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Step-by-step guide to studying overseas

With more than 50 years’ experience and more than 600,000 successful student placements around the world, IDP knows what it takes to find a good match and set you up for success.

1. Research

Do a little research before you speak to us. Get an idea of the subject areas that interest you the most. You might also look at some course descriptions, university reviews and their locations. Start a wish list of your preferences and begin to narrow down your selection. 

What if you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, come in to one of our offices and our counsellors will help get you started.

2. Speak to one of our IDP counsellors

When you’re ready, make an appointment with an IDP counsellor. Our counsellors are professionally certified and many have been international students themselves. They’re a friendly face and a wealth of first-hand professional and personal advice. 

Take your wish list and course preferences along with you to your appointment as a starting point. Your counsellor will work through all the big and small details to ensure the best possible fit between you, your future university and your area of study. 

3. Make your application

After you’ve chosen your course and university or school, it’s time to apply. Your IDP counsellor will support your course applications. We take our job very seriously and follow the strictest legal and ethical compliance. You can be assured that you’re getting the most professional service and advice during the application process.

We don’t just rely on the paperwork. Your counsellor will personally contact your chosen university or school to make sure they convey the full picture to help improve your chances of acceptance. 

4. Accept your offer

Once the university or school receives your application it will be assessed and you will be notified of the result. It can take a few weeks (or longer for postgraduate applications) for your application to be processed. 

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a letter of offer and an acceptance form. Before accepting your offer, your counsellor will read it carefully through with you and check any conditions that may apply.

5. Student visa

Now that you have been accepted, it’s time to apply for your student visa. IDP can provide you with some information to help make sure you are well positioned to navigate this process with the authorized migration departments. 

6. Ready, set, go

Congratulations – you’re off on a huge adventure. There are lots of things to think about during this time and your IDP counsellor will be helping out along the way with advice on matters such as exchanging money, insurance, SIM cards and opening a bank account. We host regular pre-departure sessions throughout the year to help prepare you for student life in your new country.

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