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Studying for Free in Australia?

Can you study for Free in Australia?

Parts

Part 1: Background

So you want to Study for Free in Australia? Who wouldn’t want to, right?

Well, this might not be the answer that you were looking for, but sadly, studying in Australia won’t be free.

That being said, there are options to bring the cost down 🙂

In this article, we will be explaining about the scholarships opportunity which can reduce your expenses when studying at an Australian university.

Depending on your circumstances, there are few scholarships to choose from:

  • Scholarships given for excellent academic performance
  • Scholarships given for financial hardships

In the first half of this blog, we’re going to explain approximately how much does it actually cost to study in Australia. And In the second, we will explain how to get a scholarship.

Part 2: How Much Does it Cost to Study in Australia

The minimum amount required for a student living in Australia has been specified by the Australian Government is $ 20,290 AUD, excluding tuition fees or the cost of travel for a year.

This amount takes in account accommodation, commute to school or university, food, and having fun.

Accommodation for the students will almost always be the largest and least negotiable expense for an international student.

Prices will also vary depending on the city in which you choose to study.

For instance, a student living in Melbourne will have the house rent from $120 to $300 per
week.

Students living in Sydney being more expensive, while Adelaide & Canberra will generally be
less so.

In Short, the Cheaper the cost the further away the city will be and the more people you’ll be
living with!

You will be spending almost $16,000 for a full year’s rent in total which will take most of $20,290.

Feels much heavy for your pocket? Rent a place at a higher price during semesters, then find somewhere cheaper over the summer holidays. This will help save up.

Now, that your living expense is calculated, the other things you need to separate the budget for are power, gas, phone, and internet which are unavoidable and provide limited options to make savings.

Additionally, the expense of Public Transport is yet another impossible entity to avoid, unless you choose to buy a car, which will be even more expensive by each passing month.

Part 3: How to get a Scholarship in Australia

After explaining how to downsize living cost in Australia, there’s an educational budget to look at.

Competition for scholarships is intense and grants are often given on the basis of excellent academic merit as we mentioned before.

It can be challenging to figure out where to start, so we have detailed steps you can consider while applying for a scholarship in Australia.

Here, we will  focus on three things:

  • Different categories of Scholarships in Australia
  • Who are the Scholarship providers
  • Steps for applying for a scholarship 

Different Categories of Scholarships in Australia

It is likely that scholarships may provide financial assistance to these areas of your educational entity:

  • Your coaching/Tuition fees
  • Your accommodation and living expenses
  • Both living and Tuition Fees

But, the scholarship criteria vary regarding different terms and conditions. Some scholarships cover the full amount of these costs while others cover only part of the total cost.

There are some processes which fund academically for students from developing countries and in need of financial aid. Some scholarships are restricted to students from certain countries while some are given to only a field of qualification, specific course or certain degrees. For example, Scholarships vary for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Who are the Scholarship providers in Australia?

  • Government: Both the Government of Australia and the Government of your home country can provide you a scholarship. Under the Australian Government, there are Australia Award Schemes which provide several ranges of scholarships including Australia Awards Fellowships, Australia Awards, Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships, Endeavour Awards, And Fellowships.
  • Australian educational institution: It is best to look for your course specific and institution-wide international student scholarships on your respective interest of educational institutions of Australia.
  • Accommodation Provider: Some residential colleges and other accommodation providers offer scholarships for international students as assistance with the accommodation costs.
  • Educational institutions of your home country: Scholarships are in provision in exchange
    programmes to study abroad in Australia.

