Asian Correspondent » Studies In Australia Asian Correspondent Thu, 21 May 2015 02:07:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beneficial tips to help with your Course Application in Australia. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:14:41 +0000 Getting you one step closer to your education in Australia.

Once you have found a course you would like to study, it’s time to begin the application process.

While this is an exciting time, it’s important to get organised and fully understand each step you will need to take before you start applying. This will help ensure that you have the best possible chance of gaining entry into your chosen course.

General tips for applicants

  • Make sure you read all course information carefully. This includes details about academic entry requirements and documents you must supply to the institution, as well as information about tuition fees and pathway or bridging options available if you do not meet the entry requirements.  Remember, these details — even for very similar courses — will vary between institutions, so it is important to read through all information thoroughly. You can also submit an enquiry through this Studies in Australia eBook.
  • Take note of the institution’s application methods. Some may allow you to apply online, by post, fax or through an embassy in your home country — the choice is up to you. Others may specify a preferred method. You will also find that some providers charge an application fee, although it may be waived if you apply online.
  • Pay attention to ‘important dates’. If you are applying for multiple institutions, ensure that you take note of the closing date for each course. Most institutions will charge a late fee if you submit your application after a certain date, which can be as high as $AUD300.
  • Contact the institution if you are having difficulties. Institution staff will be happy to help you with the application process or if you need questions answered about a specific course before you apply, so don’t hesitate to contact them. Most institutions will have a student adviser available to assist you by phone, email or through a live chat on the website.

The application process

Whether you are submitting a hardcopy or online application, it’s important that you have all the required information and documentation by your side. This will ensure that the application process is as smooth as possible.

Generally, you will be required to provide institutions with:

  • your personal details (including your name, address and date of birth)
  • course preferences (the courses you would like to study)
  • proof of English language proficiency (such as the results from an IELTS or TOEFL test)
  • details of your qualifications (such as an academic transcript)
  • any additional information specified by the institution (such as a personal statement for scholarship applications)
  • information about your employment experience such as résumés and written references from employers (if applicable to your application).

If the documents you are supplying are not written in English, institutions will require that you supply certified translations. Likewise, if you provide electronic copies, you must ensure that the documents are in the file format and size specified by the institution.

For more information on Applying for admission, download the Studies in Australia magazine for iPad from iTunes, or make an enquiry here.

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Application tips to get into your dream course! Fri, 14 Sep 2012 02:31:45 +0000  


Applying for your dream course at your most desired education provider is often an exciting but daunting challenge, and it is important that you are organised and fully understand each step of the application process. By having a comprehensive understanding of what needs to be accomplished you are ensuring that you have the best possible chance of gaining entry into your chosen course.

One of the major reasons why applicants are unsuccessful in being accepted into their dream course is because they     do not have a clear understanding of what is being asked of them and what is required prior to them being accepted into the course.

Therefore it is very important to read all course information carefully, including information about course requirements, and documentation you must provide to the education provider, including previous study results, reasons for wanting to study and even copies of study visas if you are an international student.  It is important to remember that just because you meet all the requirements for one course at one education provider, it doesn’t mean you’ll meet those requirements at another.

Another common mistake that hopeful applicants make when applying for their ideal course is that they apply through the wrong channels or use the wrong methods. Different education providers will require different methods of applications, including telephone applications, web applications or even personal, face to face applications. It is important for anyone looking at applying for further education to be aware of the required method of application.

Handing in a report late at school often meant that you were penalised or not even allowed to submit your work and that is the same for handing in applications past the specified date. Failure to hand in your application on time can result in you receiving a late fee which can be as much as $300 or missing out completely on entering into the course.  Many students fall victim to this simply because they do not pay attention to important dates.

To ensure you do not miss out on your dream course and give yourself the best possible chance of getting into your ideal course check out the Studies in Australia eBook or download the free Studies in Australia iPad app available at the iTunes store.

