Studying in Australia

Have you ever wondered about continuing your studies in Australia? Find out about the visa requirements, work options and other information that will give you a headstart in making your dreams of studying in Australia come true!
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Australia is quickly becoming the most popular destination for further education for Malaysian students. In addition to its close proximity, it is a relatively affordable alternative to the UK and the US. Geographically isolated from the rest of the world, the country is the epitome of uniqueness - with its rich history, cultures, wildlife found nowhere else in the world, beautiful landscapes and sceneries - and a land of countless opportunities for work and study.

Australian Study Visa Requirements

Students can start applying for a student visa once they have received a letter of offer or an electronic CoE or Certification of enrollment from an Australian university. The university must be registered with the Australian Government to offer full-time courses to international students.

The general requirements that you need to satisfy when applying for a student visa are:

  • Of good character with good health
  • Have health insurance from the Overseas Student Health Cover
  • No debts to the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Must have the financial ability to cover living costs (approximately RM70,200 to RM80,500 each year of study)
  • Have fulfilled the academic qualifications including the level of English proficiency
  • Malaysian students can apply for the visas (with their CoE) through the Internet as the Malaysian passport is at Assessment Level 1.

Language of Instruction

English. Applicants whose first language is not English must sit for one of the following papers: IELTS, TOEFL, Australian Matriculation English, GCE 'O' level, Cambridge 1119, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, TESL.

Australian Employment Options

A visa with permission to work will allow you to work up to only 20 hours a week on a casual basis during the academic year and full-time during vacation periods. Students are advised to work for the experience rather than to fund their studies.

Australian Tuition Fees

According to the Study in Australia website, tuition fees to study in Australia price range is between RM44,500 to RM109,800 for foundation studies and approximately RM95,000 per year for bachelor degrees. Additional costs will include subject-specific tools and supplies, books, and fees for library usage, sports and laboratory facilities. All international students must pay their tuition fees first before they commence their studies. Consider applying for a scholarship to fund your studies if you are academically inclined but lack the financial means to secure the opportunity to study in the land down under.

Living in Australia

You will need between RM4,500 to RM7,500 per month to cover your living costs. Finding food in Australia is easy as there is a wide range of foreign cuisines fit for an international palate. It's also easy to get around because of a well-managed public transport system which includes buses, trains and in some places, trams.

Student accommodations include the regular on-campus residential colleges, hostels and private rental houses. Alternatively, you can also choose a homestay setting where you will stay with a family and pay rent to them every month for a room in their house. Accommodation will cost around RM250 to RM1,270 per week.

Airfare to Australia

Return ticket prices start at RM1,052 and may vary according to destinations and airlines.

Australian Health Insurance

  • Compulsory for all students studying in Australia.
  • Covers most medical expenses and hospital care inclusive of most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport.
  • Costs of the OSHC on the duration of your stay in Australia varies from one health fund to another.

Scholarships for Australian Studies

Popular scholarship programmes include the Endeavour Awards, Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) and the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) which are offered by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Other scholarship sources include the Australian Government, educational institutions and a number of other organisations. For more information, click here.

Local Contact

Australian High Commission
6, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng,
Kampung Baru,
50450 Kuala Lumpur.