Australia is a unique and diverse country in every way—in culture, population, climate, geography, and history.
Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country's landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country's food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience. Australia has an important heritage from its indigenous people, which plays a defining role in the cultural landscape. This diversity of influences creates a cultural environment in Australia that is lively, energized, innovative and outward looking.
As of December 2019, Australia's population is roughly estimated 25.8 million people. The most populous states are New South Wales and Victoria, with their respective capitals, Sydney and Melbourne, the largest cities in Australia. Australia's population is concentrated along the coastal region of Australia from Adelaide to Cairns, with a small concentration around Perth, Western Australia. The centre of Australia is sparsely populated.
The majority of Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year. The northern states of Australia are typically warm all the time, with the southern states experiencing cool winters but rarely sub-zero temperatures. Snow falls on the higher mountains during the winter months, enabling skiing in southern New South Wales and Victorian ski resorts, as well as the smaller resorts in Australia's island state, Tasmania.
Australia is an island continent and the world's sixth largest country (7,682,300 sq km). Lying between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the country is approximately 4,000 km from east to west and 3,200 km from north to south, with a coastline 36,735 km long. Canberra is Australia's capital city. With a population of approximately 380,000 people and situated in the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra is roughly half way between the two largest cities Melbourne and Sydney. Australia has 19 listed World Heritage properties. Australia is also famous for its landmark buildings including the Sydney Harbour Bridge; its ancient geology, as well as for its high country.
Australia's first inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, are believed to have migrated from some unknown point in Asia to Australia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. While Captain James Cook is credited with Australia's European discovery in 1770, a Portuguese possibly first sighted the country, while the Dutch are known to have explored the coastal regions in the 1640s. The first European settlement of Australia was in January 1788, when the First Fleet sailed into Botany Bay under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip. Originally established as a penal colony, by the 1830s the number of free settlers was increasing. Transportation of convicts to the eastern colonies was abolished in 1852 and to the western colonies in 1868.
Australia follows a Westminster system of government and law inherited from the British who originally colonized the country. There are two main political parties and a number of minor parties, which make up the Commonwealth Parliament. Each state and territory also has its own government.
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,100 institutions and over 22,000 courses tailored for you. You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities). Regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students.
The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code) provide nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training for international students. As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. You can search for courses and institutions here on the Study in Australia website.
Along with the ESOS Act and National Code, there are also regulatory and quality assurance organizations for higher education and VET institutions. These government organizations are responsible for registration/re-registration of institutions and accreditation/re-accreditation of courses. These organizations are:
So no matter the type of course you want to study, how long you want to study for or where you want to study; you can be assured that in Australia you will have a high quality and rewarding study experience.
Documents Checklist for Australia
• Academic Documents
• Passport/MRP Copy
• IELTS Score Sheet
1. Minimum 5.5 IELTS Score for VET Programmes
2. Minimum 6.0 IELTS Score For Bachelors Programmes
3. Minimum 7.0 for Bachelor of Nursing and 6.5 for Masters Programmes
• Consultancy Registration Fee for Documentation and Offer Letter
Forms and Other Supporting Documents:
• Student Visa Sub Class 500 (Online Application via Immi Account)
• Completed Form 956A (To Appoint an Authorized Receiver)
• Offer Letter or Admission Letter
• Electronic Conformation of Enrolment (eCOE)
• Statement of Purpose (SOP)
• University/College Application Form for Admission
• GTE Form for GTE Assessment
• HAP-ID online booking for medical
• Bio-metric online book for final application lodgement process
• Education Loan or Bank Balance Certificate and Statement from Nepal SBI Bank/ Nabil Bank or A-rated Financial Institutions to cover living expenses,tuition fees and travel cost
• Evidence of income of parents and sponsor (salary, house rent and business income)
• Registration Certificate or Paper if any Business
• Audit Report if any Business
• Property Valuation
• Tax Clearance Certificate
• CA report/Certificate or Annual Income Verification Report
Other Essential Documents:
• Relationship Certificate with Sponsor
• Birth Certificate/Citizenship certificate
• Marriage Certificate
• Land Revenue/Land Ownership Certificates
• Affidavit of Support from Sponsors & Affidavit of Understanding by Student
• Employment History if any Gap more than One Year
• E-medical report
Visa Application Fee:
• Visa fee amount of (check with us) should be paid via Bank to the Australian High Commission
• NPR. (Check us) by Demand Draft Made Payable to VF Services Mauritius Pte. Ltd, Kathmandu
NB: Please translate documents in English language if they are in Nepali language and notarize all the visa documents. We also advise you to visit Australian Department of Home Affairs website frequently for authentic and updated visa information.
