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Australia University Intakes

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 counsellors 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 intake 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.


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Semester 1 (February intake)


Semester 2 (July intake)


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.

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Student Application Journey in Detail

Stage 1

Explore study abroad options

Stage 2

Make an appointment with a counsellor (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 counsellor

Stage 4

Prepare necessary paperwork

  • Transcripts and certificate: Year 10 (O Level) onwards
  • Passport
  • Explanation of gap period after studies: Statement of activities in the form of CV/resume, enlistment letter, etc
  • Additional: Statement of purpose, supplementary forms, portfolio, etc

Stage 5

Apply to universities

  • Check with a counsellor for an application fee waiver
  • Application deadline: If there is one, make sure that you submit to us at least 1-2 weeks in advance.
  • Entry to schools: Courses are either by GPA only or competitive placing

Stage 6

Receive offer

  • Postgraduates will receive an offer in 4 to 8 weeks after application
  • Undergraduates will receive an 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 2020 intake will only be assessed in March 2020)

Stage 7

Accept offer (4 months to commencement)

**Note: This does not apply for limited space programmes – 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 an offer)

  • Apply for essential services

Stage 9

Apply for visa

  • Your counsellor 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

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