Admission Requirement and Procedure -International Students
Australia offers world-class education with a multitude of courses for students. The admission procedure and criterion varies from institutions/universities.
Eligibility Criteria for Admissions in Australia
Education is the responsibility of the Federal government in Australia. The State and Territory Governments handle admission procedures for colleges and universities in case of domestic students while international student admissions are handled by individual universities.
According to the Australian educational system, you need to complete a secondary education in order to enter an undergraduate course and a three year graduation to apply for a post-graduate course. Besides, some universities demand for a four year program equivalent to that of an Australian Honours Degree to consider you for any Master's disciplines.
Along with completing academic essentialities, admissions in Australian need an English Language Proof. It is necessary to pass an English Language proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL. English language requirements: The English language skill level required by an institution can be dissimilar from the level of skill required for your student visa application. You should carefully check student visa information on both the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website and the institution website for any English language requirements.
Proof of financial backing to fund your expenses and living in Australia are mandatory. International students need to take the GMAT Test for postgraduate courses in Management and LSAT for law and many such exams for different graduate programmes.
The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) varies depending on the level of education you want to study in Australia. Institutions can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their website carefully and contact them.
Entry requirements for the different levels of study:
- English language - Entry requirements vary between institutions, and according to the level of English language course you want to study.
- Schools - Entry requirements vary between schools depending on the state or territory you will be studying in. Academic performance and ability is considered during the application process.
- Vocational education and training - In most cases there are no entrance exams for VET institutions. However, some courses may have specific pre-requisite subjects or work experience requirements.
- Higher Education Undergraduate - To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course you will need to hold an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also have specific pre-requisite subjects.
- Higher Education Postgraduate - As well as the satisfactory completion of at least one degree at undergraduate level, your institution may get hold research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.
If you are planning to apply to an Australian university, then you must start at least 6 months in advance i.e. before the commencement of the session. Any queries regarding the details of the course must be put forth during the early stages of applying procedure. You can avail application forms by email, air mail or even download it from the university website.
Once you've adjudicated on a course and an institution, it's time to apply for admission.
There are two ways to apply:
Direct to the education provider
To apply direct, download the application form from the education provider's website. If you are applying for courses at more than one institution, you will need to submit a separate application to each institution.
Through an Australian education agent
Most institutions partner with a number of agents. Details on the agents an institution works with can be found on their website or by contacting them directly.
You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course, provider and qualification you're studying for. The most significant documents include:
- Academic Records: This includes scores and official certificates and transcripts.
- Bachelors or Master's Degree certificates/Provisional certificates.
- English Proficiency certificate (IELTS or ToEFL).
- Standardized test scores like GMAT (for post graduate courses).
- Work history (for postgraduate and doctorate programs)
- Admission essay and Statement of purpose.
- Certificates or documents which verify previous study or work experience if you are seeking course credits. These must be translated into English.
Receiving your Letter of Offer
If the application is successful, you will receive a ‘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. This can usually be done by mail or, in some cases, by scanning and emailing the letter. The Letter of Offer is a contract between you and the institution. It sets out the course you will be enrolled in, enrollment conditions, the fees you need to pay, and the refund payable if you don’t finish your course with that provider. This contract is very important – if you don’t start your course, or finish your course, this written agreement will be used to determine if you will get a refund.
Confirmation of Enrolment
Subsequently you have accepted your Offer and paid your deposit you will receive an ‘Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment’ (eCoE) by email. This will outline your course start date, total course fees and the duration of the course undertaken.
If you are applying for your Student Visa through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s online facility, you will need the details of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment to lodge your visa application. If you are filing a paper visa application you must provide the electronic Confirmation of Enrollment prior to the visa being granted.
Student Visa Requirements
As per the Australian legal system, you require to have a student visa to pursue any course. Application forms can be downloaded from the official website itself.
- A processing fee for the student visa.
- Confirmation of the Enrolment Form (CoE) issued by the host university (if you have already been accepted by the university)
- Acceptance letter from your host university including the proposed study plan.
- A valid passport and two passport sized photographs.
- Proof of adequate financial support.
- Receipt of the insurance premium which you will need to submit to the visa authorities.
- Meet health and character requirements.
- Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
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); a postgraduate master’s degree ranges from AU$20,000 (US$18,673) to $37,000 (US$34,546); and a doctoral degree from AU$14,000 (US$13,071) to $37,000 (US$34,546). 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. For graduate level programs, annual fees are from AU$24,746 (US$22,830) for a few master’s programs and up to AU$31,601 (US$29,466) for the majority of PhD programs.
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 means 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). As an international student, the tuition fees are payable before the study.
Each University has different amounts that a student can borrow for long term loans. Long term financial aid loans are for the following uses:
- Class costs
- Living costs
- Other school related costs
Applicants for Financial aid are looked at by a University Student Loans fund committee. The University Fund committee looks at a student personal income and well as his or her parent’s income. Many universities also require the student to submit their expenditure for the upcoming school year. Academic results and school progress will also be a factor that the Student Fund Committee will tally to their criteria for obtaining a student loan
For International Students, a guarantor from the student home country such as mother or father will most likely be acceptable for a majority of the Australian Universities.
The significant thing about financial aid from Australian Universities is that Loans granted to students are interest-free up to the agreed upon repayment date. Interest is charged to a student total amount of an overdue payment.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Every University has their own way to apply for financial aid. Contact the prospective University by phone for more information or go the Universities website and locate financial aid and/or loan information sections.