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Study in Australia from Timor-Leste

Study in Australia from Timor-Leste

The vibrant, welcoming life and seasonal climate makes Australia the perfect destination for students from all over the world including from Timor-Leste.  

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for International Students worldwide.  Australia is a great place to study.

As a student from Timor-Leste you will feel at home as Australia is home to many students from Timor-Leste.

Study in Australia from Timor-Leste

Study in Australia from Timor-Leste

Why is Australia so popular with East Timorese Students?

Here are 6 reasons why:    

1 – A Great Lifestyle.

Australians are known for their relaxed lifestyles and many of Australia’s major universities are located in remote areas, offering many hiking trails, parks, beaches and other outdoor activities. Australian students approach their free time with a sense of pride, as they undoubtedly take their education very seriously. 

The naturally beautiful nation of New Zealand is also just a short flight away and a social paradise. If you can rely on it to be a safe environment where you can move to a safer environment, you can count on a good education, good food and great people. 

2 – Excellent Academic reputation   

Australian universities have built up an outstanding academic reputation over the years and are highly regarded worldwide. The Australian education system is a combination of practical and independent learning, with extensive experience. Students have the freedom to improvise and experiment with their own projects and to cultivate them as independent learners.   

3 – Australia offers Student visas for University as well as College and shorter Technical Courses

If you want to enroll in Australia and attend basic education courses, you can go to Australia to attend one of the many Australian colleges.     

4 – The Cost is Less

The Cost of Australian Study is less than the UK and the US while being excellent quality.  

5 – Pathways to Permanent Residency and Citizenship of Australia

Studying and working in Australia offers citizens of Timor-Leste the opportunity to achieve more points towards their application to live in Australia on a permanent basis.  Australia realises that people who have committed to study in Australia and have lived in Australia are well positioned to decide if they want to stay longer term and make great candidates for Permanent Residency – thus Australia grants extra immigration points to these candidates.

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6 – Easier Student Visa Requirements     

Compared to the UK and the US, which have much stricter requirements, Australia is much friendlier to international students from all over the world and indeed very welcoming to students from Timor-Leste. 

International students can stay in Australia for up to two years depending on their qualifications. This means that you have the opportunity to add international training and experience to your CV. Australia also has one of the largest populations of Timor-Leste citizens outside of Timor-Leste so you will find friends from home and Australia alike, even if you’re thousands of miles from home.

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The Australian Academic Application Deadlines


The academic year in Australia starts in early March and lasts until November. Most universities have two semesters per year, but some universities have three semesters.     

How long does a University degree take to complete in Australia

The majority of undergraduate courses in Australia usually last three years, but if you choose an honorary doctorate, you will need an extra year.     

Types of Degrees Available in Australia for students from (C1)

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Usually 3 years
  • Bachelor’s Degree (with Honors) Usually 4 years
  • Double Degree (Usually 4-5 years and you graduate with 2 full Bachelors Degrees)