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The advantages of Australian MBAs and management courses Fri, 14 Sep 2012 01:16:20 +0000 Each year, thousands of international students choose to pursue management education in Australia. Depending on your interests and the type of qualification you want to gain, you may consider two options: a general management course (studying management either on its own or with a specialised focus on a particular industry) or the master of business administration (MBA).


There are a number of advantages to completing an MBA or management course in Australia.

  • Studying management in Australian means that you will graduate with a high-quality, internationally recognised qualification, which can significantly improve your career progression at home or anywhere in the world. There are around 75 internationally recognised MBA programs in Australia, many of which have global accreditation from the AACSB and EQUIS.
  • Australian management courses provide students with a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, with a focus on developing your communication, personal and leadership skills. Australian courses encourage creativity and independent thinking.
  • Many Australian management courses give international students the opportunity to gain experience by completing an internship with a local company or completing an international exchange or study tour.
  • Australia’s multiculturalism means you will have the opportunity to study alongside students from many different cultures, giving you a broad cultural perspective on management. You will also have the opportunity to study in an environment that merges Eastern and Western perspectives of business and management.

What to look for when choosing a management course

There are a number of things to look out for when choosing a management course.

You should consider:

  • the location and facilities offered by institutions you are considering
  • course duration and workload (some programs may have a heavier workload than others)
  • staff expertise
  • program accreditation (look out for MBAs that are accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS)
  • international student support programs (these can be very helpful in your first few weeks when you’re settling into your studies)
  • specialisations and majors offered
  • options to complete a double degree (an MBA combined with a master of professional accounting, for example)
  • advanced study (such as an accelerated course for students with significant management experience)
  • pathway options (such as the option to complete a graduate certificate in business administration should you not be admitted to an MBA program)
  • international exchange and study tour opportunities
  • the nature of the subjects offered (many graduates say that they most enjoyed practical subjects that used real business case studies and involved working in teams).

Further information

  • MBA and management education — information about MBA and management programs, including study modes, workload, subject offerings, entry requirements, tuition fees and more
  • Course search Studies in Australia magazine for iPad course search
  • Institution search Studies in Australia magazine for iPad institution search
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Why study English in Australia? Thu, 06 Sep 2012 23:56:46 +0000  

Do you want to develop your language skills and improve your chances of gaining entry into a higher education course, or furthermore improving your chances of obtaining your dream job?  Completing an English language course in Australia may be your next step.

Year after year, Australia proves to be a popular destination for English language studies, and that is because, unlike many countries who do not regulate their English language courses in Australia, all providers of English language courses are regulated by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 200.

Furthermore, all institutions offering English language courses are required to be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and are accredited by the National English language training Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) which protects the rights of international students and ensures that the high quality of English language  courses is maintained.

All of the major Australian institutions offer a large range of English courses and caters for all prospective students, whether they wish to study English for personal reasons or to improve their command of the English language to meet the prerequisites of further education courses.

Regardless of the reasons for why you wish to study the English language, picking the right course or the right provider is one of the most difficult and daunting challenges and therefore being well informed on all avenues available to you is extremely important. The free Studies in Australia iPad app has a complete listing of all the institutions that offer English language courses and their prerequisites.

For further information on learning English in Australia, or for further information on what courses are available to you, visit

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Melbourne named world’s most liveable city Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:36:13 +0000 Australia’s capital cities have achieved excellent results in the 2012 Global Liveability Survey recently released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Melbourne came first for the second year in a row, with a near-perfect score of 97.5 per cent, leaving Vienna and Vancouver in second and third places. Adelaide, Sydney and Perth also made it into the top ten cities, while Brisbane was ranked number 20.

One of the main surprises in this year’s survey was Adelaide moving ahead of Sydney in the rankings. This was largely due to significant investments that Adelaide has recently made in its infrastructure.

The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks each city according to stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Australia’s low population density and investment in high-profile infrastructure developments have aided its consistently good performance in the survey in recent years.