Steps for applying for a Scholarship

  • Research: Search for courses and faculty that interests you. It’ll indicate where you will be studying and what courses are eligible for you. The earlier you begin researching your scholarship opportunities, the more prepared you will be.
  • Read: While applying form make sure you read the criteria clearly. Seek help if you have
    trouble understanding the application form.
  • Ensure that you fulfill all the necessary criteria: Some scholarships have an additional requirement such as submission of an essay or personal statement, meeting the word limits and deadlines, your employment history, references or proof of English language proficiency. You must send all the required documents certified or translated.
  • Check your Eligibility: Achieving a minimum average study grade and checking your completion of subjects or courses in particular study areas is a must while applying for a scholarship.
  • Participate in community life: While many scholarships are for international students, remember that some scholarships are awarded for community participation. This includes community service or your involvement in community works and groups, clubs and sporting teams. Australian institution often looks for students who are active in their community, so try to participate in community life as much as possible.
  • Apply for many scholarships: Since the competition is very high and there are many scholarships Australian institutions are offering so you should apply for as many as possible. Any type of funding is better than no funding at all, right?
  • Submit The Final step: While submitting, ask someone who is proficient in English to check over your application to ensure it is error-free and grammatically correct, particularly if English is not your first language. This will ensure you make a good impression on the scholarships committee.

After all these steps are followed, the most important task you, as a scholarship applicant must do
is to seek help. Weather from the scholarship provider or an already experienced student, you must make the first point of contact to keep your doubts and concerns about getting a
scholarship.

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Requirements to Study in Australia when you are from India

Requirements to Study in Australia when you are from India

Parts

Part 1: Context

Located in the Southern Part of the Pacific Ocean, Australia still ranks as the third most popular study destination for International Students after the US and UK.

Australian Universities have a good reputation due to its education System and are continuously featured in the Global rankings for years.

In this article, we will be dealing with two kinds of requirements that you as an applicant from India are required to meet, in order to study in Australia.

Specifically:

  • Entry Requirements
  • Student Visa Requirements

But before we dive into the things you need to have to study in Australia, you should understand the difference between Entry Requirements and Student Visa Requirements.

The Entry Requirements are a set of requirements, that applicants must meet in order to be eligible to study a particular course in a particular institution.

As educational institutions have the liberty to set their own entry requirements, it might differ on the basis of the level of study, faculty and educational institution.

The Student Visa Requirements are a set of requirements an applicant must meet, in order to be
granted the visa to study in Australia. It is set by the Department of Home Affairs (DoFA) and is same for all applicants irrespective of the faculty, institution or the country they are applying
from.

Part 2: Entry Requirements

To achieve your goal of studying in Australia, you will need to fulfill the following requirements:

I) Academic Requirements

The academic requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to be eligible to study in Australia will depend on the Level of Education, Educational Institution and Faculty.

A University might ask 60% for Business Programs, 65% for IT Programs, and 75% for Engineering Programs.

Whereas, another University may accept students with 60 % in their 10+2 into their Engineering Program.

For Indian Students

Although we can’t generalize the entry requirements, our experience has shown that minimum academic record of 60% and above in class XII will be required. Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured below 60% could be taken as a guideline for aspiring Indian applicants.

Note: We recommend you check the requirements of your course and each educational institution if you are applying to more than one institution.

Will gap years between my last degree and current application affect my chances of getting accepted?

The gap years can be justified if the student has valid proofs and documents to show his
engagement in some sort of study program or work experience.

Although students aiming to study in Australia have to produce No Backlog Certificate,
certifying him to have cleared all his units in his/her undergrad.

II) English Language Requirements

Indian applicants are required to provide a result of English language test as proof their English language capability.

Educational institutions want to know that the applicants are able to live and study in English speaking School and country.

Australia accepts the following English Language Tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Pearson Test of English( PTE)

Note: Please make sure which of these tests are accepted for your course by your institution of choice.

For Indian Students

To be able to apply for a student visa to Australia, you would need a minimum test score of 5.5, as for immigration purposes, the minimum or competent IELTS score of 6.0 or more is desirable and can go up to a total score of 8.0 and above.

Some programs such as medicine, law, nursing, and teaching have higher IELTS requirements.

