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Things You Must Do Before Applying To Study In Australia

Things You Must Do Before Applying To Study In Australia

If you’re planning on studying in Australia, you’ll need to first apply for admission to the institution of your choice.

Then you need to apply for your student visa from the Australian immigration department.

This is why we going to go over those important steps that you need to take before applying to study in Australia.

The steps that you would go through when applying to study in Australia are:

  • Choose the right course and institution that meets your study and career goals
  • Apply for admission into the institution
  • Get a letter of offer of admission from the institution
  • Accept your offer of admission
  • Receive the electronic Confirmation of Enrolment or eCoE
  • Paying part of the tuition – usually fees for the first term
  • Apply for a student visa
  • Get approved for a student visa

It is also important to take note of the entry requirements you need to meet to submit your application for ad:mission as well as the requirements for a student visa.

The actual requirements that apply to you will depend on your specific situation but there are general requirements that you should take note of such as:

  • Academic requirements
  • English language requirements
  • Proof of funds that will go towards paying for your tuition fees and living costs in Australia
  • Health cover for overseas students

Tip – Compare courses before applying.

You must also be able to properly compare the courses and institutions that you’re interested in.

This will help you make a more informed decision when picking a course or institution to go with.

A good resource for course comparison is the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website.

There you can do side by side comparisons of the quality of the higher education institutions and the study areas that you’re interested in.

It provides the information from the perspective of recent students and graduates.

YouEnrol is here to support you by providing a specific solution tailored to your specific situation, which ensures that you’re getting the right kind of help relevant to you and your study and career goals.

You can book an appointment with us for a free no obligation discussion where we help you to get started on your journey to studying in Australia the right way.

You can also compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as well as the costs on the My Skills website.

The website allows you to search for courses and providers as well as it gives you the ability to compare the average costs and average length of study for courses across the different institutions.

You must also be able to properly compare the courses and institutions that you’re interested in..”

Search for courses you are interested in.

The Level Of Qualification

You should also put into consideration the type of qualification you want to achieve after your studies.

This is different for Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses as compared to university courses.

The types pf qualification you will be looking at obtaining from VET courses are:

  • Certificates I – IV
  • Diplomas
  • Advanced Diplomas
  • Graduate Certificates
  • Graduate Diplomas

 For undergraduate courses taken in universities the qualifications are:

  • Bachelor degrees (for undergraduate programs), and for postgraduate programs,
  • Graduate Certificates
  • Graduate Diplomas
  • Masters degrees
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or Doctorate).

 The length of study for Bachelor degrees is usually 3 years for full time study and they introduce students to general fields rather than teaching specific skills needed for specific jobs.

However, studying for a degree allows you to explore your chosen subject in depth – much more so than in diploma, certificate or short course.

Bachelors courses are usually offered at universities but they can also be studied at TAFEs and private higher institutions. 

Postgraduate studies happen after the completion of a bachelor’s or undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate study can take the form of coursework or research done in your area of interest.

A postgraduate qualification in Australia gives you access to leading lecturers, research supervisors, industry networks and research and teaching centre staff from around the world. 

Online studies is another option available to you that gives you more flexibility to choose your own learning environment that works best for your needs.

If you do decide on doing an online course, you should ensure that you’re well prepared for it by having access to a computer on a regular basis, and the right internet connection.

Search for courses you are interested in.

The Length Of Stuidy

You will also need to look at the length of study of the courses you’re considering.

You can get a good idea of this from the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

The AQF not only provides information on the length of study, it also contains information about the different levels of qualifications and a summary description of the expected outcome for graduates at each level.

The length of studies for qualifications in Australia are:

  • Certificate IV – 6 months to 2 years
  • Diploma -1 to 2 years
  • Advanced – Diploma 1.5 to 2 years
  • Bachelor Degree – 3 to 4 years
  • Bachelor Honours Degree – 1 year
  • Graduate Certificate – 6 months to 1 year
  • Graduate Diploma – 1 to 2 years
  • Masters – 1.5 to 2 years
  • Doctoral Degree – 3 to 4 years

The Cost Of The Course

The price of the course you are interested in is also another important factor to take into consideration.

If you think the price of a course is too high, it might be a good idea to talk to the education provider to find out why.

You also need to find out if there are additional costs such as costs for materials and equipment that you might need for your course or costs associated with work placements if your course requires it.

Consider also how you are going to pay for your course. Are there any upfront costs? Are there any payment deadlines?

You can also speak to the course provider about any available financial assistance for the course and the eligibility requirements.

What Are The Job Prospects?

Finally, a very important step to take or a matter to consider is the job prospects.

Before you apply to study, you should check the job prospects of your chosen area of study. You can do this on the QILT website.

This is very important in particular for international students because you want to ensure that the job you are targeting after you finish your studies on the skills in demand list for the purpose of obtaining permanent visa.

You also want to know that you will actually get jobs in those areas.

Some questions you could ask your provider include:

Do they offer job placements/internships as part of the qualification?

Work placements are great because they give you ‘real life’ experience in your chosen career.

What are your graduate outcomes like?

For example, ask how many students have graduated over the last couple of years, and if those graduates are now employed.

If you have any questions about this topic or you need help with how you can study, live and work in Australia, you can book an appointment with us at YouEnrol.

We offer a free no obligation discussion where we help you to get started on your journey to studying in Australia the right way.

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