Study in Australia

Studying in Australia is a dream come true for many Filipinos. Here’s all the information if you’re considering whether to study Down Under.

Why study in Australia

With its sophisticated infrastructure, world-leading healthcare services, dynamic range of public transport, numerous student services and comparatively affordable cost of living, it’s no wonder why Australia is the third most popular destination for international students.

At least six of Australia’s state capital cities are ranked among the world’s 30 best cities for students in terms of quality of life and employment opportunities. And because the number of Filipinos choosing to study in Australia has been increasing steadily over the years, there’s also a robust expat community to rely on once you arrive.

How to get a student visa to study in Australia

If you live in the Philippines and you’d like the opportunity to study in Australia, the first step is to secure a student visa.

When applying, there are several different requirements that will need to be met:

Offer letter

Also known as a Letter of Offer. This is a documented testimony issued by the education provider with whom you wish to enroll.

Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

A CoE is an official document issued by the government which confirms that you have accepted your place in a course and that you have paid your required tuition fees. You can access your application for the certificate here.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)

The government requires proof that the student’s intentions to stay in Australia are temporary and that they will back home upon completion of the course. You will need to have a Statement of Purpose (SoP) in order to show genuine intention to study.

Financial requirements

At the time of application, you must have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees, travel expenses and living costs for the duration of your stay. These requirements depend on various factors like your country, course taken, provider chosen, lifestyle, etc.

English language proficiency

The English language requirement depends on the program and the provider you have chosen. For each section of the English test (Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking) you will receive a band score from 1 – 9. The average of this score will form your overall band score. While some courses and providers ask for a minimum of seven bands, others may be okay with 5,6 or even 6.5 overall.

Health requirement

All Australian student visa applicants must undergo a medical health examination, the contents of which depend on the following factors:

  • The type of visa you are applying for
  • The length of your stay in Australia
  • Your country’s level of tuberculosis risk
  • Your intended activities in Australia
  • Any special circumstances that may be applicable
  • The presence of any significant medical conditions

Character requirement

You might be asked to provide a police clearance certificate when applying. The requirements may be different if you’ve lived in multiple countries in the past.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

As an applicant, you must have OSHC for the entirety of your stay in Australia. You cannot get a visa without adequate health cover. It is mandatory for all the applicants wishing to study in Australia. Common providers are Bupa, Medibank.

Cost of living

Your cost of living is entirely dependent on your lifestyle – including the area you live in, how you commute to/from classes, etc. However, each and every student application where evidence of funds is required should show proof of funds that could cover cost of living. To get an idea how much your cost of living will be like, check out real estate websites such as

Universities in Australia for international students

Still undecided as to which university to apply to? Have a look at the following Australian universities recommended for Filipino students, as ranked by University Rankings Australia

Australian National University

Australia National University is considered the premier Australian university. Studying here situates you in the Australian capital city of Canberra, where parliament and government hold sessions. This is also one of the best Australian universities for Filipino students interested in political science, social policy and administration, arts and humanities, history and even archaeology. And given its premier status, it boasts a high ranking of graduate employability. 

University of Melbourne

Often ranked as the number one university in Australia, the University of Melbourne has a progressive approach to learning. Students get to craft their own course by choosing a path, subjects and direction, based on the understanding that students don’t always stay in the same industry after graduating. Instead, education is about learning skills and adapting successfully, regardless of the field.

University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is the first university established in the country. Its humanities, sports-related subjects, accounting and finance, as well as pharmacy courses are the institution’s primary ranking fields.

University of New South Wales

With various campuses spanning the hustling and bustling city of Sydney, the University of New South Wales ranks first in courses majoring in finance, management, mechanical engineering and civil engineering, among others.

University of Queensland

With its famous sandstone campus buildings and high-ranking environmental sciences and engineering programmes, the University of Queensland is a perfect choice for international students.

Scholarships in Australia

Many schools in Australia offer scholarships for international students. There are also government-sponsored scholarships available that you can take advantage of. Either way, they regularly update their requirements and policies, so it’s best to visit the official website of each scholarship or programme. Alternatively, you van consult IDP Australia’s list.

Can you study and work in Australia?

International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while studying in Australia. This is a great opportunity if you want to earn money to offset living expenses during your stay, and for those who want to gain work experience in their field of study.

Why do tertiary studies in australia?

Your experience of studying in Australia will also be valuable for potential employers following the conclusion of your studies. Having successfully completed your course tells a lot about your character and intellect. You’ll possess intangible life skills such as adaptability, flexibility and enthusiasm to learn and face challenges along the way

Work-stream visa options

Here are some of the most popular work-stream visa options for international students looking to work in the country:

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

This visa is a points-tested permanent resident visa. If you are an international student who has graduated in Australia, you are not sponsored by any employer or relative and have an occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), you can apply.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

This visa is suitable for skilled workers who have been nominated by a territory or state government agency. To be eligible for this visa, you will need to prove that you have an appropriate skills assessment for the occupation listed in the Skilled Occupation list.

Skilled Regional visa (subclass 491)

To be eligible for this visa, you must get sponsorship, fulfill skill requirements, or receive a nomination from either an Australian region, state or territory. This visa also permits you to live and work in certain regional areas across Australia for five years. After three of these years, you’ll be eligible to apply for a permanent residence visa.

Skilled recognized Graduate visa (subclass 476)

This visa is specifically aimed at engineering graduates, under the age of 31, who wish to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience in Australia. You will need to have completed an engineering degree at a recognized university or technikon within the last two years.

You will also need to have had a major sequence of study, or specialization in:

  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Electrical and electronics engineering
  • Mechanical, production and plant engineering
  • Mining and material engineering

A new way of life in Australia

There are many reasons why people choose to move to Australia. The country is frequently featured in the annual Social Progress Index which gauges “quality of life” in various countries; Australia currently sits in eighth place. Furthermore, the combination of natural wonders, big city comforts, perfect weather and laid-back lifestyle make it a stellar place to live.

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