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Australia: Applying to University

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Practical advice for European students applying to study in Australia

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Australia is one of the top destinations for Europeans looking to study abroad, and it’s not hard to see why. As well as tempting us with its beautiful beaches and an easy-going lifestyle, the universities are high up on the international rankings. Only the US and the UK have more top universities than Australia - and they both have significantly more universities than Australia. Here is our guide to student life in Australia.




As with all big decisions in life, choosing the right university and the right subject should not be done in a hurry. For international students the application process is usually longer than for the local students, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to research your options. Note that you have to get an acceptance letter from a university before you can start your student visa application.


Application deadlines

The Australian academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 will typically start in early March and finish in early June. If you wish to begin your studies in semester 1, you should aim to have your application completed and submitted by mid November/late December, depending on the institute.


Semester 2 follows semester 1 and typically starts towards the end of July, finishing early November. If you wish to begin your studies in semester 2, you should aim to have your application completed by mid to late May, depending on the institute.


For both undergraduate and postgraduate applications, the sooner you submit your application the better, as you allow your application a greater chance of being considered for scholarships and more time for your student visa to be processed.


Entry requirements

The academic requirements you need to study in Australia will vary depending on the level of education you want to study. Institutions can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their website carefully and contact them to ask for advice.


To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course, you will need to have the European equivalent of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), i.e., a High School Diploma or a Certificate of Graduation, plus the first year of a bachelor’s degree. Some undergraduate courses may also have specific pre-requisite subjects.


For postgraduates, you will need at least one degree at undergraduate level, and your institution may also take research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.


In some cases, you may need to provide results of an English-language test. Be aware that the English-language skill level required by an institution can be different from the level of skill required for your student visa application. You should carefully check student visa information on both the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website and the institution website for any English-language requirements.



  • After factoring in the cost of a flight to Australia, a degree there can be relatively costly. On average an undergraduate degree in an Australian institution can cost from AUS$15,000 to over AUS$30,000. A masters will cost you from around $20,000 to over $35,


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