Australian Education is a dream that every candidate hopes to achieve one day, but there are so many barriers along the way. One of these is the impending cost which not only includes the cost of the qualifying examinations, application fees and finally the Student visa Fees. However, the major component of the financial burden comes in the form of the course fees, Books and Living Expenses which is in thousands of dollars, which when converted into the Indian currency runs in Lakhs. According to the Australian Government site, the cost of studying in Australia varies with the institution, the course and the level of study one intend to pursue. All the international students have to pay the entire semester fees before the study. Thus it is advisable for the students to choose the subject wisely and pursue the path with diligence. Australian Government website (https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/australian-education/education-costs) provides the following statistics with regards to the annual costs of the undergraduate or the Bachelor’s degree and the Post Graduate or the Master’s Degree. While for the former, the candidate needs to approximately $20,000 to $45,000 and the latter between $15,000 to $60,000.These figures, however, do not include most of the medical-related courses such as Veterinary and Medical Sciences respectively.
Considered a haven for many prospective students keen to study abroad, Australia offers programs in myriad disciplines. The country has been considered an epicentre of an impeccable system of education sought by International students from around the globe.”The land down under’ is only behind the United States and the United Kingdom in attracting the largest number of international students in an English speaking environment. The question arises as to what might be the reason for most probable overseas bound candidates to seek Australia as their prime study destination. The answer to this question lies in the educational experience that makes all the real difference. The Australian curriculum is so designed to promote innovation, creativity and above else ability to think independently. Career Prospects of the candidates are bright with many candidates don prominent positions both in the government as well as the corporate sector. Besides the Australian curriculum is widely recognised and accepted by most Globally recognized Postgraduate Institutions of repute. The country fosters a friendly atmosphere and abounds in energetic and fun-loving people, and Australian qualifications are recognised by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Courses undertaken at the universities are covered by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is a system of learning authorised by the Australian government. Australia currently has about 38,4000 international students from over 140 countries in broad disciplines such as Bachelor and Masters Degrees right through to Doctoral Degrees.
Overwhelming Education Cost in Australia
There is no doubt that Landmarks such as Opera House, The Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney Harbor Bridge along with the picturesque landscapes consisting of beaches and national parks attract a number of visitors from around the world to visit Australia. Similarly, the presence of top-ranked institutions such as the Australian National University, University of Melbourne, and Sydney (Ranked 29,38 and 42 respectively)makes it enticing for the students to explore career opportunities here. Australian education as mentioned earlier opens doors to not only illustrious career options but also the stress of arranging an exorbitant fee, which becomes out of the reach for most of the candidates.
Besides the cost of education, there are other factors that contribute to the overheads.
i)Living Costs(Accommodation such as Rent, Dormitory or Shared Apartment)
iv)Miscellaneous(Medical, Book Supplies etc)
Thankfully, there are a number of Australian scholarships and financial aid opportunities that come to the rescue of the prospective students who are keen to pursue their studies in Australia. Do you know that most of these scholarships are left unapplied and used by International students for the lack of their knowledge? We, through this article, aim to provide brief information to the future applicants about the various aspects of these scholarships such as the important dates of application, eligibility and the deadlines to apply. We aim to discuss the 5 leading scholarships for International students. These prestigious financial aid opportunities are highly competitive and the students must be proactive in their application.
1)Australia Award Scholarships for Indian students
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), in the year 2019 granted 3,161 Australia Award Scholarships to candidates from developing nations from nations in Asia(15), Pacific(13), Africa(11) and Middle East(1)
The Middle East. These scholarships aim at the promotion of prosperity and stability accompanied by a reduction in poverty. The aim of these scholarships is to recognize the importance of tertiary education as an integral element in the development. The awards are categorized into the following groups:
i)Australia Awards Global Strategy: The scholarships offer overseas students the support to study short courses involving the study and research for professional development in Australia. The scholarships provides the necessary support to the students to live, work and study in the Indo-Pacific. The benefits accompanying the scholarships are Full Tuition Fees, Return air travel, Establishment allowance, Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) , Introductory Academic Program (IAP), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) , Pre-course English (PCE) fees. Candidates after the completion of their studies form an elite component of Australia’s Global Alumni. Similarly the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships provide financial aid to candidates specifically from the pacific region such as Pacific tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, and Wallis and Futuna. Australia Awards Short Courses are usually awarded for courses under 3 months and need to be pursued from an approved Australian higher education provider or an Australian Registered Training Organisation in Australia and/or in partner countries. Australia awards the ACIAR
(Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) to candidates keen to pursue the organization funded Agriculture research project in the Indo-Pacific Region
Australian University Scholarships
Various universities offer government-funded scholarships to International students. The major benefits in these government-funded university scholarships include tuition, Accommodation, Health Insurance or the transportation expenses respectively. The article includes 5 of the most popular university Funded scholarships. The major benefits along with the conditions and the eligible courses are listed below.
