Australia

Overview 

 Academic Year  February (Semester 1)  – May
 Application Timeline  September – November
 Annual Tuition Cost  Domestic: AUD 10,000
International: AUD 50,000
 Bachelor Degree  3 years (possibly 4 depending on the course)
 Admission Requirements  Academic Record (Transcript)
IB Diploma (foundation year required for non-Diploma)
 

Application Process

  • ACT or SAT scores?
  • High School Transcript
  • TOEFL or IELTS
  • Foundation Programs
  • Specific requirements

Australian citizens and permanent residents including New Zealand (domestic students) are required to apply through the tertiary admissions centre in the state in which they plan to study (for example, the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre). Domestic students are those who hold citizenship or permanent residency of Australia or citizenship of New Zealand.

International students will apply to the university directly (typically through their website).

Tertiary Admissions Centres (Australian citizens and permanent residents only):

  • New South Wales – University Admissions Centre (UAC) www.uac.edu.au
  • Queensland – Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) www.qtac.edu.au
  • South Australia – South Australia Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) www.satac.edu.au
  • Western Australia – Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) www.tisc.edu.au
  • Victoria – Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) www.vtac.edu.au

As a general rule, most decisions about admissions will be based solely on academic standing (IB results). Applications for housing should be made early and may have other requirements. When researching requirements, an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) score may be listed. The score can be converted to an IB Diploma score.

Student Accommodation

  • Less than 10% of all students live on campus
  • The application process can be very competitive and require letters of recommendation.

Timeline:

  • December – January
    • Finalize your list of schools, if possible visit any of the campuses you are interested in
  • February – April
    • Research your schools in-depth to be sure of requirements and application details
    • Meet with your Counselor
  • May – June
    • Ensure your IB results will be sent to the University or TAC
    • Give all your document request forms to your counselor
    • If you know you need a recommendation, get it now!
  • International applicants – look to apply for certain programs after December and throughout the year. Domestic students – look to apply during opening and closing dates starting in July.

Resources 

IDP Education Australia IDP is Australia’s international education organisation. Owned by Australia’s universities, IDP promotes Australian education, recruits students, manages fellowships programs, teaches and tests for English proficiency. The website provides information to assist students in their choice of course and institution in Australia. These include language institutes, TAFES as well as universities. The site also offers a free apply-on-line service for students around the world. The site is oriented toward international students.

Australian Education Network Learn about the different groupings of Australian universities. This guide has been developed to help make the decision about where to study a little bit simpler. You can take some time to search through the website depending on where you might want to study, and then explore the links to the university you might be interested in.

Group of 8 The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian universities, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education. The Go8 exists to:

    • enhance the contribution of its member universities to the nation’s social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and prosperity;
    • extend the contribution of its member universities to the generation and preservation of the world’s stock of knowledge;
    • strengthen Australia’s capacity to engage in and benefit from global developments, respond to global and local challenges;
    • expand opportunities for Australian students, regardless of background, to participate in world-class higher education.

 

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