Note: Educational institutions have the liberty to set their own English language requirement, so we highly recommend that you go through the entry requirements set by the institutions of choice before you start preparing for the English language test.

Part 3: Student Visa Requirements

As mentioned earlier, Student Visa Requirements are the set of requirements that applicants must fulfill irrespective of their faculty, institution, level of study or country they are applying from, in order to be granted a Student Visa.

The following is the list of Student Visa Requirements stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) for Students from India:

  • Enroll in a full-time course registered on CRICOS and provide a Certificate of Enrollment (COE) as evidence
  • Have sufficient funds to cover total expenses of one year, including tuition fees, living and travel cost through bank loans, money deposit, and scholarships or demonstrate annual earnings of AUD 60K (of parents or spouse) for a single applicant or AUD 70K if bringing the family to Australia
  • Provision of documents giving details about the source of funding. Home Minister accepts and recognizes banks that are regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for funds and loans:

    SBI and Associates
    Nationalized Banks
    Other Public Sector Banks
    Private Sector Banks – (Indian Banks not including Payment Banks or Local Area Banks)
    Foreign banks
    Regional Rural Banks

  • In addition to the funding requirements set by the DoHA, your application is seen in a positive light if you can demonstrate good financial status in the form of ongoing income and assets in the home country
  • Meet the English language requirement through a test taken within the past 2 years. Current minimum scores without ELICOS: IELTS (5.5), TOEFL (46), PTE (42), CAE (162), OET (B)
  • You must provide an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES)
  • Form or Letter of Support (LoS) if sponsored
  • Maintain health insurance for the entire stay through OSHC with an approved Australian health insurance provider
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant and intend to return home after completing studies

What are the documents required to lodge a Student Visa in Australia?

  • Student Visa Application Form properly filled and signed (Form 157A)
  • Family Composition Form properly filled and signed (Form 54)
  • Relationship proof. If you are applying with a spouse, evidence of the ‘genuine and continuing’ nature of your relationship with your spouse. Marriage certificate or any other document explaining your mentioned status
  • Change of name. If you or any person in your visa application form has changed their name, you should provide certified copy or copies of document validating the name change. A marriage certificate will also do
  • Copies of passport and Identity proofs of each one of the persons mentioned in the application
  • An authorized copy of your Birth Certificate
  • National Identity Card
  • Driving Licence
  • Recent passport size photographs for each person mentioned in the visa application. The photograph must not be older than 6 months
  • Proof of study. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from the registered education institution for the desired course
  • The CoE is a mandatory document for issuing Australia Student Visa. The CoE should contain:

    Student’s entry level
    Course Name
    CRICOS course name
    Education provider code
    Stipulated start and end dates of the course
    Full tuition fees

  • Authorized copies of your academic credentials. All these copies must contain:
    Your full name
    Date and Title of certification
    Name of the institution
    Confirmation of the certification

  • Statement of Purpose that is included in the application explaining the relevance of the chosen course to past studies/employment and proposed future plan justify your choice Medical reports of your as well as your family member supporting you
  • Parental Consent, if you are under 18 years of age
  • Evidence of joint financial assets or liabilities (if applicable) such as joint ownership of
    property or joint bank accounts – Evidence of the social nature of the relationship such as
    photos together in various places, statements from friends/family members, loan to cover dependent’s living
  • CV & copy of research topic, if you are a research student
  • Tax Clearance Certificate

These are all documents required if you’re a student applying for Australia from India. It’s more viable to consult with your educational institution’s requirements as every institution devises its own requirements.

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Requirements to Study in Australia when you are from Nepal

Requirements to Study in Australia when you are from Nepal

Parts

Part 1: Context

Australia currently ranks as the third most popular study destination for international students, after the US and the UK.

It hosts 7 out of 100 top ranked Universities in the world and offers over 22,000 courses across 11,000 institutions.

High quality education and relatively affordable study costs are the two major reasons many international students choose to study in Australia.

