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Think back to the days when you slept till noon, watched a lot of crap telly and just occasionally went to a lecture (to snooze at the back). Glory days. Sigh. Well they may not be gone forever if you enrol in an educational course in Australia.

Once you get accepted on a study programme and obtain a student visa you are entitled to stay in Oz for the duration of your study, plus a month before and after the course. You are also allowed to work 20 hours a week to support your studies.

As well as having an ace experience, you will also have new qualifications to boost your CV. Also, if you are hoping to get residency in the land Down Under, having studied here will be a useful addition to your application.

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions for Overseas Students (Cricos) is a great place to start looking for the perfect course of study.

Imre Gomes of Student World advises: “Select the right educational provider. Too many students arrive only to change the provider six months later. To me it’s time and money wasted.”

The downside of studying in Oz is that enrolment fees are generally quite expensive.

However, Australian course fees are actually comparatively cheaper for international students than in many other countries.

Diplomas cost from $6,500, whilst a three-year degree often costs around $45,000. One way to help cover costs is to apply for scholarships with your school.

In order to get a student visa you must enrol on a full-time courses and have adequate health insurance.

July 24th, 2009


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