Study in Australia

Australia provides a variety of options if you want to accelerate your career, pursue a top-notch degree, or continue your education there. In terms of standard of life, academic excellence, and support for international students, Australia is hard to beat, whether you want to pursue an MBA, engineering degree, humanities program, or English language course.

It's one of the most sought-after locations for Indian students because of its excellent educational standards, wide range of course options, and post-study employment chances. Studying in Australia gives you the opportunity to select from 22,000 courses offered by 1,100 universities and other educational establishments, earn degrees that are recognized throughout the world, look into different scholarship options, and learn from the top teachers in the world.

Student visa requirements for Australia

The type of study you choose to pursue, the length of the program, and the course level will all determine what kind of visa you require. You would need a student (subclass 500) visa if you were an overseas student, regardless of your subject of study, the university you applied to, or the cost of tuition.

A student subclass 500 visa, which went into effect on July 1, 2016, allows you to remain and study in Australia for the length of your study program, which is often up to five years, starting on the day of enrollment. You must make sure your visa is still valid and that you follow the terms outlined on your student visa in order to have a trouble-free stay. The Department of Home Affairs website of the Australian government has comprehensive information regarding this type of visa.

Cost of studying in Australia

The sort of certification you choose and the institution or school you attend will determine how much it costs to study in Australia. For example, degrees in medicine and veterinary science are far more expensive than degrees in other fields. In Australia, the average annual tuition for higher institutions is between AUD 20,000 and AUD 30,000.

Australia Study Program

Average fees in AUD*



$7,800 to $30,000 annually


English language studies

$350-450 weekly (varies as per course length)


Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma)

$4000 - $22,000 annually


Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree

$15,000 - $35,000 annually


Postgraduate Master’s Degree

$20,000 - $42,000 annually


Doctoral Degree

$20,000 - $42,000 annually (attractive scholarships up to 100% available with living grants on meeting the university requirements)

Intakes in Australia

Unlike a single intake in Indian universities, Australian colleges and universities offer two major intakes. In some universities, intakes may also be referred to as a semester. The two intakes available in Australia are:

Semester 1: Starts late February/early March to late May/early June

Semester 2: Starts late July/early August through to November

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Top courses to study in Australia

Here’s a list of top study abroad courses that international students opt to pursue in Australia for higher education:

  • Engineering
  • Business Analytics
  • MBA (Masters of Business Administration)
  • Life Sciences
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Social Sciences
  • Medicine

Top Universities to study in Australia

When deciding which university to study at, it is crucial that you also look at the world university rankings.

QS Ranking of Australian Universities



QS Ranking 2024 (Globally)

QS Ranking 2023 (Globally)


The Australian National University




The University of Melbourne




The University of Sydney




The University of New South Wales




The University of Queensland



Frequently Asked Question

We know you have a lot of questions in your mind, so have answered common questions students as you raise about studying and living in Australia.

  • Is Australia costly for Indian students?
    When calculating the estimated cost of studying in Australia, it's important to consider various expenses such as accommodation, food, health coverage, travel, and tuition fees. The average annual tuition fees at tertiary institutions in Australia typically range between AUD 20,000 and AUD 30,000. Therefore, before departing from India, make sure to factor in these additional expenses to get a comprehensive understanding of the overall cost of studying in Australia.
  • How much can I earn in Australia as a student?
    The Government has announced an increase to the part -time working hour cap for international students, while studying, from 40 to 48 hours per fortnight, from 1 July 2023.
  • What is 485 post-study work stream visa?
    The Australian Government now offers an exciting post-study work stream visa that allows you to extend your stay and work in Australia for a longer period. With this visa, you have the opportunity to study, live, and work in designated regional areas of the country for up to six years. This update opens up new possibilities for planning your career, as you have access to a wider range of areas to study and work in, along with the benefit of an extended duration for your post-study work visa. It's a fantastic opportunity to enhance your career prospects and make the most of your time in Australia.
  • How much Australian student visa cost?
    To study in Australia, the first step is to secure a valid student visa that comes with its own costs (AUD 710).
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