The world’s top ten most liveable cities are as follows:

Rank City
1 Melbourne, Australia
2 Vienna, Austria
3 Vancouver, Canada
4 Toronto, Canada
5 Calgary, Canada
5 (equal) Adelaide, Australia
7 Sydney, Australia
8 Helsinki, Finland
9 Perth, Australia
10 Auckland, New Zealand


Australia is a popular destination to study and live in and is well-known around the world for its laidback lifestyle and high-quality education. If you would like to study in the Most Liveable City in the World, or other amazing destinations in Australia, the Studies in Australia eBook offers comprehensive information you need to know about studying in Australia. From visa requirements and what it’s like to live Down Under, to detailed descriptions of Australian education institutions, scholarships and an in-depth look into the different education sectors in Australia. Just head to iTunes on your iPad to download ‘Studies in Australia’ for more information and get started! It’s that easy!


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University, TAFE or Private College: where should you study? Tue, 14 Aug 2012 04:18:05 +0000  

So you’re thinking of Studying in Australia, that’s great! Australia is one of the best places in the world to go on and gain a higher education. Although with a huge range of courses and education providers on offer in Australia, it can be difficult to not only determine what to study, but also know where to study, whether it is at a university, a TAFE (Technical and Further Education) or a private college. 

In Australia there are many different options available to students to gain further education, and these options are created by the numerous education providers, all with their own pros and cons. However many students find it difficult to distinguish which education provider is most beneficial to them.

In Australia there are 3 main education providers that students immediately think of when it comes to further education, and the most prominent of these providers are universities.

For any student wanting a career in a regulated profession such as law, accounting, nursing or dentistry, university is an obvious choice; however universities also offer a wide range of degrees in general areas such as health, social science and arts.  Universities are the first education provider that come to mind of a student looking at undertaking further educational studies because, not only do universities offer undergraduate and post graduate courses that offer the highest level of qualifications available but also because they equip students with the appropriate skill set needed to enter the workplace.

Apart from offering the highest qualifications recognised in Australia, universities also boast large community atmospheres that in some instances have no borders and can be found in the remotest parts of the world.

Another further education provider that pops into the minds of students who are contemplating further educational studies, are TAFEs. TAFE stands for Technical and Further Education institutes, and offer practically orientated courses at certificate and diploma levels. TAFEs focus on preparing students for vocational or paraprofessional careers, such as hospitality, child care and design industries.

Unlike universities, TAFEs courses have a practical focus, lower entry requirements and shorter completion time and therefore lower costs. Another benefit of undertaking a course through a TAFE is that, as a student, you are exposed to industry standard, recognised and used machinery and tools which provide students with the knowledge and capabilities to enter straight into the workforce.

In addition to universities and TAFEs, students also have the option of attending a private college. Although there are a small number of private colleges that offer courses in various fields, the majority of private colleges in Australia focus on one particular industry. The benefit of specialising in one particular industry is that students will be surrounded with similar minded peers that are aiming at achieving the same thing. As the majority of private colleges focus solely one particular field, many of these colleges boast smaller class sizes which allow a more personalised education.

Before committing to any form of further education it is extremely important to have all the necessary information at your disposal. For further information on which education provider is most suited to your needs, download the free Studies in Australia iPad app available at the iTunes store. Decided on which type of educational provider you wish to study with? Check out help decided on which course and which education provider is best for you!


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Requirements, Restrictions and Benefits of Studying in Australia. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 23:55:00 +0000 Undertaking further studies is one of the most important, difficult and sometimes distressing decisions one will ever have to make, and this decision becomes even more important, difficult and somewhat distressing if you are planning on studying abroad.  Therefore it is vital that anyone considering studying overseas knows exactly what they have to do to gain entry into that country.

Australia, like most other countries around the world has many requirements that must be met. These requirements are very broad and range from the applicants health and character, to their command of the English language. As failing to meet these requirements means that a person will not be granted entry into Australia it is important that both students and families of students know exactly what is required of them.

