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7 FAQs about studying in Australia

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ImmiAdvisor interviewed education expert Aditi Kadakia from World Education Services earlier this week. In this post Aditi answers 7 common questions about the Australian education system.

1. What is the language of instruction in Australia?

The language of instruction in Australia is English. Many universities offer language support courses such as English for Academic Study, in order to help non-native English speakers.

2. How is the academic year structured in Australia?

The Australian academic year typically begins in early February for secondary school and late February or early March for university students. The academic year for secondary schools is divided into three or four terms each year.  While universities have a semester system with final exams held at the end of each semester, typically in June and November.

3. What are the entrance requirements for a typical bachelor’s degree program?

Individual universities set their own admission requirements. Typically admission to undergraduate programs is based on 13 years of secondary school education. In addition to this, universities will look at the entire admissions portfolio and may require interviews. Most universities will require all international students to take an English proficiency examination such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

4. I have a bachelor’s degree in my home country; can I apply for a graduate program in Australia?

Many universities have different admission requirements for international students who have completed their first degree outside of Australia. Typically the minimum admission requirement for a graduate program is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field. It is up to the Australian university where you are applying to make the final decision.

5. If I have incomplete study from my home country, does it apply towards study in Australia?

Exemptions due to prior study are subject to approval by the Australian institution. This would depend on the level of the courses taken, the subject matter, and the final assessment of the courses. Depending on the number of credits granted, it is possible that program length could be reduced due to your prior study.

6. Which universities are considered the “ivy leagues” of Australia?

Australia does not classify universities as ivy leagues. However, the Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of Australia’s leading universities. Go8 is committed to the highest quality research, research training, and teaching. The Go8 includes the University of Western Australia, Monash University, Australian National University, the University of Adelaide, the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Sydney.

Post by Aditi Kadakia 

Aditi is a Knowledge Analyst for World Education Services specialising in the commonwealth educational systems. She holds a bachelors degree in biology from the University of Rochester and served as an education Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique from 2008 to 2010.

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