Down under vs over here: What's on offer?

April 9, 2004

Down under vs over here: What's on offer?

UK:

Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships: about 2,400 offered a year, most covering postgraduate fees plus maintenance but some fees only.

Commonwealth Scholarships: about 300 a year, covering postgraduate fees plus maintenance.

Atlantic Fellowships: about ten a year, offered to US mid-career professionals, covering postgraduate fees plus maintenance.

9/11 Scholarships: for children who lost a parent or guardian in the 2001 terrorist attacks; covers fees, living costs and air fare for undergraduate or masters courses.

Visas

Charge for visa: £36. Processing takes one to three days.

Visa extension charge, from £155 to £250.

Key selling points

High-quality qualifications recognised worldwide.

Number of international students 0,090


AUSTRALIA:

Scholarships

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships: about 330 offered a year, covering fees and maintenance.

IDP Commonwealth Scholarships: about five offered a year, covering fees, air fare, visa and living costs.

Global Peace Scholarship Trust: A$5.7 million scheme. Some 67 fee-waivers available from next year.

Visas

Charge for visa: A$400 (about £180). Processing takes up to four weeks.

Visa extension charge: A$400.

Key selling points

Flexible courses, easy-going lifestyle and people, attractive climate.

Number of international students 140,000

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