Australia – Destination for Education
Australia’s Higher Education Institutions rank among the world’s best and the quality of education they offer is correspondingly high. With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course.
As with most other countries, the cost of education in Australia is dependent on the type and duration of your studies. For example, English Language Courses are available at approximately $300/week. Vocational training or education on the other hand will cost you around $4,000 to $22,000. Undergraduate Bachelor Degrees will have you spending $10,000 to $33,000 a year. The higher cost is associated with pursuing your degree in a private university. A Postgraduate Master’s Degree has an approximate cost of $20,000 to $37,000 per year, while cost for Doctoral Degrees on average range from $14,000 to $37,000.
Generally, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires $18,610 as the minimum cost of living to issue a student visa. Your living expenses in Australia will depend highly on which region you plan to live in. For example, more urbanized areas will have higher costs for accommodation. The type of accommodation is also important. Hostels and guesthouses range from $80 to $135 a week, while shared rentals and on-campus accommodation will cost $70 to $250. More expensive options are homestay ($110 to $270 per week) and rental ($100 to $400 per week). Aside from accommodation, your weekly expenses will most likely include groceries or eating out ($80 to $200), gas and electricity ($60 to $100), phone and internet ($20 to $50), public transport ($10 to $50) and entertainment ($50 to $100).
Working in Australia
Working in Australia is very easy to do while you are a student – after graduation, it’s more difficult. Remember, as an international student, you should never expect to live on the money you make while studying, but the extra income can certainly help you meet your budget. As a general rule, students can work for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full time during school breaks.