How to Enrol in University

The university system in Australia is pretty straightforward and easy to understand if you know your position. Your citizenship, level of study and previous education will indicate what steps you have to take when enrolling at university.

International Students

You are classed as an international student if you are not an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Each university has different processes for enrolling as an international student but here are the common steps you will have to take:

• You will normally be required to take an English Language course if English is not your first langauage.

• Choose the course you wish to take by visiting your chosen universities website or visiting open days at the university.

• Complete and submit an application form provided by your chosen university. You will need copies of your previous academic achievement, relevant documents and/or portfolios for design / art students

Note: Your university will have a way of converting your grades (if you don’t have an Australian Tertiery Admission Rank (ATAR) score) to see if you are eligible to undertake your course.

• Accept your offer to study.

Domestic Students

You are classed as domestic student if you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident.

• Choose the course you wish to take by visiting your chosen universities website or visiting open days at the university.

• Complete and submit an application form provided by your chosen university. You will need copies of your previous academic achievement, relevant documents and/or portfolios for design / art students

Note: Your university will take into account your ATAR score and previous studies when considering offering you a place in your chosen course.

• Accept your offer to study.

TAFE to University Pathway

If you have studied at TAFE and want to continue on through higher education, some universities offer a way to fast track through an undergraduate degree. This method uses what you have studied at TAFE as credit for elements of an undergraduate course.

This is also a useful way to get an undergraduate degree if your ATAR scores weren’t that great. You can begin studying at TAFE and then move onto studying a degree at a later date.

It is really simple to enrol in university and most university websites will give you step-by-step details on how to apply. The majority of universities have a process for accepting applications online, which results in a fast response time.

  • efpierce

    It seems easy enough for an international student like myself. What would you recommend for someone new to the country? A uni close to a major city or one that would require some effort to get around the countryside?

    • Depends… Universities in the country are cheaper but there may be less to do than in a big city like Sydney. Mater of preference really.

    • Depends… Universities in the country are cheaper but there may be less to do than in a big city like Sydney. Mater of preference really.

  • Enrolling in universities in Australia is one of the easiest and most important things you can do in your life. A good education is priceless!

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