The Ultimate Guide to Study in Australia for Indian students after 12th

Source- Melbourne Vibe

 Australia has become a preferred destination in terms of education among Indian students. Presently, this “land of kangaroos” attracts the third largest number of international students in the English-speaking world after the US and the UK, with Germany and Canada being other popular destinations. Australia is a vibrant, dynamic country with energetic, amicable people. Multicultural Australia hosts a safe and friendly society in which students can learn and travel at relatively low cost. It also offers a standard of living that is among the highest in the world and an excellent value for money. The tuition costs and living expenses in there are considerably less expensive than the UK and USA. The other advantage for this country in the Asia Pacific Rim is the paid internships while studying. The government has set up the Australian Quality Training Framework to strengthen the quality assurance processes in education. Australia provides the world’s most rigorous protection for international students through The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) which sets out the legal framework governing the delivery of education to international students in the country on a student visa.

Just after finishing major high-school exams, one often thinks of a break. But this is the time when one should be planning the next step of taking up another set of major exams that will help the student study abroad in a good university for an undergraduate course. Students have to pass one or more tests before they can be considered by most universities in Australia for admission after class 12th of the Indian examination systems. These range from the standardized graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS. The most popular universities to study in the country are Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), Central Queensland University, Griffith University, RMIT University, The Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra, University of Queensland, University of Tasmania and University of Wollongong, which also includes the educational attraction of Indian students after 12th. A good university in Australia has a comparative advantage in the following areas of study: Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Clinical and Digital Health Services, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

What are the requirements to study in Australia?

   For applying for admission in an Australian University, there are several common requirements for both science and commerce students. These requirements vary between study programs and levels. For every course, Indian students will need to meet a minimum requirement in the English language. Along with that a minimum academic record of 65% in class XII will be required. For students who have secured below 60%, Foundations and Diploma programs are available. The student is needed to complete 18 years of age before joining a degree program. It is important to note that these numerical analyses are just for reference purpose, the actual numbers may differ from university to university. Apart from these requirements, there are documental requirements as well. Attested copies of mark sheets of class 10th and 12th, Statement of Purpose, resume, photocopied score reports of GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL, other certificates or achievements at state or national level and extracurricular activities and proof of funds. A Statement of Purpose (SOP) is a student’s introduction to the college and admission officers, it is always written in first person and explains the reason for applying to a particular college. Essays are required to be submitted as well by a prospective student, especially for MBA. They are an important part of the university admissions process. The students will be required to write one or two essays, maybe with a few optional essays too. Certain common topics include career aspirations, strengths and weaknesses, experiences, skills, and reasons for considering a particular school.

What are the best courses for the commerce stream after 12th in Australia?

  The three common streams offered during the 11th and 12th classes in India are science, commerce, and arts and humanities. Thus we need to focus streamwise for better analysis of the study programmes in Australia for Indian students. Yet, for now, we will focus on science and commerce only. Starting with the branch of commerce, the courses offered in this branch are Business, Economics, International Studies and Commerce, Commerce, Commerce and Computer Science, Computer and Science, Business Commerce and Information Technology, Marketing and Public Relations, Business Math, English and the Regional Language etc. The students who wish to stick to Commerce would particularly apply for a Bachelor of Commerce or B.Com degree. Other popular options available are a B.A. in Economics or a B.A. in Accounting and Finance, where B.A. stands for Bachelor in Arts. Students aspiring to do something more than regular commerce or finance can opt to become Chartered Accountants. This includes a long process of writing papers, clearing them in clusters, three years of audit-training/ articleship, and finally the achieve the dream of becoming a certified chartered accountant commonly known as CA.  

    While applying to study in Australia for Indian students after 12th, the requirements stated above are to be noted well. Along with that a small list of undergraduate courses are to be shortlisted which the student wants to study, after which a list of colleges which suit the required educational quality and are compatible with the eligibility scores is to be made. The websites of each of these colleges are to be individually visited, thoroughly analyzed and applied. Remember most of the colleges or universities require to individually apply for online. Once the sent an affirmation mail then only the student should make visas. The undergraduate course term varies from 1 year to 5 years. Some popular courses taught well in terms of certain universities include Commerce- Accounting by Brisbane Federation University, Marketing and Public Relations by University of Notre Dame and Commerce by Bond University for a term of 3 years; Commerce and Science dual degree by Deakin University, Music and Commerce by Monash University, Commerce and Global Studies by Monash University, Commerce and Health Science by La Trobe University and Business Commerce and Information Technology by University of Southern Queensland for a term of 4 years; and Engineering Honors – Commerce by Edith Cowan University for a term of 5 years. Well, the same course can also take different periods of completion like the undergraduate course of Commerce Honors takes 1 year to complete by the Australian National University where it takes 3 years to complete by the Flinders University.  The best Australian Universities to study in for commerce after 12th include The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, Monash University and The Australian National University.


