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Admission in Australia

Instructions about the method to get admission in Australian Universities

Admission Tests on English Requirement
For any course that belong to higher education category, a student must score at least six out of nine in IELTS - International English Language Testing System conducted by British Council - http://www.britishcouncil.org/. Even for vocational studies, trainings and for secondary level studies you must have at least score between 5-6 in IELTS. However, it depends on the course you have chosen.
Besides IELTS, the students who have scored at least 213 out of 300 in TOEFL are also generally accepted for admission in Australian Universities. Some Universities even accept Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grades A or B).

Cost and Fees
Tuition fees vary from AUD 6000 to AUD 7000 for a six-month graduate certificate course to over AUD 30000 per annum for a medical degree. Most full time degree and post graduate degree cost between AUD 10000 to 20000 per annum. In vocational education and training, costs vary from AUD 3000 to 4000 for a 20-week certificate course to over AUD 12000 per annum for laboratory or computer intensive advanced courses. The Australian government requires that international students and their families pay for health insurance in Australia through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Scheme. Health care costs in Australia can be quite expensive. The cost of health insurance may be around $300 for a single person.
Australia is a great option not only in terms of the education standards but because it makes great economic sense as well.
Institutions will advise when to pay your tuition fees and acceptable methods of payment.

Universities
Foundation Studies $A9000-$A14,000 a year
Such as university entrance, preparatory and bridging courses
Undergraduate  
Bachelor Degree $A10,000- $A13,500 a year
Such as courses in arts, business, economics and law
Laboratory-based Bachelor Degree $A11,000- $A16,500 a year
Such as science and engineering courses
Postgraduate  
Graduate Certificates
Graduate Diplomas
$A9000- $A16,000
Masters Doctoral Degree $A11,000-$A18,500 a year

Vocational Education & Training
Certificates I - IV $A5500-$A18,000 a year
Diploma
Advanced Diploma

School
Secondary school  $A6000-$A13,000 a year
Primary and junior secondary schools  $A5000-$A11,000 a year

English Language & Training
Varies significantly depending on the course duration or institution $A3500-$A13,500


Accommodation Options and Costs
A variety of high standard student accommodation is available to suit different budgets and needs. Students can opt to live in university accommodation or with an Australian family. Shared accommodation with other students is common and popular.
Institutions provide students with help in finding accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged before you leave home allowing you time on arrival to consider where and how you would like to be accommodated in the longer term. Student notice boards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent.
Further advice is available from your prospective institution.
 
Accommodation options Approximate cost
Homestay or Farmstay A$110-A$270 a week
Gain access to the Australian lifestyle in a natural and friendly way through Homestay. This is popular with younger students and those studying short-term English courses. Meals are usually included in the cost. Single or shared rooms may be offered and the cost will vary accordingly. Self-catering Homestay is sometimes available cheaply. Farmstay offers the same services in a rural setting. 
Institutions maintain a register of families prepared to board international students during the academic year. Education institutions ensure that Homestay families are reputable and that they offer accommodation of a reasonable standard.
Hostels and guest houses A$80-A$135 a week
Hostels are usually run by organisations such as Youth Hostels Australia and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Share accommodation
Rental accommodation
A$50-A$160 a week
A$70-A$350 a week
Students often share with fellow students. They advertise on notice boards and in newspapers. Students may have to provide their own furniture. 
When renting a house, apartment or bedsitter, landlords require rent to be paid in advance and will require a security bond equal to one month's rent.
Boarding schools A$8000-A$11000 a year
Many private secondary schools provide accommodation, meals and laundry services for international students.
Note: Tuition fees are in addition to the boarding fees
University accommodation A$80-A$250 per week
Most universities offer a variety of accommodation on or near to campus such as university apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. Halls of Residence are usually cheaper and a popular option with full-time international students. The cost ranges depending on the type of accommodation.

University Apartments
Most universities offer a variety of accommodation on or near to campus such as university apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. Halls of Residence are usually cheaper and a popular option with full-time international students. The cost ranges depending on the type of accommodation.

University Residential Colleges
Residential colleges provide accommodation with meals. They are slightly more expensive than university Halls of Residence. The college undertakes cleaning and household tasks. Sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and (generally) computer access are also provided.

Halls of Residence
Halls of residence are located on or near university campuses and are generally cheaper than residential colleges. International students find them an attractive option. Students usually have meals and some cleaning services provided. Only full-time students are accepted. Students need 

FINANCIAL AIDS
Scholarships and Financial aid available for International Students in 
Scholarships in Higher Education
In Australia, scholarships, fellowships, awards and other sources of funding for students are available through the Higher Education Group, DEST.

Applying for Scholarships
The Commonwealth Learning Scholarships, Australian Postgraduate Awards and Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship programmes are administered on behalf of the Australian Government by individual higher education providers. The providers are responsible for conducting their own application and selection procedures, in line with guidelines issued by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). Potential applicants need to direct their enquiries on application procedures, deadlines, etc to their higher education providers.

Commonwealth Learning Scholarships
The Commonwealth Learning Scholarships Programme was introduced in 2004 to assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those from rural and regional areas and Indigenous students, who are Australian citizens or holders of Australian permanent humanitarian visas, with costs associated with higher education. There are two scholarships – one for educational costs and one for accommodation costs. Both are merit based, non-repayable and target students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Australian Postgraduate Awards
To enhance research training opportunities in the higher education sector, the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) provides scholarship support to postgraduate students of exceptional promise who undertake their higher degree by research at an eligible Australian provider. 

Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
The Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) was established to develop international research linkages and aims to attract top quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in Australian institutions. 

Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme
The Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme   aims to encourage participation in, and to improve the standard of, research conducted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The programme commenced in 1996 and in its early years will provide support for research projects and for training and development in research methodology and the preparation of research proposals by Indigenous researchers. In 1999, nine Indigenous Researchers Development grants were approved for funding at a cost of $0.13 million in 1999.

Research Fellowships
This provides opportunities for outstanding individual researchers to undertake research of national and international significance at postdoctoral level and beyond. Four levels of Australian Research Council (ARC), fellowships are awarded:
•    Australian Postdoctoral Fellowships 
•    Australian Research Fellowships 
•    Queen Elizabeth II Awards and 
•    Senior Research Fellowships.

Merit Based Equity Scholarships
This Scheme ceased in 1999. No new scholarships are available. Any queries relating to the Scheme should be directed to scholarships@dest.gov.au
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