It be worthwhile rethinking your plan, both Ballarat and Toowoomba are roughly the same distance from their respective capital, and about the same travelling time. Your spouse would be looking at a round trip of 250kms a day , with travelling time of more 3 hours. That's a lot of driving!Hi guys, I need to make a final decision on which course to choose and I'd love to hear some opinions.
I want to study Masters of IS to become an ICT Business Analyst.
The course has to last for two years so that I'm eligible for postgraduate visa 485 after graduation.
Also, I want to study in a regional area to claim an additional 5 points with the DIBP.
Yes, the course price matters too.
I went through the websites of every Aussie Uni course listed as accredited by the ACS.
All courses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle, Wollongong and Gold Coast are out of the question for me. They won't give me bonus points.
Uni of Tasmania, Uni of Canberra and UniSA are all over 60k for a two year Masters course. That's too much. There are courses that are ten grand cheaper and still in an area thats considered regional.
Unfortunately Charles Darwin Uni requires a bachelor in IT or CS, so I cant pick that one. I don't have that kind of background.
Charles Sturt Uni has a course in Port Macquarie but it's 1.5 year. The 2 year course is only abailable in Sydney or Melbourne, so that's not for me either.
CQ Uni in Rockhampton is OK, but it's 55-56k.
There's a course in Ballarat (FedUni) and in Toowoomba (USQ).
Both are around 51k, the cheapest I've found. Unlike Rockhampton, they're a driving distance from a big city which would be an advantage as the spouse of a Master student can work full time and I'll need my wife's help to pay for tuition. Both courses are ACS accredited on a professional level and cost pretty much the same. I need to make a final decision soon. Which one do you guys think is better for a future ict business analyst? Which one you think might be easier for a guy with no IT/CS backgrouns to finish and more in line with ACS requirements of getting a positive skills assessment as a BA?
Public transport would take longer and even on a monthly ticket cost $125 per week.
I know some people do the journey,but it is very tiring.
Is your spouse capable of such a trip every day?
What qualifications does your wife have? Could she find work locally ?
After saying that it is a lot of money to spend chasing a temporary visa that gives you only a further 2 to 4 years.