Step 1 : Beginning With The Application Process
Once you have decided that you want to go in for a specific course, all you need to do then is apply for the same. The procedure is fairly simple although a lot of people tend to get confused with the plethora of information floating around. Let’s take a look at how to go about the whole thing. There are broadly two ways in which you can get this done :
Step 1a. Apply Directly To The Education Body
To apply directly, download the application form from the education provider’s website as per the specified on-line link. If you are applying for courses at more than one institution, you will need to submit a separate application to each institution all of which is required to be marked and labelled properly and should comply to the local rules and regulations which govern the specific education institute.
Step 1b. Via an Authorised Australian Education Agent
Agents are deployed by universities, colleges and institutions to acquire students for them. Details on the agents an institution works with can be found on their website or by contacting them directly.
You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course, provider and qualification you’re studying for. A few of the the most relevant documents include (you might have more depending upon multiple factors) :
- Certificates that verify your previous study
- Evidence of your English language proficiency certified through tests like IELTS, TOEFL, etc
- Certificates or documents which verify previous study or work experience if you are seeking course credits. These must be translated into English.
Step 2 : Receiving your Offer Letter
If your application is successful, you will receive a ‘Letter of Offer’. To confirm your offer you must respond to this letter by signing and sending an acceptance of offer back to the institution. This can usually be done by mail or scanned copies of the same. The Letter of Offer is a contract between you and the institution. It sets out the course you will be enrolled in, enrolment conditions, the fees you need to pay, and the refund payable if you don’t complete your course with that provider. This contract is very important – if you don’t start your course, or finish your course, this written agreement will be used to determine if you will receive a refund.
A few tips below should help you keep some very important factors in mind before you actually sign on the dotted line :
- Read the Letter of Offer carefully before you accept it.
- Make sure that you understand all your rights, including the refund arrangements.
- Do not accept the Letter of Offer if you are not happy with any of its terms.
- Keep a copy of the Letter of Offer. You will need this copy so that you are aware of your rights and if you have to make a claim against the institution.
Step 3 : Confirmation of Enrolment
After you have accepted your Offer and paid your deposit you will receive an ‘Electronic Confirmation’ by email. This will outline your course start date, total course fees and how long your course will run for.
Step 4 : Visa application
If you are applying for your Student Visa through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s online lodgement facility, you will need the details of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment to lodge your visa application. If you are lodging a paper visa application you must provide the electronic Confirmation of Enrolment prior to the visa being granted.
You should make sure that you meet requirements for a student visa before you accept an offer and pay any tuition fees.
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