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Study abroad : Applying to University

The perfect student research tool

Have you ever wanted to be able to have all of the most critical information used to choose a university and degree at your fingertips. The new and innovative matching tool is the perfect solution.

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We’re changing the game for international students with the launch of a new course matching tool here at Hotcourses. It’s the personalisation of your research like you’ve never experienced before. You’ve likely at some point wanted a more refined way of matching your unique requirements and circumstances with research into potential universities, study destinations and degrees.


What is the new course research tool?


Our new tool does just this by incorporating your personal preferences when matching you with a course and university. This includes considering your lifestyle preferences, qualifications, grades, and career ambitions.


Search for a university course


We’ll be able to give you the details on everything from course fees to post-study visa options. Drawing from a database of almost 159, 000 courses, 1,479 institutions and 156 different subjects you can be sure that you’ll be well served. This is one of the largest databases of this type of information in the world.


How does the tool work?


The tool is enviably simple to use. All that’s required is for you to answer a few key questions and you’ll be on your way:


  1. Enter the level of study you’d like to pursue
  2. Choose when you’d like to start your studies
  3. Select your desired destination/s
  4. Add your ideal budget to find out what’s affordable


With your level of study, subject, budget and destination entered now all that’s left is for you to include information about your qualifications, grades, English language proficiency and any other preferences you may require, such as on-campus accommodation. Once all of your information has been calibrated you’ll be able to review your perfect university matches and would only have taken you a few minutes to do so.


Madhan Kumar, Senior Product Manager, notes the intricacies of designing the product, “The tool determines how well your qualification matches the entry requirements for courses and universities. It’s not only about a qualification match, but critically considers things like budget, lifestyle and location.”


Choosing a university


What’s a standout feature?


Critically the new tool will also be able to tell you how likely it is you’ll be accepted for a particular degree at your desired university, based on your grades. Three categories are reflected in your search results:


  1. Ideal – Your results and grades are an exact match for a course or program
  2. Safe – Your grades are above the required level for admission
  3. Aspirational – Your current results don’t quite meet the entry requirements, but with hard work may.


Remember that at all points in the journey you can change and refine your search. Additionally, you can save your results and progress. You’ll also always have access to the crucial information you need such as tuition fees, course length, admission dates and your eligibility. This takes a lot of stress out of your university research and puts the power in your hands.


Choosing a degree


A student-centred experience


We operate on a student-first model in everything that it does and this extends to innovation and the development of any new product. Guided by the student experience and ways to enhance this, the primary aim is to create an enabling, informative and powerful online environment to serve student needs. We want to make sure that you have the key knowledge and information available to you as an international student, with everything from universities to programmes.


How do we ensure a student focus you ask? This is done through extensive research, consultation, testing and collaboration. With a widespread network of student advisors, counsellors, students, universities, academics and industry experts we draw on the best in class to contribute.


We make sure we have a comprehensive understanding of the educational landscape to identify what’s needed or what’s missing. Naturally, we consider student online behaviour and feedback too, which provides an excellent barometer of the user experience and where it can be enhanced or positively revamped.


We will continue to innovate and offer you a unique and unparalleled experience when it comes to fulfilling your academic dreams. We’re here to make things as smooth and easy as possible for you. This extends from counselling and world-leading tools to great advice and tips. You can also become part of our dynamic community by signing up and stay in the know as we support your study ambitions.

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