Studying in Australia is a dream that many of you have and will have. We understand that, and we have tried to narrow down (our articles) on various topics related to Australian education to help you filter your choices.
Since you have successfully bagged the offer of studying in the land of Aussies, special mention the land of Kangaroos, you need to focus on the next milestone – getting your Australian student visa.
Ideally, a case officer will scrutinise all your profile details and assess your performance through the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) assessment, which will be the only deciding factor behind the confirmation of your visa.
Now, start taking notes because in next 5 minutes, we’ll be taking you through various student visa interview questions specific to Australia.
Agenda: Taking notes!
A canvass of questions:
University- and course-related questions
- State the purpose of your trip to Australia!
- Why did you choose Australia?
- What course did you say you want to study?
- Please elaborate about your course.
- Why did you choose this course?
- When will the course commence? And how much is the tuition fee?
- Do you think this course is going to benefit you? If so, how?
- Are you planning to return back to your home country after completing your study?
- Are you planning to continue studying in Australia?
You must be already losing patience, wait....here’s some more:
10. Could you (please) show me the transcripts of your prior education?
11. What subjects did you study in your undergraduate/postgraduate?
12. Why did you wish to change your field? (in case you are planning to pursue a different field in Australia)
13. Ok, but you could have done the same course in your native country, isn’t it?
14. How many universities did you apply at?
15. From which universities did you receive acceptances, apart from X?
16. What do you know about this university (X)?
17. Did you receive any scholarships?
18. Why did you choose X university, why not Y, why not Z...?
19. Have you planned your stay? Will you be staying off-campus? (If your answer is yes, then...wham!)
Prior education-related questions
- Where did you complete your UG/PG?
- What was the stream/specialisation during your UG/PG?
- What was your percentage/grade during your UG/PG?
- Show me your IELTS/TOEFL score please!
- Why is your score so low?
- Why is score so high?
Family related questions
- Tell me something about your family!
- Who is going to sponsor your studies?
- Why is he sponsoring you? (if not father)
- What’s the annual salary of your father?
- Are you the first from your family to study abroad?
- Do you have any outstanding loans?
- What are the primary sources of income of your sponsor?
- How many dependants does your sponsor has?
- Could you show me some proof of your sponsor’s annual salary?
- Have you been abroad earlier?
- Where have you been?
- Are you planning to visit your family during holidays?
- What will you do during the off semesters?
- What are your future plans?
- What will you do when you return to your home country?
- How job-oriented is your field of study? (course that you are going to pursue in Australia)
- Are you planning to do some part-time jobs while studying in Australia?
- Have you been to Australia before?
- Provide an honest answer why you should be granted the student visa?
- What will you do if your student visa is rejected?
This information is not to scare you, but to clear the cloud of ambiguity. We have dedicated visa experts and counsellors to guide you. You can always have a chat with them to know more about visa rules and places to study abroad. They will walk you through visa mock interviews so that you become confident to face the actual interview.
According to the Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBF), the number of student visa applications for Australia has steadily increased since 2011/12; the trend continues in 2015/16 with year-over-year growth of 7.8% in the number of student visa applications filed.
Hope you find this article useful!