Going to study at an international university in Australia in 2023 can be both an exciting and daunting scheme. With so many universities to choose from, it is important to do your research and prepare for this project in advance.
In this article, we will give you some tips for preparing your application to the universities you want to join. We will also discuss the different steps to follow before and after university acceptance to best prepare your new student life!
Enrollment in an Australian University
First of all, you will need to know which course you want to join in order to find the universities that offer the desired course and find out about their program with the details of the subjects that will be covered throughout your course. Australia has many excellent universities, so it’s important to narrow down your choice based on your academic interests and career goals. Be sure to read each university’s admission requirements and application process.
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Step 1: Preparing your applications
Following your choice of course and your chosen universities, you will have to take some time to gather the documents necessary for your application. In most cases, the documents requested in order to constitute your registration file will be:
1. Your registration form is completed (specific to each chosen university).
2. Your transcripts
Depending on the course for which you are applying, you will need to provide your transcripts from your three years of high school as well as your marks obtained in the baccalaureate for an undergraduate degree or your transcripts of your six semesters of license as well as your marks obtained in the baccalaureate for a postgraduate degree.
3. Your previous degrees
4. Your updated resume
5. A cover letter highlighting your background, the reasons why you want to join the chosen course within the chosen university, explaining your professional ambitions and why this training will help you achieve them.
6. The results of a recognised English test
Generally, Australian universities require an average of 6.5 or 7 at the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) And between 79 and 94 at the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These two tests will assess your linguistics abilities on 4 points : Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.
Some universities will give you their own English test, similar to the TOEFL and IELTS tests. If you don’t do well, most universities also offer upgrade skills programs in English.
7. Letters of recommendation
This is optional, but it can be a major advantage when applying to different universities. However, depending on your profile, they may be necessary if you wish to enter a course for which you do not necessarily have all the “required qualities”, such as the minimum academic level required for example. In other words, if you don’t have the required degree, letters of recommendation can be used to prove your professional experience in the same way as a degree (accreditation of prior experiential learning).
They can be written by former teachers, supervisors or mentors who can talk about your experience and qualifications. The aim is to give an overview of your academic and/or professional abilities and to provide specific examples of your strengths. They should be addressed to the Admissions Committee and should include the recommender’s contact information.
8. Sending a portfolio
Depending on the course of study you want to apply for, you may be asked to send a portfolio. Most of the time is for those who’s applying to study in the creative field, such as design or art studies.
Everything must be in English. This means that your transcripts and diplomas must be translated by a certified translator. That’s why it is important to start this process early so that you have enough time to prepare and submit your application.
Step 2: Admission test and interview
Once your file has been sent, if it meets the expectations of the chosen university, you will then have to pass an entrance test (specific to each university) as well as an interview with one of the members of the educational council.
Step 3: Receive your confirmation of the enrolment letter
After submitting your application, passing the entrance test and the motivational interview, all you have to do is wait for the decision of each university to which you have sent your file. This can take several weeks or even months, so you will have to be patient. If you are accepted, so congratulations to you, you have taken the first step towards graduating from an Australian university !
After validation of the offer letter, you must pay the registration fees requested to receive your registration confirmation. In other words “Overseas Student Confirmation-of-Enrolment (CoE)”
Steps to follow after you receive your CoE letter
Once you have been accepted to the university of your choice, there are a few steps you will need to follow to ensure a successful transition into your new university life.
Step 1: Get health insurance
Indeed, for your student visa to be validated, you will need to take out health insurance covering you throughout the period of your school course.
Step 2: Apply for your student visa
Once you have received your CoE and the confirmation of the subscription to health insurance, it is time to bring your passport to apply for your Student Visa on the Australian immigration site! Acceptance of your visa application can take several months.
Step 3: Contact your university’s Financial Aid Office
We advise you to contact the university’s financial aid office to determine the scholarships, grants and loans for which you may be eligible.
Step 4: Search for accommodation
If you want to take full advantage of your student life, we advise you to contact your university to find out about the terms and costs of a student room on campus or if they have partnerships with agencies to help students to find accommodation.
Step 5: Attend your meeting / pre-start day
Most universities will ask you to attend an information meeting that will introduce you to important information about the university, its resources, and how to get the most out of your university experience. Participating in order to facilitate your integration into your new student life is important.
Step 6: Get involved in student life at your university
It’s time to enjoy your student life by participating in the activities available on campus or by integrating one of the many clubs and associations available. This will allow you to meet people while getting involved in campus life!
Applying to a university in Australia is a complex process that requires a lot of preparation and time. This is why there are agencies specializing in the field of education, such as StudyBird, which are there to guide you and support you as well as possible throughout this project in order to facilitate the administrative procedures for you. that you can realize your dreams and fully enjoy your student life in Australia afterwards! Don’t waste any more time and contact us to let us know about your project !