After the United States and the UK, Australia is the third most popular choice among English-speaking countries for international students who want to undertake University studies. The quality of education here is high, the lifestyle is outstanding, and the people are friendly.
Perhaps more importantly, degrees and other qualifications attained at Australian Universities are not just recognised globally but are highly sought-after. Many international students choose Australian Universities also for the excellent facilities and technology available on campuses.
So if you’re considering studying Down Under, you’ll need to know how to apply for University in Australia. We’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to make it easy for you.
As an international student attending University in Australia, unless you are from a country that has a special arrangement with Australia, you must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the whole duration of your study in Australia. It covers visits to the doctor, ambulance transportation, some pharmaceuticals and some hospital treatment.
The first step, even before applying, is to find out which Universities offer the course you want to take. For instance, not all schools offer Creative Industries and not all offer Medicine. This easy-to-use list will help you to narrow down which Unis are suitable for your preferred field of study.
To study in Australia, some courses require students to be proficient in the English language. It may even be a condition of your visa. Additionally, there will be academic and visa requirements. Different institutions have different entry requirements which will be laid out in the course information on their website. There may be entrance exams and you may be required to have already studied certain pre-requisite subjects. Your work and study experience will be taken into account too.
To explore your visa options for attending University in Australia, this quiz provided by the Department of Home Affairs is a good starting point. Typically, you have to prove you have enough money for airfares, tuition fees and living costs, meet particular health and character requirements and be issued with an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate. You also have to have approved Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). You can read at the Department of Home Affairs page about student visas or our page on student visas in Australia.
By now, you should have decided on your University and course. Have you made sure your English language proficiency is acceptable? Are your visa requirements in order? Do you meet the entry requirements or do you, perhaps, have to apply for a bridging course?
If everything is in order, you can now go to the University’s website, select the course you’re interested in and find the ‘Apply Now’ (or similar) button. Or, you may be able to download, complete and print an application form and post it to the University. Whichever way you apply, make sure you send all the necessary documentation that’s requested.
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Be aware that if your documentation is not in English, you will have to provide a certified translation. A non-refundable fee of between $50 to $100 is payable with your application, but some Universities waive the fee if you apply online.
It could take a few days, but more likely a few weeks for your application to be processed, particularly if you sent it in during a peak period. It can be painful to wait to hear about this exciting next step in your life but if you have managed your application correctly, you’ll know that the hold-up isn’t because of administrative issues.
If your application is successful, the University will send you a letter of offer plus an acceptance form. Now it is up to you to accept the offer. Read the letter carefully and be sure to closely examine any conditions that may be imposed. If you meet the conditions and accept the offer, you will be required to pay tuition fees and then the University will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
They’ll also send you an admissions package containing more detailed information about your course, about on-campus accommodation options, financial details and upcoming orientation days.
It’s at this stage that you’ll apply for your student visa. There is a non-refundable fee involved and you may have other expenses to pay such as fees for medical tests, documentation translation into English, and police checks. You’ll also need to show your CoE and proof of your OSHC policy for your visa to be granted.
If you experience any difficulty or confusion when you apply for University in Australia, you might like to seek the services of an Appointed Education Agent in your home country. All educational institutions maintain an updated list of their appointed agents and publish it on their websites.
Congratulations! You are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life; not just the thrilling plane ride but the chance to study your chosen course in an outstanding institution in Australia. With an Australian qualification on your résumé, your employment opportunities will be greater and wider.