What are the best courses for the science stream after 12th in Australia?

   Now let’s shift our focus to the stream of science. After 12th, there are a plethora of options to choose from for an undergraduate course which includes engineering, physics honors,  medical study, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, life sciences, home sciences, botany, zoology, anthropology, geology, geography, atomic chemistry, applied chemistry, etc. The top universities in Australia to study after 12th by subject for agriculture and forestry along with anthropology by the Australian National University, anatomy and physiology, Biological sciences, dentistry, computer science and information sciences, business and management studies by the University of Melbourne, architecture by the University of Sydney, chemical engineering by the University of Queensland, Civil and structural engineering by the University of New South Wales, etc. since the scope of science is large, it is very essential to know exactly what course an Indian student wants to do in Australia after 12th science. After which a list of colleges providing the course in relation to its state of teaching and the comparative eligibility test marks is to be made. This has to be done along with some common procedures of application stated above. Good grades/ marks in a certain science subject is required to be better eligible for the respective stream of study. Bachelor of Science can be applied for the study of applied physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, etc; Bachelor of Technology can be applied for technical courses like engineering and architecture; and Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor in Surgery for being a doctor can be applied for.

 Indians are more fascinated with the streams of engineering and MBBS in India. So by going through them individually, for engineering the best colleges in Australia are The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland and Monash University, in order. An MBBS degree is known as Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in Australia which takes four to six years to complete. Then the student needs to enter a medical specialty (such as general practice), and this postgraduate study will take an additional three to five years. For an India student to study MBBS in Australia, many of the Universities/ Medical Schools in Australia only offer Graduate Degree Programs in Medicine (MD), but a few of the good medical schools also offer the undergraduate entry-level programs. University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide are good examples of it. The eligibility for it includes an English Language Proficiency (often a minimum IELTS score of 7), completion of Higher secondary education from a recognized board/ institute, Minimum 17 years of age (which might vary from university to university) and an Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT).

What are the Top colleges in Australia for science-stream subjects?

     The top colleges where MBBS can be done in Australia for Indian students are University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, Monash University, University of New South Wales, Australian National University and University of Queensland. The cost of studying it ranges generally from AUD$35,000 per annum and varies widely. For example, in University of Melbourne the fees is AUD$37,908 per year whereas in The University of Sydney the fees is AUD$41,056 per annum for doing MBBS. The scholarships for this course is also provided by its respective universities for a select number of students like 23 scholarships are available by Monash University, 17 scholarships by University of South Wales, to name a few. Similarly, the colleges/ universities offering scholarships for a select number of students for engineering include La Trobe University, The University of Sydney, The Australian National University, The University of Adelaide and University of Technology Sydney, to name a few. The fee structure is also similar which is starting from AUD$35,000 per annum.

     The science courses other than MBBS and engineering have their own popularity in certain universities like the Science (Physical Sciences) and Science (Computing) by the University of Southern Queensland, Science by The Australian National University and Biomedical Science by La Trobe University for a term of 3 years; Applied Science by The University of Sydney, Medicinal Chemistry by University of Wollongong and Medicinal Chemistry by University of New South Wales for a term of 4 years. Certain Universities providing scholarships for science streams include The Australian National University, The University of Adelaide, University of Wollongong, Curtin University, James Cook University, The University of Western Australia, TAFE NSW, University of Tasmania, CQUniversity Australia, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University and University of New South Wales.

   How much does it cost to study in Australia after 12th?

  An education anywhere abroad is expensive and is high especially in Australia for Indian. Thus, Indian students look for scholarships which can either partially or completely fund the tuition fees and maybe along with accommodation fees as well. Some common scholarships which can be applied for studying commerce after 12th in Australia include Chancellor’s Scholars – Copland Program by the University of Melbourne, Business Dean’s Scholars Program by Deakin University and Monash International Merit Scholarship by University of Monash, to name a few. The course fees for an undergraduate course in Commerce at Australia, annual fees start from AUD$32,640 (approximately US$26,100).  For a similar course in Finance the fees starts from AUD$30,000 annually.

Coming to overall expenses, the scenario has detoriated a bit in these recent years. The cost of tuition fees and accommodation has gone high. This is roughly the shortfall universities face after the Federal Government has cuts its funding, which started in 2016, under Budget measures. The student loan scheme (HELP) has come with a bigger interest rate after that and pegged to the 10 year government bond rate (as much as 6%) rather than the Consumer Price Index (currently 2.9%). But one major factor in helping Indian Students with cost of the courses is that the conversion rate of Australian Dollar to Indian Rupee is still less than that of its American or European counterparts. Some of the common scholarships for Indian Students to study in Australia include the Arjen Ryder Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships, Dickins Scholarship In Engineering, Judith Kinnear Student Travel Scholarship, Global Study IELTS Awards, University Of South Australia International Merit Scholarship, Mawista Scholarships, Alexander McTaggart Honours Scholarship, etc.


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