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 organisation. We offer a range
of services including professional counselling,
application processing, tuition fees receipting, visa application
and processing, guidance with accommodation, flight
arrangements, airport reception arrangements and also a
pre-departure briefing. Our trained counsellors are friendly and
approachable. They will assist you from the time you step into our
office, untill the time you arrive 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 creating a short list institutions, 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
to provide sufficient time to process a student visa and facilitate
Do I need an IELTS or TOEFL score to
apply to study in Australia?
Yes, you do. Students must attach an
English language test transcript (IELTS or TOEFL) when applying to
study in Australia. Without transcript of an English
language test, 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 will need to submit your English language test transcript once
you have it. The institution will then convert the conditional
offer into a formal offer However,
the Australian Embassy only accepts IELTS scores for visa
What is the minimum IELTS score
Normally, diploma and foundation courses
require an IELTS score of 5.5; undergraduate courses require Ian
ELTS score 6.0; postgraduate courses require an IELTS score 6.5.
Some courses may require an IELTS score of 7.0 or
Which is the 'best' university in Australia
and which is the most popular?
Different universities excel in different
specialisations. Popularity of universities 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
students who commit for a long term stay. So it can be difficult to
overseas students unless they are willing to commit. 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
Australian residents, whose education is subsidised by the
government. Student Loans are not available for international
students in Australia. Scholarships are offered depending on the
university with most concentrating on financial support for
Institutions announce various
scholarship opportunities throughout the year. Your IDP
counsellors will keep you informed.
The Endeavour Program: This is an Australian
Government initiative bringing the Departments of Education,
Science, and Training’s( DEST) international scholarships under one
umbrella allowing high achieving students from around the
world to undertake study and/or research in Australia. There
are 13 awards listed under this program, the majority of which
are at postgraduate level.
For further information, visit www.deewr.gov.au/EndeavourAwards.
What is the entry requirement for VET?
The minimum academic requirement for students
is high school graduation plus an IELTS score of 5.5 or above.
Some courses may have additional entry requirement such as a
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 offer alternative intake dates. Application
closing dates for February and July intakes are generally December
and May respectively. However, some courses and inistitutions may
differ so it is essential to check with your prefered inistitution