Study in Australia

Here’s a comprehensive guide for all Indian students who want to study in Australia

If you are looking to further your education, undertake a world-class degree or fast-track your career, Australia offers a range of opportunities. Whether you choose to undertake an MBA, engineering degree, humanities, or an English language course, Australia is difficult to beat in terms of standard of living, academic excellence, and support for international students.

Its quality of education, variety of courses to choose from, and post-study work opportunities make it one of the most desirable destinations among Indian students. When you opt to study in Australia, you get to choose from 22,000 courses available in 1,100 universities and institutions, acquire globally recognised degrees, explore various scholarship opportunities and receive education from the best instructors in the world.

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Student visa requirements for Australia

The visa you need will depend on the course level, the type of study you want to pursue, and the duration of the program. As an international student, you would require a student (subclass 500) visa, regardless of your field of study, the university you applied to, and the tuition fees.

Coming into effect on July 1, 2016, a student subclass 500 visa lets you stay in Australia for the duration of your study program, which is mostly up to five years and in line with your enrolment date. For a smooth stay, you need to ensure that your visa remains valid and that you abide by the student visa conditions mentioned on your student visa.

Cost of studying in Australia

Your expenditure on tuition fees depends on the type of qualification and the university or school you opt for. For instance, veterinary and medical degrees cost substantially more than other degrees. The average tuition fees at one of Australia’s tertiary institutions range between AUD 20,000 and AUD 30,000 a year.


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)

*Please note all figures are indicative Most commonly, courses in humanities, arts, and education are a little cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at a postgraduate level, the tuition fee is typically higher, and the costs vary depending on the program.  

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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Scholarships to study in Australia

Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to study in Australia as an Indian student:

S.No.Name of the scholarshipsDescription
1Australian Government Research and Training Program (AGRTP)
  • Funded by the Australian Government, it covers a student’s tuition fee and health insurance for up to three years
  • Supports a student’s (local and international) Research Doctorate and Research Master’s degree
2Australia Awards
  • Funded by the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT)
  • Aims to provide students from developing regions an opportunity to pursue their UG/PG program at participating universities in Australia and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions
3Destination Australia
  • This scholarship aims to encourage international students to study in regional Australia to regionally develop tertiary education providers in Australia and provide a learning experience to its students
4John Allwright Fellowship (JAF)
  • Provides scientists from partner countries engaged in the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) research projects with the opportunity to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions

 *This is an indicative list, speak with your IDP expert for details and the best available options suited to your profile

Top courses to study in Australia

Here’s a list of top 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

S.No.InstitutionQS Ranking 2023 (Globally)QS Ranking 2022 (Globally)
1The Australian National University30 =27
2The University of Melbourne3337
3The University of Sydney4138
4The University of New South Wales4543
5The University of Queensland5047


Job prospects in Australia

Did you know that you can cut down your cost of living and gain work experience while pursuing your study program in Australia? Thanks to Australian laws, working part-time on a student visa for up to 40 hours every two weeks is permitted.

Employment options: 

  • On-campus
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Tutoring
  • Office jobs
  • Freelance
  • Miscellaneous
  • Volunteering

Cost of living in Australia

According to the Human Development Index 2022 and the Quality-of-Life Index 2022, Australia is ranked among the top 10 nations*, which implies Australia is counted in the top countries in terms of GDP, education system, and purchasing power parity index. So, along with the high level of income, it enjoys an excellent quality of health awareness, the medical system, and political stability. So, excited?

You should also consider these common expenses when creating your budget:

Living expensesWeekly budget (indicative)
Groceries and eating out$140 to $280
Gas, electricity$10 to $20
Phone and Internet$15 to $30
Public transport$30 to $60
Car (after purchase)$150 to $260
Entertainment$80 to $150


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