STUDY IN AUSTRALIA
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from. You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities). And regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students.
As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in 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 at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. You can search for courses and institutions here on the Study in Australia website.
The Australian education system is broadly divided into the university, vocational, school and English language sectors.
University is the highest level of study in Australia. There are 41 universities in total - 38 public (government funded) and three private. You can study at the undergraduate level (Bachelor degree) or postgraduate level (Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters, PhD).
Vocational institutions are closely linked with industry, making courses very practical and skill-based. Vocational courses are provided at both the government-funded Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and at private institutions. Many courses provide advanced standing into university degrees.
Schoolis compulsory for children aged between 6 and 15, with matriculation exams for university generally at 18 years old. Australian schools are public (government) and private (religious or independent).
English Language courses are undertaken for study, travel, immigration or business purposes. There are around 100 private English language centers in Australia. Some universities and TAFE institutes also offer English language courses.