Education Options in Australia: What Can I Study?


An international student is researching the Australian education system for international students.


Australia offers a wide range of study options for international students. It boasts 22,000 courses and more than 1,100 education institutions.


Educational institutions in Australia rank well in regards to the sense of student community, student satisfaction, quality of life and employability. As per the QS ranking, Sydney and Melbourne are in the list of top ten best student cities around the world.


These courses include high school programs, TAFE (Technical and Further Education) courses, English language courses, undergraduate and postgraduate programs and VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses.


Study Options Explanation

Secondary Education
Secondary education is available in Australia for five to six years, depending on a particular state or the duration of primary education.
Students usually begin their secondary schooling at the age of 12 or 13. It provides you with the skills to prepare you for future study and employment in Australia or any other part of the world.
Higher Education (Undergraduate Studies) Undergraduate courses in Australia last from 3 to 4 years, depending on if it’s a professional or a general degree.
There are around 40 registered universities in Australia offering a broad range of undergraduate programmes.
Australia is a popular study destination for international students who are planning to complete their higher education.
Higher Education (Postgraduate Studies) Postgraduate programmes in Australia are categorised as - postgraduate extended programme that lasts for three to four years and postgraduate by research that lasts for one to two years. You can enrol in a postgraduate programme in Australia if you have obtained a bachelor degree in the corresponding field. And if you have a bachelor degree from some other country, it needs to recognised by the Australian Framework.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) The Australian vocational education and training (VET) qualification provide a pathway to enter a university or workforce.
There are various VET courses available in the field of tourism and hospitality, information technology, construction, transport and logistics, mining, rural industries, manufacturing, arts and media.
Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Technical and Further Education (TAFE) is very popular in Australia. It offers a wide range of courses and is a practical substitute for tertiary education.
If you are looking for a direct pathway into higher education or workforce, a TAFE course could be the best option for you.
MBA and Management Education MBA and management education in Australia includes internationally recognised degrees that offer theoretical as well as practical knowledge to students to help them understand how people and policies work within the business industry and in the wider community. Different Australian universities and private education providers in Australia deliver around 77 internationally recognised MBA programs to students.
These courses help students to build worldwide networking opportunities, improve their personal skills and create a successful career.
English Language Courses About 20% of all the international students enrol in intensive English Language courses known in Australia as ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) to improve their English Language proficiency.
This helps them to master the skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing.
Foundation Courses Foundation courses help overseas students to get entry into undergraduate studies at different Australian colleges and universities.
These courses also help newcomers in adapting to the Australian lifestyle and academic environment. Some of the foundation courses promise students to get a place at university after successful completion of the course.
Online or Distance Education Many online and distance education programmes enable international students to get Australian education without having to leave their country.
For distance learning, you can apply at a number of institutions and select from a wide range of higher education and VET courses.
Study Abroad Studying abroad in Australia is a great way to experience and learn a new culture and education system.
If you are an international student, you can choose from various study abroad programs by Australian institutions.
You can also participate in an exchange program and apply for an Australian secondary school or a tertiary institution, but the institution you choose must have an exchange partnership with your country's educational institution.



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