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Eligibility Requirements for Australia

Australia is applauded for its focused and practical education system and world-class infrastructure. It attracts a lot of international students owing to its high living standard with relatively lower expenses. These factors make Australia one of the top choices for students who wish to pursue higher education abroad. The degrees gained in the country are internationally recognized. Above all, the student support services are excellent. Therefore, graduates from Australian Universities are in high demand among the employers all around the world.

The eligibility requirements and admission procedures for international students may differ from one higher education or VET (vocation education and training) provider to another. Those students who already know the qualification levels they wish to obtain and the particular institution in which they would like to study can visit the educational institution's website and learn about that educational institution's specific eligibility requirements and the detailed admission procedures in their desired program of study.

However, you can check out the eligibility requirements and education admission procedures prevalent in Australia. It will prove useful as a general guideline to all international students who wish to obtain either a VET qualification or a higher education qualification in Australia.

Eligibility for Australian University

  • Admission to diploma level courses requires applicants to have scored 60% marks in class XII examination. 
  • For bachelor's degree admission, students must have scored at least 65% and above marks in class XII. 
  • Whereas, students applying for masters admission in Australian Universities, applicants must have: 
    • Almost all Australian Universities accept the 3-year graduation system for entry into most postgraduate courses. For instance, an Indian bachelor's degree like B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. (ordinary) is equivalent to an Australian Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree with a total education of 12 years.
    • However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to Australian Bachelor (Honours) Degree, which requires either a honors graduation degree like B.A. (H), B. Com (H), etc or 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after graduation or a four-year degree course like B.E., B. Tech and other such courses.

Academic Requirements

You need to provide details of your education including your course subjects and grades in the application. Students applying for admission are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas, etc. You should provide the attested copy of the following:

  • Standard X Mark sheet
  • Standard XII Mark sheet
  • Bachelor Degree / Provisional Certificate with mark sheet

Note: If the transcripts and other relevant documents are not in English, they must be translated into English and should be bundled with the certified copies of the originals (certified by a person or agency recognized by the law or government of that country).


Application Forms

Inquiries regarding the application must be sent at least 12-15 months before the proposed date of admission. You can obtain the application forms through the following ways:

Via email: Request application forms from the university website. Universities usually have a form on their website through which you can request application material.

Downloading from the university website: Most universities websites provide downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms. You can use these just as regular forms.

Getting applications from University Representatives: You can also obtain the application forms from various authorized representatives of Australian Universities in India.

Application Requirements

  • Secondary and higher secondary report or certificate along with the transcripts (mark sheets or report cards) of the final exams. It is ideal to convert the marks obtained in accordance with Australia's grading system.
    IELTS and GMAT EXAM scorecard (in case the student is applying for an MBA course) must be provided. The minimum scores in IELTS and GMAT exam may vary from education provider to provider. Refer to the particular university website to see the eligibility requirements for the course.
  • If you are applying for an MBA degree or a degree in higher education like doctoral programs; you may be required to provide work experience certificates or letters, mentioning the complete work details: key responsibilities and positions held. A detailed CV is also mandatory.
  • A statement of purpose or personal essay mentioning career goals, interests, extracurricular activities, and why the student has chosen the particular stream and how he/she will manage financially during the stay in Australia needs to be provided.
  • Letter of recommendation (two recommended) from the person who has taught the student or knows him/her professionally, highlighting the strengths weaknesses of the student and why he/she would excel in the chosen field, also needs to be provided.

Admission Tests:

  • Applicants are advised to register for all required admission tests for admission to Australian universities well beforehand.
  • Most importantly, since Australia is an English-speaking country, you must possess good English language skills. Therefore you must take an English language proficiency test. The most commonly accepted exam is IELTS which is also the only English proficiency exam accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
  • In case, you want to pursue post-graduation through an MBA program in Australian universities or B-schools, you are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Exam (GMAT). This is not mandatory, however, few colleges require this to take admission.