One of the first requirements that must be meet by the student applicant is a visa application charge of AUD $535. This charge is a non-refundable charge that covers the administrative costs associated with processing the application.

Another requirement that student applicants must meet before being accepted into the country, is proving that they have a satisfactory command of the English language. To prove that student applicants meet this requirement, the applicant is required to undertake a English language test conducted by many English language test providers including, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet Based-Test (TOEFL iBT).

Once a student gains entry into Australia, it does not mean they have finished meeting all the requirements set out by the Australian government. Once in Australia, students will have many other requirements and restrictions which they must meet and obeyed by, to ensure that they are allowed to remain in Australia.

Fortunately for international students contemplating on undertaking further studies within Australia, there is a useful eBook which is designed specifically for international students to help them achieve these requirements as well as to answer any questions you may have about studying in Australia.

Although, it may seem difficult to gain entry into Australia, once you have met all the requirements, the benefits of studying in Australia outweigh the effort exhausted in gaining entry into the country.

Australia is home to 5 of the top 10 cities in the world including Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and in turn, these cities are home to some of the best universities in the world. Not only does Australia offer some of the best cities and universities in the world, it also offers some of the best courses in the world that are not only recognised in Australia, but are recognised globally.

Unlike other countries who offer courses that are recognised only in that country, Australian courses ranging from medicine to accounting are taught at an international level and are therefore recognised all over the world.

There are many other reasons to studying in Australia, none of which relate to education at all! Australia is such a unique country, and boasts many beautiful and bizarre creatures and landmarks that are only found in Australia.

With beautiful beaches, lushes rainforests and spectacular scenery as well as the best cities in the world, with the best universities in the world offering the best courses in the world, Australia is a fantastic country to live and study in!

For further information on visa requirements and restrictions or for any other information regarding studying in Australia, visit the Studies in Australia.

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Making the most of your Studies in Australia! Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:06:59 +0000  

It’s great that you are looking at undertaking further study, and Australia is one of the best countries in the world when it comes to higher education. However just attending a good university will not give you the skills that you need to excel in the workforce. If you wish to do well at university and attain that dream position you desire, you have to do a lot more than just attend lectures and tutorials (tutes)!

Firstly, it is important to take charge of your class tutorials. Don’t just sit in the “tute” and listen to the tutor talk, get involved, ask questions, enter into group discussions. By entering into group discussions, you not only gain a better grasp of what is being taught, but can form friendships with your classmates as you all will have something in common.  Don’t be afraid of speaking up and asking a question.

Another important step to gaining the most out of your university is to join a group! There are many advantages in joining a group. One of the most common reasons why uni students join groups is to meet students who are in the same position as you. By joining a group it gives you a great opportunity to meet and make new friends. Uni students also join groups so they can be constantly be kept up to date with the latest events and happening within the university.

As it has been outlined, joining a group can not only be beneficial for you as you can keep up to date with events throughout the university, but it is a great way to meet other students like yourself. Regardless of whether you are sporty, or enjoy reading a good book, the majority of the universities in Australia will have a group that is perfect for you! Groups can be as vast as sporting groups, literature groups, or even nationality based clubs.

There are many ways of getting the most out of your university whilst studying in Australia and the Studies in Australia eBook  has many helpful tips and advice on how you can make the most of your international studies.

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The need to know about working and studying in Australia Wed, 11 Jul 2012 06:23:57 +0000 Australia, the Land Down Under, the Lucky Country, whatever you call it, Australia, is one of the greatest countries in the world when it comes to living in and studying in.

It is home to some of the most liveable cities in the world, and it is also houses some of the best universities in the world. Therefore, it is little wonder why students from all around the globe consider studying in Australia.

However, contrary to popular opinion, the best things in life aren’t always free, and Australia is no exception.  Therefore if you are intending to live and study in Australia, it is most likely that you will need to find employment. This can be quite a daunting task, for both students and families of students who intend on studying in Australia, especially if you have not gathered all the necessary information.

