Are you a Filipino looking to study in Australia? While the idea might be exciting, we also understand that choosing which course or degree and university and even city to go to can be overwhelming. So we have put together a guide that will help you to jumpstart your overseas education journey and help you in becoming an international student in Australia.

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Australia is considered one of the top countries for international students, primarily because of its educational quality, cultural diversity, friendliness of locals, and safety.

1. Decide on your long term goal as an international student

Before anything else, always ask yourself what your long-term goal is. For instance, do you plan on doing a bachelor’s degree, or do you just want to take a short course to improve your English, or learn skills crucial to your chosen career? Or, are you already done with your bachelor’s and would like to take the next step through a diploma program or a master’s degree? Or even a PhD?
In Australia, there are different levels of education that you will need to choose from. College is generally different from university, with the former primarily focusing on vocational courses that give you practical skills. 
Identifying your main goals is the best first step you can take. Mapping out your steps to reach your objective will also help you in making decisions. Having an end goal can ensure that you do not waste time, money, and other resources.

2. Select the courses you want to study 

So, you have decided what type of study you would like to undertake. Now is the time to select a course or field of study. Don’t know where to start? It’s always good to ask yourself what field you are genuinely interested in and see yourself pursuing in the long term.

If you have done your bachelor’s degree in another country, you can opt to study a diploma or master’s degree in a field similar to that. 

One of the main requirements for you to be issued an Australian student visa is that you can show that you are a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE). This means that you should show that your primary purpose to come to Australia is to study and gain some experience that you can professionally put to use in the Philippines. 

Selecting a course that you are genuinely interested in and or at least relates to your previous field of study or expertise will allow you to fulfill the GTE requirement. Showing that you also have strong ties in the Philippines will also help you show that you intend to leave the country after finishing your studies. 

3. Select an educational institution

After selecting a course or a field of study, you can now select which university or educational institution you want to attend. There are over 40 universities in Australia. Each university has different fields of expertise and can offer you high employability and networking opportunities. 

Have a look at the list of Australian universities categorized by state. Deciding which university can be a tricky process, primarily because there are so many factors to consider. We suggest taking the location of the university into consideration  when making your decision. Many students select a university in major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, but always take into account what your overall goal is. If you want to  gain expertise in a certain field, always check which university offers the best program. 

Scholarships are also available for Filipino students to help alleviate financial burdens. Always check the different types of scholarships an institution offers. While most will automatically review your application for scholarship eligibility, it always pays to see if they have special grants. Some schools offer cash grants depending on the field and level of study. 

Remember that you can also get a Graduate visa (subcalss 485) after you have finished studying. This  temporary visa allows international students to live and work in Australia for up to two years. If you study and gain work experience on this visa in Regional Australia, you should have a high chance of getting a job and becoming a permanent resident. 

4. Take into account the cost of living in Australia

If you have budget constraints, it also pays to quickly search for the average cost of living in the different states. For instance, selecting a university in Sydney can be very attractive, but can be really expensive when you take into account your cost for accommodation. Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia. 

In Australia, rental fees are calculated weekly but are usually paid monthly. Read Best Places To Live in Australia for Students and Young Professionals to get an idea of how much it will cost to live in certain parts of Australia. 

Surprisingly, Melbourne is currently the most affordable place to stay, despite being one of the major cities. This could be temporary, as rental prices have been heavily influenced by the pandemic. Victoria, the state Melbourne belongs to, has seen a trend of residents moving outside the city due to working from home arrangements.

You can also check websites such as Domain and Real Estate to see suburb-specific pricing information.

5. Check the application requirements of the school you have chosen

Once you have chosen the course and educational institution you are interested in, as well as learned more about the location, it’s time to drill down to the nitty-gritty details of what your application entails. Give yourself enough time to get everything ready for your application. 

Requirements may vary depending on the school, and they will be provided, but the documents that are usually required are:

- Your valid passport
- Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS/OET/PTE)
- Previous diploma
- Transcript of your records
- Professional Registration Certificate and License (if applicable)
- Employment Certificates
- Updated Resume or CV
- Financial documents (sponsor’s requirements)
- Statement of Purpose

6. Engage with an education agent

While some educational institutions allow students to directly apply online, some universities require you to go through an education agent. This is primarily done to ensure that applications have been screened and organized upon submission. Universities often opt to engage with education agents because the agent can review and scrutinize the documents submitted and can save the university time and resources.

A benefit of engaging with an agent is that you can also receive impartial advice compared to speaking to a school representative. An education agent also usually provides all of its services free, which gives students a risk-free and commitment-free way of getting information and support. Though there are countless education agents, always remember that not all may have the same values. In principle, education agents are expected to adhere to ethical practices, such as providing you with advice that will help you, and not advice towards what will work well for them. Choose an agency that you can trust.

If you would like to study in Australia contact info@sableremit.com for help with immigration and visa assistance. 

Get in touch with us on migration@sableinternational.com or give us a call on (03) 8651 4505.