Applying to Australian institution is easy although it will take some time and careful planning. Remember that you can ask for help and advice from the institution you are applying to, your local Australian visa office and education agents in your home country.
Step 1: Choosing your course and campus
Carefully research courses, institutions and their locations. Consider the specialisation offered through different courses and which specialisations will best suit your intended carrer path. Once you have decided on the best course, you need to find out which education providers offer it and which education provider best suits your requirements. You should consider the size and location of the campus, as well as the facilities and support service available to international students. this guide and the Study in Australia website at www.StudiesInAustralia.com have information about a range of different education providers and the courses they offer.
Step 2: Applying
Once you have chosen your course and education provider, it’s time to apply. Check the academic and English language entry requirements to make sure you are eligible. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may need to consider a different course or apply for bridging or foundation study, which may improve your chances.
Contact your education provider and ask about their application dates and requirements, as these will differs for each provider. Make a note of important deadlines to ensure you meet them. Also remember to allow for postal times when sending forms by mail. A list of provider coctact detail can be found at www.StudiesInAustralia.com.
International students usually apply directly to Australian institutions, either by post or online. You can download application forms for institutions’ website or request the form to be posted. Another option is to contact an education agent in your home country or an overseas representative of the institution to which you are applying. Your application form will ask you which course(s) you are applying for and give details of the document you need to supply.
Most application forms requires you to supply:
- Your personal details
- Certificate proof of your level of English language profiency
- Details of your previous academic transcript
- Your course preference
- A summary of your employment experience (if applicable)
If you are still going completing your education, you can provide evidence of your most recent grade until it is possible to provide your final result. If the documents you supply are not in English, you must provide an official certificate of translation. Most institutions charge a non-refundable application fee of around AUD $50 to $100 that must be included with your application. Some institution waive this fee if the application is made online. Before sending your application, check your visa requirements with your local Australian visa office or online at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website to ensure you will qualify for a visa if your applicant is successful. If, anytime during the application process, you are uncertain about how to proceed, don’t hesitate to contact your education provider – they are there to help you.
Step 3: processing your application
Once the education provider receives your application it will be assessed and you will be noticed the result. It may take a few weeks (longer for postgraduate applications) before your application is processed.
Step 4: Accepting your offer
If your application is accepted, you will receive a letter of offer and an acceptance form. Before accepting the offer, you should carefully read the letter of offer and check any conditions that may apply. You will need to meet these conditions before the institution issues a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). You may be required to pay a portion of your tuition fees before your institution issues CoE. The institution will advice you of its requirements.
Step 5: Prepare for departure
Now that you have been accepted, it’s time to apply. You can apply for your student visa using either your letter of offer or CoE, although you will need to supply evidence of your CoE before your student visa is granted. You must also purchase your plane ticket, organise your Overseas Student Health Care (OSCH) and start thinking about your accomodation in Australia. Your education provider will typically send you an admission package with information that will help you prepare for your journey to Australia. This might include information about your course and accomodation options, facts about the location, financial information and details about orientation programs.