Am I eligible to study overseas?”
To begin studying as an international student, there are a range of entry requirements you may have to meet.
The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to apply will vary depending on the level of education you want to study. For example, some courses will require you to have done a foundation course before applying for a degree. All universities and schools can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their websites carefully.
Our counsellors are here to support you with guidance on the courses and locations that best meet your preferences.
How much will it cost to study abroad?
The costs associated with studying at university or school overseas vary greatly. It depends on the nature of the program, the length of your stay, the distance you travel and the kind of lifestyle you want when you get there.
Be aware that some student visas require you to have a certain amount of funds available in your bank account when you arrive in your chosen country. It is best to review the immigration websites for the country you wish to study in or speak to one of our counsellors.
Many students choose to carry out some part-time work alongside their studies, to support their living or socialising costs. However, there are restrictions on the hours you are allowed to work to ensure you focus on your studies.
What should I consider when choosing what and where to study?
- When deciding what and where to study, start by thinking about your academic interests and your career goals.
- Take some time to research specific courses, subjects and options for internships or work placements.
- Look at the campus location, rankings, the amount of time you would like to spend away from home and the total cost of studying and living overseas.
- Think about what kind of lifestyle you prefer – do you want to be in a cosmopolitan city, or a quiet country town? Would you prefer to choose a city where there are other students from your nationality? Do you want to be close to the beach, the forest or the desert? Do you want to live on campus?
- If you would like to explore the option of staying in the country to work after your studies you will need to find out about the migration policies and visa conditions and also be aware that these government policies can change during the course of your study.
Will studying abroad help me find a good job?
Your career prospects will benefit hugely from your experience of studying, living and socialising overseas. It’s your opportunity to develop a wealth of new skills, perspectives and stronger English language skills and seek work experience from the sort of employers you’d like to work for.
A recent study conducted with more than 4,500 ex-international students explored the exact skills employers in the US value when it comes to recruiting people that have studied overseas.
Will my overseas qualification be accepted in my home country?
The skills and qualifications employers and professional registration bodies require will vary from country to country. If, for example, you are working towards a career with strict entry requirements such as medicine, engineering, accounting or teaching, do some research with the relevant registration bodies in your home country for advice.
What if I can’t afford to study overseas?
There are a limited number of scholarships and bursaries available for international students. The amount varies by level of study and by institution. Scholarships are competitive and you need to demonstrate exceptional academic achievements. Governments and other organisations also provide scholarships and awards to help international students study overseas. Your counsellor will have details of various scholarships.
Can I work and study at the same time?
Working while you study can complement your study and living experience. If you pursue a course at degree level or above you may be permitted to work while on an international student visa. Before you undertake any paid work, you need to make sure that your visa allows it. The opportunity for students to work part-time during their studies varies from country to country.
How long does the application process take?
We recommend you begin your application process at least a year in advance to give enough time for your applications to be processed and to prepare for your time overseas.
Bear in mind that the academic year begins at different times of year in different countries. Semester dates tend to run as follows:
Semester 1: starts late February/earlyMarch to late May/early June
Semester 2: starts late July/early August through to November.
Semester 1: from February to June
Semester 2: from July to November
The above dates are a guide only. You should always check exact dates with the university or college you are applying to.
Do I need an education agent?
While you can apply to study directly to an institution, you may choose to use the expertise of an agent to guide you through the process of choosing a university or school and enrolling. Using an accredited and trusted agent, like BABA Education, can help reduce the stress of choosing a school in another country, applying and preparing to leave.
Our student advisors (we call these student counsellors) are knowledgeable and up to date on curriculum changes, and have your best interests at heart. Most of them have studied overseas themselves so they have been in your shoes and can offer first hand advice every step of the way.
About Our Services
With so many schools and universities to choose from, deciding where and what to study and finding out how to apply for the best chance of acceptance can be challenging. You can do it yourself but there is a possibility you may miss something by not speaking with the experts first.
International Student Support
If you’re like thousands of others each year, you may have arrived in Australia after having been to one of our offices in their home country. What’s important to know is that even though your course may have started, there are people here in your local BABA Education office who care just as much about you as your counsellor did in your home country when you first applied for your course.
This way of treating our students is what makes us different. We know that being away from home, family and friends can be tough, so we try our best to make our students feel at ease through the ups and downs of studying in Australia.
We understand that applying for an Australian visa can be stressful and confusing, which is why we have a range of visa services to make it much easier for you.
If you prefer to manage your own application and just need some advice, our counsellors can guide you. If your needs are a little more complex, or prefer for the full process to be looked after for you, our in-house migration agents can step in and help with your full application.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, we can help. Book an appointment to speak with a counsellor.