How to Apply to Australian Universities - Dates, Requirements, Student Visa

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    Applying to Australian Universities is quite easy. However, international students require stringent planning for it. Application forms for international students are available at the official website of the university. To apply for universities in Australia, ensure the following requirements are fulfilled:

    • Academic Requirements
    • Visa Requirements
    • Proof of Funds
    • Program Specific Requirements
    • Health Cover

    Applications for higher education are accepted at the university website for international students. Students from outside Australia can apply twice a year. Deadline for February semester is December 15, applications for semester beginning in July closes in May for international students.

    Australia Intake for International Students- Deadlines, Timeline

    Month Timeline
    April- May (previous year) Research your options
    May Register for standardized test and take the test
    June Prepare the application package and get you test scores.
    August- September Start applying
    October- December Applications close
    December-January Colleges start replying to applications
    December Prepare your finances, explore scholarships and apply for education loans.
    December-January Apply for the students Visa
    January Departure preparations
    February- March Session starts

    Australia University Admission Requirements

    Academic Requirements

    Prepare your requirement documents step-by-step. Firstly, obtain English Language Test Scores. Following are the minimum test scores to get visa and admission into the university. Note that test scores may vary for visa and university admissions.

    English Language Test Scores

    English language test Minimum test score
    IELTS 5.5
    TOEFL (internet-based test) 46
    CAE: advanced 162
    PTE Academic 42
    OET (Occupational English test) Pass (A or B)

    General Requirements

    • Official transcripts of previous education
    • Test scores GRE, GMAT, etc. (as per program requirement)
    • LOR (Letter of Recommendation)
    • SoP (Statement of Purpose)
    • Certificate of award or scholarship (if sponsored from home country)
    • Research proposal or research publication
    • Summary of employment (if any)
    • Proof of finances to bear tuition fee
    • Other documents (as asked for)

    Australian Student Visa Requirements

    To apply in Australian Universities, it is of primary importance that visa policies and conditions are well read about. Visa requirements are very important for Australians.

    Though visa application is made after the confirmation of enrolment (CoE) is offered, however, to fulfill visa requirements, students must be prepared in advance. Following are the basic Australian Student Visa Requirements:

    • Passport/ Birth Certificate
    • CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment)/ Offer Letter
    • OSHC (Overseas Health Cover)
    • Evidence of Financial Capacity for 12 months stay
    • English Language Test Scores

    Overseas Student Health Cover

    To study in Australia, an international student must mandatorily have a health cover. Acquiring an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is necessary to get visa approval. This policy covers any medical expenses within Australian premises borne by the student.

    How to Apply to Australian Universities?

    After you’ve ensured all the pre-requisites, follow the below-given steps to apply in Australian Universities.

    Choose a Course and University

    Australia has a wide variety of courses to offer to international students in 1,100 institutions. Those who want to improve their English language skills can enroll themselves to ELICOS. Vocational and Foundational Training is imparted viz Vocational Education and Training. While 43 universities in Australia provide majors and minors in various subjects.

    International student enrolment in Australia as per TEQSA 2018 statistics for each state is as follows:

    State Enrolment (headcount) %
    NSW 121,908 30%
    VIC 143,988 36%
    QLD 52,209 13%
    SA 26,677 7%
    WA 36,735 9%
    TAS 5,480 1%
    NT 2,632 1%
    ACT 11,281 3%
    Total 400,910 100%

    Some of the famous courses and universities among international students in Australia are:

    Famous course Famous Universities
    Management and Commerce University of Melbourne
    UNSW, University of New South Wales
    University of Sydney
    Engineering and Technology University of Sydney
    Australian National University
    Monash University
    Information Technology University of Melbourne
    University of Sydney
    Australian National University

    Apply Online or Offline

    Applying to an Australian university is quite easy. Either apply online by visiting the official website of the university or request the university for a postal application form. Fill in all the details in the application form and submit the application fee.

    Some universities do not charge the application fee from international students, the list is as follows:

    • Charles Darwin University
    • University of South Australia
    • Bond University

    Application Processing

    Send your complete application form to the university via post, if applied offline. The processing time for application acceptance is between four to six weeks. Till then, arrange for funds and explore scholarships in Australia for international students to plan your finances.

    Offer Acceptance

    If all goes well, you will receive a letter of acceptance. Make sure you respond within 10 days. However, before giving the enrolment confirmation, read all the terms and conditions carefully. Offer acceptance includes the following:

    • Payment of tuition fee for the first semester
    • Apply for accommodation
    • Plan your subject or course

    Post Offer Acceptance

    The most important leg of applying to an Australian university is to get a student visa. As soon as Confirmation of Enrolment is produced by the University, do the following:

    • Apply for Student Visa subclass 500
    • Buy a plane ticket
    • Organize your Student Health Cover
    • Arrange your accommodation.

    Prepare to Go

    Make sure you have the admission package as sent by the Australian University post-confirmation. The details in the admission package include:

    • Program Details
    • Accommodation options
    • Financial information
    • Details of orientation program
    • Location details


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