MS in Australia
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Being one of the most culturally -diverse nations, Australia has always welcomed international students with open hands. It offers world-class education, highly renowned research opportunities and the best of technology. Many cities of Australia have also been named as the Best Student Cities. Pursuing Masters in Australia would be nothing less than a dream. But where do we start from and what do we go ahead with? Let us understand the 16 mandatory stages that you need to go through to pursue your Masters in Australia fruitfully!
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STEP 1: Get your Passport ready!
Assuming that you are just starting your first steps with the documentation, you need to get a Passport first. It is the most significant proof of identity you will be presenting as an Indian Citizen. Refer this link to know more on the complete process of having a new Passport. This step is not optional.
STEP 2: Attempting an English Proficiency Test
Since English isn’t your first language, you will be needed to show your mastery in the English language. The majority speaks only English in Australia, and thus you need to be well enough to speak English. Also, the courses are taught in English only. Hence, you need to prove your English proficiency to get an admit for any Master’s programme. Taking an English language exam (either TOEFL or IELTS) is the solution to this! The IELTS is a well-known (and considerably more relaxed, according to us) option and is widely accepted by the Australian Universities too. This page shall assist you in everything related to the IELTS Exam.
STEP 3: Attempt the GRE Online Test
The GRE Exam is not usually a mandatory admission criterion to go for a Master’s degree in Australia. Obtaining them, though, boosts your chances of scoring an admit at your target University! This test needs good, in-depth learning, and commitment into the struggles. This section shall help you more on the GRE Exam and its types.
STEP 4: Assemble your Undergraduate Degree Transcript and Educational Certificates
Hundreds, maybe thousands of applications are received per semester by the Colleges and Universities, which need to be thoroughly evaluated; a decision is to be made to select the best candidates for the right courses. Members of the Admission Committee thus, cannot spend much time in checking semester marks cards of every application. Therefore, your Bachelor Degree Transcripts constitute a vital requirement for admissions. Your educational certificates also constitute a noteworthy prerequisite. Check this section to know more details.
STEP 5: Draft a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
The Curriculum Vitae is another vital requirement on any University’s admission prerequisites. It is obligatory to create your CV based on the institution type and fill in with the most recent work experiences and education. This page will be your guide in generating/updating the CV.
STEP 6: Compose a Statement of Purpose (SOP))
As the name goes, the Statement of Purpose mainly presents the chief purpose, which motivates you in applying for the particular course to the University. The Statement of Purpose is undeniably one of the most important records for your admission. You need to compose this statement from the very scratch. It actually takes a lot more struggle and hours than expected, to end up with a good, convincing SOP. Check this section for more information and get started immediately.
STEP 7: Collect the Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
A Letter of Recommendation is a (positive) assessment given by your employer/professor/supervisor. LORs express your positive traits and accomplishment from a third person’s point of view. About 2-3 LORs are required during the admission. Go through this section for further details.
STEP 8: Jot down a list of Target Universities
Once the documentation is done with, you can now begin shortlisting universities based on your profile, the possible opportunities and your preferences. Every university is known for different reasons, specialise in different subjects and offer various possibilities. It is upto you to decide which one appeals to you the most. Analyse the universities and have a look through their programme modules and other available facilities. Be wise and choose those universities which match your profile, and offer the desired Master’s programme. View this section for more material on the same.
STEP 9: Send Applications to University
Your documents are now ready, and your preferred Universities have been shortlisted. Now we shall go ahead with the application procedures. Usually, universities require you to apply online on their websites/ University online portals and then post them the hard copies of your certificates and documents if chosen. Enquire on the University application procedures. Read into this section to know more details about the process.
STEP 10: Apply for Education Loan
You may need a student loan to help you during your stay in Australia, which might cover your tuition fee, groceries, travel and living expenses. Once you have been offered with an admission from the University, you will be required to pay the tuition fees at the University. This can be done either by direct cash payment or by applying for a loan. Applying for a student loan could be a long, exhausting process. This section shall lay out the whole process and give you a few critical tips.
STEP 11: Apply for a Health Insurance
It is mandatory that every international student coming to Australia must have their own health insurance. Accidents, major illnesses or your stay at the hospital, this insurance must cover for everything during your stay in Australia. Read here to know more about it.
STEP 12: Get yourself a Travel Insurance
We consider this to be an important stage. Travel insurance aids you during your journey to Australia and helps you out if there are any unpleasant situations. Check this section for details on the travel insurance.
STEP 13: Book your Flight Tickets!
If you are not awareof the flight booking procedures, check out this page for the guided step by step procedure.
STEP 14: Apply for the Australian Student VISA
This is (finally) the last step in reaching your goal. You need to check the type of Visa you will be required to apply to go to Australia for your Masters. Here you will find some clarity on this phase.
STEP 15: Get yourself a Travel Money Card
Once you arrive in Australia, finding a bank or an ATM immediately might take a while, or it may take some timefor you to withdraw cash from your bank account. A Travel Card will be handy in such cases. Read more about thishere.
STEP 16: Pack your bags! Bon Voyage!
Get your shopping lists ready and be clever on what needs to be packed. Several things need to be kept in mind– the Australian climate, snacks for travel, the clothing for the weather there, etc. Read this part to know more on all the things needed during your stay in Australia.