The Studies in Australia eBook, which is available for free at the iTunes store contains all the information required by students and families of students in regards to employment. With the iPad eBook, students and families have access to all the information relating to employment.

In the eBook you will find information relating to your employment rights within Australia, which includes the maximum number of hours you are legally allowed to work during a semester. The eBook will also discuss, provide you with information and give you advice on what you need to have before you can apply for employment including, a tax file number and resume.  Once you have gained all the information required, and you feel as if you are ready to apply for a position, the Studies in Australia eBook can also provide you with information on how you can find work, including links to job positions websites and helpful tips that will put you and your chances of gaining employment ahead of all the other applicants.

Still unsure, or need more relevant information about gaining employment within Australia? Check out

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Important changes to Australian student visa requirements Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:56:25 +0000

If you’re thinking of applying for study in Australia, you need to be aware of some of the changes introduced by the Australian Government in 2012 that affect student visas and skilled migration. These changes follow the Knight Review — a report that aims to improve Australia’s policies regarding international students.

Earlier in the year, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) made the following changes:

  • It announced plans to introduce a post-study work visa, which allows graduates of bachelor, masters and PhDs to work in Australia for up to four years after they graduate.
  • It allowed student visa applicants to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT), the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic and the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test. Previously, DIAC only accepted IELTS results.
  • It allowed prepaid homestay fees to be included in the financial requirements assessment.
  • It extended the period of time that PhD students can stay in Australia while their research work is being marked.
  • It reduced the financial requirements for Assessment Level 3 and 4 student visa applicants — they will need up to approximately AUD$36,000 less in the bank when applying for a visa.
  • It discontinued the pre-visa assessment (PVA) policy for student visa applicants from Assessment Levels 3 and 4 who were enrolling in a bachelor degree or higher qualification.
  • It lowered the student visa assessment levels for applicants from some countries.

Other changes will affect the following:

  • Visa costs
    A non-refundable visa application charge of AUD$535 now applies to most visa applications (previously AUD$565). Fees do not apply to students sponsored under Commonwealth-approved programs, secondary school exchange students or students affected by the closure of their education provider.
  • Visa cancellation
    The government plans to abolish the policy that sees student visas automatically cancelled for unsatisfactory attendance, unsatisfactory progress and working in excess of the hours allowed. Although students will still risk visa cancellation over these breaches, each student’s case will be assessed by DIAC on an individual basis. In line with the Knight Review, this will ensure a fairer process for students who breach visa conditions.
  • Visa processing for higher education students
    Student visa applicants who lodge their applications with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from a participating university in Australia at bachelor, masters or doctoral degree level will be assessed as though they are a lower migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1), regardless of their country of origin.
  • Permission to work
    Students who were granted a student visa on or after 26 April 2008 have automatic work rights — included in the $535 visa application charge. If, however, you were granted a student visa before this date and wish to apply for work rights, this will attract a fee of $75.
  • Employment restrictions
    Before March 2012, international students were able to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. This has been changed to a more flexible 40 hours per fortnight, meaning you can work 15 hours one week and 25 hours the following week, rather than strictly 20 hours per week. Students can begin work once they have commenced a course of study, and limits only apply when their course is in session (students may work unlimited hours during semester breaks). Work limits do not apply to students completing a masters or doctoral degree. See Flexible working conditionsfor more information.
  • Skilled migration visas
    As part of DIAC’s reforms to the skilled migration program, three new points-tested skilled migration visa subclasses have been introduced: subclass 189 (skilled independent), subclass 190 (skilled nominated) and subclass 489 (skilled regional — provisional). These three subclasses consolidate the six existing skilled migration visa subclasses — 175, 176, 475, 885, 886 and 487. The location requirements for the above subclasses have been removed, meaning that applicants may be inside or outside of Australia at the time of application. The requirement of recent Australian study or work experience has also been removed, but this still remains a part of the points test. Applicants must complete an online Expression of Interest through DIAC’s new SkillSelect online service (see below).
  • Skilled migration process
    DIAC has introduced an online service called SkillSelect, which enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI). Once their application is lodged (including their skills and attributes ranked against the points test), intending migrants may be nominated fora skilled visa by Australian employers or government departments, or may be invited to lodge a visa application. Once an invitation is made, you must provide evidence that the information supplied is correct. This service has been designed to address skills shortages and will allow applicants to indicate whether they would like to work in regional areas, where some occupations are experiencing significant shortages. See the SkillSelect website for more information.