Over the past 10 years, Nepal has grown rapidly as a source of international students.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Nepal was the third highest source of applicants rising
by 46% to nearly 12,000 prospective students in 2016.

In this article, we will be dealing with two kinds of requirements that you as an applicant from Nepal are required to meet, in order to study in Australia.

Namely:

  • Entry Requirements
  • Student Visa Requirements

Before we begin with the things that you need to have to study in Australia, you should understand the difference between Entry Requirements and Student Visa Requirements.

The Entry Requirements are a set of requirements, that applicants must meet in order to be eligible to study a particular course in a particular institution.

As educational institutions have the liberty to set their own entry requirements, it might differ on the basis of level of study, faculty and educational institution.

The Student Visa Requirements are a set of requirements an applicant must meet, in order to be granted the visa to study in Australia. It is set by the Department of Home Affairs (DoFA) and is same for all applicants irrespective of the faculty, institution or the country they are applying from.

Part 2: Entry Requirements

To achieve your goal of studying in Australia, you will need to fulfill the following
requirements:

I) Academic Requirements

The academic requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to be eligible to study in Australia will depend on the Level of Education, Educational Institution and Faculty.

A University might ask 60% for Business Programs, 65% for IT Programs, and 75% for Engineering Programs.

Whereas, another University may accept students with 60 % in their 10+2 into their Engineering Program.

For Nepali Students

Although we can’t generalize the entry requirements, our experience has shown that a first division marks for Diploma and Undergraduate Courses, and 55% for Postgraduate Courses could be taken as a guideline for aspiring Nepali applicants.

Note: We recommend you check the requirements of your course and each educational institution if you are applying to more than one institution.

Will gap years between my last degree and current application affect my chances of getting accepted?

Yes. Applicants who have neither enrolled in a course, nor have engaged in some work (including volunteering or internships) are a no-no for immigration.

Although immigration says nothing about gaps in studies, some educational institutions might not accept applicants with gaps in studies like 1.5 years after high school or 3 years after undergraduate.

However, for some universities, the work experience that applicants have gained might prove valuable to the different research programs that they might undertake.

So don’t be put off that you have completed your recent qualification a long time ago.

II) English Language Requirements

Nepali applicants are required to provide a result of English language test as a proof their English language capability.

Educational institutions want to know that the applicants are able to live and study in an English speaking School and country.

Australia accepts the following English Language Tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Pearson Test of English( PTE)

Note: Please make sure which of these tests are accepted for your course by your institution of choice.

For Nepali Students

IELTS (or equivalent) 5.5 for Diploma courses, IELTS (or equivalent) 6.0 for Undergraduate Courses, and IELTS (or equivalent) 6.5 for Postgraduate can be used as a guideline.

Some programs such as medicine, law, nursing and teaching have higher IELTS requirements.

Note: Educational institutions have the liberty to set their own English language requirement, so we highly recommend that you go through the entry requirements set by the institutions of choice before you start preparing for the English language test.

Part 3: Student Visa Requirements

As mentioned earlier, Student Visa Requirements are the set of requirements that applicants must fulfill irrespective of their faculty, institution, level of study or country they are applying from, in order to be granted a student visa.

Here is the list of Student Visa Requirements stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) for Students from Nepal:

  • Enroll in a full time course registered on CRICOS and provide a Certificate of Enrollment (COE) as evidence.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover total expenses of one year, including tuition fees, living and travel cost through bank loans, money deposit and scholarships OR Demonstrate annual earning of AUD 60K (of parents or spouse) for a single applicant or AUD 70K if bringing family to Australia.
  • In addition to the funding requirements set by the DoHA, your application is seen in a positive light if you can demonstrate good financial status in the form of ongoing income and assets in the home country.
  • Meet the English language requirement through a test taken within the past 2 years. Current minimum scores without ELICOS: IELTS (5.5), TOEFL (46),PTE (42), CAE (162), OET (B)
  • Maintain health insurance for the entire stay through OSHC with an approved Australian health insurance provider.
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant and intend to return home after completing studies.
    (click here to know more)
  • Relevance of the chosen course to past studies/employment and proposed future plan is an important consideration and should be explained in the sStatement of Purpose that is included in the application. Students seeking to change stream should put forward a compelling argument to justify their choice.
  • Meet the health and character requirements of the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA)
  • Have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

What are the documents required to lodge a student visa in Australia?

