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It’s Not Too Late! Undergraduate Australian Admissions Are Still Open

It’s Not Too Late! Undergraduate Australian Admissions Are Still Open

If you still want to pursue your undergraduate studies this year, but missed out on US and UK application deadlines, then consider Australia. With a lot of universities having their deadlines in April or May for the July intake, you still have some time to apply.

Why Australia?
A multi-cultural and welcoming country, Australia has always attracted international students. Besides having the third largest international student population, the country’s 43 universities are known for their high quality of education. Institutions such as Australian National University, The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney also consistently pop up on reputed ‘best college’ lists. Apart from this, the country also has visa policies that make it easier for recent graduates to stay back and work. In recent years, the country has seen a rise in Indian applicants interested in engineering, computer science, the culinary arts, business and media studies.

What are the educational requirements?
Australia attracts some of the brightest students, which is why it has tough entry requirements. Like the UK, here you also need to apply to a particular course and meet its individual requirements. For example, Australian National University requires a 33 in the IB for its Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programme with mathematics being a prerequisite, while its Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) requires a 31 with no formal prerequisites. In general, most programmes will require you to have a minimum of 65 percent in your grade 12 examinations, along with an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL. The university will also take into account your grade 10 and 11 results. If you have given the SAT, you can send in these scores as well, however, this is not compulsory.

What is the application process like?
Most universities in Australia offer two intakes, the first in February and the second in July, however, there are a few that have multiple intakes in September and November as well. Most universities have a university-specific application form which you must fill out. Usually, these forms ask for your personal details, your previous academic qualifications and your course preferences. Along with the form, you may also need to write a statement of purpose and submit a letter of recommendation. Once you have applied, some colleges may also send you an interview request. You may receive a conditional or unconditional offer, based on your course and university.

How much does an undergraduate degree cost?
Australian education usually costs less than the US and is similar to the UK. On average the tuition fee for international students is AUD 30,000, approximately INR 15 lakh. To help pay for your education, you can take up part-time work as the Australian government allows you to work for 40 hours per fortnight. Additionally, you can also apply for financial aid and scholarships. Many colleges like the University of Melbourne offer merit-based scholarships such as the Bachelor of Arts International Scholarship. Apart from this, there are a number of scholarships available for international students on the Australian government website.

Is there any opportunity for work after I complete my degree?
For students who would like to stay back and work in Australia, the government allows you to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa, which can last for 18 months to four years. This will also help towards getting a Permanent Residency there. Most universities have a Career Services Center that will help you search for jobs, look through your resume and prepare you for interviews. For example, The University of Sydney’s Career Centre offers career advice and a range of workshops that help you prepare for full-time employment. Sometimes, a company may ask you to do an internship before offering you a permanent position.

With bustling cities juxtaposing with the outback, Australia is truly a great place for students who wish to get the best of both worlds. If you want to keep your options open and still go abroad in 2019, consider applying to Singapore. If you need help with your Australian applications, get in touch with us!

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