College Admission Process – Finding your Way in Western Australia
The region of Western Australia is flourishing both from an economical and cultural standpoint, and as such, provides a plethora of excellent studying opportunities to native Australian citizens as well as international students from all over the globe. However, for those who have lived and studied overseas, applying for a college in Western Australia has certain challenges.
In order to get into some of the finest educational institutions Australia has to offer, you will need to make sure that your application and accompanying documentation is in line with the WA requirements. From the basic entry requirements, to financial aid and visa needs, let us go through the main aspects of the college admission process that is unique to Western Australian colleges and universities.
Some of the WA universities listed below offer a wide range of scholarships, such as the Murdoch University which has numerous international scholarships available, so it is best to browse your options at each institution as you are getting your application ready. Bear in mind that these universities, along with their scholarships are all highly competitive, so you will likely need to present above-average results and justification to be considered for their financial aid.
On the other hand, you can also consider easy scholarship applications which are not nearly as complex as you might expect them to be. Some of them do not even require an essay, but with so many available offers you can come across online, you need to stay on the safe side and apply only with those that are secure and valid.
Applying for a course at any university means you will have to pass a certain standard of high-school-level education. Each university has their own English language competency requirements, as well as course-specific entry requirements you can discover by visiting the website of the University of your Interest. The following is a list of WA universities, all located in and around Perth, which have unique standards for application, based on your country of origin, achieved scores and language skills:
- Curtin University – in addition to scores and your portfolio, some courses require an interview, holding a first-aid certificate, police clearance and obtaining a Working with Children Check.
- Edith Cowan University – you can consult an authorized agent in your country/city to walk you through the requirements.
- Murdoch University
- University of Notre Dame Australia
- University of Western Australia
Apart from these five universities, WA has a range of private educational institutions and the government owned and operated TAFE institutes that are open to international students, and these include the following:
- Endeavour College of Natural Health
- Canning College
- TAFE International Western Australia
- Language Links
- TAFE International Western Australia, English Language Centres
Up close and personal
In addition to the main documents that will present your qualifications mostly in the form of numbers, scores and lists of achievements, a personal statement is an opportunity for every student to stand out. Each university requires a statement of different length, so make sure to consider these limits for each application, and use your allocated word count wisely.
Then again, as mentioned before, some courses require an interview as well, which will be an excellent opportunity to present yourself properly. The best way to prepare yourself for the conversation is to consult previous or current students, and if you have one, ask your agent all the questions you have in mind to meet the admissions board with confidence.
Moreover, international students also need to apply for a visa in order to be eligible to study in WA. Depending on the choice of your studies, your country of origin as well as your current age and the plan length of studies, learn about the needed visa requirements at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and make sure to apply in a timely manner – more often than not, these applications take between four and five months to be processed.
Each visa allows you a different range of work opportunities. If you are a full-time student, for example, you are allowed to work 20 hours per week and unlimited hours when you have a break. If you qualify for financial aid, make sure that your received scholarship permits you to find a part-time job, or if you have any other restrictions as a student visa-holder.
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