Indians are behind only the Chinese in terms of number of enrollments to Australian educational institutions. The specific number is around 73,000 altogether across the coast cities and their associated universities. Better, many western Australian universities work in collaboration with Indian counterparts to better promote cross-cultural exchange. This influx of Indian students is looking to be a continuous trend so now is a good a time as ever to consider getting your own education in Australia.
A New Beginning
The first step is always getting a student visa. To get one you need to shell out around INR 28,000, be more than six years old, and have full-coverage health insurance. That latter requirement is for your protection to ensure that you stay safe. Additionally, you need to be accepted already in an educational institution in Australia which easy enough to do with online applications. The visa does last five years, however—more than enough time.
How to Get There
10,500 km separates New Delhi and Sydney, Australia. As such, the expected travel time runs upwards of 12 to 13 hours. This is for a non-stop flight via Air India Limited. If you’re looking for a little break prior to studying or simply want to take a side trip, you can readily stop over in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which can increase the overall travel time by 2 to 3 hours at most. All in all, it’s a very easy going journey
Considering Costs of Living
Because of the strength of the Australian Dollar versus the Indian Rupee, prices for most basic commodities and rent is significantly higher in Australia—somewhere between 200% and 400% to be precise. This disparity in price is something that you should take into consideration before committing to long-term education. Chicken, water, and rice are over twice the cost in Australia as they would have been in India.
What You Can Earn
While it might seem intimidating to consider the high cost of living, the payoff down the line in terms of potential earnings after studying makes it worth it. Among the most popular courses are those geared towards developing an IT Professional career. In India, that can earn you upwards of INR 800,000 annually. That balloons to a whopping INR 4,000,000 when you apply for similar roles and jobs in Australia.
As mentioned earlier, India is second only to China in terms of number of migrations into Australia. The rough number comes to almost 400,000. Of this number, approximately 58,000 or 35% choose to live in Melbourne with New South Wales following. There is a robust online community, however, that more easily brings all Indians in Australia together. Events abound and there are many home bred Indian restaurants gaining popularity in all major cities.
Celebrate Good Times
Beyond Christmas, there is little common with Australia in terms of holidays. A great reason for this is that Hindus represent only 1.9% of the total population of Australia. As mentioned earlier, however, there are thriving communities of Indians in the Land Down Under. It’s within these communities that the major holidays back at home are celebrated albeit in smaller scale. These include Diwali, Dussera, Ganesha Chaturthi, Holi, and Navratri.
The influx of Indian students isn’t looking to stop and even Australia’s Education Ministry has acknowledged how encouraging this move is beneficial to both nations. There has never been a better time for you to explore your options and expand your career as an Indian in Australia than now.