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Study in Australia

Australia is one of the world’s leading education powerhouses and features globally renowned education institutions. International students are continually enticed by the range of quality study options and excellent lifestyle. Australia is ranked 3rd for the most popular study destination for international students with over 700,000 students enrolled in their universities each year. 

 

STUDY OPTIONS IN AUSTRALIA

Post-secondary education in Australia is divided into:

 

#1 Universities

There are 43 universities offering a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. 

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree (3-4 years)

Bachelor's degree programmes prepare graduates for professional careers and/or postgraduate studies. Students have the option of pursuing a single or double degree, or an honours degree that usually requires an additional year of study. 

 

  • Postgraduate Master’s Degree (1 to 2 years)

In a master's program, students gain advanced knowledge and skills in a chosen field of study or area of professional practice. Students may opt for masters by coursework or research depending on their area of focus. 

 

  • Postgraduate Doctoral Degree (3 years)

The doctoral degree is the highest award offered by Australian universities. They are mostly research-based qualifications.

#2 Vocational Education & Training (VET)

The VET or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system in Australia prepares graduates for careers that may not necessarily require a university degree. They are vocational-based qualifications that produce competent graduates to take on more hands-on roles in the employment market.  

 

  • Certificate I to IV (6 months to 2 years)

These courses provide introductory skills and training. They teach industry-specific knowledge and skills in communication, literacy and numeracy, and teamwork. 

 

  • Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree (1 to 3 years)

Diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree are considered to be equivalent to one to two years of study at degree level. Diploma and advanced diploma are titles given more practical courses, while associate degree is given to more academic courses.

VET programmes generally have lower academic and English language entry requirements. Tuition fees at TAFE colleges are also relatively lower compared to universities. 

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