Australia is proud of the quality of its education and training. In the past 10 years, more than 10 lakh students from overseas have studied in Australia.
Students from all around the world have long made Australia their education destination. The end of year international student enrolment data 2009 reflects that 631,935 international students
drawn from more than 217 different countries were undertaking an Australian qualification in Australia. These students chose an Australian education for a number of reasons: its reputation for excellence and world-wide recognition; the safety and stability of the Australian society; Australia’s enviable standard of living – one of the highest in the world; and Australia’s multicultural community which helps international students feel at home. Nepal is among the top-source country for Australia’s international education industry.
Australia provides limitless opportunities for international students to explore their future. Students can select from thousands of courses and they have the flexibility to choose the study path that best suits their goals.
Australia enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. Living costs and student fees are very affordable and Australia is consistently less expensive than the UK or USA. International students in Australia are also able to work part-time while they study. Personal safety and security are major issues for students and their families. With people from more than 200 ethnic backgrounds making Australia their home, it is one of the most multicultural, safe, friendly and racially tolerant country in the world.
The Australian Government plays a pro-active role in ensuring that international students who come to Australia for their studies have legal protection. The Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS Act) is unique to Australia and ensures that students get the quality course for which they have paid besides providing many other assurances to the international student and their family.
When you choose to undertake your education in Australia you choose quality and innovation, underpinned by a respect for traditions, balanced with an encouragement of independent and creative thinking. Start your future today. Study in Australia.
Why Study in Australia?
- Excellence: Australia has an international reputation for excellence in all areas of education and training.
- Quality assurance: Australia - a place where your quality of education is guaranteed
- Safe, multicultural society: Australia is a safe, friendly and harmonious country compared with almost anywhere in the world.
- Value - Live while you learn: In Australia you will enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world.
- English speaking country: English language studies can prepare you for further studies and a global career. The best way to learn English is to live among, and converse with, native speakers.
- Qualifications recognition: When you graduate, your qualification will be recognised by international employers and leading education institutions around the world. This is because all Australian education qualifications are included under one national system - Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
- Student support services: Student support forms a large part of Australia’s education system. This includes student services such as: language tuition; designated international student advisers; on-arrival reception and orientation programs; and health, counseling, accommodation and employment services.
Tuition Protection Service
The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either:
- complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or
- receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.
Australia has a well established international education sector with over 1200 education providers delivering a high quality education to international students. For many years now Australia has been a world leader in protecting the tuition fees of international students studying in Australia on a student visa. Recent changes to the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act have further strengthened protections for international students through the introduction of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) In the unlikely event your education provider is unable to deliver a course you have paid for and does not meet their obligations to either offer you an alternative course that you accept or pay you a refund of your unspent prepaid tuition fees (this is called a provider’s ‘default obligations’), the TPS will assist you in finding an alternative course or to get a refund if a suitable alternative is not found.
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
Australia. One country. One qualifications system
The Australian education system is distinguished from many other countries by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system.
The AQF allows you to move easily from one level of study to the next, and from one institution to another as long as you satisfy student visa requirements. It allows for choice and flexibility in career planning. All qualifications in the AQF help you prepare for both further study and life in the workforce.
If you’re studying an AQF qualification, you can be sure that your institution is Government-authorised and nationally accredited, and that your Degree or other AQF qualification will be genuine.
The AQF makes it easy for overseas governments to recognise your qualification. When international employers see it, they’ll know what it stands for: a world-class education in a modern, democratic, and technologically advanced society.
Recognition of prior learning
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an important part of the AQF. In simple terms, it means that if you have the skills or knowledge required for entry to, or credit towards, a qualification, but no papers as proof, you can undertake a personal assessment. If successful, you’ll be granted credit toward your qualification.
While all individual institutions recognise the AQF, each has its own policy regarding RPL. You should contact your institution for more information.
The following diagram illustrates the structure of the AQF, and the typical learning pathways and links for more information—you can reach this by clicking on each qualification.