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Australia: Applying to University

Sri Lankan students applying to an Australian university

Practical advice for Sri Lankan students applying to study in Australia

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Every year, Sri Lankan students begin their higher education journey by venturing to an Australian university. Australia is home to some of the world’s best universities as well as unique wildlife, beautiful beaches and glorious weather. It is the third most popular country for students to choose when it comes to studying abroad and it’s not hard to see why. If you are a Sri Lankan student looking to apply to and Australian university, this guide can help you get started.


Applying to a school

As with any student who is looking to attend a higher educational institute, the first step is to decide which universities would be best for you. Use our course search tool to find the perfect Australian institution for you. Each university will have its own entry requirements and course specifications so make sure you get in touch directly and do your research.


What you will need

Before applying to an Australian university, it is important that you ensure that you meet all of the prerequisites (if any) that are required for your course of study. Different schools and courses may have different qualifications for what types of grades you are required to have met in order to be accepted.


As with any school, you will need to submit several items in addition to your application. These items may vary from campus to campus and depending on which course of study you choose. Basic documentation that you will need includes:

  • An Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent
  • Proof of advanced English language proficiency in the form of an exam such as the TOEFL
  • Any certificates or forms that verify your previous job and study experience if you are looking to earn course credits for those experiences.

Note: these items must be translated into English.


If you are applying for postgraduate studies, you will need to have completed at least one undergraduate degree. In addition, your university of choice may consider your research abilities or any relevant work experience that you may have.


Important dates

The school year for an Australian university typically runs from January to December and the deadlines for applications tend to be in the December before your first planned semester. However, it’s a good idea for international students who are applying to Australian universities to get their applications in early, as they will need time to apply for a visa and potentially a scholarship as well. Once all of your application materials have been submitted, it can take around four to six weeks for an offer letter to arrive if you are accepted.


Once you are accepted

If you are going to be accepted, you will receive and offer letter in the mail. If you plan to attend the university, you must sign and send an acceptance of the offer back to the university. This can usually be done by mail or, in some cases, by scanning and emailing the letter. This is a binding contract, so make sure you read and understand the terms of enrolment before you accept your offer.


Once an offer has been accepted and a deposit has been paid, you will receive and Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment by e-mail. This document will detail a course start date, fees associated with your course and how long you course will run.


Applying to your Australian university of choice is just the first step in preparing to study abroad. Once you receive your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment, you may then begin your visa application process. After receiving a visa, you can then move forward with making travel arrangements and preparing for your time studying in Australia. What are you waiting for? Start your Australian study abroad adventure today!


Useful links:

The Australian higher education system...simplified

Post-study work options in Australia

Study in Australia


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