Course application tips

Girl sits at desk with laptop and booksOnce you have found a course you would like to study, it’s time to begin the application process.

While this is an exciting time, it’s important to get organised and fully understand each step you will need to take before you start applying. This will help ensure that you have the best possible chance of gaining entry into your chosen course.

General tips for applicants

  • Make sure you read all course information carefully. This includes details about academic entry requirements and documents you must supply to the institution, as well as information about tuition fees and pathway or bridging options available if you do not meet the entry requirements.  Remember, these details — even for very similar courses — will vary between institutions, so it is important to read through all information thoroughly. You can also submit an enquiry through this website.
  • Take note of the institution’s application methods. Some may allow you to apply online, by post, fax or through an embassy in your home country — the choice is up to you. Others may specify a preferred method. You will also find that some providers charge an application fee, although it may be waived if you apply online.
  • Pay attention to 'important dates'. If you are applying for multiple institutions, ensure that you take note of the closing date for each course. Most institutions will charge a late fee if you submit your application after a certain date, which can be as high as $AUD300.  
  • Contact the institution if you are having difficulties. Institution staff will be happy to help you with the application process or if you need questions answered about a specific course before you apply, so don’t hesitate to contact them. Most institutions will have a student adviser available to assist you by phone, email or through a live chat on the website.

The application process

Whether you are submitting a hardcopy or online application, it’s important that you have all the required information and documentation by your side. This will ensure that the application process is as smooth as possible.

Generally, you will be required to provide institutions with:

  • your personal details (including your name, address and date of birth)
  • course preferences (the courses you would like to study)
  • proof of English language proficiency (such as the results from an IELTS or TOEFL test)
  • details of your qualifications (such as an academic transcript)
  • any additional information specified by the institution (such as a personal statement for scholarship applications)
  • information about your employment experience such as résumés and written references from employers (if applicable to your application).

If the documents you are supplying are not written in English, institutions will require that you supply certified translations. Likewise, if you provide electronic copies, you must ensure that the documents are in the file format and size specified by the institution.


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