Top reasons to study in Australia
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Australia, the sixth largest country in the world, has achieved the distinction of being home to 7 universities in the top 100 of the prestigious QS ranking. Along with top-class education, the country also offers stable work opportunities and an array of diverse courses for those interested. The island continent has grown to become the dream destination of many students in recent years and interest only continues to increase, with the number of international students who have landed at its shores for higher education rapidly rising from 242,419 in 2010 to 306,691 in 2015.


Study in Australia: World-class education/Diversity of Education


Australia has a total of seven universities in the top 100 of the QS rankings offering some of the best programmes in the world. The Australian universities hold the top five position in a number of subjects including nursing, sports related disciplines and a number of engineering, medicine and pharmacy courses. Many of the universities have achieved the perfect score in terms of number of international faculty. A strong research-intensive academic culture at these institutions also attracts numerous students to study in Australia.


Study in Australia: Top Universities

QS Rank



The Australian National University


The University of Melbourne


The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)


The University of Queensland


The University of Sydney


Monash University


The University of Western Australia


The University of Adelaide

Source: QS Ranking 2017

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Study in Australia: Best Student-Friendly Cities

Australia has some of world’s top-ranked student-friendly cities. Six Australian cities feature in the Top 50 student-friendly cities ranked by the QS Rankings 2017. Melbourne has already been among the top cities since 2014. The city also has seven of the Top 500 universities in world including University of Melbourne and Monash University. The other student-friendly cities and their world rankings are Sydney (13), Brisbane(20), Canberra (22), Adelaide(44) and Perth (50).


Study in Australia: Cultural Diversity

Australia is home to students from all over the world. The top five countries which contribute to 53% of international students in Australia are China, India, Malaysia, Nepal and Vietnam. The number of international students has also increased by 14% in the past year. Apart from international students, Australian universities also encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, further adding to the diversity. A number of scholarships are offered both by universities as well as the Australian Government for higher studies.


Study in Australia: Strong Research/Technology

Australian universities have majorly invested in research in almost all fields of science, medicine and technology. The Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia, or ERA has identified 43 areas of national strength to focus their research on. A five-point scale is used, with ‘World Standard’, ‘Above World Standard’ and ‘Well Above World Standard’ serving as higher indicators in the ratings. With seven universities in the overall Top 100 and 9 in the Top 50 under 50 in the 2017 QS rankings, the Australian government is clearly promoting and undertaking research in a number of areas, with health and medicine being given special focus.


Study in Australia: Top research areas


Leading research areas

ithree institute (infection, immunity and innovation), University of Technology Sydney

Researches in understanding and control of infectious diseases

University of New South Wales


University of Tasmania

Understanding of an extremely rare type of transmissible cancer, known as devil facial tumour disease, that has affected about 85 per cent of the Tasmanian devil population

Deakin University

Diagnosing autism in very young children

Macquarie University

Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative

La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science

Bioeconomy- developing vaccines, therapeutic and diagnostic products to help offset increasing cost of medical treatment

Murdoch University

Interactions between adaptable pathogens, drugs and the human host to develop personalised and precise interventions

University of Melbourne


Victoria University

Spans the sport and active living spectrum, from participation to high performance sport,

Federation University Australia,

Researchers have particular expertise in injury epidemiology and prevention and clinical sports medicine

University of Canberra

Expertise in psychology, physiology, biomechanics and coaching pedagogy to advance Australia’s high-performance sports research.

University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute

Internationally renowned researchers in human reproduction, pregnancy and child health, developing interventions to improve health outcomes for mother and child in pregnancies complicated by obesity and diabetes

Study in Australia: Great Work Opportunities

International students have the option to temporarily work in Australia after their course. The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) facilitates this. This visa allows students from both the Graduate Work Stream as well as the Post Study Work Stream. The Graduate Work Stream Visa, granted for 18 months, is only issued to international students who complete their education in Australia in areas which are in demand in the Australian labour market. For this visa, the aspirant must have completed the course and should have earned a degree, diploma or a trade qualification. The Post Study Work Stream visa is granted for two, three or four years depending on the educational qualifications. The eligibility qualification for this visa is a Bachelor's, Master's or a PhD degree.


Work options are also available for current students. Student visas permit the students to work for 40 hours every two weeks during the course duration and unrestricted hours during course breaks. Students can work in the retail, hospital, tourism, agriculture, sales and telemarketing sectors in clerical roles or engage in tutoring.


