Hi Sizwe. It is true that very few international students, by their own or by family, can bear their educational expenses. Every year the tuition fees are raising higher. My flat owner is a Chinese woman and she said that she came to Australia 15 years ago and completed her higher education. I remembered her saying that tuition fees were less than recent tuition fees which she found really problematic for foreign students. Even while chatting with a girl who is from Korea shared me her recent experience of paying higher tuition fees for her masters program. This is really bad. According to the HSBC bank research report, which was a PRESS RELEASE with the heading "USA among World's Top Three Most Expensive Destinations for International Students", the following data came up: "in the year 2013, surprisingly, it found that Germany scored lowest for international students with combined annual tuition and living costs of just US$6,285. Australia was the most expensive destination coming in at US$38,515. One of the main factors behind this was a notable strengthening of the Australian Dollar against the U.S. and other currencies. The U.K. placed third in the study at a little over US$30,000." Within 2 years, Australian tuition fees in university raised so much that annual fees (2 semesters fees per year for postgraduate international students) is quite similar to the total annual cost of international students of 2013. How can I compare? Because, I am paying that amount of money for my higher studies in Australia. No doubt that God will make a way. But it is the authorities who have to act in a right way so that we can study to learn rather than be a "pressure cooker" to cook our tension of study, tuition fees, jobs and living cost in mental pressure.
Hi Fernando. Was your friend an international student? Because, I think most of the international student face this problem. I am studying in an Australian university and almost completed a semester. Now I am looking for a job so that I can at least pay my living expenses. Semester fees, in proportion to part-time job salaries, are really high specially in business schools. We, the business school students, rarely get financial aid. Giving most of our concentration to jobs give us the way to survive in the colleges or universities, but distracts us to learn properly and as you said, it is not our motive as a student.
Hi Xiao. I read you story. Even I am still thinking about it. I am also studying masters in a reputed university in Sydney, Australia. Before coming here as an international student, I had to keep in mind about the tuition fees, how I was going to pay and most importantly, how this coursework will be effective for my career. Funding is always a great concern for international students. Also, getting a fund or scholarship for an international business student is quite difficult in Australia. Scoring good in some aptitude and language tests may ensure some waiver, but not the full funding for course. Honestly, it is really stressing to mange study along with jobs. With higher living costs and lower wages, it is really difficult to cover the whole semester fees for the international students like us. Even getting a job is quite difficult because of the lack of fluency in English language. I am doing my 1st semester and day by day I am afraid of the next semester tuition fees and living costs. Because of this tension, one of my friends from my university, who is an international student, decided to leave Australia as she cannot bear this expenses by only job she got. Hopefully, the Australian government may take necessary steps to reduce the tuition fees so that they can attract more international students who may not leave Australia in the middle of the study.