Applying to university in Australia

Want to apply to university in Australia? Find  out how and when to make your application to complete a degree down under.

When should I apply to universities in Australia?

Australian universities have two semesters a year – the first one usually starting in February, and the second one starting in July.

You can apply to begin your degree in either semester. If you course starts in February 2020, you will finish in December 2022. If you course starts in July 2020, you will finish in June 2023.

The exact starting dates for each semester vary between different universities, so it’s important to check these to make sure you get your application submitted in plenty of time.

As it takes a while to complete the application process, plus the time it takes to apply for a visa and make other preparations for moving overseas, we recommend you start researching and applying to universities you would like to attend at least 12 months before you are due to start your degree.

How do I apply to universities in Australia?

Applying to Australian universities will take longer than if you are applying as an undergraduate in the UK.

To apply for an Australian undergraduate programme, you must submit your application directly to the individual university rather than a centralised body such as UCAS.

Once you have made a shortlist of universities in Australia you are interested in attending, go to the university’s website homepage and click through to their section for international students.

There should be a page that provides all the information you need to know about applying to that particular institution.

If their website doesn’t answer any queries you may have, or you are confused about some aspect of the application process, contact their admissions office for help.

Check deadlines for applications carefully, and remember that the process can take a long time, so make sure to fill in and submit your application as early as possible.

Further information

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