Do you want to study a master’s or degree in Australia but don’t know where to start? Don’t you know if there are public universities for foreigners or what scholarships you can benefit from? You have come to the right article.
Studying a degree or a master’s degree in Australia is expensive and requires great sacrifice on your part; points that I detail in the rest of the article.
- Australia has some of the best universities in the world, internationally recognized and with some of the highest employability rates.
- Australia has much lower unemployment and a higher standard of living than Spain (or Latin American countries). After finishing a master’s degree, it is not uncommon to earn two or three times what you would earn in your country for the same position. After a few years, it’s normal to see executive positions offering six-figure salaries a year.
- Studying and working in Australia opens the door to the rest of the world. It eliminates cultural and language barriers, and gives you the tools to live and work where and how you want.
Lastly, on a personal level, and although I recognize that you are not at home anywhere, Australia is a country that offers a lot. It is not only the weather, the animals or the beach, but the mixture of customs, food, languages and faces. Australia can be a door to discover realities different from yours that you would never have contemplated if you had stayed at home.
No. Neither for foreigners nor for locals. Australians pay a lot more for their university than what we Spaniards usually pay in our country. The salaries are higher and they have facilities to pay it, but they still pay a lot.
It is a little more expensive for international students than for them, and it usually costs from AU$20,000 to AU$37,000 per year. You can see more info in this official source of the Australian government.
In my personal experience studying a master’s degree at the University of Sydney, the final amount was about AU$34,000 or so, not counting material, printing, books and cost of living.
The master’s degrees usually last 18 or 24 months, while the degrees usually last 3, 4 or more years, so, although the annual cost of the master’s degree is somewhat higher, the total cost is reduced a bit. In any case, if you are a saver, working while you study in Australia should be able to pay for it in a relatively short time.
But there are aids for international students in Australia, right?
There are some. For example, in the states of Victoria and ACT, if you study at the universities of Melbourne and Canberra, the price of public transport would be reduced by half. This does not happen in New South Wales (Sydney or Newcastle).
However, rather than relying on facilities and study aid, if you are really interested in studying in Australia, look for information on the scholarships that you can benefit from.
Are there any scholarships for international students in Australia?
Yes, and if you have a good resume it may be the best way to finance your trip. In general, the scholarships are divided between aid from Spain and the European Union, aid from private institutions and scholarships from the destination universities (the latter are generally more difficult to obtain).
Scholarships from Australian Universities:
Almost all Australian universities have scholarship programs to help overseas students, but they are very competitive, with bright people from all over the world vying for them. If you’re interested, you can look at the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne, but if you search for “institution + scholarships” you should find all the information you need for either.
The Australian government also has the Endeavours, which are great but very, very competitive.
If you think you have opportunities, don’t just throw one out: try to access all the scholarships you can, that way you will increase your chances of getting one.
What do I need to do a master’s degree in Australia?
First of all, you need to be accepted at the university you are going to, and for this you have to have a minimum level of English. This level of English will depend on the master’s degree or the degree you want to do in Australia.
In general, for a degree they usually ask you for a minimum IELTS of 6.5 and a 7.0 or 7.5 for masters. Science masters tend to ask for less, while humanities and teaching tend to ask for more. If you are not sure, you can find this information on the website of your university.
Once you have a sufficient level, you need to be accepted in the university. This is usually not too complicated: international students are the ones who pay for Australian universities, so if you do things right they usually don’t get too fussy.
For a master’s degree, you will have to send the title of the degree, your notes translated by a sworn translator, a CV and a letter of motivation. Keep in mind that in some universities it can take months to give you a transcript, in my case, the URJC took almost half a year to give me mine and I almost ended up on the ground because of it, so try to be proactive.
You will also have to pay the first installment of the university, that is, the first semester. The rest of the installments are paid every 6 months before starting a new semester.
Can I pay for a master’s degree with what I save in Australia?
With the student visa, with which you can only work part-time (20 hours per week), it would not be possible. If you do not have a scholarship, the ideal is that you at least have your studies paid for, to be able to afford to live there working while you study.
How to choose a university in Australia?
This will depend on what degree or master you want to do, what you want to do next, what is your field of interest and where you want to live.
Once you have decided which program best suits you, it would be good to look at how prestigious your university is in that specific field. Since the overall cost doesn’t change much, at least you get the best out of it. Some of the most famous rankings are the Shanghai Ranking, the Times Higher Education or the World University Ranking.
Remember that a university that has a very good grade in general may have a mediocre social studies program, and a fair university may have a great science program, so look at the rankings by department, salary, employability or the factors that matter most. you are interested
Finally, check which university best suits your plans and lifestyle. For example, if you are going to live in Sydney, you should know that Macquarie University or UNSW are quite a bit further from the city center than UTS or the University of Sydney. If you opt for the Australian National University in Canberra, you will have to know that your leisure options will be more limited and that it may be more difficult to find a job. Or read, You Should Follow Some Tips for Your Travel While Studying in Australia.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.