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Australia is not just a country but a continent within itself. Situated in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the only country that celebrates Christmas in the summer. Canberra is the capital of Australia but Sydney is the biggest city here. The Australian population is highly concentrated on the eastern seaboard of this island nation. Australia has a rich indigenous history with the first people arriving here about 65,000 years ago. Picturesque beaches and reefs in the country will ensure that you have a new place to visit every weekend during your stay here. 

A few fun facts about Australia:

  1. 90% of Australians live in coastal regions.
  2. The air in Tasmania is apparently the cleanest in the world.
  3. The largest ecosystem in the world – the Great Barrier Reef is situated here. 
  4. There are over 60 different wine regions in Australia. Together they produce about 1.35 trillion bottles of wine every year. 
  5. Australia is home to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. 
  6. Most of Australia’s exotic flora and fauna is unique to the country and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
  7. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than the Swiss Alps.

    If all these facts attract you towards the country, you must know that Australia is also home to 8 of the top 200 universities in the world. If you wish to study for your masters abroad, read on to find out why Australia should be your dream destination. 

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Due to several top-ranked universities in the world being situated in this country, Australia is home to a vibrant student community. The cost of living in Australia can go up to an average of USD 863 on a monthly basis.  Students are also eligible to get scholarships. The cost of On-campus accommodations cost anything between USD 480 and USD 500 depending upon your university. Basic amenities including food and groceries can cost you USD 160 to USD 200 depending on how you choose to live. Transportation fee in Australia is about USD 65 to USD 100 per month. 

International Students in Australia are allowed to work for up to a total of 40 weeks every year to cover their costs of living. The easy immigration laws in the country make this possible. All you need to do is request the Immigration Facilities. There are innumerable local businesses and companies that willingly hire international students. As a student, the hourly wage that one can expect is around USD 17. 



Australia is home to several of the top 100 universities in the world. We have listed 7 of them in our blog. 

Australian National University (ANU)

It is ranked 29th in the QS rankings and was established in the year 1946. This University is regarded as the best in the entire country. The campus is spread across an astounding 358 acres of land. The campus is also the 2nd greenest campus in all of Australia. The University comprises 7 different colleges. The Top courses here:

i) Master of Business Administration
Duration – 1.5 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 30,000

ii) Masters of Computing
Duration – 2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 21,000

iii) Master of Engineering in Mechatronics
Duration – 2 years
First Year tuition fees – USD 28,000

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne ranked 38th in the QS rankings and was established in the year 1853. This University is ranked #1  in the entire country. It has 11 separate academic institutions within the campus. It not only imparts knowledge to more than 48,000 students from all over the world but also has over 200 clubs and societies to boost your co-curricular activities including chess club, engineering society, sports societies, and many more. The top courses her

i) MBA (full time)
Duration – 1 year
First-year tuition fees – USD 58,000

ii) Master of Science (Computer Science)
Duration – 2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 27,000

iii) Master of Business Analytics
Duration – 1 year
First-year tuition fees – USD 36,000

University of Sydney

It is ranked 42nd in the QS rankings and was established in the year 1850. This University is ranked in one of the top 3 universities in the country. societies and many more. It is an open research university which is very highly regarded in the entire world. It received a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in the year 1858. The top courses here:

i) Master of Data Science
Duration – 1 year
First-year tuition fees – USD 28,000

ii) Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours)
Duration – 4 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 29,000

iii) Master of Physiotherapy
Duration – 2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 33,000

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

It is ranked 43rd in the QS rankings and was established in the year 1949. Initially known as the New South Wales University of Technology, it gained its statutory status in 1949 by the parliament of New South Wales. The main campus in Kensington has two research wings. They have a cancer research center as well. The one in Wainwright is an analytical center that specializes in chemical, biological, and physical materials. The University has great co-curricular societies as well. The top courses here:

i) Master of Information Technology
Duration – 2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 15,000

ii) AGSM MBA (full time)
Duration – 16 months
First-year tuition fees – USD 34,000

iii) Master of International Business
Duration – 2 years
First Year tuition fees – USD 21,000

University of Queensland (UQ)

It is ranked 47th in the QS rankings and was established in the year 1909. This University is one of Australia’s best teaching and research universities. For their teaching style and experience, UQ has won the most number of national awards in the country. The top courses here: 

i) Master of Business Administration
Duration – 1 year
First-year tuition fees – USD 49,000

ii) Master of Data Science
Duration – 2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 30,000

iii) Master of Computer Science
Duration – 1 year
First Year tuition fees – USD 33,000 

