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Coming to study in Australia from Nepal

High quality education, vibrant student cities, and Australia’s reputation for cultural diversity makes it a popular option for Nepali students.

What we'll cover

  • Educational opportunities in Australia for Nepalese students
  • Navigating the admission process
  • Preparing to move to study in Australia from Nepal
  • Student visa requirements (Subclass 500)
  • Student life and studying in Australia
  • Getting your banking organised 

Why study in Australia?

More than 60,000 Nepali students are currently pursuing educational opportunities in Australia, according to the Australian Department of Education, and that number is rapidly growing. Here’s why. 

Global recognition

Students are choosing Australia as a destination for its international reputation, boasting seven of the best student cities and an impressive 90 per cent satisfaction score from international student surveys for the living and studying abroad experience.

Diverse educational opportunities

The Australian education system has a solid emphasis on innovation, research, and practical skills, giving students a well-rounded, holistic experience. Australia also holds strong accreditation standards, so it’s likely your Australian qualifications will be recognised and valued around the world.


Whether you have dreams of studying at the undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree, or research level in science, engineering, business, arts, or any other field, you’re likely to find courses at Australian universities to suit your interests.

Cultural diversity and inclusivity

About 30 per cent of Australia’s population was born overseas, and over 300 languages are spoken in Australian homes, reflecting the nation’s rich cultural diversity. Australia is celebrated for its cultural diversity and inclusivity, making it an ideal destination for international students. 

Quality of life

Australia consistently ranks highly in global quality of life measurements. According to the OECD Better Life Index, Australia outperforms the global average in income, jobs, education, health, environmental quality, social connections, civic engagement and life satisfaction.


If you want to study in Australia from Nepal, you’ll have access to world-class healthcare, transportation and amenities that all contribute to a comfortable and enriching life during your stay. 

Post-study work opportunities

A big advantage of studying in Australia is the opportunity for post-study work, thanks to the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), designed for those who have finished studying in Australia and are looking to kick-start their careers.


This visa usually allows you to stay in Australia for between two and four years, depending on your qualification. 

Navigating through the admission process

The admission process for your Australian education depends on the course, university or vocational college and requirements. Let’s break it down: 

Choosing the right course

Start your journey by researching Australian education providers, courses, and their locations. Make sure you consider the areas of specialisation offered through different courses and which specialisations will best suit your intended career path. Look at the size of the campus, features and support for international students, and other facilities. 

Admission requirements

If you’d like to study in Australia from Nepal, most courses will have English language proficiency requirements.


These could include the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), and Cambridge English Test (formerly CAE or CPE).


Other requirements may include a recognised qualification with required grades, or for post-graduate courses, a recognised tertiary qualification.


Specific courses might also require an interview, a portfolio, or relevant professional knowledge, so be sure to understand the specific requirements for your field of study.

Application Procedure

You can apply to study in Australia directly to the institution of your choice. Take note of application criteria and deadlines.


You may download specific application forms from your education institution. Most forms will require you to supply your personal details, proof of your English language proficiency, any previous academic qualifications, and your course preferences.


Before applying, check that you will qualify for a student visa if your application is successful. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are plenty of higher education scholarship opportunities available for international students, including Nepali students. Most of these scholarships to study in Australia are awarded directly through each university, and have separate application forms and deadlines.


Scholarships are generally awarded based on academic merit, financial need, or a combination of both. Be sure to check the eligibility criteria and application requirements for individual scholarships.


The Australian Awards Scholarships are awarded by the Australian Government, and are available to students from Nepal who want to complete undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia. The scholarship will cover the cost of studying, including tuition fees, travel expenses, and a living expenses allowance. 

Preparing to move 

As you prepare for your journey to study in Australia, there are some important considerations: 

Visa application process 

You’ll need to be accepted by an Australian educational institution before applying for a student visa (Subclass 500) to study in Australia.


A student visa usually enables you to stay in Australia for up to five years, in line with your enrolment. You can apply online in or outside of Australia, must be enrolled in a course of study in Australia, and must hold Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC), or fall in an exemption category.

Accommodation and living 

Australia offers a range of cities that are popular among students from around the world. Here are the seven best student cities in Australia (in no particular order):


Sydney: Also known as Australia’s Harbour City, Sydney is home to prestigious universities including the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. Students can enjoy a bustling cultural scene and beautiful beaches, but the living expenses can be high.


