Why Study in Australia?
The Australian Government operates an overseas student program (OSP) that allows people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to study in Australia. Anyone who is not an Australian resident may apply to study in Australia under the OSP. If you want to study under this program, you must obtain a student visa before you can commence a course of study in Australia. The Australian education system is broadly divided into the university, vocational, school and English language sectors.
University is the highest level of study in Australia. There are 41 universities in total - 38 public (government funded) and three private. You can study at the undergraduate level (Bachelor degree) or postgraduate level (Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters, PhD).
School is compulsory for children aged between 6 and 15, with matriculation exams for university generally at 18 years old. Australian schools are public (government) and private (religious or independent).
Vocational institutions are closely linked with industry, making courses very practical and skill-based. Vocational courses are provided at both the government-funded Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and at private institutions. Many courses provide advanced standing into university degrees.
English language courses are undertaken for study, travel, immigration or business purposes. There are around 100 private English language centers in Australia. A higher level of English is required for certain occupations where English ability forms part of the skills assessment. You are encouraged to have your English language ability tested IELTS / TOEFL before you apply.