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Education System

Applicants for undergraduate programs must normally have completed 12 years of schooling. Contact the university admissions department to find out if you can be accepted after passing 10th standard. You may have to take one year of university courses first.

The school year at most universities in Australia is from early March to late November. There are two types of Masters programs: Masters by Research and Masters by Lecture. Applications for Masters by research and Ph.D. programs may be submitted at any time during the academic year.

Besides university courses, Australia also has several Institutes of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) (comparable to community colleges in the United States). These institutes generally offer courses in the following areas:

Arts and Media, Community and Human Services, Business Services, Graphic Design and Multimedia, Human Resource Management, Hospitality and Hotel Management, Information Technology and Computing, Manufacturing and Engineering, Management and Marketing, Office Administration, Travel and Tourism.


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For Australian students: tuition fees are approximately A$5000 per year for undergrads, more for graduate students.

For international students: tuition fees range from A$12,000-18,000 (undergrad and graduate)

Administration fees and stationary: A$ 750

Living expenses: A$5000-9000 per academic year


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Required Tests

Students whose first language is not English, or who have not studied successfully at an institution where English is used, must provide a certified statement of IELTS or TOEFL examination results, or an equivalent test recognized by the institution at which the applicant intends to study.

Minimum acceptable levels determined by IELTS assessment are a minimum of approximately 6 overall and 5.5 in each subtest, (admission to Law programs requires a minimum of 6.5 overall and 6 in each subtest). The minimum acceptable level determined by TOEFL assessment is a score of 550.


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Foundation Studies

Foundation studies are one year in duration and introduce you to Australian education and training after you have completed your secondary studies at home.

Foundation studies prepare you for Degree and Diploma courses at university. They are divided into streams, such as business studies, science studies and social sciences and offer a variety of compulsory and elective subjects. English language support is usually available.

The common feature of foundation studies is that a university allocates a provisional place in an undergraduate program assuming you achieve the prescribed grades. Many schools, vocational education and training institutions, and universities offer foundation studies courses.

You may want to take a foundation studies program if a university in Australia will not accept you because you only have 10 years of primary and secondary education rather than 12. Also, if you have been out of school for a long time, you may want to take a foundation studies program to prepare you for a higher education program.

Below is an example of one foundation studies program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

The UNSW Foundation Year is a full academic program designed to prepare students with an international educational background for undergraduate studies in Australia. The subjects are specifically designed to provide a sound basis for first year courses. The lecture-tutorial format matches the undergraduate mode of teaching. UNSW Foundation Year allows time to adjust, both academically and socially, to living and studying in Australia. There are five streams, depending on the field of study you intend to pursue. The streams are: Physical science, Life science, Commerce, Design and Media, Art and Social Science. As long as you do well, you will automatically be able to enter the regular undergraduate program the following year.

There are two types of programs:

For more information contact:

UNSW Foundation Year
Sydney NSW 2052 Australia
Telephone: 61 2 9385 5396
Fax: 61 2 9662 2651
Email: foundation.year@unsw.edu.au
Website: www.ufy.unsw.edu.au

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Selected Universities where Burmese have Studied

University of Sydney
Australian National University
University of Canberra


University of Sydney

There are lots of international students at the University of Sydney.

Tuition fee for undergraduates: Aus $11,000 - 17,000 per year



Below is a list of scholarships that have funded the study of international students at The University of Sydney in the past.


Faculty/International Student Merit Scholarships are awarded annually and provide payment of either full or half tuition fee costs to students already enroled in a degree program at the University of Sydney. Selection is made by the Faculties participating in the program and is open to international students who do not already hold another scholarship. No application form is required.


International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) are funded by the Australian Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA). This scholarship provides tuition fees only and is available to individuals wishing to undertake research studies. Applications are assessed on academic merit and research potential. In addition to the IPRS, the University of Sydney awards.


The International Postgraduate Award (IPA) to IPRS holders each year. Application forms are available from the International Office or may be down loaded from this website during May - August each year. The closing date for the IPRS is 31 August each year. All IPRS applications will also be considered for the IPA (no separate application is required).

Further information and application forms (when available) can be found at:




The Asian Development Bank - Government of Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) The ADB offers opportunities to talented individuals from its developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies with the support of the above scholarship program funded by the Government of Japan. To be eligible to apply for the ADB-JSP, candidates must gain admission to one of the following programs at the University of Sydney: Master/Graduate Diploma in Transport Management, Economics, Commerce, International Public Health, or Business Administration.

For information about applying, go to:


 Further information, including a list of other institutions participating in this scholarship program, may be obtained from the ADB's website at http://www.adb.org/documents/brochures/scholarship_program/.


Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) This program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries. The applicant must propose a development related program of study at postgraduate level, in fields such as economics, finance, planning, health, population, agriculture, environment and natural resource management, civil engineering, education, and other development-related subjects. Information and applications are available from


or by contacting Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA. Applications close 1 February each year, and applicants must provide proof of admission to their proposed universities by 15 April.



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Australian National University

This university has a strong Southeast Asia program in the social sciences with students and faculty interested in Burma.

International applicants should note that the University requires evidence of an adequate standard of English. The University generally requires-for TOEFL a score of 570 or better and a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5; for IELTS an overall band score of 6.5 together with a score of at least 6.0 in all components of the test.


Application Forms

There is currently a single application form for admission to graduate courses, University scholarships, Australian Postgraduate Awards and Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarships. This is available from-

The Academic Registrar
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
  or from-   The Secretary-General
The Association of Commonwealth Universities
36 Gordon Square London UK WCIH OPF


Completed applications must be sent direct to:

The Australian National University,
Canberra ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA.



ANU Scholarships
Postgraduate Student Loan Fund
ANU PhD Scholarships
Australian Postgraduate Awards
ANU Master Degree Scholarships
Re-Entry Scholarships for Women


ANU Scholarships

International students are eligible to compete on the same terms as Australian students for ANU scholarships awarded by Schools, Faculties and Centres. The scholarships, available for PhD and Master courses, cover living expenses and fares, but not tuition fees.


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Postgraduate Student Loan Fund

The purpose of the Postgraduate Student Loan Fund is to enable graduate students in financial difficulties to continue studying. Loans are normally made to cover such matters as the General Services Fee, accommodation, living expenses, travelling costs (where necessary), field trips, academic expenses such as books, and childcare. Where there are delays in receiving income (eg, Austudy, Abstudy, Scholarship, or Pension Benefits) the scheme will usually assist students temporarily.

Applications are considered by a committee of one student and two staff members. The money is lent by the University Co-operative Credit Society. The University provides a guarantee for the loan and subsidises the interest rate.


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ANU PhD Scholarships

A number of Australian National University Scholarships are available for full-time study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Applicants should be of a high scholastic calibre and should have a capacity for research. They must hold a degree of bachelor with at least upper second class honours, or a degree of master from a recognised university. In special cases, applicants with other qualifications and/or research experience may be considered.

PhD Scholarships are normally tenable for three years and, subject to the agreement of the Convenor of the graduate program concerned, may be taken up at any time during the year. A scholarship provides a basic living allowance (or stipend) which in 1997 was at the rate of A$15,637 per annum (tax free), whilst a scholar with medical qualifications received A$21,979. A married scholar from overseas may be eligible for an additional allowance for dependent children.

Return airfares to Canberra and a grant for the reimbursement of some removal expenses are normally paid to scholars who are recruited from overseas. If the overseas scholar is married before taking up a scholarship, travel and some removal costs may be paid for the spouse and dependent children. Scholars are eligible for assistance with University accommodation.

There is no set closing date, but applicants from overseas who wish to be considered for an Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship must lodge applications by 30 August. Overseas applicants for courses which commence at the start of the following academic year are particularly advised to apply by 30 August, but are not debarred from applying at any time.


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Australian Postgraduate Awards

The Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs makes available each year awards normally for full-time study leading to a higher degree. These awards are available to Australian citizens and to people from overseas who have permanent residence status in Australia, provided they have been resident in Australia for 12 months prior to the closing date for applications. They are offered at The Australian National University only to applicants intending to undertake courses leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The award provides a stipend of $15,637 (1997 rate) per annum (tax free).

Applications for the next year’s awards close on 31 October.


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ANU Master Degree Scholarships

The Australian National University Master degree scholarships, tenable in The Faculties only, are available for full-time study in most of the Graduate Programs described in this prospectus. Applicants must be of a high scholastic calibre; they should hold, or expect to hold, a bachelor degree with at least upper second class honours or equivalent from a recognised university, and, where relevant, have shown a capacity for research. In special cases, applicants with other qualifications and research or other experience of a high order may be considered. Scholarships are expected to be taken up by 30 June in the year for which the award is made.

A scholarship provides a basic living allowance (or stipend) which in 1997 was at the rate of A$15,637 (tax free). A married scholar from overseas may be eligible for an additional allowance for dependent children. Scholars from interstate are eligible for assistance with University accommodation. The scholarship would also normally provide airfares to Canberra (economy class at student concession rates, if applicable) and an establishment allowance for a scholar recruited from within Australia. However, an ANU Master scholarship does not provide the overseas portion of the fares and removal expenses of a successful applicant coming to Australia to take up a scholarship.

Applications for Master degree scholarships close on 31 October. However, applicants from outside Australia should lodge their application with the Academic Registrar no later than 30 September. The selection committee meets in mid-December.


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Re-Entry Scholarships for Women

Each year the Graduate School offers a small number of Re-entry Scholarships to women graduates who wish to resume academic studies after a significant break due, for example, to family commitments, and who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. The scholarships may be awarded for a formal postgraduate course or for a one-year research project working with an academic mentor. The scholarships are normally advertised in September. Further information may be obtained from the Academic Registrar. Applications close at the end of September.


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University of Canberra

General Information

Located in Australia’s capital city, the University of Canberra offers numerous scholarship awards to Australian residents and international students who demonstrate academic excellence .


Contact Information




Undergraduate Scholarships

Access Scholarships

The University funds Access scholarships for the first year of undergraduate study for new undergraduate students. The Access scholarships include a $1,000 cash grant to assist with the purchase of textbooks, stationery and expenses as well as exemption from the annual Amenities and Services fee. Further details are available in the scholarship application kit.

Who is eligible?

Residents of Canberra, Queanbeyan and the ACT region (including the South Coast) whose parents do not have a University degree. Applicants who are experiencing financial hardship and who fall into one or more of the specified equity categories are eligible to apply. Other eligibility criteria are explained in the scholarship application kit available from the Scholarships and Prizes Office. Closing date 1 March.


University of Canberra Smith Family Scholarships

Funded jointly by the University of Canberra and The Smith Family as part of the Smith Family's 'Learning for Life' Program. The scholarships provide ongoing support and financial assistance to selected successful Access scholarship recipients for the second and subsequent years of study. Closing date 1 March.


HECS Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

A limited number of HUGS Scholarships funded by the University of Canberra are offered on an automatic basis to students who achieve a high UAI Score. NO application is necessary. Preference is given to students with a home address in the ACT and surrounding regions.


International House Trust Fund Scholarship

Funded by the University of Canberra, these scholarships exempt the successful applicants from the current annual residential fees at International House. One scholarship is available for an Australian citizen and the other for a full-fee paying International student.

Who is eligible?

Valid for one year, the scholarship is available to University of Canberra students in their second or subsequent year of an undergraduate program who would like to live at International House in their third year. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate course. The closing date for applications is 1 July.


The Rotary Scholarship for International House

Donated by the Belconnen Branch of the Rotary Club, this scholarship is valued at $1,500.

Who is eligible?

Valid for one year, this scholarship is open to second or subsequent year students studying any discipline. Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of Australia and reside at the University’s International House. Selection is based on academic performance and a written essay. Closing date for applications is 1 July.


ACTEW Corporation Scholarship for Professional Communication

A scholarship donated by the ACTEW Corporation is available to students in their final year of the Bachelor of Communication degree majoring in Advertising/Marketing, Public Relations or Journalism. The scholarship is valued at $9,000 and is for the duration of one year.

Who is eligible?

Final year Communication students are eligible to apply. Selection is based on academic merit and professional aptitude. There is no closing date for applications; students are automatically considered at the end of their second year studies. Further information is available from the lecturer for Advertising at the University of Canberra, telephone: (02) 6201 2684.


Undergraduate CRC LEME Earth Science

Three scholarships have been made available by the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Evolution and Mineral Exploration. They are valued at $1,000, are for the duration of one year; and are available for first-year University of Canberra students who will be majoring in Earth Science in their second year of study.

Who is eligible?

