Can you study for Free in Australia?
Part 1: Background
So you want to Study for Free in Australia? Who wouldn’t want to, right?
Well, this might not be the answer that you were looking for, but sadly, studying in Australia won’t be free.
That being said, there are options to bring the cost down 🙂
In this article, we will be explaining about the scholarships opportunity which can reduce your expenses when studying at an Australian university.
Depending on your circumstances, there are few scholarships to choose from:
- Scholarships given for excellent academic performance
- Scholarships given for financial hardships
In the first half of this blog, we’re going to explain approximately how much does it actually cost to study in Australia. And In the second, we will explain how to get a scholarship.
Part 2: How Much Does it Cost to Study in Australia
The minimum amount required for a student living in Australia has been specified by the Australian Government is $ 20,290 AUD, excluding tuition fees or the cost of travel for a year.
This amount takes in account accommodation, commute to school or university, food, and having fun.
Accommodation for the students will almost always be the largest and least negotiable expense for an international student.
Prices will also vary depending on the city in which you choose to study.
For instance, a student living in Melbourne will have the house rent from $120 to $300 per
Students living in Sydney being more expensive, while Adelaide & Canberra will generally be
In Short, the Cheaper the cost the further away the city will be and the more people you’ll be
You will be spending almost $16,000 for a full year’s rent in total which will take most of $20,290.
Feels much heavy for your pocket? Rent a place at a higher price during semesters, then find somewhere cheaper over the summer holidays. This will help save up.
Now, that your living expense is calculated, the other things you need to separate the budget for are power, gas, phone, and internet which are unavoidable and provide limited options to make savings.
Additionally, the expense of Public Transport is yet another impossible entity to avoid, unless you choose to buy a car, which will be even more expensive by each passing month.
Part 3: How to get a Scholarship in Australia
After explaining how to downsize living cost in Australia, there’s an educational budget to look at.
Competition for scholarships is intense and grants are often given on the basis of excellent academic merit as we mentioned before.
It can be challenging to figure out where to start, so we have detailed steps you can consider while applying for a scholarship in Australia.
Here, we will focus on three things:
- Different categories of Scholarships in Australia
- Who are the Scholarship providers
- Steps for applying for a scholarship
Different Categories of Scholarships in Australia
It is likely that scholarships may provide financial assistance to these areas of your educational entity:
- Your coaching/Tuition fees
- Your accommodation and living expenses
- Both living and Tuition Fees
But, the scholarship criteria vary regarding different terms and conditions. Some scholarships cover the full amount of these costs while others cover only part of the total cost.
There are some processes which fund academically for students from developing countries and in need of financial aid. Some scholarships are restricted to students from certain countries while some are given to only a field of qualification, specific course or certain degrees. For example, Scholarships vary for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
Who are the Scholarship providers in Australia?
- Government: Both the Government of Australia and the Government of your home country can provide you a scholarship. Under the Australian Government, there are Australia Award Schemes which provide several ranges of scholarships including Australia Awards Fellowships, Australia Awards, Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships, Endeavour Awards, And Fellowships.
- Australian educational institution: It is best to look for your course specific and institution-wide international student scholarships on your respective interest of educational institutions of Australia.
- Accommodation Provider: Some residential colleges and other accommodation providers offer scholarships for international students as assistance with the accommodation costs.
- Educational institutions of your home country: Scholarships are in provision in exchange
programmes to study abroad in Australia.
Steps for applying for a Scholarship
- Research: Search for courses and faculty that interests you. It’ll indicate where you will be studying and what courses are eligible for you. The earlier you begin researching your scholarship opportunities, the more prepared you will be.
- Read: While applying form make sure you read the criteria clearly. Seek help if you have
trouble understanding the application form.
- Ensure that you fulfill all the necessary criteria: Some scholarships have an additional requirement such as submission of an essay or personal statement, meeting the word limits and deadlines, your employment history, references or proof of English language proficiency. You must send all the required documents certified or translated.
- Check your Eligibility: Achieving a minimum average study grade and checking your completion of subjects or courses in particular study areas is a must while applying for a scholarship.
- Participate in community life: While many scholarships are for international students, remember that some scholarships are awarded for community participation. This includes community service or your involvement in community works and groups, clubs and sporting teams. Australian institution often looks for students who are active in their community, so try to participate in community life as much as possible.
- Apply for many scholarships: Since the competition is very high and there are many scholarships Australian institutions are offering so you should apply for as many as possible. Any type of funding is better than no funding at all, right?
- Submit The Final step: While submitting, ask someone who is proficient in English to check over your application to ensure it is error-free and grammatically correct, particularly if English is not your first language. This will ensure you make a good impression on the scholarships committee.
After all these steps are followed, the most important task you, as a scholarship applicant must do
is to seek help. Weather from the scholarship provider or an already experienced student, you must make the first point of contact to keep your doubts and concerns about getting a