  • All academic documents, including mark-sheets, transcripts, provisional and character
    certificates.
  • English proficiency test Score
  • Evidence of funds to cover at least one year of tuition fee, travel and living costs
  • Tax clearance letter
  • Experience letters (if any)
  • Financial documents demonstrating Income sources.
  • Property Valuation
  • Relationship certificate with family members and sponsors (if any)
  • Birth certificate, Citizenship certificate and Passport (their respective translations in
    English)
  • CoE from College/Uni
  • Statement of Purpose i.e. SOP
  • Health Checkup

Government authorities in Australia do not require Nepalese students to meet any extra requirements for the visa.

However, Colleges and Universities might have set out a different set of academic entry requirements for Nepalese students and it’s better to go through your educational institution’s requirements as every institution devises their own requirements.

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The Complete Guide to Studying the IELTS

The Complete Guide to Studying the IELTS

Parts

Part 1: Introduction

Do you want to study abroad, but have no idea about how to prepare for the IELTS?

Don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place!

Preparing for IELTS can seem like a daunting task, and it could be if you don’t understand how to approach it, so that’s why we have come up with this guide to help you develop a clear understanding of what the IELTS ishow to prepare for it and where to find free IELTS practice materials.

Let’s begin!

What is the IELTS?

IELTS stands for ‘International English Testing System’ and is an assessment of English language ability for candidates who apply to work, study or live in an English speaking country like UK, Australia, New Zealand and others.

The IELTS tests your English language ability based on the four aspects: reading, writing, listening and speaking. It assesses the English Language proficiency required for a higher learning environment.

Why is the IELTS important?

Candidates from a non-English speaking country are mandatorily required to clear this examination. It proves that they are capable of communicating in order to study, work or live in an English speaking Country.

IELTS can help you study and work almost anywhere in the world as it is recognized by more than 9000 institutions worldwide including government, academic and employment institutions.

More than 2 million people take IELTS every year.

For how long do IELTS results last?

The IELTS test result has a validity of 2 years.

Who is required to take the IELTS?

Anyone from a non-English speaking country who wishes to study, work or live in English speaking countries like the UK, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, etc.

General or Aacademic, which IELTS should you choose?

If your purpose is migration, secondary education or work, you should choose General IELTS.

If your purpose is higher education or professional registration, you should choose Academic IELTS as most institutions demand so.

Part 2: Aspects + Free online resources

Aspect I: Reading (60 minutes)

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. Reading skill is tested using varieties of questions.

Reading skills include:

  • Reading for the main idea
  • Reading for detail
  • Skimming
  • Understanding logical argument
  • Recognizing writers opinion, attitude, and purpose

Skills to develop

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reading speed
  • Recognizing keywords
  • Grammar

Free Resources

  • For a Youtube Tutorial on how to improve your IELTS reading skills, click here
  • For IELTS reading preparation tips by the British Counsil, click here

Aspect II: Writing (60 minutes)

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. Reading skill is tested using varieties of questions.

Reading skills include:

  • Reading for the main idea
  • Reading for detail
  • Skimming
  • Understanding logical argument
  • Recognizing writers opinion, attitude, and purpose

Skills to develop

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reading speed
  • Recognizing keywords
  • Grammar

Free Resources

  • For a Youtube Tutorial on how to improve your IELTS reading skills, click here
  • For IELTS reading preparation tips by the British Counsil, click here

Aspect III: Listening (30 minutes)

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. Reading skill is tested using varieties of questions.

