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Australia University Semesters and Timeline

Keen to study Down Under? Find out what the university semesters in Australia are and plan ahead.

Australia continues to be a popular destination for many international students, charming with its array of quality universities and buzzing cityscapes, delightful culture and scenic landmarks.

While our Education Counselors can help narrow down the universities that are ideal for you and guide you through the application process, it is always handy to find out what’s required and what to expect.

We’ve also created a university application timeline which depicts how early you should apply as well as the documents and actions required. 

For Australia, the main semester periods are:

Semester 1: Starts late February/ early March 

Semester 2: Starts late July/early August to November

Usually, students choose an intake based on a range of factors such as preferred choice of study, the availability of a program in a particular university and academic records.

There are also application deadlines for each intake (below), and these can vary for certain institutions and programs with a different intake from the main ones. It would be best to speak with one of our counsellors to get tailored advice and up-to-date information.

IntakeBest time to apply
Semester 1 (February)October - November
Semester 2 (July)April - May


We’ve also charted a timeline to give you an overview of the university application journey, to better prepare you for an exciting new chapter ahead.

studying in australia timeline

Student Application Journey in Detail

Stage 1

Explore study abroad options. Research about your preferred course using IDP's international course search tool.

Stage 2

Make an appointment with a Counselor (0.5 to 2 years to course commencement)

- Bring along any questions you wish to ask - such as cost of living, which is the most ideal university, etc

Stage 3

Book an IELTS test if required (Within 2 years to course commencement)

- Take IELTS Academic

- *English waiver for schools - please check with Counselor

Stage 4

Prepare necessary paperwork

- Academic transcripts / diploma

- Passport

- Explanation of gap period after studies: Statement of activities in form of CV/resume, enlistment letter, etc

- Additional: Statement of purpose, supplementary forms, portfolio, etc

Stage 5

Apply to universities

- Check with Counselor for application fee waiver

- Application deadline: If there is one, make sure that you submit to us at least 1-2 weeks in advance.

Stage 6

Receive offer

- Postgraduates will receive offer in 4 to 8 weeks after application

- Undergraduates will receive offer in 2 to 6 weeks after application

- **Note: Some universities will only assess your application depending on the semester you apply to (e.g. July intake will only be assessed in March)

Stage 7

Accept offer (4 months to commencement)

**Note: This does not apply for limited space programme – closes as soon as spaces are filled

- Concurrently introduction and application to Student Essential Services:

- Overseas student and/or Visitor Health Cover (OSHC/OVHC)

- Accommodation

- Guardianship services (if under 18)

Stage 8

Receive Confirmation of Enrolment (1 to 2 weeks after accepting offer)

- Apply for essential services

Stage 9

Apply for visa

- Your Counselor would have gone through the acceptance checklist which will cover on the process and items needed for your student visa

Stage 10

Receive visa

- 2 to 4 weeks after clearing necessary appointments

- This includes health check-ups and Biometrics

- These will be arranged after visa submission

Stage 11

Pre-departure seminar (1 month before course commencement)

Stage 12

Arrive in destination

Keen to kick-start your study abroad journey? Simply fill in your details and chat with our Counselors for free. Get ready to revel in a world of experiences.

Best courses in Australia

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for students and a country that has provided countless unique experiences for many. If you've decided to go there but yet to pick a course, we've curated a list of best courses in Australia as chosen by Filipino students.

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