Posted On : 3 June 2024     |     By : kangarooNepal

For many Nepalese, going abroad or specifically to Australia is a dream come true. Whether it is for educational purposes or for work, this is a country filled with opportunities for a better overall life than in Nepal. However, it is not an easy endeavour and there are many steps you need to take before you get a visa stamp on your passport. 

In this guide, we’ll be going through all aspects of studying in Australia and how you as a Nepali student can achieve your dream to fly to the country down under. Let’s get right into it!

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  1. Understanding the Costs of Studying in Australia

For a majority of Nepali students, studying in Australia boils down to two major categories of expenses; tuition fees and living expenses.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate programs vary depending on the institution and course. On average, undergraduate tuition fees range from AUD 15,000 to AUD 25,000 annually, while postgraduate programs may cost between AUD 20,000 and AUD 40,000 per year.

Living Expenses

Living expenses, including accommodation, food, transportation, and other miscellaneous costs, typically amount to around AUD 20,000 per year.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the monthly living expenses you can expect as a Nepali student in Australia:

  • Accommodation: AUD 1,000 to AUD 2,000
  • Utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, and water): AUD 100 to AUD 150
  • Internet: AUD 100 to AUD 200
  • Food and Groceries: AUD 400 to AUD 700
  • Transportation: AUD 150

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  1. GPA Requirements for Australian Universities

Australian universities have specific GPA requirements for admission. Nepali students must meet these criteria to pursue their desired courses.

Generally, a good first division or a GPA of at least 2.8 in NEB or equivalent is required for bachelor degree programs. For students with A-level qualifications, having 3.5 A-level credits with an overall grade of C is typically necessary for entry into bachelor degree programs.

However, every university and college has its own eligibility requirements for courses that it provides and it is better to consult an Educational consultant to learn about the course that you’re interested in.

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  1. English Language Proficiency

The English language requirements for Nepali students looking to study in Australia have recently changed. Here are the new requirements:

Student Visas

The minimum test score for a Student visa has increased from an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 to 6.0 (or equivalent).

English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

The minimum test score for students undertaking an ELICOS course before their main course of study has increased from an IELTS score of 4.5 to 5.0 (or equivalent).

University Foundation or Pathway Programs

The minimum test score required for students undertaking university foundation or pathway programs that deliver reputable English language training is IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

Temporary Graduate Visas (TGV)

The minimum test score required for a Temporary Graduate visa has increased from an IELTS score of 6.0 to 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.5 for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

These changes apply to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications lodged on and after the 23 March 2024. Please note that the Department of Home Affairs does not accept scores from ‘at-home’ or ‘online’ tests for Australian migration purposes. 

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  1. Navigating the Australia Student Visa Process

For any Nepali student, obtaining a student visa is a crucial step in studying in Australia. The visa application process involves several steps, including:

  • Researching and selecting your course and educational institution.
  • Ensuring you meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Gathering the necessary documents.
  • Paying the visa application fee.
  • Attending biometrics collection and interviews (if required).
  • Preparing for departure.
  1. Financial Requirements for Australia Student Visa

Demonstrating sufficient financial capacity is a key requirement for obtaining an Australian student visa. You can prove that you are financially capable of funding your study in Australia through personal bank statements, loan approval documents, or proof of financial aid from family members.

As of October 2023, student visa applicants are required to show a minimum of AU$24,505 in savings to cover annual living costs.

  1. Opportunities for Nepali Students in Australia

Australia also offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with over 1,200 institutions and more than 22,000 courses to choose from. The country is home of universities that are globally recognised for their high-quality education, innovative teaching methods, and cutting-edge research facilities. Not to mention how highly regarded a qualification from an Australian university is by employers and educational institutions worldwide. This undoubtedly offers Nepali students a competitive edge in the global job market.

  1. Sponsors for Studying in Australia

There are several scholarships available for Nepali students to study in Australia. ECU Scholarship, ATMC USC Scholarship and UTS Insearch Scholarship are only a few to name. Organisations like the Nepalese Australian Association (NAA) and Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) also provide assistance and support to Nepali students living in Australia, helping them adjust to their new environment and succeed academically.

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Studying in Australia offers Nepali students a transformative educational experience, enriching their academic knowledge, cultural understanding, and personal growth. By understanding the costs involved, meeting GPA requirements, navigating the visa process, securing financial support, and embracing the opportunities available, Nepali students can embark on a rewarding journey towards their academic and professional goals in Australia.

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