How to Apply to Study in Australia
Applications to study at Australian institutions can be made directly to the institution or via an education agent or counsellor in your home country. Each institution has its own application form and entry requirements vary between institutions and courses of study.
Assistance with applications for enrolment and visas can be obtained from education advisers (agents/contact officers). Most institutions have nominated advisers. A list of these can be obtained from an Australian Education Centre or Australian Embassy in your home country.
Ideally, you should begin the application process about 12 months before you hope to enrol. If you are awaiting final examination results, most institutions will grant provisional acceptance based on your past academic performance. Provisional acceptance will also be granted pending acceptable English language proficiency.
The following details should be supplied when applying for admission to an institution:
full details of previous study, including copies of qualifications already awarded to you
evidence of your English language proficiency (that is, appropriate IELTS score or as accepted by the institution)
evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover all costs associated with the period of study
Application forms and supporting documents should be forwarded to either a local agent or directly to your selected institution. If your application is accepted, the enrolling institution will send a letter offering you a place in your chosen course and requesting a portion of tuition fees and health insurance. Once these have been paid, the institution will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). This is the only accepted evidence of enrolment for processing student visa applications.
Where to obtain more information
Australian Education International (AEI) was set up by the Australian government to provide information and assistance to students wishing to study in Australia. AEI can provide information on admission procedures, courses, institutions, costs of living and tuition fees.
The Australian Embassy in your home country will also be able to assist and refer you to education agents known to have first-hand experience in sending students to Australia.