7 Steps For Admission In Australian University (Indian Students)


One of the best countries, with excellent educational and work opportunities for students, is Australia. Because of this reason, Australia witnesses a huge influx of Indian students every year. For students who are looking to follow their dream of studying in Australia, we totally understand how confusing it can be. This article is for all the aspirants who would like to get a clearer idea of the process of applying for admission at an Australian University.

1. Choose the course and university

The very first step in getting admitted to a university/college in Australia is to choose a course that you are interested in based on your previous educational qualification.

Always do your own research about the course you would like to do and the university/college where you would like to pursue your course. 

Make sure the chosen institution and course is registered under CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students).

Top Universities in Australia

1. The Australian National University

2. The University of Melbourne

3. The University of New South Wales

4. The University of Queensland

5. The University of Sydney

6. Monash University

7. The University of Western Australia

8. The University of Adelaide

9. University of Technology Sydney

10. The University of Newcastle(UON)

11. University of Wollongong

12. Macquarie University

13. Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

14. RMIT University

15. Curtin University

16. University of South Australia

17. Deakin University

18. University of Tasmania

19. Griffith University

20. La Trobe University

Also Read: 12 Best Universities In Australia For MS Indian Students Should Know

2. Check the requirements of your chosen course and university

You will require a few documents at the time of admission such as your previous qualification mark sheets and certificates, language proficiency test scores. 

Every university has its own specific set of required documents. University websites will provide the lists of the documents. 

  • Statement of Purpose – Almost every Australian universities require you need to submit a Statement Of Purpose (SOP) that articulates your career pathways, your interest, professional contributions, goals etc that proves your genuine interest in this particular course.The SOP is one of the important deciding factors which are taken into account of consideration by the admission panel of the university to grant admission.A well- written SOP gets you an instant image in front of the admission panel. So plan well and draft the best of SOP you can. Read about SOP guidelines, sample and tips on a blog by Leverage Beyond.
  • English Language Proficiency Test (Insert Image) – It is very essential to prove your efficiency in the English language to pursue any course outside India where the official language is English.There are different standardized language tests for Australia such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, OET and Cambridge Advanced Test.Department Of Home Affairs of the Australian government has specifically prescribed the minimum marks required for each of these exams on their official website.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)At least 7 for each of the 4 test components​
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)At least 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)At least 65 for each of the 4 test components​
Occupational English Test (OET)At least B for each of the 4 test components​
Cambridge C1 Advanced testAt least 185 in each of the 4 test components​
  • Overseas Student Health CoverOverseas Student Health Cover is an insurance package that provides international student to meet the hospital and medical care expenses they may need when in Australia.OSHC is a mandatory step in getting your acceptance in university as well as student visa in Australia.You can purchase OSHC either through your university directly or with the major health insurance providers in Australia such as Australian Health Management, BUPA Australia, Medibank Private, Allianz Global Assistance and nib OSHC are the major providers.

3. How to apply?

For applying at an Australian University, there are 2 ways;

  1. Applying directly through the university website – Most universities either have a webform where you can complete the application. Otherwise, an application form will be provided, which can be downloaded. You would need to fill it up and send by post to the given university address.
  2. Applying through a Study Abroad Agent – Again, most Australian Universities have a tie-up with Study Abroad Agents. You can find out more about this through the university website or by contacting the agents directly.

4. When to apply?

There are generally two admission intakes in Australia;

  1. July
  2. February

It’s totally up to the students to choose the intake period. 

To choose an intake, keep in mind few points like whether the preferred course is available during the intake you wish to join, availability of part-time jobs, course fees, availability of the certificates and documents that are required for the admission etc. 

Always remember that the ‘complete application process’ along with appearing for interviews and visa application procedure should be completed well before intakes. Ideally, you should start your admission process 6 months before the application deadline. 

There will be three deadlines for one intake for most of the universities in Australia. You have to take your language test, aptitude tests and other relevant tests at least 3 months before the deadline. The final three months must be utilized for filling out the application form for the visa so that you do not end up messing in the last minute.

Please Note: University Tuition Fee hike usually happens during the month of February in Australia. Students choosing the July intake will be subjected to this hike twice more than students choosing the February intake.

5. Receiving the offer letter

Once you have successfully applied your application to universities where you intend to do your course, you will receive a conditional or unconditional offer letter.

An unconditional offer letter is given to a student when the student has met all the requirements of the university. 

On the contrary, a conditional offer letter is given to a student when he/she is yet to complete the formalities of the university. This letter is given basically with conditions like to complete all the document submission or formalities in a given time frame. 

Once the offer letter is provided to the student, the student has to accept the offer with all the conditions mentioned in the offer. This offer letter is an agreement between the student and the university.  This letter will outline the course you will be enrolled in, enrolment conditions, the fees you need to pay, and the refund payable if you back out before you complete the course.

6. Paying University Fee

The next stage is paying your first-semester tuition fees. 

To do the payment, you can either approach your bank or any RBI licenced money changer.

Through our website, you can compare the exchange rates, charges of both banks and RBI authorized money changers for this service. 

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Once you complete the payment, send your fees receipt to the university as evidence.

7. Confirmation of Enrolment

Upon accepting the offer letter provided by the university, you will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) by email. COE makes you eligible to come to Australia for pursuing the course you have opted for. 

It will be in the form of an online code which will come into use when applying for the visa. You need to insert this in the appropriate space provided in the online application form. 

This is a very important and valid document to be included in the document list to apply for an Australian student visa without which a rejection is made right away.  It confirms that you have accepted the offer by the university, and have paid your tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover premium (OSHC).

By completing this final step, your admission to an Australian University is guaranteed! 

Now the only thing left to do is to apply for your Australian Student Visa!

For that read our post on, how Indian students can apply for an Australian Student Visa

Also Read: How To Open A Bank Account In Australia For International Students


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