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What you need to study in Australia. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 04:38:32 +0000

In today’s age, with the increased competition of globalisation and the threat of another global financial crisis, organisations are being increasingly more selective of the employees they hire, only selecting those whom have the highest education levels and advanced levels of industry knowledge.

Australian educational institutions are recognised around the world for their levels of educational standards, as well as a fantastic lifestyle and a welcoming environment for international students. But, STOP! Before you find your dream course, jump on a plane and “head down under” you have to ensure that you organise your student visa.

The Studies in Australia magazine for iPad, has a comprehensive checklist and frequently asked questions that address not only student visas, but also prerequisites, requirements and costs associated with applying for a student visa.

To ensure that no mistakes are made when applying for a student visa, (which can result in wasting hundreds of dollars) it is important that you read through this checklist carefully and thoroughly. Hobsons understands that with the combination of school work, paid work and simply just having fun with friends, spending hours in front of a computer is impractical. Therefore downloading the Studies in Australia eBook is a fantastic way to have all the information with you all the time regardless of where you.

However no matter how detailed a document is there is always one or two further questions that people may have, the Studies in Australia magazine for iPad also contains an online enquiry form that will help to answer any of your questions.

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Foundation courses: a pathway into university for international students Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:31:04 +0000 Foundation courses help international students who may not initially meet entry requirements gain entry to undergraduate study at Australian universities and colleges. They also help students adapt to the Australian academic environment and life in Australia. Foundation courses allow students to acquire the skills they need to take the next step forward in their academic and professional careers, where some foundation courses even promise a place at university after successful completion of the course.

Foundation courses are typically intensive one-year preparatory courses, but this timeframe can sometimes be altered according to the student’s needs. Students capable of accelerated learning may be able to complete programs in nine months. Other courses may be lengthened to allow students more time to prepare for their university courses. Some foundation courses have a flexible structure that allows students to enter at different times during the year and at different standards of English language or academic competency. Foundation courses are generally divided into subject streams, such as business or science studies, according to the student’s choice of undergraduate course. Most foundation courses offer a range of compulsory and elective subjects, and English language support is often a major focus.

Schools, Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges and universities all commonly offer foundation courses to international students – compare different institutions here. Many universities and some other institutions also offer ‘bridging’ courses, which are shorter, more intensive courses designed for students who are about to enter a degree course but do not meet the assumed knowledge requirements or who wish to be better prepared for university study.


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Study in the most liveable city in the world! Fri, 22 Jun 2012 02:11:55 +0000  

For students to get the most out of their studies, they need to be in a safe, secure and happy learning environment, and according to Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Report, Australia meets all these requirements and much, much more!

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s, Most Liveable Cities List, Australia is home to some of the most liveable cities in the world, with 4 of its capital cities being amongst the top 10 cities in the world!

However Australia doesn’t just consists of safe, secure and happy learning environments, but also consists of beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and amazing attractions including Uluru in the “Red Centre” and the Great Barrier Reef, located North East off the coast of Queensland, where its known for being, “beautiful one day, and perfect the next.”



With videos, image galleries and interactive maps, there’s no better resource than the Studies in Australia magazine for  iPad for finding out all you need to know about studying in Australia. With the free Studies in Australia iPad app available at the iTunes store, students and families of students who are considering undertaking further studies abroad in Australia have access to all the information that is most commonly required by students and parents, including course outlines, tertiary fees, living conditions and expenses, as well as sights to see and events to attend whilst living in Australia at their fingertips!

