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Types of Study and Costs

What Type of Study Available in Australia?

Australia has a national standard for qualifications. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a unified system of 13 national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFE and private providers) and the higher education sector (Universities).

The qualifications are:

Senior Secondary Certificate of Education;
Certificate I
Certificate II
Certificate III
Certificate IV
Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
Bachelor Degree
Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma
Masters Degree
Doctoral Degree

The AQF links together all these qualifications and thus offers a quality-assured national system of educational recognition which promotes lifelong learning and a seamless and diverse education and training system.

Undergraduate study deals with advising overseas student on how to gain a student visa for study at the undergraduate level whether it is at University or at Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

Undergraduate level study is normally undertaken between secondary school (High School) and postgraduate study.

The table below comprises Australia's Undergraduate qualifications and their general study length.

Undergraduate Qualification General program length (full-time study)
Diploma 1.5 - 2 years
Advanced Diploma 2 - 3 years
Associate Degree 2 years
Bachelor Degree (single degree) 3 - 4 years