Melbourne: Renowned for its diverse and inclusive culture, students can enjoy Melbourne’s arts, music and coffee culture, as well as universities including the University of Melbourne and Monash University.


Brisbane: A laid-back atmosphere and warm climate in Brisbane make it a good option for students who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, with lower living costs than Sydney and Melbourne.  The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology are local education institutions.


Perth: A high quality of life, home to the University of Western Australia and Curtin University, and beautiful beaches mean Perth is a popular location for international students. However, Perth does have a high cost of living.


Adelaide: Offers a more affordable cost of living, and is home to the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. Students can also explore the city's parks, wineries, and various festivals.


Canberra: Australia's capital city boasts theAustralian National University and the University of Canberra. Students may engage in politics, research, and cultural activities.


Gold Coast: Famous for its stunning beaches and theme parks, the Gold Coast is home to Bond University and Griffith University. Students may enjoy a beach lifestyle and a growing job market.


These cities offer diverse experiences for international students in Australia, and the choice of the ideal student city depends on your individual preferences, the academic programs offered by universities and your budget.


There is also a range of regional options across Australia.

Overseas student health cover (OSHC) 

A condition of a student visa is maintaining overseas student health cover (OSHC) during your stay in Australia. This is a type of health insurance policy that covers international students for certain health-related expenses, including doctor’s visits and some hospital expenses.


It’s important to compare the costs and services of these health insurance policies to determine the one that best suits your specific needs. 

Student life in Australia 

Once you arrive in Australia, a vibrant student life awaits you!


Cultural adaptation is an important aspect of the journey for Nepali students studying in Australia. While moving to a new country can be exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking, Australia should provide a welcoming and diverse environment. 

Academic life

Australian universities and tertiary institutions offer a high standard of education. Be prepared for an interactive learning environment, with a focus on research, critical thinking, and practical skills during your studies in Australia.


Many universities and colleges also offer international student clubs, student support services, language classes and cultural events, to help you connect with local and international peers, while celebrating your own cultural heritage. 

Social and extracurricular activities

Whether you’re passionate about sports, arts, community service, or pop culture, there are likely to be plenty of opportunities to engage in a wide range of social and extracurricular activities to complement your academic journey in Australia. 

Part-time work opportunities for international students 

International students from Nepal in Australia are able to work up to 48 hours a fortnight while studying. These limitations allow students to focus on obtaining a quality Australian education and qualification, while also gaining valuable work experience.


Popular part-time jobs for international students may include hospitality, retail, healthcare and tutoring, with many universities in Australia offering on-campus job opportunities for international students.


The chance to network, make friends, and earn an income are all great benefits of part-time work. 

Obtaining a Tax File Number 

If you plan on working during your stay, you’ll need a Tax File Number (TFN). This is your unique identifier for all tax-related matters. You’ll also need a TFN to open an Australian bank account, file a tax return, or when dealing with finance or government institutions. It is free to apply for a TFN, and you can apply online.


The process of obtaining a TFN is straightforward, and the application form can be completed online.

Sorting out your banking in Australia

Sorting out everyday banking in Australia is probably going to be one of your first priorities on arrival. Setting up an Australian bank account is a simple process. You’ll likely need an everyday (also known as a transaction) account, with the ability to get paid, withdraw cash, and have a linked debit card or digital wallet.


Westpac, Australia’s first bank, offers an account for everyday banking. The Westpac Choice transaction account comes with additional benefits for students. If you’ve arrived in Australia within the last 12 months, you’ll pay no account-keeping fee for your first year. And, if you’re a full time tertiary student, you’ll pay no account-keeping fee for as long as you study. 

Saving money in Australia 

If you’d like to save money while you’re in Australia, you can do so with an online savings account. You can open a Westpac eSaver account online and earn a bonus introductory interest rate for the first five months. 

Sending money overseas 

If you bank with Westpac, you’ll pay $0 international transfer fees when you send foreign currency overseas via Online Banking or the Westpac App. This is a handy option as an international student if sending money home is important to you while you’re in Australia. 

To sum up

Australia’s appeal as a world class educational destination for students from Nepal is founded on a selection of top-notch university and vocational providers, options for post-study work, and the prospect of a vibrant student life and standard of living. Above all, Australia’s reputation for cultural diversity often enhances its appeal for international students. 

Things you should know

This information is general in nature and has been prepared without taking your objectives, needs and overall financial situation into account. For this reason, you should consider the appropriateness for the information to your own circumstances and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice.