At lot of the questions I have been asked in recent months have revolved around finding admission requirements. Be it queries about English language requirements (TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, IELTS – International English Language Testing System ) or finding specific course requirements, this seems to be a subject in which our users are demanding some assistance. Let’s look at the steps to make sure your application is not in vain.
1. Choose your university
Although admission requirements may seem to be static, they are liable to change depending on the University you pick, the subject you wish to study, the level of study and the country your chosen University is located in. With this in mind, it is a good idea to build up a list of Universities that you wish to apply for, even if they are all in different countries. This will give you something to work through and keep track of your findings.
2. Choose your course
Now that you know which university or universities you are interested in, pick which course or courses you wish to apply for. Again making a list will help you keep track of what requirements are expected for each course.
3. Be a detective
At this stage you know where you want to study and you know what you want to study. The next step is using the University websites to cross-check each course for its admission requirements. Some websites are easier than others to use, but the answer will be there for you to find.
What if I need more information?
So you have found your ideal course but maybe you are still not sure if you meet the requirements? Some university websites may leave you unsure and in this instance it is best to contact the university direct. Here is what to look for to find the relevant contact information:
Don’t stop searching until you are sure you have found your answer, all the information you need is available with a little patience. Once you are ready it is time to begin with those applications!
Case study: Question – ‘I will like to study Journalism and Media in Australia, how can I apply and what are the requirements.’
We have discussed how to navigate the application process in this previous article. Lets look at how to find the requirements for a course in Journalism and Media in Australia.
First I use the course search at https://studylink.com to find a suitable course, Master of Arts (Journalism) at Curtin University. Then I look up this course on Curtin Universities website. Straight away I am presented with 2011 and 2012 entry requirements.
So the requirements to study this course are: A bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline, or a Graduate Diploma in Journalism with a satisfactory performance that will contribute to the master qualification.
The English Language Requirements are:
(IELTS) Writing – 6.0, Speaking – 6.0, Reading – 6.0, Listening – 6.0, Overall Band Score – 6.5
(TOEFL) Paper based – 570, Internet based – 92, minimum test of written English (TWE) – 5
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