Discover the recent changes to university admission criteria in Australia and how they impact prospective students. Stay informed and make informed decisions about your higher education journey.
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choice. Not only students of Indian origin, but rather Australia has become the educational hub for many ethnicities and cultures. Well, there are a number of reasons why the ‘beach’ country is considered to be an ideal destination.
significant transformations in recent years. Many transformations are there because of the implementation of new policies and initiatives. These changes aim to improve education quality and ensure equal opportunities for all students.
Besides over-the-top food, safety, wine, and, of course, friendly people, ‘the land down under’ is also prevalent for its quality of life, outdoor lifestyle, sports, and sun-kissed beaches. In the last decade, it has been noted that every third international student studying in Australia is of Indian origin. (Report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics)
One of the major reasons for such a high Indian head count in Australian universities is that the universities offer two years of post-study. This means that after the course completion (2 years of full-time study), a period for a successful internship is also provided.
Then why this sudden change in the admission criteria? Did the faculty and administrative staff of all universities study the impact of recent changes on international students?
In this blog, we will shed some light on the recent changes that are forced on international students, who look up to Australia as a safe haven for higher studies.
Many prominent universities in Australia have slammed the requirement of a good academic grade in high school as a'must-have' for international students. This requirement becomes even more relevant at a juncture when more school leavers are failing to finish their university degree on time, and are ultimately opting to drop-out of the course.
You have to understand the concept of ATAR, i.e., Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. Earlier, the threshold for this ATAR was minimum; hence, the completion was low and attrition was touching the roofs.
The completion rate is the percentage of students completing the degree at a very slow pace. While attrition stands for the percentage of students who drop out due to the increasing complexity of the course,
Now, it has been observed that since the ATAR band requirements have been increased, completion rates have increased and attrition rates have dropped significantly. This holds true for students from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, UP, Gujarat, and Jammu and Kashmir.
Apart from being a major subject to pursue a degree in, extracurriculars also play an important role in the overall development of a student. This statement holds even more significance when we tke into account the admission criteria of Australian Universities.
The foremost reason for having such a high bar for considerable extra-curricular activities is to prove that you have taken the initiative and have the desire to learn new things while sitting in a closed-walled classroom. It amplifies your ability to manage a number of tasks simultaneously and balance various responsibilities efficiently.
Although this move seems like one copied from the ‘States’, it is now a basic requirement. This is done to make sure that students don’t entirely rely on their degree to make it into the real world. Rather, it should have a backup option as well.
Personal statements make the admission process much more deliberate from the perspective of the students. It’s like going that extra mile to make yourself eligible for admission. When submitting a personal statement, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Make sure to explain why you are applying to this university.
2. Why have you chosen that particular subject or course?
3. Do you have an undergraduate degree in that course?
4. What makes you a good candidate for a seat in the major
Overall, the provisions introduced are done to make sure that the country doesn't support a culture of forming liabilities on the economy of the country but rather plays its part in making better citizens.
Such stringent criteria for admission at Australian universities will dampen the number of applications that fill up their emails every year. Hence, we are also contributing to the cause of producing students who are better focused on their careers and want to bring about some change. Bow down to these changes, because now Asian students won’t see Australia as the one-stop destination for studies, hence combining competition for the native Australians.