Study In Australia # Eligibility

There are many who dream to study in Australia, and it is totally worth it. But then, is dreaming enough?? No, you need to work towards your dream to make sure that the dreams are fulfilled. Let us have a look at the eligibility criteria for studying in Australia.

Besides the English requirements there are two basic things that need to be considered while applying for Australian Universities.

Undergraduate Studies 

  1. Australian Year 12 Qualification and Equivalents – In Australia, the education system is based upon the 13 years of school level education which includes primary and secondary. Every state in Australia has its own secondary school certificate which are recognized by all Australian universities. The universities also recognize a wide range of secondary school certificates from other countries as being equivalent to the Australian Year 12 qualifications. This includes the 10+2 completion from India.
  2. Pre- requisites subjects – Some courses require you to pass some pre-requisite subjects. This means that you must have passed those subjects as entry level qualification. This is because the first year subjects of the course assume that students have a good basic knowledge of this subject at Australian Year 12 level.

Postgraduate Studies

  1. Masters degree and graduate diploma – Most Australian universities accept the graduation level of India i.e. 10+2 and minimum three years of graduation for entry into post graduation. But often, entry into colleges is complex and difficult.
  2. PhD and Postgraduate diploma – For Postgraduate diploma, the student should have a recognized master degree in an appropriate field. For PhD, though each application is assessed on individual basis, a good master degree is essential.

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Australia Hostels

Australia is one of those countries that invites students all over the world with open arms. It makes sure that people don’t face any difficulty in their country and to ensure it, their are a range of accommodation facilities available in Australia. Let us have a look at some of the possible accommodations you can enjoy –

  1. Home stay or Farm stay – Institutions in Australia maintain a register of families that act as host for the students studying in Australia during a particular academic year. Meals are usually included in the cost and is preferred by young people coming to live. Farm stay is similar to home stay with the only difference being that it is provided in a rural setup. It is the responsibility of the institutions to make sure that the facilities being provided are of high standards. This type of accommodation gives international students access to the Australian lifestyle in a natural and friendly way. Approximate Cost – $150 – $ 200 per week
  2. Private Board – This is similar to the home stay with the difference that here the students negotiate with the families themselves for the house and the food. Approx Cost – $ 50 – $ 150 per week
  3. Hostel And Guest Houses – Hostels are usually run by organisations such as youth Hostels Australia, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities. Approx Cost – $ 80 – A$ 120 per week
  4. Share And Rental Accommodation – Often students share their accommodation with their fellow students. Students advertise in newspapers or the notice board and the person has to bring along his/her furniture. Approx Cost – $ 70 – $ 150 per week
  5. University Apartments – Postgraduate and married students have access to this type of self contained, fully furnished accommodation within the university system. Approx. Cost -$ 130 – $ 215 per week
  6. University Residential Colleges – Residential colleges offer meals along with residence and are more expensive than the Hall of residence. Cleaning and household tasks, Sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and generally computer access are provided by the college. Approx Cost – $ 150 – $ 250 per week
  7. Halls Of Residence – International Students find halls of residence an attractive option as they are close to the college and cheaper than residential colleges. Students usually have meals and some cleaning services provided. This facility is only for full time students. Approx Cost – $ 100 – $ 150 per week

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Australian Education System

There are millions working hard and burning the midnight oil, just to be in Australia and do their education from there. To all of those, let us have a look at the Australian education system.

  1. Primary and Secondary schools – This is equivalent to 10+2 in India. Certification is done by either continuous assessment within the school or by a combination of internal and competition assessment. These procedures form the basis for qualification for entry to universities or other tertiary institutions.
  2. Foundation Studies – These courses allow the international students a smooth transition from their home country to the study methods in Australia. Foundation studies are usually one year long and the students are graded by the lecturers. The common feature of foundation studies is that a university allocates a provisional place in an undergraduate course for a student who achieves the prescribed grades.
  3. English Language Schools – These schools are for people who especially come to Australia to study English either for educational purposes or for other reasons. The Australian system of English language training is known as English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). There are a range of courses including General English; English for Special Purposes; Vacation Courses; and Examination Preparation.
  4. Vocational Education And Training Institutes – These institutes give the students the practical skills required for their career. The VET sector is divided into two – a nationally recognized government system of Technical and Further Education (TAFE); and private providers. Studying at TAFE is also a way of getting entry in Australian universities. The VET courses include computing, design, pilot training, business management, hospitality and tourism and many other courses.
  5. Higher Education (Universities) – There are 37 public universities and two private universities in Australia which offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Some of the most popular courses at Australian Universities are – Business, Administration and Economics, followed by Science, then Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Opportunities For Engineers # Australia

Engineering colleges in India have been springing up like wild mushrooms in the last few years. The fact, however, remains that 20-33% out of the 1.5 million engineering graduates passing out every year run the risk of not getting a job at all, points out Economic Times. So, does that mean, we must switch off our engineering DNA and either be unemployed or underemployed or may be end up becoming a manager!!
Well, when one door closes, thousands of windows open. Australia has been developing at a very swift rate, and if you want to get the best work and looking for opportunities for engineers, it is THE place for you. Although immigration in Australia is not as simple, but you being an engineer know how to take the best of an opportunity. Engineers are not getting just innumerable opportunities but the payment scale is such lucrative that you just wonder that when can you hit the Australian land right away.

Let us have a look at some of the engineering jobs that are in high demand in Australia.

Chemical Engineer
Materials Engineer
Civil Engineer
Geo technical Engineer
Structural Engineer
Transport Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Electronics Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Production or Plant Engineer
Mining Engineer
Petroleum Engineer
Agricultural Engineer
Bio medical Engineer
Engineer Technologist
Environmental Engineer
Naval Architect

So, if you are an engineer and want a great life style, what are you waiting for, go give your IELTS and figure out a career for yourself in Australia.
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