Key Facts


·       Capital: Canberra

·       Popular Cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane

·       Travel time from India: 15 hrs by flight (non-stop)

·       Currency: Australian Dollar “AUD”


Why Study in Australia? ·       International Rankings of Australian Universities

·        Part time job opportunities for international students

·       Post-Study Work Visa up to 4 years

·       Opportunity for Permanent Residence

·       Availability of pathway programs for international students

·       No application fee in a majority of universities

·       Flexibility in terms of deadlines, universities ready to accept applications and financials closer to course start dates

·       Lower entry requirements of universities with relatively higher international rankings

·       No Visa interviews

·       Quick visa outcomes

About the Universities


·       Private Colleges (Colleges offering Bachelor’s and Master’s programs)

o   Independent Colleges offer Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees

e.g., International College of Management, Sydney

o   Some colleges are affiliated with universities (offer UG & PG programs)

e.g., Australian Technical and Management College affiliated with Federation University

o   These colleges offer Information Technology and Business programs


Colleges offering Pathway programs

o   These Colleges offer ELICOS and Diploma leading to Degree programs

e.g., Griffith College leading to Griffith University

o   Colleges offering Pathway programs

o   Programs are offered in almost all popular disciplines such as IT,

o   Engineering, Health, Business, Hospitality, etc.

·       Universities (Total 43 Universities)

o   Public – 38 Universities

o   Private – 3 Universities (Bond, Notre Dame and Torrens)

o   International Universities – 2 (Carnegie Mellon and University College London)

o   The top 8 universities in Australia are popularly known as Group of 8

·       TAFEs

Pathways Program (Academic and English Language)


o   Australian Universities offer pathway programs, bachelor’s & master’s degrees and doctoral programs

o   Students who are not able to meet the direct entry requirements of

o   Australian Universities can be offered ‘Pathway Programs.’

o   These programs can be offered at undergraduate level and postgraduate level.

o   These are also called as ‘Packaged Programs’.

o   Pathway programs are a good opportunity to the students who fail to meet the direct entry requirements of the Australian universities.


Academic Pathways Program (Undergraduate)

·       Students scoring 55% to 64% in HSC can be offered these programs

·       They are also called as Diploma leading to Degree programs (D to D programs)


·       Students usually get admission in a college where they study a Diploma Program for one year (e.g., Diploma of Business). After successful completion of Diploma, they progress to the second year of Bachelor’s degree, eventually completing their graduation in 3/4 years.

Academic Pathways Program (Post-graduate) – Offered by Some Australian universities

·       Offered to the students who fail to meet NOOSR criteria

e.g., Second division from a Section 3 university/Pass division from a Section 2 university.

·       Students are offered a qualifying program of one semester called as PQP

·       Student first completes the PQP and then progresses to the master’s degree

·       PQPs are available only for business/management/accounting degrees

(Exception: Griffith University offers PQP for business, engineering and IT courses.


English Language Pathways Program

·       English Language Pathways are also called as ELICOS, EAP, ELP, etc.

·       Offered to students falling short of English language requirement

·       Students have to study English ‘before’ commencing their main program

·       Duration of ELICOS is restricted to 10 weeks

·       Tuition Fee of ELICOS: AUD 300 to AUD 400 per week

Intakes Major Intakes

·        February and July

Academic Entry Criteria Undergraduate Courses

·       Minimum 12 years of education

·       Percentage required is minimum 60% and above