How to get into an Australian university?


Australia as a study abroad destination

Australia is the third most sought-after study destination after the USA and the UK. It boasts of a large number of foreign students who prefer to study here for several reasons, including its world-class research environment, migration-friendly regulations, and exceptional education system. On average, over 600,000 international students representing 140 nationalities opt for higher education in Australia every year.


Top Universities in Australia


The Australian education system, often considered as an offshoot of the English education system, also makes the transition easier for Indian students. As a country that is home to over 41 universities, most of them being public institutions, there are multiple study options for overseas students to choose from.

The most popular and globally top-ranked universities in Australia are called the Group of 8 (Go8). They encompass some of the biggest and oldest Australian universities that are consistently ranked high.

These are the Go8 Universities

• The Australian National University
• The University of Melbourne
• The University of New South Wales
• The University of Adelaide
• The University of Sydney
• The University of Queensland
• Monash University
• The University of Western Australia

What makes you eligible?

If Australia is your choice for pursuing higher education, then it is important to check if you meet the eligibility criteria set by the Australian universities for admission. The following list is not exhaustive and it varies according to the universities/programs applied for.

Academic requirements

Check the university website and program page to verify the requirements. The minimum requirement is the completion of high school for undergrad applicants and an undergraduate degree for graduate applicants. Beyond this, every university has some exclusive parameters that are to be met to become eligible to apply. The common requirements that are essentially required by every university are listed below:

  • Transcripts of school/college mark sheets and degree (if applicable)
  • Recommendation letters from at least two persons (preferably teachers/professors/supervisors, as the case may be)
  • Updated resume (in the required format, if applicable)
  • A detailed statement of purpose (as per guidelines, if any)
  • A portfolio is a must for design and architecture-related programs
  • Adequate score in the standardised tests (GMAT/GRE, as per the university guidelines)
  • Work experience (minimum of 2 years) is mandatory for certain vocational courses and MBA

Point to remember: Most Australian universities do not require the GRE. However, if you have scored reasonably well in GRE, you may include the score sheet along with other admission documents.

Language requirements

Though mandatory, Australian universities are flexible with your choice of the language test. The requirement being the submission of language test scores for seeking admission, the choice rests with you in finding out the most suitable test. Be it IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE, anyone test score can be submitted during the admission process.

Please ensure that you cross-check the language test score required to be achieved to pursue your desired course of study at the chosen Australian university.

Financial requirements

On average, the tuition fee for an Australian undergraduate course amounts to 14 lakhs per year and that of a graduate course amounts to 17 lakhs per year, approximately.

Consider the factors like tuition fee, accommodation (rent), travel expenses, communication expenses, utilities (food and clothing), study expenses, and cost of living before arriving at an amount that is essentially required till you complete your Australian education. Ensure that you show the availability of sufficient funds in your bank account and proof of financial stability while applying to an Australian institution.

Health/insurance requirements

Every student must necessarily meet the health requirements set forth by Australian educational institutions in their admission process. The country has a unique system of health cover named Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for its international applicants. This is mandatory to be applied and availed for the entire duration of your stay in Australia as a student. It will come in handy in the future when you get sick or require immediate medical attention.

Visa requirements

In order to apply for a student visa, a student must have received the Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) from the university that has sent an offer of admit. The student must apply for a student visa once the COE is received. Additionally, since Australia lays strict emphasis on meeting the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement, students applying for a visa to study in Australia must genuinely showcase that their intention is to improvise their knowledge during their temporary visit to this nation.

Apart from the admission documents submitted earlier, you must also submit a modified statement of purpose when applying for a visa. Ensure you prove your intention of coming back to India after your Australian education.

I hope, this blog was useful in enlightening you about the eligibility requirements to be met to get into an Australian university of your choice. What are you waiting for? Please connect with our admissions team at the earliest to initiate this process.


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