Before you go

Advice for On Award students currently in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic

Please click on the following link: Australia Awards Timor-Leste COVID-19 Factsheet for awardees to download the latest information for on-awards students during the COVID-19 outbreak. The factsheet covers travel advice, visa extensions, health information and more.

Where to Study in Australia?

The following list of universities have courses available for Scholarship recipients. For more information about the State or Territory in which these universities are located, please click on the relevant State or Territory in the “Choose your State” map.

Australia’s six states 

Australia has six states and two territories, each with their own personalities. Check them out below.

Things to consider about living and studying in Australia

Education excellence

Australia’s pursuit of excellence in higher education is demonstrated by its commitment to excellent research and teaching facilities, including state-of-the-art buildings, labs and lecture theatres.

Australia prides itself on being an innovative and forward-looking nation, and a global leader in research, focusing on real world problems and current issues. Likewise, students are encouraged to be future-looking and high-achieving. Australia’s scientists and researchers have been responsible for major breakthroughs and technological advances around the world. Our best-known achievers have won international awards, including eight Nobel Prizes.

International recognition of qualifications

The Australian higher education system consists of independent, self-governing public and private universities and institutions that award higher education qualifications. There are 39 public universities and 4 private universities in Australia.

All higher education providers must be listed on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Register of Recognised Institutions and Authorised Accreditation Authorities. This is a national system established by the Australian Government, which links courses and qualifications. Obtaining a qualification under the AQF allows for recognition of that qualification in other nations which are able to align their national qualification Frameworks.

The AQF is a strong national and international system that is accepted by industry, is consistent and transparent, and is quality assured by national agencies and audit processes that promote confidence and trust in the system.

Multicultural community

Australia is a safe, friendly and harmonious country. Australians are open, friendly people and you will receive a warm welcome. Australia offers a healthy lifestyle where people are able to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities due to the climate and availability of beaches, rivers and mountain regions. Sport is an integral part of Australian culture and will always provide an opening to making new friends.

Australia’s rich cultural diversity is increasing as the country reaps the benefits of attracting creative, innovative and inspirational people from all backgrounds. Australia’s culture is a living, breathing, evolving melting pot of global influences, home-grown egalitarian traditions and sun-soaked physicality, which combine into a vibrant society quite unique from anywhere else in the world―and just as culturally valid.

Supportive academic environment

Education institutions in Australia are among the best in the world, offering modern and innovative facilities that will ensure the student experience is positive and valuable. Institutions take their responsibility for student welfare seriously. They provide specialist services to help international students adjust to life and study in Australia, as underpinned by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.

Services include language tuition, designated international student advisers, on-arrival reception, orientation programs, health, counselling and accommodation services