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Australia, officially named as Commonwealth of Australia, is one of the most happening places in the world for one to study and live. It is in terms of size the sixth largest country in the world. Australia holds a position of pride as one of the most developed nations of the world. It is also one of the wealthiest countries of the world. The population of Australia comprises of English, Australians, Irish, and Scottish etc. Indians constitute 2% of the total population of Australia.
Life and culture of Australia is quite cosmopolitan in nature. The people of varied nationalities have migrated to Australia and settled there. Although Australia has no official language, English, however, is the most commonly spoken language. Apart from English, other languages such as Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, and Greek are also widely spoken. Australia is a secular country and, therefore, there is no state religion. Nonetheless, the people adhering to Christian way of life and beliefs constitute majority in Australia. Other non- Christian religions such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism also has its fair share of followers in the country.
Australia experiences temperate weather. Climatic conditions can vary from one part of the country to the other because of the sheer size of the country. The northern part of the country experiences warm weather most of the year while the southern part usually, witnesses cooler winters. Indian population is scattered across the country. Nevertheless, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth are the places where majority of Indians reside and work in Australia. Also, these are the cities where Indian cuisine restaurants and movie theatres showcasing Indian movies are found the most. These cities have highly cosmopolitan culture and are very welcoming.
From the point of view of employment, tourism is one of the top industries in Australia. Consequently, finding a temporary or a part time job in a hotel or a bar is not difficult. Apart from this, agriculture; manufacturing and telecommunications are other flourishing areas of employment.
Education in Australia
Australia is one of the most favored international education destinations. Australia has 7 universities which feature in the list of top 100 universities in the world. It offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1200 institutions and 22,000 courses to choose from. Apart from high academic credentials, the cities of Australia are particularly known for the welcoming air that they possess. Thus, it is not surprising that 5 out of 30 most friendly cities for international students in the world are in Australia. As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution or a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution where you study meet the high standards expected by international students. At present, there are 38 public universities and 3 private universities that are CRICOS recognized.
Top 5 Specializations
Going by the numbers, the top 5 specialization in Australia are
Accountants plan the taxation and financial system of various agencies and also act as advisors on financial matters. Accounting is one of the most lucrative undergraduate specializations in Australia, thus, making it a preferred choice for not just native population but also international students. Indian students are more inclined towards these courses. Accounting consists of courses like Bachelors of Commerce and Bachelors of Economics, two most popular courses in Australia. As far as statistics goes, about 25,200 international students are enrolled in these two courses. However, the investment in accounting courses is sure to reap huge benefits. Accounting is also a job oriented stream and a degree in the field usually fetches its graduates with jobs in some of the top agencies and companies as the requirement of students of this field is ever rising. As the result of a survey goes, till 2017 the job opportunities in this field are expected to rise steeply. Thus, a degree in accounting sector can be your stepping stone to a rewarding career.
Business and Management
Business and management related course is arguably one of the most popular courses worldwide. Australia is no exception in this sense and the numbers prove it. In the year 2007 about 11,000 international students were enrolled in this course in various universities of the country. Business and Management studies usually inculcate entrepreneurial skills in the students and make efficient managers out of them. Skills developed during the period of the course makes students job ready, to be employed and contribute to their employers immediately and efficiently. Many Indians prefer to pursue a degree in Business and Management in Australia. Almost three quarters of business studies graduates in Australia are employed within six months after their graduation. Opting for Business and Management related course is, therefore, a wise thing to do!
Information sciences basically hone the computer and software developing and management skills of the students. The use of computer based technology in almost every sector in present times makes this field particularly lucrative. Information science consists of courses such as Bachelors of Information Technology, Bachelors of Computer Science and Technology and Bachelors of Engineering (Computers). Going by the numbers, 4000 international students were studying in these three courses in the year 2007. The job prospects of the field can be ascertained by the fact that 82% of IT graduate gain employment soon after they graduate. A relatively new field that is currently entering into the mainstream in this category is Information Communication Technology (ICT). Australia’s ICT market is worth AUD 100 Billion and is expected to open up new vistas of employment for IT graduates. A degree in this field is, hence, bound to do wonders for your career.
An LLB degree, which is a bachelor’s level degree in the discipline of law, is your key to an exceptional and fulfilling career. The course which teaches you the details about the workings of Australian law and those concerning other jurisdictions as well, can open up gates for various kinds of employment opportunities. Apart from learning law, during the course one can also opt for various elective courses and can modify to study and make it interdisciplinary and apply the learning acquired during the period of the course into practical context. There is no dearth of options when one is armed with an LLB degree. One can launch his/her private practice or can work as an in-house counsel for a large corporation or as a criminal or a community lawyer.
A degree in Health Management is basically suited to those students who wish to enter the non-clinical workforce such as health promotion, health management etc. These courses involve the teaching and practice of a broader area of health care and management. These courses also are one of the most preferred pathways to a full fledged medical program. The program provides its students a deep understanding of subjects like health care systems, biomedical sciences, health care ethics etc to ensure that the future medical practitioners are well versed with every aspect of their field. The job opportunities for the graduates of this field are available in both public and private sectors dealing with health issues in any form. Hospitals in Australia, particularly, look for such graduates in order to provide holistic health care to its patients.
Cost of Study
The cost of your study depends upon the institution and the course that you choose. However, the general range of the fees for various levels of courses is provided below. All the figures are in Australian dollars and are payable every year.
Streamlined student visa processing
Under the streamlined student visa processing arrangements, eligible student visa applicants from participating universities and eligible non-university higher education providers are assessed as though they are a lower immigration risk, irrespective of their country of origin.
If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you are not assigned an assessment level. This is because under the streamlined visa processing arrangements your student visa is assessed as though you are lower immigration risk.
If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa.
You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for streamlined student visa processing:
If you are sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Australian Department of Defence on a Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector visa (subclass 576), you are not eligible for streamlined visa processing.
Participating providers processing arrangements
A list of universities and non-university higher education providers participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements and their nominated educational business partners is available.
Applying under the streamlined student visa processing arrangements
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Documents to provide with your application
If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa. To help you lodge a complete visa application, please use the visa application document checklist for the type of visa you intend to apply for.
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