Frequently asked questions
1. About our services
We have over 30 years of experience helping students go to study abroad and all our counsellors have passed official Education Counsellor Training courses.
Yes we offer free counselling and advice, and we are also able to support your university applications for you without having to charge you. We are able to do this as we are an official representative of our partner universities so they support us financially. Please note some Universities have application fees (but we can sometimes waive these..)
2. Study In Australia
We support your journey to study abroad from beginning to end, to find out more please click here
There are 43 universities in Australia, of which 3 are private and the rest a government universities. All are of a high standard and are closely regulated and monitored by the government to ensure the quality of Education. There is also a special law to protect international students studying in Australia. The Group of Eight (Go8) is recognized as the leading research universities and are the highest ranking but the quality of education you get at all these universities is very good and some of the non-Go8 institutions offer amazing facilities, programmes and links with industry. The Go8 are not always the highest ranked institutions in every subject.
There are a range of course taught at universities in Australia including Foundation, Diploma, Bachelor, Masters and PhDs. We can talk you through the best options for you. There are also more and more online courses.
Every university is different and there are lots of things to consider when deciding where to go to study – ranking, cost, location, entry requirements etc. you may be interested in this article on [‘How to choose a course] and of course we are happy to share our experience and help guide you through the process.
3. Applying to study
You will need original documents for your academic qualifications such as transcripts and certificates – we are authorized to certify these for you if you apply with us. You normally don’t need additional documents like a statement of purpose or references unless these are specifically requested. Some courses may also require interviews or portfolios.
Most universities offer English Language courses to help improve your English and many will offer a ‘packaged’ offer – this means studying English to reach the required level before enrolling on the degree program Of course, you can also study more English and try and take the test again.
There are different intakes available in most Australian universities, usually at least 2 Semesters (February & July) but check as universities with 3 Trimesters have other intakes too.
This depends on the program and the university but usually you can expect between 2-6 weeks to get the initial decision on your application. We will advise you on this
4. Money and fees
The universities will charge a tuition fee for each program and the fees can vary. Fee information is given on the university website. The range of fees is around AUD20,000 to AUD45,000 for undergraduate programer and postgraduate program (Masters) will usually be a little more expensive. Please note this is the tuition fee and doesn’t include your accommodation or living expenses. Read more
The cost of living can vary lots depending both on your lifestyle and where you are living, with city centre living usually the most expensive. Another way of looking at this is that as of October 2019 the financial requirements for a student visa stated the 12 month living costs as just over AUD 21,000 for students. Read more
Yes it is possible to work in Australia both while you are studying and after studying as long as you meet certain conditions. Your student visa enables you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during semester, which allows you to earn an income to cover your living expenses while still leaving plenty of time for your studies. During semester breaks you are allowed to work unlimited hours.
You may also be allowed to stay and work after you finish your studies on a Post Study Work Visa but make sure your course qualifies – check the latest details here or come and talk to us about your options.
Yes there are a number of different scholarships available at most universities but they are often competitive. Each website will have information on the scholarships available or talk to us to find out if you are likely to qualify for a scholarship at one of more of our partners.
5. Studying English in Australia
There are many different types of English Language program available in Australia including General English, English for Academic Purposes, Exam preparation and specialist program. You may hear people talking about ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) and these can be taught at a whole range of institutions from Universities and schools to specialist English Language Schools. We work with a range of ELICOS schools in Australia so please come and talk to us about your options. Read more