Studying in Australia - General Information.
Australia provides a unique kind of education and a learning style that encourages you to be innovative, creative and think independently. Australia attracts the third largest number of international students in the English-speaking world after the USA and UK. In some countries Australia is the students' first choice study destination.
Australia offers an education experience that makes a real difference. Graduates from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide. Additionally, they are readily accepted for postgraduate study at leading international universities.
Australia is a dynamic, vibrant country and its people are energetic, friendly and confident. Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country.
Australia also offers excellent value for money and a standard of living which is among the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably less expensive than the UK and USA.
LIVING COSTS IN AUSTRALIA
Australia is a sophisticated, friendly and affordable country which enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. The average international student in Australia spends about $335 per week on:
You may spend more or less, depending on the course you choose to study, where you choose to live and your lifestyle.
Accomodation available to International students includes Homestay, Hostels, Guest Houses, Share Accommodation and Rental Accommodation. Prices for accommodation vary in Melbourne fro $70 to $350.
Markets and supermarkets sell a variety of fresh meat, fruit and vegetables as well as rice, breads, spices and other ingredients. Halal and kosher foods are available.
Melbourne's restaurants and cafes offer a wide variety of foods from around the world, including Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Ethiopian, Brazilian, Malaysian, Greek, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Lebanese, French and Indonesian.
Central Melbourne and its suburbs have many large shopping centres, department stores, discount stores, markets and supermarkets which can be reached easily by public transport.
Melbourne has an extensive public transport of buses, trains and trams. Most training providers have easy access to major bus, rail and tram routes. As Melbourne is a well-planned city it is easy to travel in by car. Cars travel on the left side of the road. Drivers can use their home country licences for three months from the date of entry to Australia. An international licence can be used providing the licence from the country of origin is also valid.
The following links will help you to get around in Melbourne -
The Public Transpoert Victoria website provides information on the public transport system in Melbourne, including costs and timetables. To find out more about living and studying in Australia, the Study in Australia website includes useful information on applications, visa requirements, accommodation options, cost of study, background information about Australia, and lots more.
Typical living costs for a single student
The living costs below are based on 2 people sharing an unfurnished two bedroom apartment, flat or house. The amounts are in Australian dollars (A$). Remember to add your program fees and airfares to get a realistic total.
Establishment costs for first year of study
There are requirements for compulsory school attendance for children or dependents of international students. In Victoria it is compulsory for children to attend school until the age of 16. The choice of schools includes public schools, private schools and religious schools. People over the age of 16 can continue to attend school until they have completed year 12. Dependents of persons holding a student visa may be required to pay full fees in any school, college or university that they enrol in whilst in Australia. School fees vary depending on the school. Details about the Victorian public school system are available at Victorian Public Schools. Intending students with dependents should budget for school fees, living costs and health insurance in their calculations. If you are intending that your dependents will attend a private school in Victoria you will have to contact the specific school to obtain information of fees. Information on private school in Australia is available at Independent Schools.
If you would like to bring your children to Australia with you, you must be aware of the following schooling issues:
Australian law requires International students to study at a full time study load. A full-time study load is normally a minimum of 20 hours per week for 40 weeks each calendar year or continuous 12-month period. Students must also be studying at least one unit that is not by distance or online learning in each study period. A study period is 6 months of study at the Institute.
Please be aware that if your attendance drops below 80% over any 2-week period the College is required to review your involvement, counsel you, implement an intervention strategy and, if poor attendance persists, report you to DIAC. The report to DIAC may lead to the cancellation of your Visa. If your attendance falls below the 80% attendance requirement and you have unsatisfactory academic progress you will be reported to DIAC which will lead to the cancellation of your visa. This process is applied to 31 December, 2010. AISI implementation of the DEEWR-DIAC course progress policy and procedure commences 1 January, 2011.
If you do not have satisfactory academic progress you will be reported to DIAC which will lead to cancellation of your visa. Unsatisfactory academic progress is defined in the ESOS legislation as failing more than 50% of units in any two consecutive study periods. If this occurs the Institute will report you to DIAC. A study period is 6 months of study.
The Institute will monitor your academic progress, identify students who are "at risk" of breaching this requirement and act to assist students who are "at risk" through meetings, counselling sessions and other strategies.
Student code of behaviour
The Student Code of Behaviour requires the following rights and expectation to be respected and adhered to at all times.
For non-compliance with the Code of Conduct the following procedure for discipline will be followed:
Prospective students and students should familiarise themselves with the ESOS Framework , See also the ESOS Easy Guide.