, further lists of documents are mostly related with your financial, academic and legal status at the time of visa application lodgement. Hence, mainly following documents are required to be carried by the students.

  • Passport- Need to check the expiry date as renewing passport may take some time in Australia.
  • Letter of Offer- It is very important to carry Letter of Offer as it should be presented at the time of enrolment.
  • Original or certified copies of academic qualification.
  • Driving License(if possessed) Medical history or prescriptions required for ongoing medication.

Once you have a visa, what should you do to perform as a humble international student in Australia? We have a following recommendations:

  • You should maintain your status as full time student.
  • You should be exhibiting satisfactory academic progress.
  • You should possess valid enrolment status at institute or University and should notify the institute in case visa status is changed.
  • You should provide immediate information to the institute in case Australian address is changed.
  • You should possess enough money to cover tuition fees and living expenses.
  • You are not allowed to work more than your legal permission as an international student during study trimester or study break.
  • You should maintain valid overseas student health cover.
  • You should not transfer between registered education-providers within the first six months of the starting date of the principal course without a release letter from the original education provider.

Applying for student Visa

Students are supposed to adopt following procedure for visa application process:

  • Make sure you fulfill all the required conditions for visa, pay tuition fees and student health cover(OSHC) as stated on the offere letter and receive the electronic confirmation of enrolment(eCoE).
  • Should contact the nearest Australian High Commission/Embassy or Institute Overseas representative or agent.
  • Submit an application.

Preparation for leaving home country

  • You need to decide what you should carry with you
  • Make sure your accommodation has been arranged
  • You need to have enough cash or travel cheque to cover your expenses after you land in Australia
  • Be mentally prepared to step into the new culture, people and environment.

Information of your institute & surrounding

  • You need to take notes of orientation and enrolment dates.
  • You need to remember important academic dates.
  • You need to get well acquainted with Institute Policies and Procedures.
  • You need to find out the availabilities near to your campus.

Booking Ticket

You need to book an airline ticket as soon as you receive the approval from the proposed institute as seats would be in heavy demand prior to the start of Semester/trimester. Make sure that you reach your institute in time to attend orientation as students must be present for the full duration of the orientation program.


  • Has third highest number of international students in the world behind UK and USA.
  • Has the population of 25 million plus
  • Has seven of the top 100 universities in the world.
  • Ranks 10th in the Universities 2018 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
  • Has five of the 30th best cities in the world based on student mix, affordability, quality of life and employer activity.
  • Has produced 15 novel prize laureates.
  • Over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations like penicillin, Ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, Cervical Cancer vaccine and Black Box Flight Recorders.
  • Study area includes Science and Mathematics, Life and Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy & Physics.
  • Has already received 8 Novel prizes, 5 in Medicine and 1 each in Physics, Chemistry and Literature.

For Diploma, Bachelor or Master degree course work

International students in Australia on a valid student visa can work for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and there is no limit on the number of hours an international student can work during recognized school vacations. A work week in Australia is considered to be Monday through the following Sunday. Although they are allowed to arrive in Australia up to 90 days before their course begins, students are not allowed to begin working until after their courses have begun.


Family members (spouses and children) accompanying the international student under their student visa have the same work rights as the student – 20 hours per week. Unlike the students, family members may not exceed 20 hours per week, even during holidays. For those students obtaining a graduate degree, like a masters degree, their family can work unlimited hours. Like students, family members are not allowed to begin work until after the student has started his or her course.

Basis for student’s Visa subclass and assessment level

  • Academic and age requirements
  • English language requirements
  • Financial requirements

Entry requirement for Australian Higher Education provider (University, TAFE or Private college)

  • Direct entry to Bachelor degree: 6.0 IELTS (University Degree)
  • Package course i.e. Diploma + Bachelor degree: 5.5 (TAFE+ University)
  • ELICOS + Diploma + Bachelor Degree (English: 20 weeks ELICOS +Diploma +Bachelor Degree
  • University Education in Australia

    The higher education sector consists mainly of universities (both government and private). There are 43 universities in Australia: 40 Australian universities (36 public and 4 private) and 3 international private universities.

    Primary roles of Australian Universities:

    • Storing knowledge.
    • Transferring knowledge to others.
    • Creating knowledge.

    In addition to this, Australian Universities provide consultancy services to business and industry, and are a source of advice for Government and the community, in general on a large number of issues and topics. They are closely involved with their local and wider communities.

    TAFE (Technical and Further Education) Institutes, specialized institutes and other private colleges also provide post-school qualifications. While they mostly offer courses to a Diploma level, some courses are offered through to Bachelor degree level.

    Entry Points, Entry Requirements and Costs

    Students need to meet both a sufficient level of English language proficiency and the minimum academic requirements before they can be admitted to an Australian university.

    Entry to postgraduate courses requires completion to a satisfactory standard of a Bachelor degree. Prospective students may also need to demonstrate research ability or relevant work experience.

    Undergraduate degrees require an Australian Senior School Certificate of Education (Year 12) or the overseas equivalent of this. Some degrees may also have certain pre-requisite subjects and grades.

    University courses cost in Australia is comparable to those in other English speaking countries (USA, UK). In the Australian education system, some degrees are slightly shorter than in other countries. For example, some Bachelor degrees take three years in Australia but four years in the USA.

    Some of the measures that operate to safeguard and improve quality of Australia’s Universities include:

    The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) took over from AUQA in 2011 Universities Australia (Universities Australia)

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