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Australia Quick Fact

  • 23 million people in six (6) states and mainland territories
  • Australia is the world’s sixth largest country and it is the smallest, flattest continent.
  • It has the lowest population density in the world-only two people per square kilometer.
  • Australia boasts of an intriguing contrast of vast, open landscapes and sophisticated, vibrant cities.
  • Australia is a popular travel destination due to its many tourist attractions, remarkable wildlife, beautiful beaches and educational system.

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Did You Know?

  • Do you know Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million?
  • Australia has an impressive education pedigree, it’s not surprising there are now more than 2.5 million former international students who have gone on to make a difference after studying in Australia. Some of these students are among the world’s finest minds. In fact, Australia has produced 15 Nobel Prize laureates and every day over 1 billon people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations-including penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and the Black Box Flight Recorders.
  • Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world! In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands, and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universities 2012 U21 Ranking of National of National Higher Education Systems.
  • Australia is a leading global education power house with some of the world’s best facilities and educators, providing local and international students with a range of quality study options.

World Class Education

According to University Ranking System, Australia is 9th in the world ahead of Germany, New Zealand and Japan. Australian Universities feature in the top 50 ranked universities in the world in the following study areas; Arts& Humanities, Medicine, Clinical health &pre-clinical health, Engineering &Technology, Architecture, Construction& Built Environment.

Affordable Education

Australia tuition fees are considerably low compared to United States of America and United Kingdom. For the degree program in Australia, it takes three years as compared to UK and USA, you save one year tuition fee, living cost and time as well.

Exciting Student Life in Australia

Living in Australia is an exciting new experience; there are support services in your institution as well as from other organizations to help make adjusting to life in Australia easier. As Australia is the fourth happiest country in the world (Prosperity index 2012) Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students (Top University Rankings 2012)

Work While Studying in Australia

Australia has a structure that allows students to work while they study. Students are permitted as much as 40 hours per fortnight during semester of work and can work unlimited hours during breaks and holidays.

Immigration to Australia after Graduation

It is important to note that you can be granted a permanent General Skilled Migration visa, this means you can stay permanently in Australia, all applicants seeking to be granted a permanent GSM visa must meet the relevant criteria set out in the Migration legislation, regardless of whether or not they have previously been in Australia.

It is important for student visa holders to note that any changes to the criteria for the grant for GSM visa would not affect their Student visa condition.

Cost of studying in Australia is affordable when compared to Cost of Study in other developed countries like United Kingdom and United States. The Cost of Study entails all expenses which is inclusive of tuition fees and living expenses in Australia i.e. accommodation and feeding cost, transportation cost, and books usually per year.

The average cost per year to study in Australia for International students is AU$42,093 (US$32,950). This breaks down to AU$ 24,081 (US$18,850) for fees and AU$ 18,012(US$14,100) for living costs. This is an estimated figure as the actual cost will depend on institution you are enrolled into, the territory or province, your lifestyle as well as the programme of study.

Tuition Fees in Australia

Tuition fee in Australia for international students vary depending on the university/college, provinces/territory as well as level of study. The table below shows the average tuition fees for international students in different field of study.


Pre-University Level
Foundation program/ Certificate IV A$ 19,000
Foundation leading to Medicine A$ 18,400
Undergraduate Level
Business A$24,800
Computing A$23,600
Communication and Media A$21,800
Information Technology A$24,200
Engineering A$25.200
Hotel Management A$24,800
Health Studies/Health Care A$25,200
Biosciences A$27,200
Criminology and Criminal Justice A$22,400
Advance Business and Commerce A$44,500
Masters/Graduate Level
Graduate Diploma in Commerce A$ 21,632
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology A$22,656
Masters of Business Administration A$21,632
Masters in Information Technology A$22,656
Master in Professional Accounting A$21,632

Cost of Living in Australia

The cost of living in Australia is considerably affordable. In addition to tuition fees, International students are required to budget certain amount of money as stipulated by the Australian Government to cover their accommodation, books, feeding, transportation and other expenses. Your budget for living expenses will depend on the type of lifestyle, the province of study and accommodation you chose.

The Australian government has estimated that a single international student requires a minimum of A$19,830 to A$ 20,000 per year to cover living expenses. These items include accommodation, meals, incidentals, entertainment and local transport.

In a situation where a student is accompanied by his/her spouse the estimate would include; A$6,940. Also in instances, where the student is accompanied by a child, the budget would include A$2,970.

Australian Universities admission requirement vary from intuition to institution, and also on programme of study as well as level of study. i.e undergraduate or graduate programme.

Undergraduate Programme in Australia

To study at undergraduate level in any university in Australia, you must have completed your 12 years of education (WAEC/NECO) or any equivalent to the Australia High School Diploma. In addition, you are required to have achieved an acceptable level of English Language Proficiency either be taking IELTS academic only, TOEFL, PTE Academic. This is just a basic minimum requirement as some universities and programmes may require additional specific documentations.

