Australia Study Intakes for International Students

Understanding university admission intakes in Australia

In recent years, Australia has gained popularity and become the world's third most preferred educational destination for international students. There are two slots for admission - February and July. Besides, Australia is home to many globally recognized universities offering quality education.

Australia mainly conducts admission intakes in February and July for international students. February is the primary intake in Australia, as most of the courses are offered by almost every university. The secondary intake falls in July when universities offer limited courses.

Intake Application deadline Starts from
February October - November February/March
July April-May July

How do you choose a specific intake in Australia?

While choosing, certain factors, such as program accessibility, academic performance, employability status, and expenses, must be considered. The majority of master's courses have February and July intakes. However, specific specified courses, such as health and nursing, accept February intakes only. A few universities only offer a small number of degrees like IT and Business in the November/Summer intake. 

Here’s a breakdown of the admission intake to the courses in Australia. Consider and choose the right Australia intake month as per your convenience - 

Courses in Australia What to Consider
Undergraduate 
  • February/March
  • It can change depending on the course and institution.
Postgraduate
  • February/March
  • The majority of top universities start their master’s program in February.
PhD
  • Any time of the academic year
  • You need to discuss the start timing of the program with your Ph.D. supervisor. 
  • The institution must receive the application six months before the session starts. 
  • Various organizations, including the Australian Government, offer scholarships and financial grants. 
MBA
  • Most top B-Schools offer admission in February for MBA programs. 

Australian Education System

The Australian Education System ranks third globally, with a quality index of 70.5. The Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) is the national policy introduced by the Government to regulate training and educational qualifications in the country. After schooling in your country, you can pursue a diploma, advanced diploma, bachelor’s or master’s degree in Australia. There are ten levels of education titles rewarded by the private and public universities -

Degree Education Levels
Certificates Levels 1 to 4
Diploma Level 5
Advanced Diploma/ Associate Level 6
Bachelor’s Level 7
Bachelor’s Hons Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma Level 8
Master’s degree Level 9
Doctoral Degree Level 10

The benefit of the Australian Education System for international students is that it tightly regulates all the education bodies in Australia.

Top Universities Offering Admissions for February 2024 Intake in Australia

Applicants willing to apply to Australian Universities can check the popular courses offered during Feb intake 2024:

University Name Popular courses available
University of Melbourne Business and Administration | Sciences | Engineering and Technology | Arts and Humanities
RMIT University Business and Administration | Finance and Accounting | Sciences | Engineering and Technology
Monash University Business and Administration | Social Sciences | Arts and Humanities | Design
University of Sydney Arts and Humanities | Social Sciences|Technology | Nursing
University of Western Australia Architecture and Design | Social Sciences | Engineering and Technology | Agriculture

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Australia Intakes for International Students FAQ

When do intakes generally occur in Australia?

Australia study intake usually occurs in February (Semester I) and July (Semester II). Some universities conduct admissions in October/November but are limited to specific courses. Some universities also offer admission throughout the academic year. 

Can I get into Australian institutions after the 12th?

To pursue education after 12th, students must have a minimum score of 65% in 12th grade in their respective stream. On the other hand, diplomas and other basic programs have less percentage requirements. 

How many intakes do Australian Universities have?

For international students, Australian universities offer admission intake in February and July. The majority of the universities conduct admissions in February.

Which Australia intake month is best for international students?

February is the best intake month for international students. Most top universities start their bachelor’s and master’s programs in February.

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