Do you want to study in a metropolis like Melbourne or Sydney? Many students dream of semester or gap year down under. Studying in Australia requires some preparation, including applying for a visa.
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The Australian education system is one of the most respected and high quality universities in the world. No less than 8 Australian universities make the list of top universities in the world. Australian universities are internationally based. Also, a number of Australian cities have been included in the QS World University Rankings list of the world’s best student cities. This list was produced by the QS World University Rankings, which take into account, among other things, the city’s attractiveness and affordability, as well as current student ratings. Melbourne and Sydney are 6th and 8th in the list, respectively, but Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra are also in the top 40.
So it is not surprising that Australia is a popular destination for international students, including students from Europe: the country is the third most popular destination for international students. Studying in Australia requires a little more preparation than studying in Europe. For example, a visa is required for Australia. Below you can read what you need to consider.
The first step in planning your study experience abroad is probably choosing an Australian university to apply for. It is advisable to check which partner university your university has. First, it is easy to plan to study abroad through a permanent exchange program. Second, costs are often lower because an exchange program does not usually pay the full tuition fee in Australia.
Of course, a study or exchange semester in Australia also involves costs. Just don’t think about tuition fees, plane tickets, room rent and the cost of an Australian visa. Of course you want to enjoy your location in Australia and go on activities and travel in addition to your studies. This is why many students apply for scholarships. The Australian Government offers a variety of scholarships for international students, including the Destination Australia program. Also, check with your university to see if they offer any scholarships that may be eligible for you.
It is important to know in advance which Australian visa you will need. Students who wish to complete a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree usually require a student visa (subclass 500). This visa allows you to study in Australia for up to 5 years at the time of enrolling in a university. The visa costs 630 Australian dollars (about 400 euros) and the application process takes several months. So start applying early!
If you want to study in Australia for a short time – for example an exchange semester – you can also use a tourist visa called the Australian Visitor Visa. The advantage of this visa over student visa is that it is usually issued within 3 days and therefore can be applied for with short notice. Also, the visa is much cheaper at € 14.95, so you can spend that money on other fun activities while you are in Australia.
An Evisitor visa allows you to study or join a training course in Australia for a maximum of 3 months. Please note: Although a visa is valid for one year, this does not mean that you can stay in the country all year round. If your study in Australia lasts more than 3 months, this visa is not enough. Also, the visa is not suitable for medical students.
Videos about visa application can be found here.