Study in Australia – Requirements, Costs and Financing

Study in Australia: the requirements

The admission requirements for studying in Australia depend on the degree you are aiming for and the type of university. Depending on the type of study and institution, applicants from Germany must have different degrees.

  • the general higher education entrance qualification for a bachelor’s degree at an Australian university
  • the secondary school leaving certificate plus vocational training for studying at a TAFE institution
  • a bachelor’s degree for a postgraduate or master’s degree

The study achievements achieved in the Bachelor also have an influence on whether applicants are admitted to the Graduate Studies. In addition to the diploma, Australian universities require a detailed list of academic achievements to date.

Language and admission tests for Masters and MBA in Australia

If you want to study in Australia, you have to expect various language and admission tests. In individual master’s programs such as the MBA, applicants must have one or more years of professional experience. Often, good results are also required in tests such as the GMAT ( Graduate Management Admission Test ).

In addition, applicants cannot avoid proof of their English language skills. You can prove your own language skills with the help of a standardized language test such as the TOEFL or IELTS.

Simplified procedure for semesters abroad in Australia

You don’t want to spend a complete degree in Australia, but just a semester abroad in Australia ? Simplified admission procedures apply to the so-called Study Abroad programs. As a rule, the (technical) university entrance qualification and good knowledge of English are sufficient. In addition to TOEFL and IELTS, the DAAD language certificate is often accepted as proof of language proficiency. This can be taken at most German universities.

Some Australian universities also expect a certain degree of study experience. This means that Study Abroad applicants must have studied at a university in their home country for one year at the time of admission to study in Australia.

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Study in Australia – Costs and Financing

Australian state universities are only partially financed by public funds. In addition, all students must pay tuition fees. Since the study places of local fellow students are subsidized through taxpayers’ money, the tuition fees for international students are particularly high. A second major cost factor for students in Australia is the cost of living, such as rent and groceries.

Funding opportunities for studying in Australia

Studying abroad in Australia isn’t free, but there is plenty of financial aid for less well-off students.

Funding opportunities for semesters abroad

The easiest way is to get support for the Study Abroad program. Students have the opportunity to apply for BAföG benefits. This includes a EUR 4,600 grant towards the tuition fees for a maximum of one year. There are also subsidies for flight costs and / or health insurance.

Good to know: Even students who are not entitled to BAföG in Germany receive some BAföG abroad. The Studentenwerk Marburg is responsible for the Auslands-BAföG Australia.

Funding opportunities for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Australia

There are also many grants for the full-time Bachelor and Master programs in Australia:

  • The DAAD and a large number of party-affiliated, church or private foundations offer partial scholarships for students with particularly good performance.
  • Australian universities offer scholarships that cover part of the tuition fees.
  • The Australian government gives the Endeavor Awards to master’s students. It supports talented international students with up to AUD 118,500.
  • The dream of studying Down Under can also be realized with the help of a low-interest education or student loan.

Working and studying in Australia with a student visa

International students holding a student visa have the right to work 20 hours per week, and more during the semester break. Since wages in Australia are relatively high, the combination of job and study is another way to top up your travel budget.

Visa and entry requirements in Australia

Anyone planning to study abroad in Australia and staying in the country for more than 90 days needs a student visa. Students must apply for the visa online at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection before entering the country. For students who only want to study at an Australian university for one semester, the Working Holiday Visa may be an alternative to the student visa.

Not to study Australia without a foreign health insurance

Students with a student visa to study at an Australian universities have a special health insurance conclude: The Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). This insurance is a prerequisite for getting a student visa at all. Students with other visas such as the Working Holiday Visa are not insured through the OSHC and should take out private international health insurance.

Health check before starting your studies in Australia

Some universities in Australia also require students to undergo a preliminary medical examination with a contracted doctor at the Australian Embassy.

Vaccinations for Australia are not required. However, it is recommended that the standard vaccinations and optionally other vaccines such as hepatitis B refresh. As there must be several weeks between some of these vaccinations, it is advisable to make a doctor’s appointment a few months before departure.

Study in Australia - Requirements, Costs and Financing