 For further access to all the relevant information needed to make an informed decision about studying in Australia, check out 



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What is it like to study in Australia? Thu, 21 Jun 2012 06:54:36 +0000 Australia is an increasingly popular study destination with international students from across the globe. For many students, Australia may represent a better study destination than other popular alternatives like the UK and the US.

So what is it like to live and study in Australia?

Australia is a fantastic place to live. It provides a welcoming and multicultural society with a population that originates from around 200 countries. Australian people have a reputation for being amongst the friendliest in the world, and Australian cities are safe and clean, with low crime rates.

The lifestyle and quality of living in Australia is among the best in the world. Several of Australia’s capital cities regularly rank among the world’s ‘most liveable’ cities. The Mercer 2010 worldwide quality of living survey recently found that three Australian cities ranked in the top 25 for overall quality of living. Sydney, Melbourne and Perth ranked 10th, 18th and 21st respectively, a feat not achieved by any US or UK city.

Australian education programs represent great value for money. Australian courses are often considerably cheaper than similar programs in the UK and the US, meaning that international students can save many thousands of dollars on tuition fees by choosing to study in Australia.

Not only this, Australian courses are often shorter than alternatives in other countries, particularly in the US. Most Australian degree courses can be completed in three years, and even less if the education provider works on a trimester system. This means that you can save a whole year’s tuition fees if you choose to study in Australian rather than in the US or the UK.

What to International students studying and living in Australia think?

The Studies in Australia magazine  includes stories from International students studying in Australia. These stories provide an insight into what it is like to live and study in Australia from a student perspective. To read these stories and to find out more about studying and living in Australia, download the Studies in Australia magazine available free through the app store.






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Study Abroad with Studies in Australia Tue, 19 Jun 2012 01:00:08 +0000 There are a range of scholarships available for international students wishing to study in Australia. A scholarship can provide invaluable help with funds for your study. There is strong competition for each scholarship but they are definitely worth investigating.

There are generally three different types of scholarships that you can apply for when considering studying in Australia:

  • tuition scholarships, which cover the cost of your education
  • scholarships that cover only living and accommodation expenses
  • full scholarships, which cover both tuition and living costs.

To research these areas in more detail, head to the Studies in Australia magazine for iPad and download the free app.

Most scholarships are based on academic merit, yet there is also some funding available for students from developing countries. Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) provide opportunities for people from eligible countries to undertake tertiary study in Australia in areas relevant to the development needs of their home country so that they may contribute to that country’s long-term development.

It should be noted that competition for scholarships is very strong and you should not rest all of your hopes on obtaining funding. With that said, there are certain approaches you can take that will increase your chances of gaining a scholarship:

  • Ensure that you fulfil all the necessary criteria for any given scholarship — some scholarships have very strict terms and conditions, so make sure you read all of the fine print on the application form before filling it out.
  • Your application should be proofread by somebody who speaks fluent English — scholarships committees will often overlook your application if it contains grammar or spelling mistakes.
  • Even though you might have your heart set on a particular scholarship, you should apply for as many scholarships as possible (even if they are for lesser amounts), as any type of funding is better than no funding at all.

Here are some useful websites which outline some of the different scholarships available:

It is also worth looking into other scholarships that may be available from your home country, through your preferred Australian higher education institution, or through professional associations, prominent companies and other special interest groups.

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Five benefits of studying in a regional area within Australia Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:42:46 +0000

If you’re thinking about moving to Australia to study, you can probably imagine yourself studying in an iconic capital city like Sydney or Melbourne. You may not realise that regional Australia is another option — an option taken by many international students.