For Nigerian students, you need the following documents below for undergraduate;

  • Certified copies of all academic qualification (WAEC or NECO/Transcript)
  • English Language proficiency (IELTS academic/TOEFL/PTE academic)
  • A copy of your International passport (Data page)
  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement (Not mandatory)

Graduate/Masters Programme in Australia

The minimum requirement for graduate studies in Australia is a four-year post-secondary institution degree or equivalent, what this means, is that you must have completed a four-year degree programme. In addition, you would have to have an acceptable level of English Language Proficiency i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or PTE academic. This is the basic requirement as some universities and programmes may require additional specific documentations.

For Nigerian students, you need the following documents below for graduate studies;

  • Certified copies of your university (first degree) transcripts and certificate.
  • English Language proficiency (IELTS academic/TOEFL/PTE academic)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement
  • Completed application form
  • Original copies of WAEC/NECO results
  • International Passport Data Page
  • Reference letters

Australia Universities has one of the most flexible intakes across the world. Admission intakes are spread round the year in various seasons. Depending on different universities, start dates in the year begin in February, March, June, July, October and November.

In Australia, the government requires that students staying longer than 3 months obtain a student visa. Before this visa can be issued, the student should have received a Letter of Enrollment (LoE) for a Designated Education Provider (college or a university). The following are the documents required:

Australian visa requirements include the following;

  • Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE)
  • Evidence of accommodation and welfare arrangements. This can be
    • Form 157N- Nomination of a student guardian in Australia
    • Confirmation of appropriate accommodation and welfare (CAAW) letter from the student’s education provider(University/College)
  • Evidence of adequate health insurance. Your education provider might arrange this. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) can only meet health insurance.
  • Evidence of financial capacity. You must provide either bank statement showing
    • Sufficient funds to cover your travel costs and 12months of living and tuition fees
    • OR
    • Evidence that your parents are willing to support you and they have an annual income of at least AUD 60,000 for a student or at least AUD 70.000 for students that are accompanied by family members.
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency (IELTS academic, TOEFL.PTE )
  • Interview with Department of Immigration Border and Protection (DIBP) official to show that you meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for a student visa. This can include a statement that you intend to genuinely stay in Australia temporarily.
  • Evidence of your identity i.e. Birth Certificate
  • Parental Consent signed by both parents
  • Certified copy of your academic transcripts/WACE/NECO results.

Work Off-Campus While Studying in Australia

Working while you studying in Australia can help complement your study and living experiences. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.

Australian Education System allows for work while study. The Student Visa issued allows you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while studying, and for unlimited hours during study breaks.

Paid Work in Australia

Australia has a wide range of industries and many have part time employment opportunities including.

  • Retail- Supermarkets, department and clothing stores.
  • Hospitality- Cafes, bars and restaurants.
  • Tourism- hotels and motels
  • Agricultural -Farming and fruit-picking
  • Sales and telemarketing
  • Administration and Clerical roles
  • Tutoring

If you have existing qualifications and /or professional work experience, you may be able to secure casual or part time work in your field.

Internship in Australia

Paid or unpaid internships can be a great way to get exposure to the professional, financial and creative industries.

Volunteering in Australia

There are many charities and non-government organizations (NGOs) in Australia and they always need volunteers to help out. It can be a great way to meet friends, get some hands on work experience and give back to the community.

Your Labour Rights in Australia

Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on working holiday visas, have basic rights at work. These rights protect entitlement to;

  • A minimum wage
  • Challenge of unfair dismissal form the job
  • Breaks and rest periods
  • A healthy and safe work environment.

Find Working in Australia

There are plenty of ways to find work that suits you, including;

  • Newspapers and online job sites
  • Some institutions provide job notice boards on campus and online. You can contact your institution’s international student support staff to find out what options your institution offers.
  • Register your details at a recruitment firm; many of them help place people in casual or short-term work.

There is the opportunity for graduating students who meet particular criteria to stay in Australia and work. Australia has existing post study work opportunities for students who study there.

In other to remain in Australia after studies, a student can obtain a Temporary Graduate visa. This visa has two streams; The Graduate Work stream and the Post –Study Work Stream.

The Graduate Work Stream is the same as the previous Skilled Graduate visa (subclass 485). The Post-Study Work stream offers extended options for working in Australia to eligible graduate of a higher education degree. Under this stream, successful applicants are granted a visa of two, three or four years, depending on the highest educational qualification they have obtained.

Graduation Work Stream

The Graduate Work Stream is relevant to International students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation considered in demand in the Australian labour market, as indicated in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).A visa in this stream is granted for 18months.

Eligible qualifications can be a degree, diploma, or trade qualification and the qualifications must be closely related to the student’s nominated skilled occupation.

Post-Study Work Stream

For international students with a n eligible qualification, A visa in this stream is granted for 2-4 years.

Eligible qualifications;

  • Bachelor degree (2 years rights)
  • Bachelor (honours) degree (2 years work rights)
  • Masters (extended) degree (2 years work rights)
  • Masters by research degree (3 years work rights)
  • Doctoral degree (4 years work rights)

Note: Study resulting in a diploma level qualification or trade qualification is NOT eligible.

All courses must have been undertaken at an Australian university or education provider accredited to offer degree level program.