For Nepalis, Australia is the most common destination for education. The Nepali community is pretty strong there with even some of the most widely known Nepali celebs also staying in this country. The country is well known for accepting international students and in terms of opportunities, Australia has a huge scope. Today, we are going to be providing you with detailed information on how you can start your application process.
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Why Study in Australia?
Nepali Community: Australia has a large Nepali community so, you won’t be alone. You can get Nepali food, meet Nepali people and even have friends and families living there. So, it’s not really daunting. For students who are pursuing their Bachelors in Australia, this is very helpful.
Educational Choice: You can study a variety of subjects in Australia. From Tech, Science, Finance, Medicine to Business, Hospitality, Humanities, Arts everything is there in Australia. There are also top-quality institutions and they provide an incredible array of programs to choose from. Students can also choose English training or vocational education (such as Nursing, Electrician, IT Support, and many more).
Technology: Australian universities give an emphasis on science and technology. Students can gain a lot of research opportunities. In addition, students can also take advantage of the resources in Technology to find different jobs and opportunities.
Work: An international student can work up to 20 hours per week while they are in Australia. This is a piece of great news for those who want to earn money and finance their education with it. Students can also get internships and career opportunities in their own field once they complete their studies.
How to apply to Universities in Australia?
Applying to Australia for higher studies is actually a simple process. There are many consultancies in Nepal that provide good service and you can contact them to make the process even easier. The general way to apply is listed below:
- The first thing you need to choose is the course and the college. This is a very important step. Always choose your courses and education institute properly. You need to select the one that provides quality education at a very nominal rate.
- After you have selected your college, go to the nearest and trusted consultancy to guide you. Apply for the college and wait for the offer letter.
- Give your IELTS exam and get all your documents ready.
- When your documents are ready, give the Interview and get the VISA hopefully.
- Citizenship/ Driving License/Voter ID copies.
- Visa application form.
- A photocopy of your passport.
- Name and Address Labels along with the latest PP Sized photo.
- Photocopy of your former education transcript.
- IELTS certificate.
- Result of the criminal record check.
- Income Statement
- Proof of Fund statement (from Bank)
- Cash Deposit statement.
- Medical reports.
- X-Ray examinations’ report.
- Health Insurance proof.
Cost of Living
Tuition fees in Australia is very huge for a Nepali. It’s not as huge as in the countries like the USA and the UK but it’s still a pretty hefty sum. For instance, a typical master’s degree can cost you around 14000 to 27,000 USD (or 20000 AUD) per year. Similarly, Doctoral Degrees can go from 10,000 USD to 28,000 USD. The same goes for Bachelors. On average, students from Nepal study at a Uni where the fee is around 11,000 USD per year.
On average, the Living cost in Australia can range from 1300 AUD to 1900 AUD. It depends on the city where you are staying. If you are staying at a city like Adelaide, it is relatively cheaper than say a big city such as Sydney. Rent is the most expensive thing in Australia and as a student from Nepal, you should definitely share an apartment with your friends. This will save you money. As far as things such as food goes, you can save money if you choose not to spend too much eating outside. Utilities and the Internet will definitely eat a big chunk of your income whereas transportation cost is also pretty significant. There are scholarship schemes to help you out though. You can get financial aid from the Australian government as well as your University. The scholarship process can be long, however. You can work 20 hours a week as a student but a lot of Nepali students work 40 hours a week illegally. While the rules are strict in Australia but still, you aren’t guilty unless you are caught so, students break the rules all the time. But, we won’t advise you do that though. If the Australian government finds out that you are working more than 20 hours, you can get detained and all your investment will be for nothing. So, do keep that in mind. The minimum wage is around 20 AUD. So, 20 hours a week is 400 AUD. In a month, you can earn 1600 AUD which is just enough to survive.
Australia is an expensive country. While it is still cheaper than America and the UK, the country is still primarily expensive to live at. But the Nepali community is strong in Australia so, if you have relatives or friends living there, it can get a bit easy for you. This still doesn’t change the fact that the living cost and tuition fees make it very difficult in Australia. Still, if you think you can handle the pressure and want to apply, you are more than welcome in Australia. This is mainly because of the loose VISA policy. You can get into the country quite easily.