There are a number of higher education providers located in regional and country Australia, which give you the opportunity to explore ‘the real Australia’ outside the big capital cities. There are some great reasons why you should think about studying in regional Australia: regional institutions offer a great relaxing lifestyle, a more personalised university experience, beautiful natural scenery and additional opportunities for migration.

  • Lifestyle: Regional cities provide a relaxing lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Imagine being able to go for a swim at the beach or a bushwalk in your spare time between classes. Many regional cities are very cosmopolitan as well, with similar leisure pursuits to what you would find in the capital cities. Regional cities have the same facilities and entertainment that you will find in the big cities (think health care, cinemas, sporting venues, restaurants, cafés, bars and shopping), so you can be sure to find everything you need. One of the main differences is that these regional cities are more relaxed, and you will feel as if you are part of a community rather than just one person in a big city: you will get to know ‘country hospitality’ first hand.
  • Specialty course offerings: Regional areas provide opportunities for secondary school, university, TAFE and English language study. Campuses in regional cities offer a wide range of disciplines, many of which are tailored to the strengths of the local area. You might find that a campus in Adelaide’s Barossa Valley offers a specialty winemaking degree, a campus in Far North Queensland features a range of tropical studies or that a campus on the New South Wales coast specialises in marine biology. There are also a number of medical and dental schools in regional areas, training students to (hopefully) take up jobs in these regions.
  • A community feel: You will find that regional university campuses are smaller, which usually means that there is a real community feel and that it is easier to meet and get to know people. Most other students will be living in the same area as well, so it will be easy to catch up with friends after class. At a regional campus it is a lot harder to get lost in the crowd and it is likely that you will feel very welcomed, meaning that you can expect to settle in to your new study and living environment in no time.
  • Discover the ‘real Australia’: Australia is famous around the world for the beauty of its natural environment. From tropical rainforests and snow-covered mountains to white sandy beaches, rolling hills, red deserts and the iconic ‘bush’, Australia really does have it all. Regional campuses are the best places to really explore Australia’s natural environment out of the city. You will have a chance to get to know the country and take up the amazing lifestyle opportunities that it offers.
  • Additional opportunities for migration: If you are thinking about applying for permanent residency in Australia once your studies are over, living and studying in a regional area will give you a distinct advantage. Study in a regional area will grant you five extra points in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s points test for skilled migration visa applications.

If you want further information regarding Australian education, download the Studies in Australia magazine for iPad — available now from the App Store at

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Comprehensive Information on Australian Education Fri, 15 Jun 2012 06:55:21 +0000 Thanks to its reputation for offering a laidback lifestyle and high-quality education, Australia is a popular destination for international students, with around 630,000 international students from over 140 countries around the world. But with so many institutions and courses available, it can be difficult for international students to know where to start in their search for the right option for them.


To sort through the options, international students can benefit from guides such as the new Studies in Australia magazine for iPad produced by Hobsons Australia. Already available as a print guide and website, Studies in Australia, provides comprehensive information to help international students decide what — and where — to study in Australia.


The new magazine for iPad contains information on everything from visa requirements and what it’s like to live Down Under to detailed descriptions of Australian education institutions, scholarships information and an in-depth look into the different education sectors in Australia. For more information on this comprehensive guide, head to


The interactive guide is designed for students and graduates interested in studying in Australia across a wide range of disciplines at every level of education, from short-term English language courses, bachelor degrees and masters degrees right through to doctoral degrees.


According to Davorin Vrdoljak, General Manager of Publishing at Hobsons Australia, the Studies in Australia magazine for iPad provides a wealth of information to those who are considering studying in Australia as well as those who provide advice to potential students.


“The Studies in Australia magazine for iPad provides complete, correct and essential information on education options within Australia; therefore, it is very reliable for overseas institutions or individuals to use as a classic guidebook to give advice to the students who plan to study in Australia,” Mr Vrdoljak said.


Whatever type of study, international students need accurate and easy-to-use information to make an informed decision. The Studies in Australia magazine for iPad can help students make the best study choice — available now from the App Store at

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