General Admission requirements for Nigerians who want to study in Australian Universities

Having adequate knowledge of the requirements demanded by Australian Universities go a long way in ensuring that you get to study in your school of choice. Applying to study in Australian Universities can be a long process so it is important that when applying, you apply for a course you are passionate about. This will ensure that the hassles you would have to go through when applying would not be in vain. Each school has its peculiar admission requirements, however, there are some common to all Australian Universities, these are:

  • A valid international passport- it is advisable to have a passport that would be valid for the duration of your stay in Australia, if this is not the case with you, then apply for a new passport.
  • Meet the English Language requirements: You are required to demonstrate adequate knowledge and proficiency in the English Language and this requires that you pass some skill tests.
  • The acceptable skill tests are IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, Cambridge English C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) and Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE).
  • For TOEFL, you need a score of 577 or more including a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test, or a score of 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.
  • The revised TOEFL delivery paper test is not accepted nor is the examiner’s result.
  • A score of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.
  • Pearson Test of English must have an overall score of between 58-64 inclusive and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
  • You need a Cambridge English Score of 176 with no skill below 169.
  • Some schools have the provision for the Center for English Language teaching. You can apply for and complete a relevant English language course here that would serve in place of the other skill tests.
  • You must have passed a relevant subject equivalent to one offered in Australian year 12.
  • For certain courses like medicine, music, education, etc, an interview, audition or your portfolio would be required.
  • Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation made by an accredited translator with a government body or the Registrar of the issuing institution.
  • You have to prove that you would be able to pay all your educational bills while in the country. This could be in the form of a bank statement, a sponsor’s affidavit or a scholarship certificate.
  • A health insurance would also be required. It will take care of any health emergency that can come up during your studies. The insurance should be valid for the duration of your stay in Australia.
  • There are mathematics prerequisites but due to the difference in countries and continents, if you do not have a year 12 educational Australian qualification, the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, the General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level, and you are not applying through a foundation program, there are other ways.
  • You can complete the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for mathematics and the post-MOOC exam, or you can apply for and enrol in a course that doesn’t have a mathematics prerequisite, complete the required studies in mathematics and then apply to transfer to your initial course choice.

Before you can start your application, you have to first choose a university and course which is what your school of choice would work with through the rest of the application.

After you have successfully completed your application and you have been admitted into the Australian University, you will need to apply for an Australian Student Visa (Subclass 500).

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