About Australia


Western Australia is known as a quality education destination and presents many study opportunities for international students. Famous for its friendly people and relaxed atmosphere, Perth embodies the true Australian lifestyle. There are not many places left in the world where a passer-by will warmly greet you on the street or stop to have a chat. Australians love to interact with overseas visitors and embrace other cultures.

Perth is a city of growth, success and possibilities. Recent years have seen the benefits of our resources boom flow into every part of our lives, from education to transport, and tens of thousands of people have come to see the natural beauty of Western Australia and enjoy its year-round sunshine. The new international airport, along with the Perth Arena and expanding city rail network, riverside developments and beach-fronts are shaping Perth into Australia's western gateway for tourism and investment.

You can choose your course from a range of study options at universities, private higher education, vocational and English language institutions and schools in Perth and regional Western Australia. Whether it's English competency exam preparation, medicine, engineering, tourism, marketing or marine biology, you'll find a suitable course in Perth.

The Western Australian education system is recognised around the world and can help you succeed in your career, in further studies and in life.

As an international student studying in Perth, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your interests and your place in your course are protected by government laws. There are strict regulations and quality assurance systems in place which protect students and ensure that they receive a quality education.

Western Australia by numbers*

  • WA Population - 2,567,800.
  • Perth Population - 2.1 million people.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders account for 3.1 percent of the Western Australian population.
  • The top five languages (Other than English) - Mandarin, Italian, Filipino/Tagalog, Vietnamese and Cantonese.
  • The top five countries of birth (other than Australia) - England, New Zealand, India, South Africa and Philippines
  • Western Australia is Australia’s largest state - total area is 2,529,875 km2 (33 % of Australia’s total land mass)

Cost of living in Perth WA (Per Week)

  • Average Accommodation costs: AUD $150-260 (Shared House or Apartment)
  • Public Transport: AUD $20-$50
  • Food: AUD $60-$100

Schooling Obligations for Dependants

Where school aged children are included in your student visa application, schooling costs of AUD8,000 per year for each child will need to be added to the amount of funds that is required. This amount is the minimum required for a visa application only and you are responsible for researching schooling costs, which may vary widely between states, territories and schools in Australia.

You do not have to provide evidence of schooling costs if you are:

  • A PhD student and can show you have enrolled your child in an Australian government school where the fees have been waived
  • Received an Australian Commonwealth Government scholarship, including Foreign Affairs and Defence sponsored students, and you can show you have enrolled your child in a government school where the fees have been waived.

(Source: Department of Home Affairs) For more informationon schooling options, please refer to: Study West: www.studywest.des.wa.gov.au/studyinwa/Schooling/Pages/default.aspx For the private schools in Western Australia information can be obtain eddirectly from: Private Schools Directory: http://www.privateschoolsdirectory.com.au/perth-schools.php Association of Independent Schools Western Australia: www.ais.wa.edu.au For more information, contact APEIRO INSTITUTE atinfo@apeiroinstitute.edu.au The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016 the 12 month living cost is estimated at $19,830 per year for a single Individual. For more information on latest requirements and costs refer to https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/live-in-australia/living-costs