If you are in first year and plan to major in Earth Science in your second year, you are eligible to apply for one of these scholarships. Selection is based on an essay on regolith geology in mineral exploration. The closing date for applications and submitting essays is 9 June (the end of the first semester). Contact Associate Professor Graham Taylor at CRC LEME for further details on (02) 6201 2031.


Country Women’s Association Scholarship for Nursing

$1,000 has been donated by the Canberra Branch of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales, for students currently enrolled in Nursing Science and have completed second year. Selection is based on demonstrated need and academic merit.

Who is Eligible?

Nursing students at the University of Canberra are invited to apply. Closing Date: 30 April. For further details contact the Scholarships and Prizes Officer on (02) 6201 2612. Closing date 30 April.


Commonwealth Bank Scholarship in Banking and Finance

The Commonwealth Bank has made offered a scholarship for Banking and Finance students. The scholarship is available for up to two years and is valued at $3,000 per annum.

Who is eligible?

This scholarship is open to students in their second or third year of the Banking and Finance course at the University of Canberra. Selection is based on academic merit and professional aptitude. The closing date for applications is August/September. For further information contact the Course Convener for Banking and Finance on (02) 6201 2715.


Research HECS Training Scheme (RTS)

Commonwealth funded


W J Weeden Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Made possible by a generous donation to the University of Canberra by the W J Weeden family.


Wiradjuri Scholarship

Funded by the University's Wiradjuri Early Childhood Centre


CUPA Access Scholarships

Funded by the Canberra University Postgraduate Association (CUPA)

Available to Australian citizens or permanent residents


Access Scholarships

Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate students who meet the specified eligibility criteria may apply for Access scholarships funded by the University of Canberra. Benefits of the award are the same as for CUPA Access scholarships. Eligibility criteria are available in the scholarship application kit and guide.

Closing date: 1 March.


Advanced Telecommunications and Quantum Electronics Research Centre (CATQER) Postgraduate Research Top-Up Scholarship

Funded by the University's Centre for Advanced Telecommunications and Quantum Electronics Research.

DISCIPLINE: Optoelectronics, Laser Diode Fabrication and Characterisation, Laser Diode Applications, Quantum Electronics


CRC-funded Scholarships

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Freshwater Ecology (FE) Scholarship

CRC for Landscape Evolution and Mineral Exploration (LEME) Scholarship



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Contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate and request information on how to apply and pay for your chosen visa.

For a student visa you must have a medical examination and chest x-ray. Special forms will be provided for the doctor to complete. See http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts lodged.

Student visas are issued for the duration of your course plus four weeks extra after the course finishes. All student Visa holders must pay for Overseas Student Health Cover, to cover the costs of any medical or hospital treatment needed during your stay in Australia.


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Useful Resources

Australian Education Centres with English courses and advice on how to apply to study in Australia:

Australian Education Centre
Australian High Commission
Australian Compound
No 1/50 G Shantipath Chanakyapuri
NEW DELHI 110 021
Phone: 688-8223
Fax: 687-3172
e-mail: aec.India@dfat.gov.au


Australian Education Centre
Ms Kamolwan Charuthas
AEC Manager
Australian Embassy
37 South Sathorn Road
Phone: 287-2680 (ext. 5508)
Fax: 287-1892

Burma and Singapore do not have Australian Education Centres but you can get information on Australian education through the Australian embassies:

Australian Embassy - Burma/Myanmar
88 Strand Road
Phone: 251-810, 251-809

Australian Embassy - Singapore
25 Napier Road
Singapore 258507

Postal address:
PO Box 470, Tanglin
Singapore 912416
Phone: 836-4100
Fax: 737-5481

The following also provide useful information about scholarships.


Scholarships Australia

Author: New Hobsons Press
Publisher: New Hobsons Press

"Over $10 million worth of tertiary awards are listed in Australia's only comprehensive guide to scholarships. The definitive reference to undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries on offer for study both in Australia and overseas. Scholarships Australia also contains information on how to prepare a successful scholarships application."



The OZ - HigherEd - A resource of The Australiiaan Scholarships


A list of scholarships by university, with subcategories for Australian students and international students, and undergraduates and graduates.


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Useful Links


This site provides information on Australian education system, schools, foundation studies, English language training, how to apply to study in Australia, where to obtain more information, links, etc. and other important sites.



For information on life in Australia, the educational system, universities and technical schools, scholarships, and distance education.


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