Study in the Australia

The Australian government's National Strategy for International Education 2025 sets out a 10-year plan to grow and sustain Australia as a global leader in education, training, and research.

In 2015 there were nearly 500,000 international students in Australia, with about 45 percent enrolled in Australia's 40 public and three private universities—or unis, as known in local parlance. In 2015 some 10,000 US students studied in Australia, including 1,000 undergraduates, nearly a thousand graduate students, and 500 enrolled in research degree programs.

Study in the Australia

Good to Know

Students can typically earn an undergraduate degree in Australia in three years. However, there are exceptions that may require an additional year or two of study: professional fields (for example, veterinary science), honors programs, double bachelor's degree programs, or an area of study that requires research.


Australia's Educational Services for Overseas Student (ESOS) Act is designed to protect and promote the rights of international students on student visas. For example, institutions are required by law to provide access to orientation and support services, and accurate and timely information about fees and study options. Many free services are available to all students on all campuses, including academic guidance, skills and career advice, employment search support, and assistance to students with disabilities.

The term course generally refers to a program of study. Only rarely can students enroll at an Australian university with an undecided program of study, though options are available for students who want to change their course after enrolling. International students who want to change majors are urged to check with immigration officials to ensure they follow the correct procedure.

The biggest surprise for me was how much I fell in love with Australian culture and living in Sydney. Originally, I only intended on staying for a one-semester exchange program but ended up transferring to Macquarie University, enrolling as a full-time student and completing my undergraduate degree.

Brandon Chiwaya, New York

(Macquarie University,Bachelor of Arts in international relations and politics, 2011)

Brandon Chiwaya

Academic Calendar

Most universities have two semesters: February to June/July, and July/August to early December, with breaks in between. Many courses allow students to begin their studies in either semester.

Late April

First semester begins


Second semester begins


Second semester Ends


First semester begins


First semester Ends

Late October

Applications due for first semester

International students from the northern hemisphere often start in Australia's second semester, late July or early August. The student visa system caters to different enrollment terms. Many Australian universities have moved toward more flexible arrangements, (e.g., some have three semesters, some four) with the intent of making things more convenient for northern hemisphere international students.

Most Australian unis run orientation week—known as O-week—at the start of each semester.

Top Colleges In Australia

  • Top Universities
  • Top B-Schools
university of melbourne
university of sydney
australian national university
monash university
university of adelaide
university of queensland
university of western australia
macquarie university
university of newcastle
university of wollongong
curtin university
rmit university
university of tasmania
griffith university
deakin university
university of south australia
charles drawn university
western sydney university
murdoch university
jamescook university
flinders university
melbourne buisness school


There is no national application system for international students. However, Tertiary Admission Centres (TACs) process applications for institutions within a particular state. International students should check if the course they are interested in encourages direct application to the institution or application through a TAC.

Students apply to a course of study within a university. Many universities allow students to apply a year ahead of time. Admission is typically offered on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as they can.

Application Fee:

Varies by university. Can be up to 100 Australian dollars.

Admission Requirements

For a majority of programs, admission is based on completion of a high school diploma, AP exam scores, and scores on either the SAT or ACT exam. Full IB diplomas are also accepted. Some programs require a minimum high school GPA.

If a student is applying through a TAC, eligibility for a selected program is determined by converting a student's final results (GPA + SAT; IB) into an Australia Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) equivalent. This ATAR score is the result of the final year of high school for Australian students and is the primary metric used for entry into undergraduate programs.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are regulated at the national level and tend not to fluctuate. Annual undergraduate bachelor degree charges range from AU$15,000 to AU$33,000 (this range does not include professional courses such as veterinary or medical), depending upon the program of study. US undergraduates may be eligible for some scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial support offered by the Australian government, individual education institutions, and a number of other public and private organizations. Several Australian universities also accept US federal student loans.

If a student is applying through a TAC, eligibility for a selected program is determined by converting a student's final results (GPA + SAT; IB) into an Australia Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) equivalent. This ATAR score is the result of the final year of high school for Australian students and is the primary metric used for entry into undergraduate programs.

More information on financial aid for international students can be found at:


Australian university students traditionally live at home or offcampus, but more universities are building accommodations to attract international students. Most universities have comfortable and furnished apartment-style living on campus or close by, sometimes with cleaning and meals included. Some universities offer residential colleges that provide dining services; opportunities for social, sporting, and cultural events; and extracurricular academic programs for residents. Individual institutions should be contacted directly in order to ascertain the accommodations available and how the costs compare with securing housing on one's own.

Minimum cost of living, estimated by Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection, is AU$19,830 a year. A shared rental is estimated to be anywhere between AU$70 and AU$250 per week, and on-campus housing is anywhere between AU$85 and AU$215 per week. Groceries and dining out range from AU$80 to AU$280 weekly. Students will also need to consider the cost of utilities, public transportation, and a phone plan when abroad. More information can be found at

Visa and Other Permits:

Students planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in Australia will be eligible for the Higher Education Visa (subclass 500). Visa information is available on the Australian government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection website: http://www. Australia also runs a Visa and Citizenship Information Service, located in Ottawa, Canada, which can be reached by phone at (613) 238-1040. In addition to a visa, students will also need to meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement stating they intend to stay in Australia temporarily for the purpose of study.

The visa application will require evidence of academic and language skills, evidence that the student has funds to support their study, and evidence of Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC). The cost associated with OSHC varies and all costs will be in Australian dollars. For more information on health coverage, visit: Content/Overseas+Student+Health+Cover+FAQ-1#insurersofferoshc.

Visa fees vary depending on an applicant's circumstances. For more information see:

How to Apply to Study in Australia


Choose to study in australia


Decide on a course and an institution


Check entry requirements for course and visa


Apply for the course


Receive your letter of offer


Receive confirmation of enrolment


Apply for your visa


Plan your arrival