As the name says, “Statement of Purpose (SOP) is a statement or essay about your main purpose of applying to a university or a college abroad.” When applying to study at a university or a college abroad, one of the most important pieces of a strong application is your Statement of Purpose. A Statement of Purpose is a short essay that highlights your educational background, achievements, and goals.
Most importantly, a good well-crafted SOP brings your chance to impress the admission committee by presenting your profile through an essay. The committee wants to see whether you take an interest in letting them know how much you want to study at their university or college. Below are the important guidelines for drafting a SOP for overseas universities in the USA, UK, Australia, NZ and Canada:
1. Start your SOP with a brief introduction stating your full name, date of birth, nationality and where you are currently living. You must also include the name of the course and institution where you intend to study and identify who will sponsor or finance your studies in Australia or other chosen destination.
2. Provide brief details of your education history – from Year 10 and 12 equivalent qualifications to your highest qualification.
3. If applicable, describe your employment history including the name of the company, job title and the duration of each job you have held.
4. State how your selected course is linked to your previous study and/or work experience. If there is no link, explain why you are seeking a change of discipline and therefore a career change.
5. Describe the specific research you conducted which led you to decide on your selected course (Compare your University with other Universities). You must state the reasons on why you have chosen the selected course of study and why you have chosen to study at your University. You must include the full title and duration of the course and the specific location or campus at where this course is being offered. You should also be able to identify the career opportunities or professional recognition aligned with the course that you are intending to study.
6. If there are similar courses of the same international standing available in your home country, provide reasons on why you choose to study in Australia or USA or UK instead.
7. Provide reasons why you chose Australia or your chosen study destination rather than other countries like USA, Canada, New Zealand and European.
8. If you have dependents (spouse and children), please provide their names and age. Also indicate if they plan to accompany you or join you later or remain in your home country whilst you study in abroad
9. Explain how this course will benefit you in your future career prospects back in your home country or in other international settings where employment opportunities may be available for you. (It would be better if you mention name of companies or organizations, positions, and salary ranges).
10. Provide clear and compelling reasons for returning to your home country once you successfully complete your selected course in your study destination. In this section, you must be able to show your genuine intention to temporarily stay in that country as a student and how you implement knowledge, skills and experience that you gained from the respective country and university after studies in your future career path.
11. Concluding paragraph must be the summary of your essay or SOP.
Sample Interview Questions
Below are the sample common questions for all countries and education providers. Every country, university and college has their own specific interview criteria. Interview questions may vary according to the profile of students. Please consult with us for specific country, university and college interview guidelines.
1. What is your passport no.?
2. What is your date of birth?
3. When did you complete your SLC or SEE or 10+2 or Bachelors or Masters?
4. What did you study in your SEE or 10+2 or Bachelors or Masters?
5. What is the definition of Physics or Chemistry or Accountancy?
6. Why do you want to go to abroad?
7. Why don’t you want to continue your education in Nepal or home country?
8. Which university or college are you going to apply?
9. Why do you want to study in the particular college/university?
10. Does the university/college provide any internship facility?
11. How did you know about the college/university?
12. Why not other universities or colleges available in your chosen city or state?
13. Which course are you going to study and why this particular course?
14. What is the course start date and course end date?
15. What is the tuition fee of the course, length of the course, credit hours and intakes?
16. Have you visited the website of your college/university?
17. What information can you find in the website?
18. What will be your course outcome?
19. What will you learn during your study period?
20. How can you convert whatever you have learnt in terms of your future career?
21. How can you justify your time and money which you are going to invest for your higher education in abroad?
22. What will you do after you return back to your home country?
23. Which companies/organizations can you join?
24. How can you contribute to your own country?
25. Do you have your relatives or close family members in aborad?
About your finance:
26. Who will be your sponsors?
27. What do they do? How much do they earn?
28. If you have an educational loan then how will your parents pay EMI or repay education loan amount?
• Please research as much possible as you can and do not forget that your interview is the gateway of your admission as well as positive visa outcome
• Visit the college or university website carefully and get to know each and every details minutely
• Visit the immigration website of respective country and know the visa application process, rules and regulations, and laws for international students
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