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Undergraduate Degree Admission Procedure- International Students

Overview
Bachelor degree studies (as well adverted to as undergraduate studies) lead to the award of a bachelor degree (after 3 or 4 years of study) or a bachelor with honours (4 years). The bachelor degree is the base university qualification.
There are two types of undergraduate qualifications offered by most higher education institutions are as follows:
  • Bachelor degree: Bachelor degrees provide initial preparation for professional careers and postgraduate study and involve a minimum of three years of full-time study. Entry typically requires completion of an Australian secondary school certificate of education (Year 12) or the overseas equivalent, or a diploma or advanced diploma from the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
  • Bachelor degree (honours): Honours may require an optional additional year of study (usually research based) following a three-year degree or may be awarded for academic achievement in degrees of four or more years.

Entrance/Test Requirements

Entry into Undergraduate Degree Course of Studies in Australia is highly competitive. The most important prerequisite is English language proficiency. At all Australian universities, English is the language of instruction. An applicant has to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.

English Proficiency:

  • IELTS: IELTS or International English Language Test is frequently administered by the British Council. Most universities require international students to take this test.
  • TOEFL: TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is an alternative to IELTS. This test is carried out by ETS and accepted by most Australian universities.

For International students: Broadly speaking, universities have the following entry requirements for bachelor degrees from international students:
  • An overall score of at least 6.0 in the international English language testing system (IELTS).
  • A score of at least 550 in the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) and a score of at least 4.5 in the test of written English (TWE)

Other requirements

Applicants also require an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of at least 70 (80 for engineering and other select courses). The ATAR required for each course changes from year to year, depending on demand.

STAT: STAT is a series of tests designed to assess a range of competencies considered important for success in tertiary study. It assesses the ability to think critically and analyze the material given, rather than testing your knowledge of specific academic subjects.

Each Education provider will have different entrance requirements such as prior knowledge in certain subject, work or volunteer experience, portfolio, Official academic transcripts, test or interview.  Pre-requisite subjects differ from course to course, e.g., a Bachelor of Commerce might require Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Engineering might require Advanced Mathematics as well as Calculus, Physics and Chemistry while a Bachelor of Arts degree might have no pre-requisites. A course, in art and design, expects students to submit portfolios of their work with their applications.

Duration

The duration of Undergraduate degree program is generally three or four years' full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Academic Calendar

Starting dates vary widely depending upon the course undertaken. Undergraduate degree programs generally run from late February to mid-November. The academic year is divided into two semesters, although some Universities operate on trimester system or offer summer schools from December to February.  Applicants should enrol for their area of study at the beginning of the year i.e. January or February and the application dates are towards the end of the previous year. Also, some institutions have a mid-year intake i.e. in month of July for certain specific courses.
Admission Procedure
The admission process involves following steps:

1.    Application Forms

  • Requesting Application Forms via email: You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.
  • University Representatives and Agents: The other way is to take forms directly from the university representatives or agents based in your city. Most Australian universities and colleges have agents all over the world.
  • Downloading from the university website: Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the internet. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.
In the form, fill the following sections and submit:

Personal Details
Academic History
Supplement Information
Course chosen

2.    Supporting Documents

Submit Supporting documents such as transcripts from all high school coursework, test scores of IELTS/TOEFL, and Reference/Personal Statement.

3.    Letter of Offer

If the application is successful, the applicant will receive “Letter of Offer”. To confirm the offer you must reply to this letter by signing and sending an acceptance of offer back to the institution either by email or post. Subsequently you have accepted your Offer and paid your deposit you will receive an ‘Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment’ (eCoE) by email.

Education Costs

According to Study in Australia, the official government site for international students, tuition fees per year for international students for an undergraduate bachelor’s degree range from AU$15,000 (US$14,005) to AU$33,000 (US$30,810). For an international undergraduate degree per year, ANU charges from AU$24,746 (US$22,830) for many Bachelor of Arts programs, to AU$59,573 (US$55,551) for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Tuition fees are generally calculated per unit, not per degree. Each unit falls into a fee band, and most students will be studying a combination of units from different bands, which entails that the fees will be different for everybody. But some universities publish estimates, such as Australian National University (ANU – the top-ranking Australian University in 2013).

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