Higher Education Institutions

Variety of Education providers from English language schools to top class Universities

Nowadays all the Australian universities come on the top 1-4% of the world. The standard of education, study friendly environment, safe environment, good public transportation facilities, TPS (Tuition Protection Service) etc. have made Australia a desired destination for Nepalese students. Many international students choose to study there because of the cultural diversity, friendly natives, and high quality of education.

Universities and higher education institutions in Australia offer programs leading to Bachelor Degrees and higher qualifications in a diverse range of fields. Australian universities offer programs from Architecture to Zoology. The Bachelor Degree is the most common qualification offered in Australia. Specialised research training and professional development is also offered through Masters Degrees and Doctoral Degrees. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas are also available.

Diplomas are becoming less common, however, the Australian Associate Degree provides a shorter-cycle Degree program for professionals wishing to further their careers. Each state has a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system. VET prepares people for work in a career that does not need a university degree. Each state manages its system and meets at a national level to coordinate their effort. VET is transferable between all states.

There are various types of education providers in Australia catering to the need of different types of students no matter what they are willing to study in Australia. Each Higher Education Institutions have their own course offerings and fee structures and quality in somewhat pyramid structure where top ranked universities are highly expensive whereas institutions offering vocational and non-academic programs tend to be low cost. We recommend you to go through different institutions and programs list and compare different aspects of the program and the institution before finally deciding on one.


The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of world-leading research intensive Australian universities.The Go8 universities are some of the largest and the oldest universities in Australia and are consistently the highest ranked of all Australian universities. In 2016 all Go8 Universities were ranked in the top 150 worldwide, with six in the top 100. Go8 Universities feature in the top 100 places for every subject area in the QS world university subject rankings. All Go8 Universities are in the QS top 100 for literature, biological sciences, environmental sciences, accounting and finance, anthropology, law and education.

Group of Eight Australia Member

Public universities

The vast majority of universities in Australia are public, which means they are funded by the government. The quality of education at public universities in Australia is still very high. Public universities include a wide range of institutions, from research-intensive universities to a network of regional universities.

While the Go8 universities are located in the major cities, the state/public universities also have branches in smaller towns (or ‘regional areas’, as they are called in Australia). This means that they are more accessible to local students around Australia, and can be a cheaper alternative to living in the major cities.

Some of the public universities in Australia are:
  • Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory
  • University of Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Flinders University, Adelaide
  • Southern Cross University, New South Wales
  • University of New England
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Sturt university

Private universities

There are only 3 private universities in Australia which cater to specific needs, such as faith-based education, or giving students the ability to complete their degree in a shorter time period.

These three institutions are:
  • Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia
  • Torrens University Australia, Adelaide

Institutes of Technology/ Australian Technology Network

Institutions that fall under the Australian Technology Network are actually universities, although they were not always so. Institutions such as RMIT University (Melbourne) and the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) were once called Institutes of Technology. Many Institutes of Technology remain throughout Australia, such as the Canberra Institute of Technology or the Charles Institute of Technology (Chatswood, NSW). All have a focus on technological and practical education--such as nursing, sports science, design--although many may offer some more academic subjects, too.

Technical and Further Education (TAFE)

TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutions provide mainly vocational type courses, and courses that include apprenticeships and work experience. They also often provide a more flexible study schedule, allowing students to study part-time and fit their education around their work. TAFE are owned and run by individual state/territory governments. Some TAFE institutions can award bachelor’s degrees and postgraduate degrees in certain areas, but they award far more certificates and diplomas. These can sometimes be used as credit towards degrees at a different institution.

TAFE institutions don’t always have ‘TAFE’ in the name. Some examples of TAFE institutions include:
  • Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Northern Territory
  • Institute of TAFE Tasmania
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Australian Maritime College TAFE, Tasmania

Private colleges

Although there are very few private universities in Australia, there are many private colleges. These vary enormously in terms of services offered and quality, and require thorough research before signing up at one. Some offer high quality education, but many do not. Private colleges have been shut down by the government in recent times for providing substandard education to students who are paying high fees. In many cases, if you are looking for vocational training, it is more reliable to look into government-run institutions, such as TAFE and universities.

Whatever type of educational experience you are looking for, you will be able to find it in Australia. The choices may seem overwhelming at first, but once you identify which type of institution will best suit your needs, you will be better able to make an informed decision about where to apply.

All programmes for international students in Australia have to be accredited by the Australian government.The high standards and the quality of the courses and education providers are assessed by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency(TEQSA). Moreover, the interests of international students in Australia are protected by law under Education Services for overseas students(ESOS).

There are Three private universities and numerous colleges in Australia that provide professional and higher education to domestic and international students. Private in this case simply means that they have access to less funding from the government than public institutions.

If the students are interested in getting the most practical knowledge to successfully enter the workforce after graduating with the degree, it is worthy to take a look at some private colleges that offer Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees.

Many private providers have smaller campuses than the average university or TAFE institute. While they may lack the hustle and bustle of large universities or TAFE campuses, their small size makes them more intimate and less daunting, and may mean that you recieve more personalised attention from staff and have increased opportunities to make friends.

While TAFE institutes and universities attract a large proportion of their funding from the government, private providers tend to generate the majority of their funding from course fees.

Entry requirements vary depending on whether you study VET or higher education. Entry to VET courses will usually be the same as at TAFE institutes, requiring a particular level of education or the completion of additional requirements such as an interview, portfolio or audition.As for higher education, private providers typically require completion of a senior Secondary Certificate of Education for undergraduate courses, or completion of an undergraduate degree for postgraduate courses.

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