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Higher education - Undergraduate

Australia has built a strong reputation for excellence and quality across its higher education and training programs. This global reputation is reflected in the ever increasing number of international students who choose to broaden their minds and enrich their lives by pursuing university courses here.

Qualifications and entrance requirements

Australia has a national set of qualifications that are endorsed by the Australian Government. This means that there is national and international recognition of each qualification and the level of education it represents.

The main types of qualifications offered by most higher education institutions include:

  • Bachelor degree: provides initial preparation for professional careers and postgraduate study, and involves a minimum of six semesters full-time study. Entrance typically requires completion of an Australian secondary school certificate of education (Year 12) or the overseas equivalent, or a diploma or advanced diploma from the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
  • Bachelor degree (honours): may require an optional, additional year of study following the degree; or, it may be awarded for academic achievement in degrees of four or more years.
Starting dates

These vary widely depending on the course. Higher education courses generally run from late February to mid November. The academic year is typically divided into two semesters, though some education providers operate on a trimester system and/or offer summer schools from December to February.

Undergraduate students enrol for their courses at the beginning of the year (usually in January or February) but application dates are typically towards the end of each year. Some institutions also have mid-year enrolment and intake (usually in July) for certain courses.

Average course costs
  • Bachelor degree: AUD$10,000–$16,000 (for example, arts, accounting, business and management, and law courses)
  • Laboratory-based bachelor degree: AUD$11,000–$20,000 (for example, science and engineering courses)
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