Study Abroad in Australia


Australian States and Territories

Australia is a federal country, consisting of 6 states and 2 territories as follows:

  • New South Wales: Is the most populous state and has the city of Sydney – the economic and cultural center of Australia. In this state, there are top universities such as the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and Macquarie University.
  • Victoria: Southern state whose capital is Melbourne – Australia’s second most populous city. In this state, there are top universities such as the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
  • Queensland: State located in the north with Brisbane as its capital. In this state, there are top universities such as University of Queensland, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology.
  • Western Australia: Australia’s largest state in terms of area is located in the West. Perth city is the capital of this state. Top universities in this state include the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.
  • South Australia: State located in the south-central part of Australia, with Adelaide as its capital. Top universities in this state include the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.
  • Tasmania: Is an island located in the south of Australia, with the capital being Hobart. The top university here is the University of Tasmania.
  • Australian Capital Territory: Federal territory located between New South Wales and Victoria with Canberra as the capital of Australia. In this territory, there is only one university, Australian National University – one of Australia’s leading universities.
  • Northern Territory: Federal territory located in the North of Australia with the capital Darwin. Currently, this territory has only one main university, Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Currently, Australia is one of the top destinations for international students who want to study abroad. This is proven by the rapid growth of the number of international students registering to study in Australia over the past many years.

Advantages of studying abroad in Australia:

  • High-quality education: Australia’s education system is ranked top in the world with many leading universities and colleges, providing diverse and quality training programs.
  • Job opportunities: Graduates in Australia have many opportunities to find jobs in many different industries, and there are also employment support policies for international students after graduation.
  • Diverse learning environment: Universities and colleges in Australia attract students from around the world, creating a diverse learning environment and rich cultural experiences.
  • Good living conditions: Australia is one of the countries with the highest quality of life in the world, with a beautiful and clean natural environment along with good public services and guaranteed security.
  • Scholarship opportunities and financial support: Australia offers a variety of scholarship and financial support opportunities for international students, helping to reduce financial pressure and increase access to high-quality education.
  • Favorable conditions for studying abroad: Australia has a proactive policy in developing the study abroad industry, providing clear and friendly regulations for international students. In addition, settlement conditions after graduation are also very favorable, helping international students stay in Australia to work or settle.


Training levels

Primary program (Primary)

From 6 to 7 years depending on state and territory:

  • 6 years (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria)
  • 7 years (Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

Secondary program (Secondary)

From 5 to 6 years depending on state and territory.

High schools in Australia include public and private schools of all types: boarding schools, religious schools, single or mixed gender schools.

All schools teach the core subjects of English, Math, Science, Arts, Technology and Languages.

In addition, students can also study a number of subjects such as Digital Media, Agriculture, Graphic Design, Music and Accounting.

Completing the high school program, students will be awarded a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.

Vocational training program

Vocational education and training, also known as Certificate of Practice (Certificate), is considered a training program that attracts many students because of its high quality, providing valuable and practical skills and experience. Students can start the course immediately after graduating from middle school (grade 10) or high school (grade 12). Many schools have linked with universities to help students transfer to receive a bachelor’s degree after completing vocational training programs. 

The vocational training program has many practical courses including information technology, business – management, marketing – communications, health, science, design – art, media production. television – media, environmental studies – land management, sports – entertainment, engineering – construction, services – tourism…

Undergraduate and postgraduate programs

Bachelor Degree

The time to complete the bachelor’s program is at least 3 years. A bachelor’s degree is a basic university degree and is the basic degree for in-depth study.

Bachelor [Honors] degree

Study period is 4 years. For an honors bachelor’s degree, students must study for an additional year after being awarded a bachelor’s degree. An honors bachelor’s degree will also be awarded if students achieve outstanding results in a 4-year bachelor’s degree course or more in the Australian education system.

Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma

Study duration ranges from 6 months to 12 months.

The training program mainly develops skills that students have gained while studying at college or university. At the same time, improve knowledge and professional skills in specialized fields.

Master Degree

Time to complete the program is from 1 to 2 years

A Master’s degree enhances professional and specialized skills. The characteristic of a Master’s degree is that you must complete research, classroom program or a combination of both. Students gain in-depth understanding of a specific area of ​​knowledge through an independent research paper.

Doctoral Degree (PhD)

The time to complete the doctoral program is 3 years.

A PhD is the highest degree awarded by Australian universities. Although it is a research degree, some programs may also include classroom learning.

Year of study in Australia

The Australian school year usually starts in early February for high school students and in late February – early March for vocational and university students.

Most high schools include 3 or 4 semesters while universities and vocational schools only have 2 semesters with final exams each semester falling in late June and November.

Usually students will have a 2 to 4 week break between semesters. Summer vacation starts from November or December to February.

Tuition fees

  • High school: 8,000 – 23,000 AUD/year
  • College: 10,000 – 27,000 AUD/year
  • University: 14,000 – 35,000 AUD/year
  • Postgraduate: 10,000 – 36,000 AUD/year


Can students work part-time while studying in Australia?

International students can work part-time during their studies, up to 20 hours/week and unlimited during summer vacation.

Do I need to have health insurance when studying in Australia?

Yes, international students are required to have health insurance when studying in Australia to protect their health in case of need. Many universities and colleges in Australia have health insurance schemes for international students, however, you can also buy health insurance from insurance companies.

What is the cost of living in Australia?

Living costs when studying in Australia include food, accommodation, travel, entertainment and other expenses. According to statistics, the average living cost for students studying abroad in Australia is about 20,000 to 25,000 AUD/year.

How to find the right school?

When choosing a school, students should consider the following factors:

  • Curriculum: Explore available curriculums and see if they match your child’s abilities and interests.
  • Location: Choose schools in safe, convenient and spacious locations.
  • Tuition: Consider tuition and living costs in the school area to ensure that you have enough budget.
How long does it take to process an Australian student visa?

Normally, the review time ranges from 7 – 60 days depending on the level of application. If the application does not have enough information, documents, or is clear, the processing time may be extended. Therefore, as soon as students receive admission confirmation from an Australian school, they should apply for a visa as soon as possible to promptly handle any arising problems.