Employees working in Australia, including international students, have some basic rights at work such as minimum wage, challenge of unfair dismissal from the job, breaks and a healthy and safe work environment.


Study in Australia: Cost of Living

The standard of living in Australian cities is among the highest in the world. On the other hand, the cost of living is well below that of the USA and UK. The cost of pursuing an undergraduate degree can fall in the range of A$14,000 to 35,000 per annum. The post graduate degrees can cost between A$15,000 to 36,000 a year. Students are required to show a bank statement of approximately A$20,000 per year for their living costs. While university accommodation will be cost effective to the students (A$90 – A$280 per week), they can also opt for shared houses (A$165 – A$440 per week).


According to the official Australian government source for Study in Australia, students can expect to spend anywhere between A$230 – A$680 per week on living expenses. This is excluding the accommodation and insurance costs.


Study in Australia: Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available for students aspiring to study in Australia. The scholarships are available for all fields of education as well as universities.


Study in Australia: Top Scholarships






Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Golden Jubilee Commemorative International Scholarship

University of Newcastle

1.0 years


Mid December

Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarship

Australian-American Fulbright Commission

2.0 years


1 August

VIED-RMIT PhD Scholarship

RMIT University

3.5 years



PhD and Masters Research Scholarship

Cooperative Research Centre for Mining

3.0 years


No closing date

Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) PhD Scholarship

Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre

3.0 years


Early June; Early November

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarship

Forest Research Foundation

4.0 years


End October

Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholarship

University of Technology Sydney

3.0 years



Fulbright US Postgraduate Scholarships

Australian-American Fulbright Commission

1.0 years


13 October

US to Australia Fellowship Program

American Australian Association

1.0 years


15 October

Taiwan Australian National University Scholarship

Australian National University

3.0 years



International Water Centre Masters Scholarships (Master of Integrated Water Management) Domestic

International Water Centre

3.0 years


1 November

International Water Centre Masters Scholarships (Master of Integrated Water Management) International

International Water Centre

1.5 years


1 August

William T Southcott Scholarship

University of South Australia

3.0 years


31 August; 31 October

Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship

University of South Australia

2.0 years


12 May

Digital Marketing Scholarship

In Marketing We Trust

1.0 years


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Nikhitha Sai 24th Feb, 2020

Hello. You can do practice in australia after completing medical practice in india. Go with the reqypuired documents and you will be needed to do a training of 24 months over there. Instantly one cannot put the practice. After this training period of 24 months, you will be certified that you can do the practice in australia. But the degree and specialization will be from india. They won't give any specialization degree there.


can i get mba application in australia i am btech discontinued students

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020


see mba is a post graduate course, so first of all you need to complete your graduation, then you are eligible to apply for mba, in india most of the institute required 50% marks in graduation as a qualifying marks criteria for mba admission. since you have discontinued your graduation course you are not eligible to study  mba neither in india nor in abroad.


ls it easy to get admission in Australia to study MBBS

Nikhitha Sai 12th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant. Compared to many other countries in terms of cost and education, it is comparatively easier to get admission in autpstralia to study MBBS. The courses offered are proper 4 years degree with even the fee also reasonable.

After your +2, soon the applications release, go on. And it won't take much of a process to apply. So fair chances to get the admission over there

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what is the fee structure to study MBBS in Australia and America

Nikhitha Sai 10th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant. So mbbs in Australia has usually the duration will be of 4 years. Fee structure depends on university. Some of the famous universities are

1. University of Sydney with fee structure of 64,500 Australian dollar per year

2. Flinders university with fee structure of 63,500 aud again

3. University of Queensland with fee structure of 73,264 aud

MBBS in America

Here, it's not like an mbbs degree. You need to complete any undergraduation degree in india in science subject and then give mcat. There are two degrees MD and DO. Depends on your choice, you can choose the degree. So per year , this degree cost around 40,000 usd to 50,000 usd. So for 4 years. More or less it costs like around 2,00,000 usd.

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The classical example if adaptive radiation is :- 1. Darwin Finches. 2. Marsupials of Australia. 3. Giant turtle. 4. All of these.

Ameya Narendra Parkar 12th Jan, 2020
Dear ishhika,
adaptive radiation is a process in which organisms diversify rapidly from an ancestral species into a multitude of new forms, particularly when a change in the environment makes new resources available, creates new challenges, or opens new environmental niches.
The prototypical example of adaptive radiation is finch speciation on the Galapagos Darwin's finches

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