Lots of young people globally enroll at universities and colleges to pursue a degree in Nursing. Australia has become one of the best destinations to study nursing with a current growth in the healthcare sector.
There are major directions to study nursing in Australia and obtain a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, you can also qualify as midwives in Australia. They can complete postgraduate training in midwifery and become qualified midwives.
How to Study Nursing in Australia
There are important general requirements to meet in order to begin your nursing studies in Australia. You must meet up these requirements before start of the application process.
English Language Competency
You are expected to provide evidence of competency in English for applicants whose native language isn’t English. This will enable them study successfully in Australia. TOEFL and IELTS are two of the most widely accepted international examinations for candidates of undergraduate universit.
Secondary Education Diploma
An applicant is expected to present a translated and apostilled diploma in secondary education for them to enroll in an undergraduate program in nursing in Australia. This must be recognized by the Australian authorities. Australia is a very vast country with different states and territories may have different local legislation as regards nursing practice. Note that different universities may have different admission requirements concerning average GPA.
You are expected to get a legal Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), which will cover most of your medical expenses during the period of your studies. This OSHC can also be stretched out to cover a family member who is accompanying you.
Your student visa stands the risk of being cancelled if you fail to maintain a valid OSHC for the duration of your undergraduate studies.
The cost for a student visa for Australia is AUD 620 and applications are usually sorted out within a month. You must be admitted to study full-time at an Australian university before you can apply for a student visa. You must be able to show evidence stating that you have sufficient funds to finance your studies.
- You won’t be able to change your course of study without the authorization of the education minister
- Your visa is valid as long as you are registered in a full-time university program. Your visa will automatically be cancelled if eventually you drop out.
- If will be expelled from Australia if you get in trouble with the law and your visa may be cancelled.
The Application Process
The application process gets a bit complex considering the fact that you have got to apply for visa at your choice universities and the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.
If you have been offered admission to study nursing at a particular university, you will receive Letter of Offer, which you have to accept. After accepting their enrollment offer, you will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment, which you can use to apply for a student visa.
Top 3 Universities to Study Nursing at in Australia
University of Technology Sydney
More than a thousand foreign students have been offered admission by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on yearly basis. UTS has more than 40,000 students cutting across over 120 nations of the world. The average admission GPA is 2.5 out of 4 for US candidates and an average grade of C on the European ECTS.
To study nursing in Australian university, you have to meet the following requirements:
- English language test results: IELTS – 6 or higher; TOEFL 80-90 for internet version and over 550 for the paper version.
- Application fee is AUD 100, which is non-refundable.
- Tuition fee for international undergraduate students on a full-time program: $36,000 a year.
University of Sydney
University of Sydney is one of the best university in Australia according to the latest rankings. The university offers international students several full-time undergraduate programs in nursing. To apply for Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing, you have to submit evidence of proficiency in English as follows: TOEFL IBT: over 90; ELTS: 7. US students can apply with their SAT scores. The latest average admission score is over 1,200. The admission fees for international students may differ depending on the selected program.
The undergraduate program for nursing in Monash University offers broad training in the fields of clinical, mental care, emergency care, elderly patients care, and others. Generally, Monash is one of the best places in the world to earn a degree in nursing.
Monash university have set up their virtual hospital called the Clinical Learning Environment (CLE), where nursing students can practice and develop their skills before going to a hospital with real patients.
- Duration of the course: 3 years
- Fee for international students: $33,000 per year.
- Minimum English language proficiency requirements: IELTS – 7 or higher; TOEFL (Internet-based) – 90 or higher.
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