There has been an unprecedented attraction among Nepalese students for Australian education over the past few years. In 2016, Australia has become the most sought after destination for Nepalese students wanting to study abroad.
According to the statistics of The Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Nepal ranked 8th largest student source country for Australia in 2015, with 15,229 students enrolled, which is 13% higher than the previous year.
Some of the important aspects of attraction towards Australian education include:
a) High quality education:With universities directly monitored by the government and the majority of them ranked among the best in the world, Australian universities have become a preferred choice among Nepalese
b) Pleasant climate (similar to home country) and lifestyle. With five out of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life and employment opportunities, Australia has become the most attractive destination
c) Easy visa processing: Australian government has adopted simplified students visa framework policy (SSVP) from July 2016 aiming to ease visa processing for international students. Accordingly, the new immigration policy places Nepal as a low risk country making it easier for genuine Nepali students to acquire visas.
d) Tuition Protection Service (TPS): Australia is the world leader in protecting tuition fees of international students studying in Australia on a student visa. Effective from 1 July 2014, Australian government has introduced Tuition Protection Service (TPS) to assist international students, if in some worse cases, the education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study.
In such situation, by using the facility that the TPS provided international students are able to either a) complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or b) receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.
e) Students can work for 40 hours every fortnightly during academic semester and may work unlimited hours during term break. This provision supports international students in two main ways: a) ease student’s financial hardships during their study period b) expose international students in the Australian job market which makes them easier getting a job after they finish their study.
f) Post Study Work (PSW) arrangements: This arrangement allows international students to work and extend their stay in Australia after they finish their studies. However, the skills and qualifications obtained by the international students wanting to extend their stay should match the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
As per the existing PSW arrangement, one can get 2 years of PSW visa after the completion of Bachelors or a Masters degree, 3 years after the completion of a Masters degree by research and 4 years after the completion of a Doctorate degree.