Frequently asked questions for studying in Australia

Inquiries about Australia by prospective Bhutanese students

While there are benefits of studying in a developed country like Australia, the initial phase is always hard. The drastic change in lifestyle, education system and environment can be overwhelming. 

Here are some of the frequently asked questions by prospective Bhutanese students interested to pursue their  Higher education in Australia:

  • Do Australian institutions accept year 12 and bachelor’s degrees from Bhutan? 

Bhutan’s year 12 is not equivalent to the Australian education system. Therefore, a BCSE graduate will have to undergo a diploma program for 8 to 12 months, and then will be transferred to their 2nd and 3rd year bachelors’ program respectively. (student will not lose a year) 

A 3-years bachelor’s degree from the Royal University of Bhutan is also not equivalent. Students will have no attendance at a Post Qualifying Program for 6 months prior to their 1.5- or 2-years master’s degree. 

  • What and where to study in Australia after year 12 or graduation? 

Preferences are solely based on your interests but we often advise students to take a program that is related to past education and work experience. The relevance plays a vital role in creating your genuineness as a student to pass the immigration screening process for a positive visa outcome. ** Keep in mind, visa is never guaranteed. 

  • Which English language tests are accepted in Australia? 

IELTS is the most accepted english language test worldwide

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS (academic) is the most preferred and widely accepted by almost all institutions and universities. However, they also accept other English proficiency tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), Cambridge English: Advanced and Occupational English Test (OET). 

  • Can Students work in Australia during their studies? 

Yes, all students with subclass 500 visas can work for 40 hours per fortnight(14 days) and you can work unlimited hours during vacations both off and on campus. Doctorate or PhD students can work full-time throughout the year.

  • What accommodation options are available in Australia?

Most Bhutanese students prefer to stay with their kin or friends who are already settled in Australia before they find their own accommodation. But there are other options as well:

There is an on-campus residence facility. Many universities in Australia offer foreign students on-campus residence facilities, but you need to apply separately and well in advance.

There is also off-campus accommodation where students can share apartments with other international students.

There is also an option for homestays with a local family. But keep in mind that homestay hosts don’t make much profits from this, but it’s mostly because of their love to host international visitors and students. Don’t expect them to do everything and ensure that you comply with their house rules, if any. 

If you arrive before the date of your course commencement, you can look for short-term accommodation options. You can try staying at hostels for backpackers, discounted / budget hotels or your institution can offer you temporary accommodation while you’re settling in a new country.

  • What is the estimated cost for studying in Australia?

The cost of studying in Australia

The cost of studying in Australia depends on what and where you are studying, and the level of education that you wish to pursue. You shouldn’t expect cheaper tuition fees because Australian institutions provide highest-quality study options with world-class facilities. Tuition fees vary depending on the level of education.

 If you wish to pursue undergraduate or diploma courses, the average estimated cost is between AU$ 12000- AU$15000 in one year. The average cost for degree or postgraduate ranges between AU$ 20000- AU$ 45000. For a masters degree, the cost will reach up to AU$ 45000 in a year. If you wish to pursue doctoral or Ph.D, the cost will reach up to AU$ 50000. These estimated figures do not include for courses such as veterinary or medical degrees which will significantly be more expensive.

  • Are there any scholarships available for international students in Australia?

Australian awards for both australian nationals and international students

The Australian awards is one of the major scholarships offered to eligible Australian nationals and international students from around the globe. The Australian government invests AU$ 200,000,000 every year for international scholarships. There are numerous endeavour scholarship schemes offered to eligible international students yearly. the Australian Government offers a maximum amount of AU$ 131,000 for diploma or associates’ degree (VET). If you wish to pursue masters or PhD, apply for the endeavour postgraduate scholarship, that offers up to AU$ 140,500 and AU$ 272,500 for PhD.   

  • Why does a 2 or more years gap after 12 or graduation affect Australian student visas?

The major criterion for earning Australian student visa is whether you have been successfully accepted to study in Australia or not, rather than anything to do with having gaps from or taken time off from your studies. You have to make sure that you give strong evidence as a genuine student applicant.

  • Is health cover mandatory for international students in Australia?

As an international student in Australia, it is essential and necessary for you to have overseas student health cover (OSHC) during your entire stay in Australia. Along with OSHC, you can also consider private health insurance and vehicle insurance. 

  • How do I find a part time job in Australia and how much will I be paid?

Finding a part time job in Australia

After you arrive and get settled in your new surroundings, consult your university’s job centre or employment office. They can help you write your CV and apply for jobs. You can start off by working as waiting and bar staff, retail staff, warehouse staff etc., 

The wage rate in Australia is AU$ 19.84 per hour and you may be paid weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. 

These are the frequently asked questions by prospective Bhutanese students who wish to pursue higher education in Australia. Australia offers a wide range of top quality education with world-class facilities. Australia provides you the benefit to learn, earn and grow. 

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