Reading skills include:

  • Reading for the main idea
  • Reading for detail
  • Skimming
  • Understanding logical argument
  • Recognizing writers opinion, attitude, and purpose

Skills to develop

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reading speed
  • Recognizing keywords
  • Grammar

Free Resources

  • For a Youtube Tutorial on how to improve your IELTS reading skills, click here
  • For IELTS reading preparation tips by the British Counsil, click here

Aspect IV: Speaking (15 minutes)

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. Reading skill is tested using varieties of questions.

Reading skills include:

  • Reading for the main idea
  • Reading for detail
  • Skimming
  • Understanding logical argument
  • Recognizing writers opinion, attitude, and purpose

Skills to develop

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reading speed
  • Recognizing keywords
  • Grammar

Free Resources

  • For a Youtube Tutorial on how to improve your IELTS reading skills, click here
  • For IELTS reading preparation tips by the British Counsil, click here

Part 3: IELTS for Australia

Is IELTS required for students to study in Australia?

Yes! IELTS is the first choice of Australian Educational Institutions. Almost every education institution in Australia will require you to show proof of the desired English language proficiency level. The requirement may vary according to the institutions.

Which category of IELTS is required for students to study in Australia?

IELTS Academic is required for students to pursue higher education in Australia.

What is the IELTS requirement for students to study in Australia?

You need to score a minimum of 6.5 overall in IELTS with no less than 6 in each band, i.e reading, writing, listening and speaking, to study in Australia.

Each educational institution has its own requirement. For instance, the University of Melbourne requires a minimum of 7 IELTS score, whereas the University of Adelaide’s minimum requirement is 5.5. Therefore, it is safe to say that the ideal to score would be 7.

However, we recommend you to check the education institution’s website to get accurate information on the minimum IELTS score required.

Who is required to take the IELTS?

Anyone from a non-English speaking country who wishes to study, work or live in English speaking countries like the UK, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, etc.

General or Aacademic, which IELTS should you choose?

If your purpose is migration, secondary education or work, you should choose General IELTS.

If your purpose is higher education or professional registration, you should choose Academic IELTS as most institutions demand so.

Is IELTS required for Australian PR?

Yes. IELTS is one of the primary steps to prepare for if you dream of acquiring an Australian PR.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIDP) requires you to show proof of the
desired English proficiency level.

IELTS is a part of Australia’s point-based immigration system.

Which category of IELTS is required for Australian PR?

General Training version of IELTS is required for Australian Permanent Residency.

What is the IELTS requirement for Australian PR?

The minimum IELTS band requirement for Australian PR and immigration is 6 in all four sections (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).

How many immigration points can you get for IELTS in Australia?

If you score less than 7 points, you won’t get any immigration points.

If you score more than 7 and less than 8, you’ll get 10 immigration points.

If you score more than 8, then you’ll get 20 immigration points.

Part 4: Preparing for the IELTS

1. Know the test format

The first step of preparing for IELTS is getting acquainted with the test format so that you will know what to expect on the test day.

As you know by now, the IELTS is divided into four parts: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking:

  • Study the test format and make sure you are well aware of what to expect on the actual test
  • Carefully analyze the contents of each part

Free Resources

  • For understanding the IELTS format, click here
  • To learn about how the band score is calculated, click here

2. Practice sample questions

  • Practice as much as possible and try to get feedback on your answers.
  • Free Resources
  • To Download up to 10 practice tests, click here
  • To buy IELTS Official practice materials, click here
  • To download the IELTS prep App, click here
  • To take free IELTS online course from the British Council, click here
  • To get free IELTS Practice tests, click here
  • To get free IELTS practice materials, click here
  • To get free IELTS practice materials from the British Council, click here
  • For 10 Great ways to learn English at home, click here
  • For a Youtube tutorial on creating a 5 step study plan, click here
  • For the 5 best tips to improve IELTS score, click here

3. Try to stay relaxed a day before your test

This might sound absurd. Shouldn’t you be revising instead? No, just try to relax and read the information booklet and rules.

