The process to apply to Universities in Australia can seem quite daunting. The Australian Government have created this great image which steps you through the entire process from deciding which university to study at to planning your arrival.
1./ Choosing to study in Australia.
There are many reasons to choose to study in Australia. Great that you have made the decision that you want to take the plunge and enhance your career by getting a degree from one of the stop study destinations in the world.
2./Choose a University and Course
There are so many variables to take into account when selecting a course and institution. Here are a few:
– the cost of studying,
– the quality of the institution,
– which city in Australia to live in,
– the course you wish to study.These are all very personal things to think about but the good news is that Australia has about 7 universities in the top universities in the world, and has 7 cities in the top 40 best cities for students in the world, so whatever you choose is going to be a safe bet.
3./Check the entry requirements for your course and visa
Please don’t forget to do this. I have seen so many students lose time because they have not checked this up front and just applied to universities only to be rejected and lose time in both the application and visa stage. The best way to make sure you have everything correct up front is to use an education agent, most are free, for university applications, and a migration agent for your Australian Student Visa matters.Generally, you are going to need to show:
– academic entry requirements,
– English proficiency (e.g. IELTS or similar),
– the ability to financially support yourself or get support from a sponsor (e.g. parent)
– that you are a genuine student and of good character.
4./ Apply for a course
If you speak to an education agent in Australia, they should be able to advise on the best courses and universities for you and assist in the application process. Ensure they have a partnership with the university and are PIER trained and certified. You can check that here. There are some benefits to applying through an agent. Sometimes universities wave application fee’s if you apply through and agent and a lot of agents don’t charge fee’s to assist as they get paid by the university. Application fee’s can add up if you end up applying for a few institutions so bear that in mind.If you choose to do it yourself, you may need to pay the application fee, but make sure all your paperwork is all in order. You will need an application form, proof of application fee payment, evidence of previous study, evidence of English ability and your passport. If there is a gap of more than 12 months since you have studied, make sure you add evidence of work etc. It might sound strange to have to send in your passport and evidence of work for a university application, but the application process now does a partial assessment for your student visa through the newly implemented streamlined visa processing in Australia. So the University needs to perform due diligence.The application time can vary a week to over a month depending on the time of year. But ensure that your agent keeps on top of it as sometimes they do get lost!
5./Receive you letter of offer
There are actually three possible responses from a university:
- A letter of regret: which states that you will not receive an offer for a certain reason, e.g. you do not meet the criteria.
- A Letter of Offer: Congratulations – you’re in! You will need to return a signed acceptance letter, pay your upfront fee’s, your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), a prove availability of funds.
- A Conditional Letter of Offer: A letter of offer, with some additional requirements. They might be doing an English program to get your language skills up to scratch, or completing your current studies to a required level etc.
6./ Receive your Certificate of Enrolment (COE)
Once you have sent in your Letter of Offer, you will receive a Certificate of Enrolment. This takes about a week. You take this to your Australian Migration Agent or, if you are doing it yourself, you send this in with your Australian student visa forms.
7./ Apply for your Australia Student Visa
There are a few steps to this process, you can either apply through an agent or by yourself. If you can afford it though, it is always best to use an agent. When you are looking at things like your visa, you don’t want to make all the mistakes on your own visa. Australian Migration Agents have done this many times and now all the tricks of the trade.You should look on the study visa section on the Australian Government Immigration Website here.
8./Plan your arrival
Your education agent should help you with this, or your university. There are plenty of options but make sure someone is picking you up from the airport and that you have somewhere to stay. I would suggest university lodging or homestays so that you are not on your own when you first arrive.
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