International Education and Migration Services (IEMS) is proud to announce the winner of our Online Giveaway is Debby V from Indonesia.

Applicants were asked to tell us in their own words, the benefits of studying in Australia. With over 1200 entries, the competition was stiff and our team of judges read through some really original and excellent answers. Applicants had only 50 words or less to pique our interest and show us why they would want to study in Australia.

Applicants came from all around the world and many of the answers were insightful and interesting. The first prize was awarded to Debby V whose answer was carefully considered. Hailing from Indonesia, Debbie brought both thoughtfulness and authenticity with their response,

“Australia is home to worldwide high quality research-led universities, provides flexibility to work part time during holidays, and home of Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the majestic Uluru, Port Arthur in Tasmania, Great Ocean Road and Daintree Rainforest, to be explored in my free time.”

First prize was a $500 prepaid Cash Card for use while studying here in Australia. IEMS offers a number of competitions throughout the year as well as offering multiple scholarships to eligible IEMS members.

Students from all over the world have reaped the benefits of our services and we had an overwhelming response from a great number of wonderful countries. We had some unique and sometimes hilarious entries from so many of our applicants.

We are incredibly thrilled that we’ve had such a wonderful response from our close neighbours in Indonesia. Debby V has given a beautifully earnest response, highlighting just some of the wonderful reasons to study in Australia.

In addition to competitions and scholarships, IEMS can help improve all aspects of your experience studying in Australia. We have access to some fantastic student discounts and deals. We can help you with accommodation and general settlement into Australian life. We can even help you with your visa both during your studies and after.

Visit our website today for more information about how we can help you study in Australia.

Congratulations again to our lucky winner Debby V.

Australia’s education export income up for the first time since 2010

The higher education sector in Australia was responsible for just under 70% of total international education exports in 2013, shown by data released by the Ministry of Education. International education contributed $15 billion to Australia’s economy in 2013, a 3.8% rise on the previous year’s $14.5 billion, the first increase in 3 years.

This is great news for Australia’s number one export service industry, although income has yet to return to its post-slump peak of $16.1 billion in 2010.

There are many contributing factors to this upward turn in fortune such as the easing of Australian student visa processing criteria and the change / growth of overseas markets.

To speak to an IEMS advisor now to talk about your Australian study options please click here

Back by popular demand – How to choose the right university in Australia

After some good feedback from this article last year we have decided to re-publish this useful guide.

Choosing the right university is extremely important; there are many factors to be considered. The university or education institution is the place that will be awarding you with recognised academic credentials and it will also be your “home” for several years. You will be studying, playing sport, socialising and working there so being certain it is the right place for you is extremely important.

Key factors that should be considered include:

  • Does the university or education institution provide the program / field of study that you want? Visit the website or the university or education institution to read their course outlines. Make sure you do your research, don’t just rely on your education agent for all the information.
  • Make sure the admission requirements of the institution and course(s) are right for your academic record / results – you don’t want to apply and then be rejected!.
  • Do you want to study at a large institution or a small one?
  • What are your interests? Is the university close to the things that interest you like sports parks or shopping centres?
  • Cost of living? You will need to have money for more than just your course fees – consider the cost of accommodation, food, books etc. when making your decision. Also consider if there will be part time work available in the area.

Once you have identified which things are important to you making a good decision will be easier, you can then enrol on your course with confidence that you made a good choice!

Speak with an IEMS Admissions Advisor to talk through your options. Remember our service to students is completely free of charge. Click here.

TEQSA advisory council appointed in Australia

Last week the Minister of Education for Australia, Christopher Pyne, announced that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Advisory Council will be established. The group, reporting to the Minister, will be responsible for ensuring that recommendations to reduce University red tape are carried out.

The forming of this council is part of the larger plans by the government to lighten regulation within the education sector as is takes on board the 27 recommendations by reports commissioned to look into the state of the national higher education sector.

The Deputy Chief Executive of Universities Australia, Greg Evans, said that they are looking forward to “working with the council to further the twin aims of maintaining the high quality education offered by the sector and making sure it is not subject to unnecessary and costly regulation”.

This indicates that there will be some considerable benefits for International students who are looking at Australia as a possible destination for their studies. We are likely to not only see the continual improvement in education offered in Australia but also a potential improved and faster process for course applications and visa’s.

To speak with an IEMS advisor about your study options please click here.

The student referral incentive, spread the word!

We have a special offer to help promote Australian Education to international students wishing to study in Australia. We are offering AUD$100 cash back for any referrals of international students who are successfully placed by IEMS with an Australian education provider.

Why use if you are an international student?

  • Our Student counselling and application service is completely free of charge for students
  • We work with almost every Australian Education provider, including Universities, Colleges, Vocational Education providers
  • We manage everything for you including course selection, application form assistance, Australian visa applications
  • We give you a complete package of after-care services including student discounts, accommodation options, access to part-time work and other important things you will need for when you move to Australia

Tell your friends, colleagues, fellow students – spread the word about our free service and we will reward you!

Email your referrals to or click here to lodge your details.

Why do International Students love studying in Australia?

Australia is becoming the destination of choice for more and more international students. The International Education Advisory Council has predicted a 30% increase in the number of overseas students studying in Australia over the next seven years.

Australia has lots on offer for international students so IEMS has put together some of the reasons why so many international students are choosing to study in Australia.

Education: Completed degrees from Australian institutions are recognized worldwide. Australia’s higher education industry in regulated by the federal government, this means that high standards are maintained by all universities and institutions.