Postgraduate Degrees

  • Masters Degree – Usually 18mths – 2 years
  • PHD – Usually 3-4 years

Australia’s Best Universities

List of All Australian Universities


Australian Capital Territory
Australian National Universityhttp://www.anu.edu.au/study/information-for/international-students
University of Canberrahttp://www.canberra.edu.au/international
New South Wales
Australian Catholic Universityhttps://www.acu.edu.au/international
Charles Sturt Universityhttp://study.csu.edu.au/international
Macquarie Universityhttps://www.mq.edu.au/international.php
Southern Cross Universityhttp://scu.edu.au/international/
University of New Englandhttps://www.une.edu.au/study/international
University of New South Waleshttp://www.international.unsw.edu.au/
University of Newcastlehttps://www.newcastle.edu.au/international
University of Sydneyhttp://sydney.edu.au/future-students/
University of Technology, Sydneyhttp://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/international
Western Sydney Universityhttp://www.westernsydney.edu.au/international
University of Wollongonghttps://www.uow.edu.au/future/international/index.html
Northern Territory
Charles Darwin Universityhttp://www.cdu.edu.au/international
Bond Universityhttp://bond.edu.au/future-students/international
CQ Universityhttps://www.cqu.edu.au/international-students
Federation University of Australiahttps://federation.edu.au/brisbane
Griffith Universityhttp://www.griffith.edu.au/international
James Cook Universityhttp://www.jcu.edu.au/international/
Queensland University of Technologyhttps://www.qut.edu.au/international
University of Queenslandhttp://www.uq.edu.au/international/
University of Southern Queenslandhttp://www.usq.edu.au/study/international
University of the Sunshine Coasthttp://www.usc.edu.au/learn/international-students
South Australia
Carnegie Mellon Universityhttp://www.australia.cmu.edu/
Flinders Universityhttp://www.flinders.edu.au/international-students/
Torrens University Australiahttp://www.torrens.edu.au/studying/international-students
University of Adelaidehttp://international.adelaide.edu.au
University of South Australiahttp://www.unisa.edu.au/study-at-unisa/international-students/
University of Tasmaniahttp://www.utas.edu.au/international
Deakin Universityhttp://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/international-students
Federation University of Australiahttp://federation.edu.au/international
La Trobe Universityhttp://www.latrobe.edu.au/international
Monash Universityhttps://www.monash.edu/study/international
RMIT Universityhttps://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/
Swinburne University of Technologyhttp://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/international/
University of Divinityhttp://www.divinity.edu.au/study/international-student-resources/
University of Melbournehttps://www.unimelb.edu.au/
Victoria Universityhttp://www.vu.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students
Western Australia
Curtin Universityhttp://international.curtin.edu.au/
Edith Cowan Universityhttp://www.ecu.edu.au/degrees/international
Murdoch Universityhttp://www.murdoch.edu.au/Future-students/International-students/
University of Notre Dame Australiahttp://www.nd.edu.au/nav-future-students/international-students
University of Western Australiahttp://www.international.uwa.edu.au/


Australia has an extensive list of very good Universities.  There are 8 Universities in particular which are world renowned and appear each year in the Times Higher Education (THE) Lists, which ranks the world’s best Universities against each other.  These Universities call themselves the Group of 8.  Here is a list of some of our top universities for those institutions that belong to the elite Group of Eight. 

Australia’s Top 8 Universities


UniversityTHE Ranking
The University of Melbourne#33
The Australian National University#52
The University of Sydney#56
The University of Queensland#60
Monash University#73
University of New South Wales#82
The University of Western Australia#109
The University of Adelaide#149


Requirements to study in Australia from Timor-Leste 

The academic requirements you will need to study in Australia vary depending on the course you


 choose and the university you are applying to. Different access requirements are taken into account by different institutions, so you should check the course information carefully. For potential students wishing to study in Australia, a number of requirements must be met.

As English is the language of instruction and examination throughout Australia, sufficient English is a minimum academic requirement.         

What Does it Cost to study in Australia from Timor-Leste

Tuition fees:

These costs are an average cost, the fees of each University in Australia vary. 


Qualification LevelEstimated Fee Per Year (AUD)
Bachelor’s DegreeAUD15,000 to AUD33,000
Master’s DegreeAUD20,000 to AUD37,000
Doctoral DegreeAUD14,000 to AUD37,000


Living Costs in Australia for a student from Timor-Leste 

There are 2 main costs of living for international students from Timor-Leste

1 – Accommodation


There are 2 main types of Accommodation available

  • Campus accommodation

The cost of these types of accommodation range from $140 – $350 AUD per week.

Benefits are that they include food (so you don’t have to do any cooking) and they organise social functions.

  • Private rentals

The cost can vary between $100 and $250 per week (depending on how many other students you are sharing with and where you are located).

Benefits are that it is cheaper, and you can choose your own food.  

2 – Living Expenses

In addition to tuition fees, there are a number of other expenses incurred during university life. 

The Australian Government has given an indication of what you might expect to spend on living expenses each week.

ItemEstimated Costs Per Week (AUD)
Groceries and dining outAUD80 to AUD280 per week
Gas and electricityAUD35 to AUD140 per week
Phone and internetAUD20 to AUD55 per week
Public transportAUD15 to AUD55 per week
Misc. personal expensesAUD80 to AUD150 per week

Again the cost will vary depending on your own spending habits.

