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Types of offer letters

Conditional offer letter vs. unconditional offer letter


So you’re done applying to your desired universities – now, what’s next? Well, wait a few weeks and you’ll be receiving an offer letter from the university. An offer letter essentially means that you have been accepted for the program you have applied for and you can proceed with the next steps, depending on the type of offer letter you’ve received – conditional or unconditional.  

What is a conditional offer letter?

A conditional offer letter means that you are allowed provisional admission at the university with certain conditions attached to it. Once you meet these conditions, the offer letter becomes unconditional. You can accept the offer letter only once the offer letter becomes unconditional and then go ahead to pay for your tuition fee for the first semester and purchase an Overseas Student Health cover for the entire duration of course. 

Some of the most common conditions that can be mentioned on a conditional offer are: 

1. Academic conditions

In this condition, the university will ask you to achieve certain academic scores.

Example 1: If you are a class 12th student and have received a conditional offer letter for Bachelor’s degree, the university will mention a certain percentage that you need to achieve in your class 12th results to make the offer letter unconditional.

Example 2: If you are studying a bachelor’s degree and have received a conditional letter for your master’s degree, the university will mention certain grades that you need to get in your bachelor’s degree before accepting the offer.

2. English language conditions 

If you didn’t submit your English language proficiency test scores when sending your application, the university may give you an offer letter which will be conditional on your English language proficiency test results. Most universities require a band of 6.5 overall out of 9.0 in IELTS with no subset less than 6.0 which includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Know more about IELTS 

3. Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)

This is one of the most important conditions asked by the universities. Through this condition the universities usually want to know your intentions, and if you qualify to be a genuine student as per the guidelines given by the high commission of Australia. The universities will ask for your financials documents, statement of purpose with genuine intentions to study and verification of all the documents including your work experience which should be verified by your agent.

What is an unconditional offer letter?

Universities issue an Unconditional Offer Letter to international students who have already met all the entrance requirements to take admission. It means, they have already accepted you as a student at their university and you now need to simply accept this unconditional offer letter to proceed with your admission procedure. 

To secure your admission, the first step is to make the acceptance payment which is usually the first semester’s tuition fee along with OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) for the entire duration of your course. Once this is done, the universities issue an eCOE (Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment) letter which is required to file your visa application. 

A friendly advice

It is always advisable to file your visa only after you’ve received an unconditional offer letter. However, in certain circumstances you can also accept a conditional offer letter to obtain conditional visa, but you have to make sure that you fulfil all the conditions mentioned in the offer letter before travelling to your study country. Sometimes, the conditional offer letter is accepted by students who are in their final year of study and wish to obtain a visa before their final year results, but this doesn’t mean they are exempted from satisfying the offer conditions.

So, always remember to go through your offer letter very carefully before accepting it to avoid any last minute-trouble. If you have any queries, feel free to reach out to IDP anytime, and we’ll be more than happy to guide you.

Updated on September 24, 2020

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Tarun Shekhawat

Tarun Shekhawat is our Assistant Manager – (Australia) at IDP Jaipur office, Rajasthan. 

A biotechnology graduate with an MBA degree, his calling for becoming an international education specialist led him to spend over six years in this industry. He is also a PIER (Professional International Education Resources) certified professional. 

Having travelled to Australia and United Kingdom provided with an exposure to understand the overseas education approach, and impart it to the aspiring students via various seminars and workshops. 




I have a gap of 10 years from my last MBA degree. Am I still eligible to peruse a PhD in the UK?
by Arvind
Yes, as long as you have a good research proposal and experience, you should be eligible to pursue a PhD in the UK.
Can students work during their studies in Australia?
by Satvika
Yes, students are allowed to work part-time in Australia, which is 40 hours per fortnight during semester and full-time during holidays.
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Yes, only for Advanced & Executive MBA. You can still apply for freshers MBA in some universities.

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