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Course advice

Let’s help you find a course that suits your career goals

Whether you’re still considering possible courses, tossing up between two fields of study or have no idea what kind of career you want, we can help you find the best course and coordinate your university application.

Choosing your course

1. Let’s find your best fit  

With so many courses and universities to choose from, deciding where and what to study abroad can be a daunting task. Don’t worry, we are here to hand-hold you during the entire process. Our teams are backed by a sophisticated knowledge matching system that contains all the latest information on our partner institutions, including schools, English language colleges, vocational colleges, and universities.

2. We work on your dream goals

It may seem obvious, but your education, experiences and topics of interest are the first step to finding your dream course. Also, your chosen course should put you on a path to a profession you’ll love for life. Your IDP counsellor will work with you to shortlist a range of courses and dive down deep into the detail of course handbooks and subject choices.

3. Consider the timelines and budgets

Knowing how much a course will cost and how much you can afford to spend on your education are important factors in choosing where and what to study.

Carefully consider the academic year you wish to enroll in and the intake you want to apply for. Remember, every country has its own intake and you need to time your application process accordingly. Here’s a quick view of the major intakes in the most popular destinations.

Major intakes of top destination


Semester 1

Starts late February/early March to late May/early June

Semester 2

Starts late July/early August through to November

New Zealand

Semester 1

From February to June

Semester 2

From July to November



 The UK

Term 1

From September to December

Term 2

From January to April

Term 3

From April to June



Primary intake starts in August/September


Smaller intake in January/February


Limited programs intake in May/June

The US

Fall Term

From August to December

Spring Term

From January to April

Summer Term

From May to August



From September to October



From January to February (few universities)

 *The above dates are indicative. Always check for exact dates with the university or college you are applying to.

Your IDP counsellor will also guide you through the practicalities of when, where and how you can apply to study and commence your course in these destinations.

4. Course experience and campus life.

The environment and social culture of a university are important factors in determining how satisfied and happy you’ll be in your course. Every student’s preferences are different. You may thrive in a lively city campus, or you might prefer a smaller, rural location. You might want a campus with lots of cultural diversity or one with active clubs and societies. We’ll take all of this into account as we help you select your choice.

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Applying for your course and accepting the offer

1. Apply with confidence, we’ve got your back

We take the hassle out of submitting your university and school applications. Your designated IDP counsellor will submit your applications on your behalf.

Our team will also help with course application documents, compile your applications, certify supporting documents and send your application directly to your chosen university or institution.

2. Application assessment and acceptance

Most universities and institutions respond within 2-6 weeks of your application being submitted, and if they offer you a place in a course, you will receive an official offer letter. You can also attend our various education fairs and seminars where representatives from top universities area available to interact directly and assess your eligibility for the course on-the-spot. If you would like to be updated on these events, keep checking our latest updates on events in your city.

3. Acceptance and payment, the final steps

If there are no conditions on your offer letter that you need to meet, you can accept the offer immediately. Examples of conditions that could be specified include submission of a new IELTS test result, your academic transcript of a recently completed study, or certain certified documents.

If you wish to save your time and hassle, you can accept your university offers at your nearest IDP office by paying the specified deposit.

If your tuition fee payment is in the form of a bank draft, make it payable to your institution and we can help courier it for you.

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