Studying in Australia

Australia is a popular study destination for students from overseas. Australian tertiary institutions feature highly in international rankings for their teaching, research and international outlook and our lifestyle, culture and climate make Australia one of the most liveable countries in the world.

Australian tertiary institutions offer a broad range of study options and areas of specialisation, from arts and humanities, business and economics to communications and media studies, creative arts, education, engineering, health and medical sciences, science and technology and teaching. Qualifications gained in Australia are recognised around the world.

If you apply to study in Australia through UAC, you'll be applying to institutions located in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) or close to these states’ borders. They offer a variety of learning and social environments for students.

Quality assurance

Australia has systems and processes in place to ensure that international students receive a high quality and rewarding education.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a national, government-approved policy that regulates qualifications and enables comparison of different qualifications at different levels across different institutions. An AQF-registered qualification has undergone a national accreditation process and the provider is government registered.

In addition to the AQF national code, institutions that process their applications through UAC operate within the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework. This legislative framework establishes a standard of practice which participating institutions must meet. It also offers a number of rights and protections for applicants.

Working while studying

As an international student, you have the opportunity to work in paid employment for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work are included in this total. Work undertaken as part of your course is not included.

You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes.

For more information, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

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