Follow the links for detailed information on the booklet and rules of IELTS exam.

  • To read the full IELTS Information for candidate booklet, click here
  • To read the IELTS Notice to the candidates, click here

4. Test day advice

  • Arrive early so that you have enough time to check in and complete all the security procedures
  • Bring your ID. You must bring the same ID you provided on your IELTS application form
  • Stay calm
  • Listen to the supervisor’s instructions carefully
SOP

The Complete Guide to writing a SOP for Australia

The Complete Guide to writing a Statement of Purpose for Australia

Parts

Part 1: Background

Do you want to study in Australia but don’t know how to write a Statement of Purpose (SOP)?

Are you tired of trying to find SOP examples and samples?

Don’t worry! You’ve come to the right place.

We understand that the Statement of Purpose is a fundamental part of the application process for studying abroad and that is also on of the most challenging parts of your application.

That’s why we’ve come up with this Blog post.

You’ll find tips and suggestions on how to write an effective statement of Purpose for studying in Australia along with a SOP template.

Part 2: What is a Statement of Purpose?

A Statement of Purpose or SOP is a kind of essay that education providers require the applicants to submit with their application. 

It consists of information about who you are, your aspirations and motivations behind your choosing of a specific career path, and where you plan to go from here.

Strong grades and test scores may set a foundation for you, but your experience and aspirations set you apart. The Statement of Purpose is where you let the admissions committee know about your experience and aspirations.

It is your chance to show who you are beyond your documents.

If you want to have a quick idea about what we are talking about, click here to see a first sample of a Statement of Purpose.

Part 3: How different is a Statement of Purpose from a personal statement?

Generally speaking, a Statement of Purpose gives the education providers a sense of why you want to pursue the program and your relevant experiences and qualifications.

Whereas, a personal statement sheds light on who you are, what is your drive, and what makes you stand out from the pool of applicants.

Most Universities ask for a statement of purpose. However, some might ask for a personal statement or even both.

Statement of purpose

A Statement of Purpose consists of your academics and career goals.

Include your aptitude, motivation, and preparations for the program, academic plans, career goals, and how the particular university is a good fit for you.

Personal statement

A personal statement consists of your personal background and experiences. It requires you to mention your life goals, long-term vision and any personal experiences that led you to select the program.

However, we recommend that you should check the education provider’s application website for more specific instructions.

If the program requires you to submit a Statement of Purpose only, then you should balance the personal and professional experiences with relevant information.

Part 4: What should you include in a Statement of Purpose?

A Statement of Purpose portrays your personality, and character. Hence, you should be very careful about what you include in your SOP.

Here are some aspects that your Statement of Purpose must include:

1. Clear articulation of your goals and interests

A strong Statement of Purpose means clear articulation of your goals in undertaking the program, future career plans, and long-term goals.

The objective of your SOP is to convince the admissions committee that you are the best fit for the program.

Discuss specifically your interests and goals. Use specific phenomenon or situations you find exciting.

The more clearly you show your interest more passionate you will seem and this is only possible if your goals and interests are clear and specific.

So, be as specific as possible while talking about your goals and interests.

2. Evidence of relevant past successes and experiences

The admissions committee wants to be sure that the applicants will be able to follow through their plan. The best way of demonstrating it is through your past experiences and successes.

Here are some things you should consider while talking about your past successes and experiences.

a. Personal Information:

Universities look for the reasons to select you while screening your application. Therefore, it is necessary that your Statement of Purpose highlights you.