The Australian Government will require you to show you have funding available to be able to support yourself.  The Government has deemed this amount to be around $19 000 AUD per year.

Can I work in Australia while I am Studying?

You are able to  work up to 20 hours per week during semester, and more hours during semester breaks. 

You are not allowed to work full time during semester periods.  If you are caught doing so you might lose your student visa.  This rule is very strict.  20 hours is the maximum.    

How to Study in Australia from Timor-Leste

a – Choose your course

Many students already know the field they would like to study.  It is important to remember that not all Universities or colleges offer all courses.  You need to find the course you would like to study and you will need to know the level you would like to study at, eg diploma, undergraduate degree, Masters, PHD etc. 

b – Choose your University 

Find out which courses are offered at your university and compile a shortlist of your preferred university. Not all courses at every university will be the same, so it is important to remember that no matter which subject you choose, you will always remember which university is best for your subject. 

c – Apply to your chosen University

Some universities charge an application fee, others are free to apply, but you need to understand the application process and look up the university website.  There is no centralised application process in Australia, each University or college handles their own admissions process.

d – Accept the offer from the University

If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of offer from the university. If it is an unconditional offer, this means that you have already fulfilled all the requirements and can accept the offer immediately. However, if it is a conditional offer, it means that you will be granted a place to study if you meet all the conditions set out in the letter.

e – Receive your CofE  Confirmation of Enrolment 

Once you have accepted the offer, you will receive confirmation of your registration (CofE). This document is a prerequisite for applying for a student visa.  You must wait for your CoE to arrive before you submit your visa application.

f – Apply for your Australian Student Visa

Requirements to study in Australia from Timor-Leste

Here are the key requirements that you need to meet to study in Australia from Timor-Leste

  • Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) certificate from an Australian university
  • Proof that you are a genuine student intending to stay temporarily in Australia (This will be a Statement of Purpose document)
  • English language proficiency
  • Proof of sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living expenses
  • Health and character requirements
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) (an insurance)

g – Finished 

Now you can book your tickets and make your plans for arriving in Australia.

When to Apply to study in Australia from Timor-Leste    

There are dates you need to know to time your application correctly.

Australian Universities have 2 intakes per year.

Intake 1 – starts in late February – to be considered for this intake you must have your application submitted by Mid December

Intake 2 – Starts in July – to be considered for this intake you must have your application submitted by Mid May

The exact dates and requirements are different with each University and should only act as a guide to you.     

What are your options Once you are finished your Course of Study in Australia?

1. A working holiday visa 

A working holiday visa might be just the thing for you when you finish your degree.  The visa allows you to travel and work around Australia as you please for a full year.  It is a simple and easily available option to extend your time in Australia if you don’t wish to be tied to a particular employer and want to have the freedom to travel and work through the country.  

2. A Temporary Graduate Visa

A Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) makes it possible for international students who studied in Australia for at least 2 academic years to remain in the country for up to 4 years.

This visa is to encourage students who have studied in Australia to remain and work.  This is a valuable opportunity to gain further experience as well as points towards a permanent residency application to Australia if you wish.  Post graduation work experience will be valuable upon return to Timor-Leste as it will give you experience others in the jobs market may not have.  

3. A Skilled Immigration Visa 

If you have the right skills in a specific area that is in demand, you can try applying for a working visa that will allow you to live and work in the country.

Australia has different work visas with different requirements. Some may require employer sponsorship, some are based on a points system, and some have a maximum visa duration. It’s important to check through the details to see if you qualify.

Australia runs a skilled migration program with 400 occupations determined to be in need within the country.  Citizens of Timor-Leste are encouraged to apply.  Having studied and or worked in Australia gives you more points in the program and increases your chances of gaining a visa.  

4.  Return home to Timor-Leste

If you plan on returning home, there is nothing extra to do other than to ensure you have left Australia before your student visa expires.  Then travel home and catch up with your family and friends.  





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