Applying to institutions abroad can take time, care and effort, so make sure you start preparations early and be aware of the different deadlines. Being organised will help to make the process easier.
In Australia you will find:
Australian universities also offer the following awards:
- Associate degrees: duration of two years
- Advanced diplomas: duration of 24-36 months
- Diplomas: duration of 18-24 months
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) assures the quality of all awards offered by Australian universities. Institutions which self-accredit courses are not permitted to use the title of 'university'. Visit Australian Qualifications Framework, for more information.
- The Graduate Certificate (six months minimum) and diploma (twelve months minimum), which are designed with an occupational focus to broaden skills obtained in the bachelor degree.
- The Master's degree, which entails one/two years gaining an advanced overview of a particular field.
- The Doctoral degree, which requires a considerable contribution to a particular area of study.
VET programmes of study can last between four and 36 months depending on the level of study you choose. VET courses are offered in a range of subjects and, depending on the course, students can sometimes be granted credits towards a degree programme. TAFE courses usually begin in February and end in December. Universities and private colleges may also offer vocational courses.
There are a number of small private colleges that tend to offer diploma and certificate study programmes. They specialise in areas like hospitality and tourism, business, journalism or design.
If students do not meet the academic requirements of a university or TAFE institute, they can enrol on a foundation programme. Often referred to as bridging courses, foundation courses are one-year intensive study programmes offered by universities and VET institutes as well as high schools.
English language schools
- General English - development of communication, speaking and listening
- Examination preparation - preparation for IELTS or TOEFL
- ELICOS - English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students to allow students to progress onto further academic studies
- English for Academic Purposes (EAP) - preparation for studies at an Australian vocational institute or university
- English for specific purposes - preparation for studies in specific subjects such as English, business or tourism
How to applyInternational students must apply to institutions in Australia directly or through an education agent. You must obtain an application form. Contact institutions to request one or visit their websites. You may have to send this form either to a local agent of the institution in your country, or to the international office of the institution.
- Application processing fees will vary per institution but in general a $100 non-refundable fee will be payable to the institution.
- Student visa application charge $535
- Permission to work $75
What documents are needed?
- Details of your study history, including evidence of your qualifications
- Evidence of your English language capability such as an exam certificate
- You may have to pay an application fee
- For undergraduate - equivalent of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12)
- For postgraduate - at least one undergraduate degree
- For Vocational Education and Training (VET) - generally no exams, but may require relevant work experience
To search for study programmes and their entry requirements, you can use Study in Australia's Study Wizard tool.
English language requirements
When processing your visa application, the Australian Government will recognise:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE),
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE),
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Occupational English Test (OET)
Study in Australia
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
To learn more about English language courses, visit English Australia