Studying In Australia
Australia is quickly becoming the most popular destination for further education for Malaysian students. In addition to its close proximity, it is a relatively affordable alternative to the UK and the US. Geographically isolated from the rest of the world, the country is the epitome of uniqueness – with its rich history, cultures, wildlife found nowhere else in the world, beautiful landscapes and sceneries – and a land of countless opportunities for work and study.
Australian Study Visa Requirements
Students can start applying for a student visa once they have received a letter of offer or an electronic CoE or Certification of enrollment from an Australian university. The university must be registered with the Australian Government to offer full-time courses to international students.
The general requirements that you need to satisfy when applying for a student visa are:
- Of good character with good health
- Have health insurance from the Overseas Student Health Cover
- No debts to the Commonwealth of Australia
- Must have the financial ability to cover air fares, tuition and living costs (set at AUD18,000 for each year of study)
- Have fulfilled the academic qualifications including level of English proficiency
- Malaysian students can apply for the visas (with their CoE) through the Internet as the Malaysian passport is at Assessment Level 1.
Language of Instruction
English. Applicants whose first language is not English must sit for one of the following papers: IELTS, TOEFL, Australian Matriculation English, GCE ‘O’ level, Cambridge 1119, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, TEE ESL.
Australian Employment Options
A visa with permission to work will allow you to work up to only 20 hours a week on a casual basis during the academic year and full-time during vacation periods. Students are advised to work for the experience rather than to fund their studies.
Australian Tuition Fees
According to the Study in Australia website, tuition fees for study in Australia range between AUD9,000 to AUD14,000 for foundation studies and AUD10,000 to AUD16,500 per year for bachelor degrees. Additional costs will include subject-specific tools and supplies, books, and fees for library usage, sports and laboratory facilities. All international students must pay their tuition fees first before they commence their studies. Consider applying for a scholarship to fund your studies if you are academically inclined but lack the financial means to secure the opportunity to study in the land down under.
Living in Australia
You will need around $18,000 a year to cover your living costs. Finding food in Australia is easy as there is a wide range of foreign cuisines fit for an international palate. It’s also easy to get around because of a well-managed public transport system which includes buses, trains and in some places, trams.
Student accommodations include the regular on-campus residential colleges, hostels and private rental houses. Alternatively, you can also choose a homestay setting where you will stay with a family and pay them rent every month for renting a room in their house. Accommodation will cost around $80 to $270 per week.
Airfare to Australia
Return ticket prices start at RM1,350 and may vary according to destinations and airlines.
Australian Health Insurance
- Compulsory for all students studying in Australia
- Covers most medical expenses and hospital care inclusive of most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport
- Costs of the OSHC on the duration of your stay in Australia varies from one health fund to another but generally start from A$78 for three months (A$316 a year)
Scholarships for Australian Studies
Popular scholarship programmes include the Endeavour Awards, Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) and the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) which are offered by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Other scholarship sources include the Australian Government, educational institutions and a number of other organisations. For more information, click here.
Sazliny Jahaya, Information Officer
Australian High Commission,
6 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: +603 2146 5651
Fax: +603 2145 7807