Time: Current time [http://www.sweden.se/]
Area:7,682,300 sq km
GDP:$1.235 trillion (13th) (2010)
Per capita:$55,589 (6th)
Religion:Anglican, Roman Catholic, Protestant
Currency:Australian Dollar (AUD)
Drives on the: Left
Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country was able to take advantage of its natural resources in order to rapidly develop its agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. Long-term concerns include pollution, particularly depletion of the ozone layer, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef. A referendum to change Australia s status, from a commonwealth headed by the British monarch to a republic, was defeated in 1999.
In recent times, Australia has emerged as one of the favorite destinations for higher education and has built a strong reputation for educational excellence. Currently, there are 200 000 international students pursuing different types of courses at different levels in the country. Education in the country offers the students with new and varied opportunities. At the same time, the students experience an all-new world replete with unparalleled experiences. The programs offered in the universities are world-class and have worldwide recognition and a reputation for excellence.
Moreover, the relaxed and safe lifestyle is another factor why students increasingly choose Australia for higher education. Comparatively, the cost of education and living is also lower for the standards of education that Australian universities are second to none.
Australia s rapid emergence on the international education scene has attracted huge number of students. In fact, Australia has a higher percentage of international students than the US or the UK. Cheaper courses are another reason why students prefer the country for further education. The country has a national set of education that has been endorsed by the national government. Entry into the Australian universities is tough as there is a high degree of competition. English proficiency is a must for both under graduate and postgraduate studies.
In order to aid the students who are planning to study in Australia, here are some links, which are mentioned below. These links will help a student understand Australia better and also know more about the colleges and universities in Australia.
Student Visa Process in Australia
Any person who intends to undertake full-time study in a registered course in Australia needs to obtain a Australian Student Visa. A Student Visa permits the holder to travel to, enter and remain in Australia for the duration of the registered course of study. Overseas students cannot undertake part-time study in Australia and must leave Australia on completion of their course of study.
Student Visa Processing
Student visa applicants from India, Nepal and Bhutan are required to undergo a Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA).
Persons wishing to study in Australia should apply on form 157A and pay the current visa application charge.
Documentation to submit with your application
• Four recent passport-style photographs for each applicant
• Supplementary Questionnaire to Form 157A
• Completed ‘details of relatives’ form
• IELTS test results
• Changes to the student visa regulations require varying evidence of funds dependent on the subclass of student visa applied for. Applicants should show funds and (income that support these funds) enough to cover, course fee, and living costs in Australia (AUD 12,000 pa) as well as amounts covering other family members.For details relating to the specific financial evidentiary requirements for each subclass www.immi.gov.au/students
• All original education documents including all mark sheets for Degrees
• Affidavit of support from the person providing financial support
• For applicants below 18 years of age, details of arranged guardianship in Australia plus an affidavit from the student s parents agreeing to the guardianship arrangement
• Bank statement from the person(s) providing support outlining transactions for the past 6 months
Student applicants should lodge applications no more than 3 months and at least 8 weeks before course commencement dates. Some applications take longer to process. Students may be asked to undertake further medicals and some delays may be experienced due to the need to verify bank or education documents. Nepalese and Bhutanese applicants need to take into account the time taken for documents and letters to be sent and received by the Visa Office.
To be granted a student visa you will need Complete relevant parts of the visa application form and lodge it along with a copy of your letter of offer or Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) supporting documentation specified in the appropriate booklet from the Temporary Entry: Overseas Students series, and Payment of the visa application charge.
Satisfy the student visa requirements
Major changes to Australia s student visa assessment procedures came into effect on 1 July 2001 to streamline visa processing. The restructured student visa programme replaces the gazetted/non-gazetted country arrangement and the Special Entry Arrangements for PRC students. The Student (Temporary) Visa now has:
1. Visa sub-classes: for each education sector You should apply under the visa sub-class for your principal course of study.
2. Country assessment levels (CAL): Each education sector in each country is ranked according to four assessment levels.
3. Evidentiary standards: These visa requirements include English language proficiency and are increasingly stringent from CAL 1 through to CAL 4.
4. Electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE): The only accepted evidence of enrolment for processing student visa applications.
Generally, an international student is issued a multiple entry visa for the duration of their study course in Australia. This allows you to travel backwards and forwards to Australia within the period for which it has been granted. Members of your immediate family (spouse and unmarried dependent children under 18 years of age) may accompany you to Australia and will be considered in the same visa class as yourself. If you wish to extend your stay in Australia for further study you will need to lodge an application for a further visa.
Australian Quarantine Regulations
Australian quarantine is needed to keep out exotic pests and diseases that could affect native plants and animals, human health, agricultural industries and our environment. This role is undertaken by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). Visit the AQIS website for information in a range of foreign languages on what you cannot bring into Australia and what your family and friends at home cannot send to you through the mail.