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Study in Australia – advice for Sri Lankan students on how to go about it!

Are you from Sri Lanka? Want to study in Australia this year? It is easy, if you are aware of all norms and know which institute to apply at

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how to study in Australia - for Sri Lankan students

The number of Sri Lankan students moving to Australia has increased over years. According to a recent report (DIBP), there are over 50,000 Sri Lankans who look for studying in Australia. As per the Australian High Commission Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, over one-third of Sri Lankan students choose Australia over other countries for their higher studies, making it one of the largest Sri Lankan community.

Australia has a lot to offer not only to Sri Lankan students but also to every international student. Popular cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin and Adelaide have all the benefits that international students can explore.

In order to study in Australia, Sri Lankan students need to take up standardised tests, such as IELTS or PTE or GMAT based on the study programme they choose. The key steps that you need to follow are –

1. Take a Test.

Different Australian institutes have different academic requirements. Also, you might need to take up either IELTS or PTE exams before you send your applications across, to prove that you have adequate English language calibre. PTE has test centres across 50 countries worldwide. If you are keen about knowing the IELTS or PTE test formats, you can always get in touch with our counsellors.

Start with our online IELTS Practice Test

2. Shortlist & Apply.

You must shortlist the institutes of your choice early on. You need to select at least three to five Australian institutes, which are based on your budget and academic profile. Some institutes might be an exact match to your profile, while some may not be. Speak to our counsellors if you want to know about academic requirements at any Australian institute.

You must study a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS is authorised by the Australian Government on every course and institution that meet the high standards expected by international students.

3. Apply for study visa.

There is only one type of study visa that international students looking for Australian education should apply for – visa subclass 500. The visa subclass 500 allows you to apply for the following programmes: bachelor or associate degree, graduate diploma, advanced diploma and postgraduate (by coursework or research) degree.

When you plan to study in Australia from Sri Lanka, you must check with your country what scholarships or financial aid you are eligible for. Government websites are quite useful in such cases, as they give you a substantial amount of relevant information on overseas education.

The Australian study visas come with conditions that every international student needs to comply with. Most of these study visa norms are universal; there could be some additional rules as laid down by each institute in Australia.

  • You can work only for 40 hours per fortnight. But you can work freely (not restricted to 40 hours) during any vacations provided by the institute were you have taken admissions.
  • International students must have a student health cover and adequate financial support. If they are below 18, they must have proper accommodation and support from any local guardian or relatives (who are above 21 years).

If you have any queries related to admissions or visas, you can always speak to our counsellors. You need not visit us in-person. Our online services make it easy for any user on our website to reach us. You can call us at 1800-103-2581 or chat with us online. Either way our academic counsellors will advise you and offer effective suggestions.

Australia has some of the oldest and most reputable institutes. The Group of Eight (Go8) institutes are comprehensive research-led institutes in Australia that have been at the forefront of delivering excellence through quality teaching and learning.

The list of Australian universities which are proud members of the Go8:

  1. Monash University
  2. UNSW Sydney
  3. The University of Adelaide
  4. The University of Western Australia
  5. The University of Sydney
  6. Australian National University
  7. The University of Melbourne
  8. The University of Queensland

One of the key steps that need a good amount of groundwork is finding a scholarship to support your tuition and living costs abroad. Some of the institutes where Sri Lankan students can apply for scholarships include:

  1. Curtin University
  2. University of Westminster
  3. Queensland University of Technology

Look for more scholarships at Australian institutes

Most international students look for the following courses in Australia:

  1. Business
  2. Accounting & Finance
  3. Informatics
  4. Hospitality and Tourism Management

Australia has well-known engineering and B-schools in the world. Hospitality and Tourism is a booming sector that has huge potential. The number of students looking for tourism or hospitality related courses is increasing geometrically.


Australia has transformed itself as a number 1 study destination for Sri Lankan students. International education sector in Australia has been a major source of income for the country. As per the World Happiness Report, 2017, Australia is one of the happiest countries. With over 1200 institutions and over 20,000 courses to choose from, Australia is a sought-after study abroad destination for the majority of international students.

Now that you have a potpourri of information, may I ask why you have chosen Australia as your preferred study abroad destination? Do let us know if you are in need of any assistance, either with your applications or visas. Our academic counsellors will give you all details about studying abroad. Through our online services you can reach us easily and chat with us, or ask us any queries and we’ll be on our way to answer them. You can also call us at 1800-103-2581.

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