Where do you plan to go to for your college education?
Perhaps you are from Malaysia and are presently planning to study in one of the country’s leading colleges or universities.
Or maybe you have already set your sights on studying abroad in one of the colleges or universities in the UK or the USA. It’s also likely that you are still undecided on this matter.
Your choice of which educational establishment to attend is a decision that should not be taken lightly. In fact, your choice will have a far-ranging impact on your life over the short and long term.
If you are still undecided on this matter, why not consider studying in Australia?
There are plenty of reasons why Australia boasts of the third highest number of international students in the world, just behind the United States and the United Kingdom.
In a joint study conducted by QS, a leading career and education network, and Elsevier, a provider of information solutions, Australia ranks fourth in the Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2016, behind the US, the UK, and Germany.
This high ranking can be attributed to several factors. For one, Australia spends far more than what other countries spend for education, including for the tertiary level. Class sizes are also above average and the country’s teachers are paid relatively well. All these translate to better resources and new technologies available to students. In turn, these allow Australian educational institutions to provide quality education to both local and foreign students.
There are over 1,000 institutions in the country which offer over 22,000 courses. Eight of the top 100 universities in the world are from Australia. There are also several Australian institutions that are ranked in the top 50 for a diverse set of fields, including arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, and social sciences.
If you are a Malaysian student, studying in Australia will help enhance your English communication skills which are highly prized in the job market. Upon graduation, you can gain access to various work opportunities in different corners of the globe, including Australia, UK, and America, where some of the biggest companies are located.
Upon graduation, you can head back home to Malaysia and begin your career, or you can stay in Australia to pursue higher education opportunities which can give you an edge in the job market.
Requirements for studying in Australia
Before you can apply to one of Australia’s colleges and universities, there are a few entry requirements that you need to meet.
English language proficiency
Before you apply to a college or university, you will need to check its English language requirements which can often be found in its website. Take note that the language requirements of one institution may be different from the requirements for a student visa application. In some cases, you will need to show proof of your language proficiency by providing the results of an English language test.
Requirements for different institutions may vary. However, there are a few general guidelines that you will need to be aware of.
Entry requirements will differ from one school to another and from one territory to another. In most schools, both ability and academic performance are evaluated.
If you wish to undergo vocational education and training in Australia, you will not need to undergo an entrance exam. However, there are courses which require applicants to take pre-requisite courses or to show proof of work experience.
If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you will need to secure an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12) or its equivalent in Malaysia (Australian Matriculation aka AUSMAT).
You may also need to show proof that you have taken pre-requisite subjects.
If you are applying for a postgraduate course, you will need to finish at least one undergraduate course. Institutions may also look at your work experience and research abilities.
Experts advise international students to take a foundation course. This foundation course is designed to meet the academic requirements of a high school qualification in Australia.
This course lasts a year or one and a half year. It is offered by most colleges in Malaysia as follows:
- DISTED College
- INTEC Education College
- INTI International University
- Taylor’s College Subang Jaya
- Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas
Apart from the language and academic requirements, there are other requirements that you will need to submit.
i) Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate
ii) Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement
iii) Health and character requirements
iv) Overseas Student Health Cover
v) A Proof that you have enough money to cover your airfares, tuition, and living expenses.
Getting expert help
There are many Malaysian students who have successfully hurdled the challenges associated with applying for a school in Australia on their own.
However, if you wish to avoid the associated hassles or simply bolster your chance of success, it is highly recommended that you enlist the aid of professionals who are well-versed on matters related to securing an Australian student visa.
These professionals will ensure that your Australia visa requirements are in order and can give you practical advice on related matters.
Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia.
Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.