Things to Consider Before Studying in Australia

Australia has some of the top universities in the world and many students choose to study here for a lot of different reasons such as the beaches, the laid back atmosphere, the beaches, the ability to work while studying, and did I mention the beach?


Before grabbing the next plane to Australia, there are several things you should consider.


Australia is a big country


Australia is a country and a continent. It may be a small continent, compared for example with Asia, but it is the sixth largest country. The Philippines would absolutely look like fragments of islands compared with the sheer size of Australia.

Filipino Student in Australia

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It has six states namely New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania, and two territories which are the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. These states and territories are miles apart and you usually have to grab a local flight to get to another state. Each state and territory are also very diverse in terms of topography, climate, flora and fauna that anyone touring will not run out of things to see and visit.


Each state and territory also have several educational institutions. Universities in Australia gained reputation as they sit on top of several worldwide university rankings, however, the country also offers courses from colleges and TAFE schools. The Technical and Further Education (TAFE) usually offer vocational courses for tertiary students. These courses are usually taken by students for qualification and ultimately to apply for certain jobs/roles.


So before buying a plane ticket, browse online and look for schools you might be interested in. Check if they have the course you need and if you qualify for course entry.


Australia is expensive


A report from the HSBC found that studying in Australia is more expensive than studying in any other country. According to the same report, the average fees cost around $24,081 plus average living cost of $18,012 that is already $42,093. DO NOT try to convert the amount just yet.


Tuition fees for international students vary, for a bachelor’s degree it can be from $15,000 to $33,000 while a Master’s degree will run from $20,000 to $37,000. PhD student’s tuition fees range from $14,000 to $37,000.


This website might help you get an idea of how much tuition fees are in different universities. If you find one that you think might be reasonable, go to that university’s website and find out the requirements.


TAFE schools usually have courses offered that are a bit more affordable than the university’s. Also, when looking for a school, make sure you are researching as an international student (look for a tab somewhere on the school website). If you find tuition that is $5000 it is probably for locals, domestic students pay much less than international students.


Australia is expensive


Do not fret if your perfect school charges way too much for tuition. There is still hope. Australian universities tend to be generous in giving scholarships, check their scholarship tab on the webpage and see what may suit you.


You may also apply for scholarship from the Australian Endeavor Awards and Fellowship or maybe you can get other scholarships or support from Philippine government departments or private companies.


Health Cover is mandatory for all international students and their dependents. This is called the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). The most affordable is around $1,711 for a standard undergraduate student with no family included.


Of course, you need to find a place to stay. Accommodation is anywhere around $70 to $400 per week.


Living Allowance of $18,610 per student is required by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If you have a partner you need to have an additional $6,515 and $3720 for first dependent child. Additional kids need an additional $2,160. If any of the children are ages 5-18 then your living allowance for them should be $8000 each.


The law allows students to work


Now that you have an idea about the cost of things down under, know that unlike most countries, Australia allows students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during semesters and full time during school breaks.


Your earnings would not be able to pay your tuition in general but it may help get you by.


English Proficiency


Schools and universities in Australia require each student to take the International English Language Test (IELTS) to find out how proficient you are in the language. Each university and course requires a certain IELTS grade or point to be allowed entry. If you do not reach the point, you may be eligible to take an English course with them, for a price.


Student Visa


All individuals coming into Australia needs a valid passport and a visa.


As soon as you find a school, apply for a slot. Then, pay the tuition fee after receiving an invitation from the school. Once paid, wait for your certificate of enrollment (COE). This document is important when applying for a student visa. You cannot apply for a student visa without a COE.


Filipino Community


It is hard enough to live in another country when you feel homesick. It is harder to study again a long time after graduation for a Master’s or PhD. Negative feelings like loneliness, is the last thing any student will need especially when exams are coming.


Thankfully, although you may have opted to fly on your own for now, the Filipino community in Australia is thriving. We are now the 5th fastest growing migrant group. Pinoys may be found in almost any state and territory. For anything you need, you know your kababayans will always be willing to help you out.


Check out some lists of Filipino expat groups here. Here are some telltale signs you are with a Filipino.




And of course, no Pinoy will not recognize this word. This is one of the reasons we push ourselves out of our beloved country, to earn dollars and remit the money back to our loved ones.


Here is where we come in, you can send money for as low as $7 to any bank in the Philippines. No bank account? No problem, send them to any cash pick up centers for $9 or send them directly to your loved one’s doorsteps for the same amount. If you want to know more click here.


On the other hand, if you need additional financial help from your family, you can always have a reverse remittance. Contact us here and be confident that you will be treated like family as only Pinoys can.


Australia is one of the best places to be in. Do your research and look into the possibilities as well.


Studying abroad opens up a different world, a world that will teach you about different things that you will only learn uniquely from your international experience.


Good luck from your family!

Candice C

Candice is a school teacher and a mother, She loves writing about practical guides and of course, parenting advice.


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