General information

regarding countries

This page furnished with information concerning countries including United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and China for the benefit of students going overseas. Below are links to generic facts for each country, incorporated to each site are: an overview, the education system respectively, living expenses and etc.

General information regarding countries

Australia

Overview

With a population of over 20 million, Australia is the world’s thirteenth largest economy. Originally inhabited by indigenous Australians in the late 18th century, it is now one of the world’s most developed countries, having Canberra as its capital and Sydney for its largest city. Similar to many other countries, Australia uses the dollar as its currency, with an approximate exchange rate of 1 AUD to 7.79 HKD.

Territories and states

Territories
Australian Capital Territory
Northern Territory

States
New South Wales
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia

Cities
Canberra(capital)
Adelaide
Brisbane
Melbourne
Sydney


Education system

Traditionally, the Australian education system consists of: 6 years of primary school (year 1 – year 6) and 6 years of high school (year 7 – year 12). However, this may differ in certain cities as some begin the high school program in year 8. Furthermore, university courses generally take 3 years to complete, with exception to certain majors such as law or medicine, which may take up to 6 years to fulfill the course.
In addition, for overseas students who wish to enter Australian universities, courses (such as the Foundation studies) are available. After completing (usually 1 year) the course, students can thus apply directly for year 1 Bachelor’s degree at various universities. Should you wish to pursue a different pathway, there are alternate options as well, with a wide range of certificate and diploma courses to opt from. Similarly, after completion, students are free to apply to universities, with the advantage of entering for year 2 of Bachelor’s degree.


A flowchart to show the Australian education pathway

 

 

School fees and living expenses (AUD)

High school

$10,000 - $18,000

University

$12,000 - $15,000

TAFE (Training and Further Education)

$9,000 - $15,000

Living expenses

$10,000 - $14,000



Entry requirements

High school

Form 1 – Form 7 students
Must attain relevant internal and external exam results

with good conduct

University

Form 7 graduate
Must attain A-Level certificate of results

Must have a TOFEL score of 580 or above
Must have a IELTS score of 6.0 or above
Must have completed Foundation studies
Must have a Diploma/ Higher Diploma/ Associate Degree

TAFE

Form 5 graduate
Must attain HKCEE/ A-Level certificate of results

Must have a IELTS score of 5.5 or above
Must have a TOFEL score of 550 or above



Note: Visa application

Type of form

157A Form /
157A Form/ Electronic student visa

Application fee

HK$2700

Required photo

A recent photo of yourself

Duration

Approximately 2 weeks

Health report

Please be aware of the type of form, as well as application procedures before going to the designated health clinics for a health examination



Important documents

Academics

Recent school reports (within the last 2 years), graduation certificate and examination results

Professional

Evidence of work experience

Economic

have a bank savings with the amount of HK $100, 000 or above
and/or bank statements as savings statements….etc. as financial evidence

Guardianship

Only for students below the age of 18



Miscellaneous

To notify students of whether they have been accepted or not, the school will issue an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (ECoE). When applying, please bring your birth certificate (along with the financial evidence altogether).