Some academic reasons for choosing to study in Australia include:

  • Huge variety of specialist educational institutions
  • Innovative and leading edge teaching styles
  • High quality scientific research
  • Large and mature services and support industry for international students
  • Acceptance, globally, of Australian higher education standards

Lifestyle: Australia is known for its high standard of living, diverse culture and relaxed environment. For students wishing to gain knowledge and excel the laid back and relaxed environment means you can focus on high achievements.

Other benefits of the Australian lifestyle include:

  • Safe environment
  • a diverse multicultural community
  • Unique travel choices within the country
  • exciting cities
  • flexibility to work part time full-time during holidays
  • Close proximately to South East Asia

Cost: From a cost perspective Australia compare favourably with other destination countries for international students.

  • Estimated living expenses: AU$18,000 per year
  • Average Undergraduate course fees: AU$12,000 to AU$18,500 per year.
  • Average Graduate course fees: AU$13,000 to AU$19,500 per year.
  • The freedom to work part-time 20 hours per week to supplement expenses

Want to find out more about studying in Australia? Click here to register your details and speak with an IEMS admissions advisor. 

Positive News for Australia: new enrolments up 9.3% for 2013

Year-end 2013 data revealed close to a double-digit rise in course commencements for international students in Australia compared to the previous year. This is positive news for Australia’s international education sector and adds weight to forecasted growth of the sector. This upturn is across all sectors except the VET (Vocational Education and Training) sector.

From a student’s perspective this is good news as sector bodies look at further measures and proposals for an alternative to streamlined visa processing (SVP) that would accessible to all low risk providers regardless of their sector.

IEMS are experiencing growing numbers of applicants who are expressing serious interest Australian Institutions. We would like to remind applicants from overseas to be aware of minimum financial and academic requirements, in addition to terms and conditions of granted Australian Visa’s. IEMS recommends that Students looking to study in Australia or overseas should be working with only one Education Agent representing Education Institutions from the country of interest.

To speak with an IEMS admissions adviser click here 

Crackdown on overseas students “college jumping”

Australian Immigration authorities have started to target international students who enter Australia with streamlined visas for university study but switch to cheaper, private colleges after they arrive.

The department of immigration and border protection are threatening to cancel visas unless students can come up with a viable explanation within 14 days. The streamlined visa system (SVP) and its lower standard of supporting evidence is currently restricted to universities as they are seen as less “risky” from an immigration perspective.

A spokesperson of the immigration department said that over 1400 “advice letters” had been sent to students as part of an “education campaign”.  International students, chiefly from the Indian subcontinent, are being warned by the department’s “student integrity unit” that a student is in breach of his or hers visa conditions after having left a major public university for a private college outside the streamlined visa system.

At IEMS we continue to qualify, advise and support our overseas student applicants and our Educational Institution partners. Integrity is a core value of IEMS – to speak with us about your study options in Australia or about our “applicant qualification” measures please click here. 

Australian Student Visa applications to rise following changes

A huge surge in visa applications from overseas students is expected in Australia after recommendations are put into place from a review commissioned after numbers of applications declined.

International education generated income of $15.3 billion in 2011/2012 and thousands of jobs for Australians making it one of Australia’s largest export sectors. However between 2009 and 2011 student visa grant numbers declined due to local and global factors.

The Australian Government commissioned the first independent review of their student visa programme in December 2010, headed by the Honourable Michael Knight AO, which made recommendations to improve the situation.  Higher education providers had warned that the declining numbers would have a serious impact financially.

Recommendations from the review, aimed to address the declining numbers, included initiatives such as streamlined visa processing which allows eligible student visa applicants to be assessed as a lower level immigration risk, irrespective of their country on origin. Also included in the review’s recommendation were post study work arrangements for up to 4 years to international graduates who have completed their degree, allowing international students to gain Australian work experience and enhance the standing of their Australian qualification by working at reputable companies such as Choosi.

In March 2013 these changes were implemented when the Skilled Graduate (subclass 485) visa was renamed to the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. The amendment included the new post study work arrangements for certain graduates of an Australian bachelor, masters or doctoral degree. These changes provide Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders, along with their families, the opportunity to stay in Australia longer to work and travel after they have finished their studies.

Sophie Montgomery, Assistant Secretary, Education Tourism and International Arrangements, said ‘This is a great example of how good public policy can increase opportunities for international students in Australia’. She added ‘At the same time, it supports the international education sector while still maintaining a high level of integrity in the student visa programme,’.

The Department of Immigration and Border Control has said it has received a large volume of enquiries about the new initiative and is expecting a surge in applications at the end of the academic year.

Talk to one of our Admissions team members to discuss your Australian study options – click here or email

IALC welcomes Cairns College of English as a new member

From January 1st 2014 Cairns College of English, in Australia, became part of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC). The IALC is a network of independent language schools that teach their native language to international students.

All members have been accredited by the IALC by meeting quality standards, having regular inspections, working to a code of ethics and promoting and adhering to continuous improvement.

Cairns College of English went through a full application process and a detailed inspection before being accepted to the association, popular amongst education agents who like working with independent operators.

Executive Director Jon Capper said the membership committee conduct research and considers reputation before deciding which schools will be invited to apply.

“Each year, IALC adds a few new members through a careful selection process,” she said. “The Membership Committee has an annual geographical membership plan that prioritises certain languages and countries.”

Cairns offers both part and full-time English Language courses including IELTS and Cambridge Exam preparations,  student activities, student accommodation services for overseas students.

To talk to an IEMS advisor about English Language courses and study options within Australia click here or email