Frequently Asked Questions
Ques:1 What can IDP do for me?
IDP is co owned by Australian universities. It
is Australia’s independent international education and professional
development organization. We offer services such as, professional
counselling, application processing, tuition fees receipting, visa
application and process, guidance in booking accommodation, flight
arrangements, airport reception arrangements and also pre-departure
briefing. Our Australia-trained counsellors are friendly and
approachable. They will assist you from the time you step into our
office, till the time you land in Australia.
How do I apply to study in Australia and
when do I start my course?
After attending the counselling session at IDP
and short listing institutions of your choice, you must submit an
application for each institution with a completed set of certified
academic transcripts. Certification is free for students using IDP
services. The Australian academic year begins in either February or
July. However, some courses are available throughout the year.
Students are encouraged to apply at least 3 to 4 months in advance,
so as to provide sufficient time to process student visa and
facilitate better planning.
Do I need IELTS or TOEFL score to apply to
study in Australia?
Basically, yes. Students need to attach an
English language test transcript (IELTS or TOEFL) when applying to
study in Australia. However, without an English language test
transcript, you can still send your applications to the institution
with other application documents and the institution will issue you
a Conditional Offer, if you meet their requirements. You need to
submit your English language test transcript once you get it. The
institution will then convert the conditional offer into a formal
one. However Australian High Commission only accepts IELTS scores
for visa processing
What is the basic requirement for IELTS
Normally, Diploma and Foundation courses
require IELTS score of 5.5; undergraduate courses require IELTS
score 6.0; Postgraduate courses require IELTS score 6.5. Some
courses even require IELTS score of over 7.0.
Which is the 'best' university in Australia
and which is the most popular?
Different universities excel in different
specialisations. Popularity of the university depends on individual
preferences and perceptions.
Are there dormitories on campuses? Can
overseas students apply to stay on campus?
Almost all Australian universities have
dormitories on campus. Those dormitories are normally open to
long-term stay students, so it's a bit difficult to apply. To get
dormitories one must apply well in advance.
Can I have a chance to apply for
The Majority of International students pay
full fees which are considerably higher than those paid by the
Australian residents, whose education is subsidized by the
government. Student Loans are not available for the international
students in Australia. Scholarships offered depending on the
University with most concentrating on financial support for post
Institutions announce various scholarship
programs throughout the year, and your IDP counsellors will keep
The Endeavour Program: This is an Australian
Government initiative that brings under one umbrella all the
departments of education, science, and training’s( DEST)
international scholarships, so that high achieving students from
around the world can undertake study or research in Australia.
There are 13 awards listed under this program, a majority of which
are aimed at postgraduate students.
For further information, visit www.endeavour.deewr.gov.au.
What is the entry requirement for VET?
The minimum academic requirement for students
is high school graduation, and English requirement is IELTS score
of 5.5 or above. Some courses may have additional entry requirement
such as portfolio for design courses.
When are the intakes and closing dates for
application for VET?
There are two intakes - February and July, but
some private colleges have more intakes. Application closing dates
for February and July intakes are December and May respectively.
However, applications for some specific courses close earlier and
some institutes have no specific application closing dates.