Studying in Australia

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Colleges & TAFES

Program Types & Length of Program

  • Diplomas (1-2 years)
  • Advanced diplomas (1.5-2 years)
  • Post-graduate Certificates (1 year)
  • Certificates (6 months-2 years)


College & TAFE tuition is usually more affordable than university, although some specialized programs may cost more.


Program Types & Length of Program

  • Bachelor’s degrees (3-4 years)
  • Master’s degrees (1–2 years)
  • Doctoral degree (PhD) (4 years)
  • Certificates (offered by some universities: 1–2 years)


University tuition is usually more expensive than college.

Opportunities During Your Studies

Work while you study*

Australian student visas currently allow students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while they are studying, and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks. If students come with a family member on their visa, the family member is allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight after a student begins their course.

Opportunities After Graduation

Work in your home country

Secure a position in an industry related to your studies. Your international education and language experience will open up opportunities to work in positions with an international focus.

Work in Australia with a Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa*

International Graduates who have completed qualifications in select skill areas are currently eligible to apply for a Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. In early 2013, Australia changed the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa to a Temporary Graduate Visa, and open up temporary work permit options for graduates fr om a wider range of disciplines.

Typical Program Entry Requirements**

Certificates: I, II, III (6 months–2 years) Completion of Year 10 Minimum GPA requirements vary
depending on the program choice,
and on the students’ home country
Certificates: IV (6 months–2 years) High school diploma
Diplomas (1–2 years) High school diploma
Advanced diplomas (1.5–2 years) High school diploma
Bachelor’s degrees (3-4 years) High school diploma
Post-graduate certificates (1 year) College diploma or bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience (high school diploma may be accepted for mature students only)
Master’s degree (1–2 years) Bachelor’s degree
Doctoral degree (PhD) (1–4 years) Master’s degree

* All work and visa information is reviewed periodically by the Australian government and is subject to change. For the most current information, see the Australian government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

** ILSC’s University Pathway program supports students to meet the language requirement for entry into our partner schools. Additional entry requirements apply, and vary by school and program.

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