Higher education in Australia is rich in institutions, degrees and possibilities. Having 43 universities throughout the country, Australia has a high employment potential for graduates. A large number of international students come to Australia from over a hundred countries.
The higher education system is well organised and you can find your degree course and university, along with information about student visas and admission requirements online. Most of the world-class institutions are located in Sydney, Melbourne.
Tips before you apply for a university in Australia
The university application process goes hand-in-hand with the preparations for your student visa. This means that, by the time you enter Australia, you will have all aspects of your stay covered, including financial resources, health insurance and accommodation during your studies.
Here you will findsome information you should know before applying to a university in Australia.
- In addition to universities, Australia also has institutions that provide Technical and Further Education (TAFE) or Vocational Education and Training (VET). Choose your degree programme considering both its provider and the area/city it is found in. Find top degree courses in Australia on BachelorsPortal or MastersPortal!
- Check your qualifications and academic skills. If you dont fulfil all the universitys requirements, you can also take a look at foundation programmes or university diplomas, which last for one year.
- After you apply to the university online or by post, you will receive an offer that you have to accept and then a confirmation of enrolment. Once you received this letter of acceptance, you can start preparing for a student visa.
- In Australia, you have the opportunity to enrol directly on the institutions website, through post, or via the University Admissions Centre (UAC). If you need help during this process, Australia provides education agents in all countries. Agents are authorised and experienced and will help you understand the application process.
- Read carefully all of your correspondence with the Australian universities. The letter of offer includes your rights to refund arrangements.
How to apply for an undergraduate degree in Australia
Most of the university programmes have academic and English language requirements. However, the levels differ between the institutions and courses. Below you can find some of the most common admission requirements for undergraduate degree programmes.
The Australian government developed a Qualifications Framework (AQF) that establishes the degree names and levels and is especially helpful for international students when looking for programmes. Read more about AQF here!
- An Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12) or its overseas equivalent
- Your personal information
- Certified proof of your English language proficiency supplied by IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, CPE and PTE. Book an IELTS test in your country!
- Translated academic transcripts with academic qualifications
- Your option for the university courses
- If its the case, a summary of your employment experience.
- Proof that you paid the 50 100 AUD application fee.
How to apply for a postgraduate degree in Australia
Australia is also a good environment to pursue your postgraduate degree studies. Application in this field usually implies general requirements, such as a Bachelors degree, translated transcripts with academic qualifications, personal data and proof of English proficiency.
However, since Masters degrees are specialized, many of them also have specific requirements. These may include submission of a portfolio, an interview/test and a statement of interest. Some programmes and the student visa also require proof that you have funds to support your stay in Australia and a health insurance coverage.
Research Master programmes and PhD degrees involve different admissions systems and also require a research proposal.
Key dates and deadlines
In order to be able to obtain the student visa, a scholarship and accommodation, you will need to apply early to the universities. Some of the important dates are:
- June 29th: applications deadline for the first semester
- October 30th: applications deadline for the second semester
Pack your bags to an Australian university!
Since each institution has its own admission and enrolment procedures, you are advised to carefully read the offer letter from the university and follow the steps explained in its content. Once you also obtained the confirmation of enrolment and student visa, you can research about the location you are heading to, living costs and lifestyle and also weather. Orientation programmes are also helpful, along with articles on Australian websites.