Australia
 

Australia has some of the best colleges in the world. Several Australian universities are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world. There are also over 1100 educational institutions found across the entire country. As of 2009, the Australian higher education system had over 41 universities. Most universities are public institutions, but there are also a limited number of private universities.

Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences (biology, zoology, chemistry, etc), mathematics, engineering, social sciences (sociology, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, etc), and medical fields (even MDs and PhDs). Australian study programmes cover almost every possible subject students might need.

Here are the requirements of Streamlined Student Visa Processing as of 2013:

+ You must have a Confirmation of Enrolment at a participating university. This confirmation can be for a Bachelors degree, Masters degree, Doctoral degree, or a non-award university or study abroad program.

+ In order to be eligible for a student visa and to be allowed access into Australia, you must go through a process that involves a review of your financial resources.

+ On average, a one bedroom apartment will cost anywhere from 1000 AUD (in rural areas) to 1750 AUD (city centre).

+ Living on campus typically costs much less (approximately 750 AUD /month).

+ If you are renting a 3 bedroom apartment, you could see costs as high as 2,500 AUD a month in the city.

+ Groceries average approximately 200 AUD/month.

+ 16-20 AUD for a meal at a casual dining establishment is relatively average.

+ Whether you're looking for a relaxing bar, a quieter, artsy atmosphere, a wild club, exotic or themed places, corner bars, or a luxury setting, you can find your new favourite place in Australia.

+ Australia is a vast, varied country with beaches, the outback, rugged wilderness, and rain forests.

+ Outdoor sports include swimming, surfing, hiking, golfing, biking, and boating.

+ There is a multitude of parks, both national and local, where students routinely gather and enjoy Australia's vast outdoor resources.

+ Australian society is made up of people from a rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds, and this is a defining feature of modern Australian society.

+ Right in the heart of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australias Red Centre, Uluru is a place that speaks of timeless folklore, rich indigenous culture and great spirituality.

+ Bushwalk and snorkel, share bush-tucker or learn to craft-spears and catch fish in the traditional way.

+ Kakadu National Park is the biggest national park in Australia. Youll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and ancient rock art up to 50,000 years old.

+ Life in Sydney centres on the harbour. Catch a ferry at Circular Quay for views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the water.

+ With around 50,000 kilometres of spectacular coastline, complete with islands, stunning beaches, fringing reefs and long meandering drives, youll find millions of places to explore around the Australian island continent.

+ From challenging four-wheel drive adventures to sprawling cattle stations of more than a million hectares and from rugged mountain ranges and spectacular gorges to the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world, the Australian Outback is the essence of Australia.

+ The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef and an amazingly popular tourist attraction.

Most Australian universities are self-accrediting institutions that each run under a legislation (usually at the state or territory level).

Most programme contents are set by the universities offering the courses, and are not controlled by any government entity. Each university is able to set their own coursework and program requirements. As with most countries, teacher education programs are the exception to this rule. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership oversees requirements related to becoming a teacher.

The higher education system in Australia is overseen by the federal, state, and territory governments, but each school is unique in terms of the programs they offer and where they are located. The syllabi and program requirements will differ based on the particular schools students attend.

To apply directly for the university study programme is very complex process and which may lead to failure to obtain admission. Career Connection Consulting helps every application to be successful case by taking care of each and every aspect which is required by the Universities.

You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course,the provider and qualification you're studying for. The most important documents include:

+ Certificates that verify your previous study, including qualifications you already have.
+ Evidence of your English language proficiency.

If your application is successful, you will receive a Letter of Offer. To confirm your offer you must respond to this letter by signing and sending an acceptance of offer back to the institution. It sets out the course you will be enrolled in, enrollment conditions, the fees you need to pay, and the refund payable if you don’t complete your course with that provider.

After you have accepted your Offer and paid your deposit university will send an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) by email.

Australian study programmes are organized based on the United Kingdom model. The college and university framework consists of ten different levels. The first 7 levels of the AQF are based in undergraduate studies, level 8 is a step between undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and levels 9 and 10 are at the postgraduate level.

+ Certificate Levels 1 to 4: Getting these certificates takes anywhere from 6 months to a year. The first two levels are similar to certificates that you may find for jobs that require almost no formal training. Levels 3 and 4 are similar to the vocational certificates that may be found at trade schools, and may teach more specialized technical skills.

+ Diploma (Level 5): This level helps students to gain advanced cognitive and technical knowledge in a particular field. It normally takes about 2 years to obtain these degrees, and they are usually available in paraprofessional fields.

+ Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree (Level 6): This degree can take anywhere from 2-3 years, and counts for approximately 3 to 4 semesters of bachelors work. Advanced diplomas are awarded to students studying technical or vocational fields, while associate’s degrees are awarded for more academic fields of study.

+ Bachelors Degrees (Level 7): Standard degrees also known as undergraduate degrees. In Australia, the average amount of time needed to complete a bachelors level degree is anywhere from three to four years.

+ Bachelor Honours Degrees (Level 8): You can obtain an honours degree either by taking an extra year of bachelor studies (for 3-year bachelors) or by finishing you bachelor studies with high grades (for 4-year bachelors).

+ Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas (Level 8): Graduate certificates and graduate diplomas in Australia take approximately one year after earning a Bachelor degree.

+ Masters Degrees (Level 9): Masters degrees are one of the higher levels of postgraduate education. These degrees are usually focused on research and academia instead of advancement in the work force. It takes approximately two years of study for you to obtain a Masters level degree.

+ Doctorate Degrees (Level 10): Doctorate degrees are the highest level of education that you can receive in the world. This is the 10th level in Australias AQF system, and can include PhDs, M.D.s, DPTs, law degrees, DDSs, and a variety of other degrees, each named for the profession(s) that they degree is related to. Doctoral degrees can take anywhere from 3 to 6 years to complete.

Language Studies:
There are many opportunities that you will have for studying English if you decide to study abroad in Australia.

Along with testing, many of the universities in Australia offer English as a Second Language course that you can take before or alongside your regular coursework. These courses are often intensive and help students upgrade their English skills as quickly as possible.