What is Undergraduate Education in Australia?


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Australia has a highly developed education system with several opportunities in the higher education sector. Many universities in the country are world-renowned for the quality education they provide.


It also offers a higher education program known as the Overseas Student Program (OSP) to international students who come to Australia for higher studies.


Australia’s higher education sector consists of both universities and technical colleges, offering undergraduate, postgraduate, and technical qualifications. In this post, you'll learn more about the undergraduate qualification level.



1. Who Provides Undergraduate Courses in Australia?


Also referred to as tertiary education, higher education in Australia is offered and governed by universities and other institutions such as Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes.


In addition, the student rights mentioned below are protected by law under the ESOS (Education Services for Overseas Students):


  • The well-being of all international students in Australia.

  • The quality of students' education experience.

  • The provision of up-to-date and accurate information.



2. Undergraduate Qualifications


The government of Australia is the funding authority for undergraduate qualifications in the country. This means that these qualifications provide a higher level of education which are both nationally and internationally recognised.


Undergraduate qualifications are of two types:


  • Bachelor degree - This degree prepares students for postgraduate studies and professional careers. It lasts for a minimum of six semesters (full-time study). To be accepted by universities in Australia for higher education, you need to complete the 12th year (Australian secondary school certificate of education) or equivalent, or a diploma/ advanced diploma from a VET (Vocational and Education Training) Institute.


  • Bachelor degree (honours) - The honours degree prepares graduates for a higher level of qualification that involves research. This qualification lasts for a period of one to two years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree in the same field.



3. Higher Education - Undergraduate Institutions in Australia


To pursue your undergraduate study in Australia, you can choose from the following institutes:











New South Wales



South Australia



Western Australia



Australian Capital Territory




4. Entry Requirements


Entry into undergraduate courses requires you to complete a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to an Australian Year 12 certificate.


You also need to satisfy the English language requirements. Remember, some of the courses have higher English language requirements than others. There are many ways you can meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements to study in Australia, such as:



Every undergraduate course provider has different entry requirements. To get more information, you can contact your provider.



5. Admission Season


Higher Education in Australia follows a semester system. Universities have two semesters in year that usually last between February and November. Also, there are some universities with an optional summer semester system.



6. Average Undergraduate Study Cost


The cost of education in Australia depends on the level of study and the institution you choose. There may be additional costs, including access to institution facilities and course materials. In order to fund your studies, you can also work part-time per fortnight.


It’s important to note that courses like veterinary science and medicine may have higher tuition fees.


Useful Topics to Explore:

⇒ Types of Education in Australia
⇒ Enligsh Language Courses Overview (ELICOS)
⇒ MBA and Management Education in Australia 
⇒ Vocational Education & Training Courses (VET)
⇒ Technical and Further Education (TAFE)
⇒ Higher Education - Postgraduate Level
⇒ Foundation Courses
⇒ Study Abroad & Student Exchange 
⇒ Online & Distance Education
⇒ Secondary Education

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