Application Procedure for Australia
The application procedure for AUSTRALIA requires the following steps:
Step 1 – Research: The students should do their research on the universities or their colleges that they wish to apply to along with the programs that they are interested in applying for. Each university is known for a certain specialization in which they rank high. So the university selection will depend on the course that the student is interested in.
We at AM Consulting counsel you to understand your careers goals and aspirations and accordingly design a custom roadmap for you. We will then help you in shortlisting of the courses and the universities that you should apply to, based on a number of factors.
Step 2 – Taking the Required Tests: The most basic test requirement for admission to Australian universities is the IELTS test. Make sure that you score well on this test. Australia allow you to apply to Universities before taking the IELTS exam and the universities there will issue you conditional offer letters. These letters will be made on the premise that you will get the minimum required IELTS score later and report it to the University. The Test Report form of the IELTS exam needs to be sent to the university first. Later on the university might ask you to get your scores sent directly to them via the IELTS testing agency (British Council or IDP). There is a certain fee for reporting the IELTS score to each university.
Step 3 – Preparing the Documents: Next the students need to put together the following documents for the application process:
Transcripts & Degree Certificate: Transcripts are mark sheets presented in a certain format. A student will need to apply at their respective schools or colleges for getting their transcripts issued. Each transcript will be stamped & signed, and then sealed in an envelope which also needs to be stamped and signed.
Statement of Purpose/Essays: Each university will need the student to submit a Statement of Purpose (SOP) as part of the application packet. The SOP is a life story of a student in around 800 words which allows the admission committee to separate the best applications from the average ones. An SOP will contain answers to questions such as what have you studied till now and why? Why are you interested in the particular course that you are applying for? What have you chosen that university? What are you short and long term goals? And so on. All the students applying for a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s degree will need to submit their Statement of Purpose specific to each university. MBA applicants will have to answer 3-4 university specific essay questions. An SOP can make or break a student’s application and is one of the most important parts of the application process, especially when a student is targeting the top 10-15 universities. A crisp and well-crafted SOP can make up for a low GRE or GMAT score or even low academics.
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Letters of Recommendation: Universities require you to submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation (LOR) as a part of your application. One is a professional one and the other is an academic one. You need to nominate your manager at your workplace and a professor at your college for writing these letters for you. These LORs are also one of the most important parts of your application wherein your referees make a case for your selection to that particular university. You need to nominate referees who know your well and under whom you have grown professionally or academically.
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Resume: The students need to prepare a professional looking resume which is no more than 2 pages, as part of their application. The resume should contain the student’s academic as well as professional information.
Proof of Work Experience/Internships/Social Work: In order to strengthen the application, a student can submit additional documents such as an offer letter, internship experience letter or a certificate for completion of social work done at a local non-governmental organization (NGO).
Other Documents: A student will also need to submit their passport copies, 2-3 photos and the university application form.
Step 4 – Application submission: The application needs to be submitted by filing in the application forms and submitting the documents along with paying the university application fees.
Step 5 – Test Score Reporting: After applying to the universities, the student will need to report his or her GRE/GMAT and the IELTS/TOEFL scores to the various universities that they have applied to. The universities ask for the scores to be directly sent to them via the testing authorities. Reporting to each university will require a certain fee to be paid to the testing authorities.
Step 6 – Finalizing the University: After receiving admits from universities, finalize one university and the required deposit there thereby confirming your place.
Step 7 – Australian Visa Application: The University will send the Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) after you make your deposit payment which needs to be updated with the Australian embassy. Next up book an appointment and apply for the visa. We will help you finalize your documents, check if they are in order and guide you in making the visa appointment. It is always better to apply for the visa at least two months in advance to your course start date
Australia generally has two intakes i.e. February and July, with few Universities offering multiple intakes in September & November too. It is suggested that you should start making applications ideally 8 to 9 months prior to the intakes. Ideally you should apply start applications by January of the preceding year as will allow you to apply for many scholarships that Australian universities offer. You can however apply until May start for the July intake. Remember, the admission decisions may take up to 4 – 6 weeks and the student visa process for Australia takes between 4 to 6 weeks.
- Passport Copies (The first and last pages)
- Degree Mark sheets & Transcripts
- Degree certificate or provisional degree certificate (if you are currently studying in your final year, then you can submit this later)
- Statement of Purpose (SOP)
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Portfolio, if design related course
- IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) – you can submit this at a later date. We can try for a waiver for you for admissions but it is mandatory for the Australian visa application.
- Extra-curricular activity certificates
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