Are you planning to attend an Australian university now that the country’s borders have reopened to international students?
There are dozens of factors to consider when applying to a university, but it does pay (or save you money) to be prepared for what you need to do.
From getting your required documents to waiting for your offer letter, here’s a guide on the Australian university admission process:
Step 1 – Find the best Australian university that suits your needs
Here’s a fun fact: Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country and is home to 43 universities. So, before you start your application, do the necessary research to find the best Australian university that suits your needs and interest. This includes the specific course, institution, and location.
For instance, should you study in Melbourne or Adelaide? Which city would give you better employment opportunities upon graduating, or would offer a lower cost of living that suits your budget? There’s a lot to consider, so think things through.
It’s also worth applying to multiple universities as you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket. This helps to widen your chances of enrolment. If you aren’t sure which university would be the right one for you, you can consider speaking to a university counsellor or student ambassadors for more information.
Step 2 – Start applying
Once you’ve found the right Australian university, you’ll need to think about the application process and identify what documents you will need. This could include:
- A copy of your passport identification page
- English language results
- Academic transcripts
- Proof of funds/scholarship documentation
To submit your application, you can expect to pay a non-refundable application processing fee that could range from A$50 to A$125. Some institutions may waive this fee if you meet their exemption criteria. Do get a translation of documents that aren’t in English.
Step 3 – Please wait. Your application is being processed
After sending in your application, the proper channels will review it accordingly, and you will be notified once completed. It may take a few weeks or longer. Be sure to know how the university will contact you regarding your application.
Step 4 – Accept the offer
It could go either two ways here: you will either be accepted or rejected. If you have been accepted, congratulations! Now’s the time for you to accept the offer! You may have additional requirements sent by the university, so read carefully and meet those conditions.
If you have been rejected, fingers crossed that you’ll get an acceptance letter or email from your backup choices. You might also want to consider going over your previous applications to check if you have made any errors, such as submitting the wrong documents to not meeting the deadline and avoiding repeating them.
Step 5 – Start your journey
Well, this is it. Now that an Australian university has accepted you, all that’s left is to prepare for your departure for the Land Down Under. You will need to prepare your student visa, Overseas Student Health Cover, accommodation, and plane ticket.
We hope that this covers everything you need to know. Remember to have a fun time with your studies in Australia!