a)University of Western Australia
The UWA International Achievement Scholarship is awarded to candidates from South and South-East Asian countries keen to pursue courses in the areas of Commerce, Engineering, Computer Science and Data Science. The scholarship carries an award of $30,000 towards the student’s tuition fees.
i)Deakin India 10% Bursary
The grant is awarded to Indian students and leads to a waiver of 10% of the total tuition fees on the offer letter. Offer extends through the entire course and the candidate has to fulfil the requirements as listed by the university.
a)Indian National with a valid Indian Passport.
b)Candidate should be residing in India with a valid Indian Passport.
c)Apply through authorized Deakin Agent in India
d)Academic score of 55-59.9% in the undergraduate degree.
ii) ClareHopkinsClarke Architects Academic Merit Scholarship
Awarded to the first-year students of Master of Architecture or Master of Architecture (Design Management) in 2019, the scholarship carries the benefits of a cash payment of up to $5000 annually for two years. The total value of the scholarship is $10 000 and the candidates have to meet the following eligibility requirements:
a)The candidate needs to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa or an International student
b)Enrolled in the Master of Architecture or Master of Architecture (Design Management) in Trimester 1, 2020
c)Prior degree of Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management at Deakin University in 2019 and achieved a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70. The shortlisted candidates shall have to appear for a mandatory interview as a part of the selection process.
iii)Deakin University’s Doctoral Scholarship.
The scholarships are offered to students pursuing a PhD. High Degree by Research (HDR) scholarships are awarded in subjects such as economics , physical and mental health, molecular research and citizenship and globalisation
c)Australian Catholic University
Australian Catholic University Emergency Nursing Advocacy Bursary
The scholarship at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne is especially for the economically underprivileged students keen to be a part of the nursing profession. The awarded grant provides the student with the necessary support during the study at the ACU followed by a graduate year at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. In order to be eligible for the bursary, the prospective students should satisfy the following requirements:
i) Domestic and International students with a Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or a Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) or asylum seekers on a Bridging visa A (BVA) or E (BE)
ii)Should have a background in Health Sciences
iii)Course: Undergraduate Nursing or Midwifery degree
v)The candidate could be in any year of an academic career.
The Murdoch University’s Academic Excellence Awards (MUAEA’s) acknowledges the students with an exceptionally brilliant academic high record. The minimum qualifying percentage in the previous degree/diploma/board in both the undergraduate and postgraduate degree is 75% respectively.
An average grade of 75% (or equivalent depending on the grading system) or higher in the last course prior to applying to a Murdoch University Undergraduate degree. The number of scholarships is 35
An average grade of 75% or higher or equivalent GPA in the Bachelor degree course prior to applying to a Murdoch University Graduate Diploma or Masters by Coursework degree. The number of Postgraduate scholarships is 12. These scholarships carry a value of $5000 and the students have to meet the eligibility conditions.
I)Be an International Student;
II)Commencement of the First Semester at Murdoch University;
iii)Should have an offer letter from Murdoch University;
iv)Have achieved an academic record of 75% or higher in your previous study;
v) Enrollment in a full-time, academic program at Murdoch University for the entire duration.
e)Charles Sturt Foundation Scholarships
These Australian scholarships are awarded to all the overseas students who are planning to pursue an undergraduate programme. The scholarships are merit-based and carry a value from $1000-$10,000.These prestigious scholarships are granted to students who have excelled in academics, participated in Community/Regional welfare activities and exhibit higher career objectives and aspirations. The candidates should understand that in order to be considered for this scholarship, one should have a great academic score. Strong references from academics and philanthropic organizations put the candidates in great standing.
The prospective candidates should be proactive in knowing the deadlines, eligibility requirements and finally submission early to increase his chances. The process of application requires the timely submission of many documents that need to be attested by the officials. With so many activities involved, the process sometimes turns too overwhelming for the students. Avenues Abroad, one of the best overseas career consultants comes to the rescue by providing complete assistance from the providing consultation over the choice of the university, Arranging and submission of the documentation followed by assistance for the visa. The consultants also provide assistance with the travel arrangements and accommodation and ensure a stressfree application process for the student. Though most of the scholarships cover only partial expenses of Tuition, there are others that cover the living and travelling expenses too. Most of the scholarships based on research offer 100% waiver to candidates in Tuition and Living expensive. As mentioned earlier, these being highly competitive, the students need to apply it at least 8-10 months prior to the start of the program.