Australia is an appealing study abroad destination. So, if you are planning to study in Australia, here’s our guide on how to apply to an Australian university.
Step 1 – Research for the university and course
The first and foremost step is to research about the universities. Shortlist 8-10 universities offering the course you want to undertake and that fit your career goals.
Step 2 – Check the dates and deadlines
The university application deadlines vary by universities and level of study (undergraduate or postgraduate), so check with the university and prepare the application package accordingly. Generally, the session starts in February, so the application deadline is September/November. There is a March intake as well, and the application deadline is Late December/January.
Step 3 – Know the entry requirements
The entry requirements vary by university and course. However, the general entry requirements are-
For undergraduate admission, students should have completed class XII. Most universities require a minimum aggregate of 65% in Class XII.
For postgraduate admission, students should have completed bachelor’s or its equivalent degree in the related field. The minimum percentage for admission varies among different universities but most universities require a minimum aggregate of 60%.
Point to note: The universities in Australia do consider the scores of the course-specific standardized tests, such as if you wish to study Law at the undergraduate level in Australia, LSAT (Law School Admission test) score is acceptable; for medicine, health and dentistry, UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Science Admission test) and ISAT (International Student Admission test) scores are acceptable. For a master’s degree, GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score is considered, while those who wish to undertake medical and health professional course at the graduate level in Australia, GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission test) is the entry requisite.
The non-native English speakers must submit a proof of English language proficiency. Scores of one of the following English proficiency exams are acceptable-
IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Overall score of 5.5, with no band less than 5
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) Internet-based: Overall score 55
CAE (University of Cambridge-Advanced): Overall score of 152
PTE (Pearson Test of English): Overall score of 42-49, with no part score less than 40
** The score requirement varies from university to university; please check the official website of the university you’re applying to.
Step 4 – Application
There are two ways of applying to universities in Australia –
Directly to the university, either online or in-person; or
Through an authorised education agent/representative of Australian universities in your country (Visit the official website of the university you intend to study at to know about its authorised agents).
When applying directly to university, follow the steps-
Step 1: Download the application form from the website of the university.
Step 2: Fill the form completely and send it along with the supporting documents via email (mail or fax options are also available at some universities – the address of which is mentioned on the application form itself). Alternatively, you can fill the form online and upload the documents, which is perhaps the most preferred way of applying.
Step 3: Once you have submitted the online application, keep checking the application status and reply to the admission officer’s comments (if any).
Step 5 – Documentation
During the application process, you will be required to attach supporting documents. You can scan them and upload online.
Certified copies of your academic transcripts
English language proficiency proof
Letter of recommendation (at least two)
A copy of your CV: It should highlight your academic and professional accomplishments and your career objective. Also, mention about volunteer work or extracurricular activities.
Statement of Interest: It should be up to 500 words outlining why you want to join this particular course and university, what have you done so far in the field chosen, and what your career goals are.
Research proposal (if applying for PhD studies)
Work experience letter (if any)
Portfolio (if applying for the arts program)
Point to note: You should be able to provide original documents/certified copies of the same upon request at any time. Additionally, all documents must be accompanied by an English translation (if not in English).
Received an offer – What next?
If your application is accepted, you’ll receive a ‘Letter of Offer’. To confirm your admission, you need to sign the letter and send it back to the respective university. You can scan the signed letter and send it by email or can send it by mail (whichever way is feasible for you).
The offer letter is an official contract between you and the university, and will contain all the necessary details, such as the program you are enrolled in, the conditions of the program, the deposit you need to pay and the refund payable if you do not finish your program with the university. It is always advisable to read the letter carefully and then sign it.
After you’ve sent the signed ‘Letter of Offer’ and paid your deposit, you’ll receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) via email, which includes the start and end date of the course, total duration and fees of the course. Now, you can apply for the Australian Student Visa using eCOE.