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World's smallest continent but sixth-largest country; population concentrated along the eastern and southeastern coasts; the invigorating sea breeze known as the "Fremantle Doctor" affects the city of Perth on the west coast, and is one of the most consistent winds in the world.
Largest cities: Sydney; Melbourne; Brisbane; Perth; Adelaide


The courses in Australia are of different category unlike in other countries. The certifications are CERTIFICATE I/II/III/IV, DIPLOMA/ADVANCED DIPLOMA/GRADUATE DIPLOMA, BACHELORS and MASTERS.

Some of the major fields are:


Finance and Accounting



Travel and Tourism






You should take with you the following documents in order to apply for a student visa All documentation must be originals or certified or notarized copies (as indicated).

. form 157a and supplementary questionnaire to form 157a

. form 1221 -Form M67 - Additional Information sheet

. Passport page(s) showing personal and issue details

. Marriage certificate (if married)

. Passport photos

. Health Insurance

. School certificate showing successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent or,

. Higher educational documents

. Work-experience (if applicable) from present and previous employers providing their contact details.

. Applicants are also required to submit a Statement of purpose giving details of why they opted to study this course in Australia.

. Financial requirements

. English requirements for student visa. 


Australian universities are widely recognized for excellence in all areas of education and training. Australia is an independent western democracy with a population of more than 19 million. It is one of the world's most urbanized countries, with about 70% of the population living in the 10 largest cities. More than 450,000 international students were enrolled in Australian institutions in 2007.
Students come from around the world to learn in Australia's dynamic, exciting study environment Australia's life style reflects its mainly western origins, but Australia is also a multi-cultural society, which has been enriched by nearly 5 million settlers from almost 200 nations. The most popular courses are Business, Information Technology, Engineering, Science and Hospitality. 
International students can choose from a vast range of courses including traditional academic areas of learning and research, as well as more practical courses with vocational orientation.
There are 40 higher education institutions in Australia; 38 of these are members of the Unified national System, four are commonwealth funded government colleges and two are private universities. 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). 
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. Some universities also offer vocational courses.
Students come to Australia for many reasons including:
* The excellent education system
* The range of courses from school to postgraduate degrees
* Wide range of specialist institutions
* The worldwide acceptance of Australian qualifications
* The innovative teaching and learning
* The support for international students
* The safe environment
* The multicultural society
Standardized Tests Required 
Australia requires an English language proficiency test. Students whose first language is not English are required to take the alternative English language tests for Student visa applications for all countries. The tests may be of IELTS, TOEFL, iBT, Pearson and Cambridge. Implementing these alternative tests means Student visa applicants who are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency will be able to choose from a wider range of English language tests providers.


There are four main groupings of Australian Universities. These have been formed to promote the mutual objectives of the member universities. There are a number of objectives in this including marketing advantages, practical benefits of collaboration, and the increased lobbying power that comes from being part of a group.

The three main groupings currently active are:

Group of Eight (go8) (group of 8)

Australian Technology Network (ATN)

Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia)

Regional Universities Network

Membership of any of these groups does not in itself signify anything special about the member universities. There are universities that are not part of any of these groupings that have their own set of strengths and foci. Most universities have international connections that might be more important to them than any domestic groupings. However, the groupings do represent universities that have a similar style and focus and the formation of these groups will most likely accentuate these similarities.

Some of the major Universities for your benefit are: University of Melbourne

Australian National University

University of Sydney

University of Queensland

Monash University

University of New South Wales

University of Western Australia

University of Adelaide

Macquarie University

University of Wollongong

The University of Newcastle

Queensland University of Technology

Charles Darwin University

University of Tasmania

Curtin University

Deakin University

Flinders University

Griffith University

La Trobe University

University of South Australia

Swinburne University of Technology

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