Monash University

It is ranked 58th in the QS rankings and was established in the year 1958. This university is known to be the 2nd oldest university in the entire country. It has a variety of departments starting from forensic medicines to the department of physiotherapy and a lot more in between. The university has 28,701 post-graduates with most of them being international students. The top courses here:

i) Master of Business Administration
Duration – 2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 29,000

ii) Master of Data Science 
Duration – 1-2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 28,000

iii) Master of Computer Science
Duration – 3 years
First Year tuition fees – USD 28,000

University of Western Australia

It is ranked 86th by QS rankings and was established in 1911. It is a public research university with two campuses – Perth and Albany, and several other facilities in between. It is the 6th oldest university in the country with scope for several extracurricular activities outside of academics. It is a major university for sports in the country. The top courses here:

i) Master of Agricultural Sciences
Duration – 2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 26,000

ii) Master of Information Technology
Duration – 1.5 – 2 years
First-year tuition fees – USD 30,000

iii) Master of Applied Finance
Duration – 1.5 – 2 years 
First-year tuition fees – USD 21,000



There are innumerable scholarships available for international students in Australia. A few of them are listed below:

1. Australia Awards: This program is a combination of all the individual awards and aids provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Education, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. 

2. Destination Australia: Over 1000 scholarships are available each year under this program which caters to both native and international students alike. The Destination Australia Programme is supported by the Australian Government for regional campuses in Australia. 

3. Australian Government Research Training Programme: The Department of Education provides these scholarships in lieu of the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships program since 2017. Applications for this scholarship are made via the participating universities only. 

4. Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship: These scholarships are offered to high-achieving female researchers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who wish to pursue their research in Australian universities but are actually from one of the APEC countries. 

5. Provider Scholarships: Provider scholarships are offered to qualifying international students based on their academic merit. Further details can be found with the respective provider. 


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Nobody governs application and admissions centrally for postgraduate degrees in Australia. Students from the UK and Ireland can choose to apply from a student portal which is a support service in Australia and New Zealand exclusively for the UK and Irish students. The students can also apply directly to the respective universities with a complete set of application forms and information. Australian student VISAs are for full-time students only. You will have to apply for a student VISA (subclass 500) for a postgraduate degree in Australia. It will allow you to study and live in Australia for the duration of your specified program. Note that you will also be able to enter and re-enter the country multiple times during your stay. 

Steps to obtaining the VISA:

  1. Firstly, you need to be accepted by an Australian Masters Degree program, only then can you apply for a VISA. 
  2. You will get a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) when they accept your application.
  3. After you get your CoE you have to continue with your application process using the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Control website online for the Student VISA (subclass 500).

Important documents required:

  • CoE evidence, which you will get after applying for the VISA
  • Your passport details
  • You will have to show your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Health insurance in other words
  • You have to show that you have met all the financial requirements
  • Your CV
  • Certified and attested copies of your Academic results and transcripts

You will also have to pay the application fee at the end which is AUD $560 (USD $435). It normally takes around 4 weeks to get processed. Although, it can vary. 

Additional VISA Restrictions and Regulations:

  • You are permitted to work up to 40 hours a fortnight on a type 573 VISA. Type 574 VISAs have no restrictions on working hours. 
  • Your validity of the VISA will be subject to your satisfactory progress on your degree program.


There are several rules and regulations that one must follow after their international degree at an Australian university has been completed. There are two types of temporary graduate VISAs in Australia. Their details are as follows:

  1. Post – Study Work Stream VISA: This VISA lets a student who has graduated from any Australian university in the last six months to travel, live, and work in Australia for two to four years. Bachelor degree holders can avail this for two years, master degree holders for two-three years, and research scholars for four years. The minimum required degree to be eligible for this VISA is a bachelor’s degree. Students with a certificate diploma or graduate diploma are ineligible.
  2. Graduate Work Stream VISA: Everyone is eligible for the graduate work stream VISA regardless of their educational degree qualifications. You and your family may travel, live, and work in Australia for a total of 18 months with this VISA. There is a Skilled Occupations List in Australia and your work must be listed here and considered to be in demand in the country for you to be eligible for this VISA. You must take a test to prove your eligibility. 


As you have already seen above, Australia is an expensive country for international students. They pay fees which are higher by 400% of what native students pay here. In the job scenario too, it is indeed difficult for the international student community to constantly compete with the native students. However, the situation has been somewhat changing over the last few years. Major changes in the VISA rules and guidelines saw a huge surge in temporary graduate work VISAs in the country that reached a record high of 68,917. Two problems that students need to face sometimes are that of low wages and jobs unrelated to their degrees. However, the other benefits that they receive are usually much better and favorable compared to the same in their home countries. 

Like all other countries, studying in Australia has its pros and cons. However, what makes the country stand out among all its peers is its casual attitude and carefree living. Everyone in Australia is extremely friendly so rest assured that you are in this for a good time. Studying abroad can be an extremely enriching experience and Australia definitely has the best to offer. 







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