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Step 2 - Course selection
Selecting a course
You have a wide range of courses to choose from in Australia. You will need to find out which institutions offer the course you are interested in. Even if you are interested in only one type of course you might find many institutions on your list. This website has two interactive features to help you select a course and institution that best meets your needs and career goals - the study wizard and the interactive map.
Whether you are searching for a course and education provider yourself or using an education agent, you should ensure you do your research thoroughly. Don’t sign an application form for enrolment or sign the written agreement with your provider unless you have enough information to make an informed decision about the right course and education provider for you.
By law, all Australian institutions and the courses they offer to international students must be registered by the Australian Government. All registered providers and their courses are listed on the Australian Government’s register called the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). You should use this website to find a course and an institution. You can seek further information from each institution’s website or contacts available from the CRICOS website at www.cricos.deewr.gov.au
Your education provider is required to make available in print or electronic form detailed information about the institution and their courses. You should carefully review this information before entering into a written agreement. Details vary substantially between providers and between the same qualification offered by different providers. You need to ensure you have researched these details to find out what best suits your circumstances. Examples of information you should research include:
- entry requirements (including English language),
- course content, duration, comparative fees, qualifications offered if applicable, modes of study, assessment methods and whether course credit is available,
- campus locations, facilities, learning and library resources, and support services available,
- refund policy and indicative course-related fees such as exam re-sit fees, reassessment fees and late submission fees,
- grounds on which your enrolment can be deferred, suspended or cancelled by you or your provider,
- the institution’s transfer policy, and
- relevant information about cost of living in Australia and accommodation options including schooling costs for dependent children when relevant.
Read more about the ESOS framework at: www.aei.gov.au/AEI/ESOS
Search from the list of registered courses
Locating an institution
An interactive map will help you to locate your preferred institutions and then you can check the list of courses they offer. Students often seek information from more than one institution before making a decision on a particular one. This map enables you to link to the Internet homepage of many of these institutions to find out more detailed information.
Search the interactive map of institution locations
Do you meet the entry requirements for the selected course?
Students must meet minimum academic requirements to be accepted into specific courses. Each institution sets its own entry requirements so they may vary from one institution to another, and from one course or faculty to another. Some courses also require relevant work experience and this may be particularly important in relation to MBA and other postgraduate studies.
You may be asked to provide evidence of your academic achievements and English language proficiency to assess whether you meet the entry requirements for your proposed course of study in Australia. Institutions will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country.
If you do not meet the entry requirements for further study you can enrol in secondary school in Australia. If you do not meet undergraduate course entry requirements you may be able to enrol in Foundation Studies which prepare you for further study in Australia and reserve a provisional place in your proposed course. Bridging courses, such as a Master Qualifying program, are also offered. It is recommended that you seek advice from the institution about meeting their entry requirements before applying for admission into your selected courses.
Find out about entry requirements
Do you meet the English language requirements?
Evidence of English language proficiency is required when applying for a student visa. Depending on your proposed study sector you will need to have a minimum score in an accepted English language proficiency test and/or a period of English language tuition.
Most university and vocational education and training courses also require students to have a sufficient level of English language proficiency. You should check with each institution what English language proficiency tests are recognised by that institution and what the minimum scores are for each course. There are many English language courses with starting dates throughout the year to prepare you for further study in Australia.
Find out about English language courses and tests
Now you have selected the courses and institutions that best suit your needs and career goals...
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