Tell your story in a unique way. If you belong to a rural area and have struggled a lot to be where you are, mention it. Highlight the fact that you have overcome the challenges and managed to go on despite limited resources

Or, if you had a humble background, mention it briefly. You don’t need to go on and on about how great your life has been. Mention particular relevant experiences that highlight you.

b. Work experience:

If you have any work experience that supports shows your application feel free to include it in your SOP. Work experience is a great way of showing that you have already started contributing to your field of study.

Describe the work/s, mention your achievements and insights or lesson learned. Don’t go on listing everything you have done. Only include relevant information.

c. Extracurricular activities:

The Universities want to know what kind of leader you are or whether or not you are a leader. Extracurricular activities can be an ideal way of showing your passion and leadership abilities. It also highlights your ambitious personality.

Make sure to show the reason, for example, if you are talking about volunteering at an orphanage or leading a cleaning campaign in your neighborhood, make sure to include why you did these things and its relevance to your chosen career path.

d. Awards:

Listing relevant awards could show your determination and abilities to perform excellently.

e. Published works:

Published work is an essential requirement for candidates applying for Graduate or Doctorate programs, but it could be equally valuable for undergrad students.

Having published works shows your ability to think scientifically and work in a dedicated manner.

f. Failures:

While achievements show where you are, failures make you who you are. Most people prefer hiding behind their trophies and tend to not talk about their failures.

Whether you have failed a class or lost a job or a tournament or any personal accident, don’t be ashamed to talk about it.

The idea is to show your ability to rise from the failure. The universities are as interested in knowing how you react to failure and criticism as they are about your determination to win.

3. Strong writing:

You need to show the admissions committee that you are capable of clearly, effectively, and logically communicating your ideas.

Although it may depend upon the faculty, writing skills are an essential part of your SOP.

These are some of the aspects that could help you demonstrate that you are a good fit for the
program. However, a great SOP isn’t limited to these only. You can add any information to your
Statement of Purpose as long as it’s relevant and concise.

Part 5: What you should not include in your Statement of Purpose?

While you should be very careful about what you should include in your SOP, you should be equally aware of what you shouldn’t include in it.

Unnecessary information could hinder the credibility of your statement of Purpose (SOP). Therefore, to prevent you from it, here are some things, you should not include in your SOP.

1. Untruthful/ false information

2. Unnecessary personal information

3. Irrelevant hobbies and extracurricular activities

4. Repetitive information from CV

5. Any information that insinuates the migration pathway

Part 6: Preparing to write your SOP

Writing a Statement of Purpose requires focus and determination. It is your chance to prove that you are worthy and capable of studying in their university.

The first and presumably the most important step towards writing your Statement of Purpose is brainstorming.

1. Research

Different Universities have different criteria. Go through the University’s website and understand the criteria and requirement well.

Therefore, you need to know what they are looking for, in order to customize your SOP accordingly.

Note: Read the guidelines that the admissions committee provides.

2. Select details

Admissions committee don’t care about how great football player you were in high school or how you saved a puppy’s life unless it conveys your suitability to the course.

Here are some tips to help you:

1. List down all the things that come to your mind

2. Rank them in the order of importance in relevance to the chosen career path

3. List down the qualities they highlight

4. Start eliminating

Part 7: Statement of Purpose Outline

After you’ve selected information to use for your Statement of Purpose, fill it in the outline below:

a. Introduction: specific and clear interests
b. The experience that sparked your interest in the field of study
c. Experience 1: brief description, accomplishments, and learning
d. Experience 2: brief description, accomplishments, and learning
e. Experience 3: brief description, accomplishments, and learning
f. Mention the areas you want to focus during your studies and why are you interested in the particular program
g. Your plans after completion of the degree

Part 8: Writing your SOP

1. Introduction

The introduction part of your SOP should talk about your interest and motivation. It should present an initial theme or reason that will bring your experiences together.

Keep it short and to the point. Honestly state your interest and what sparked the interest.

2. Back up your introduction with past experiences and accomplishments

This is the meat of your Statement of Purpose and needs to present a logical argument to why you are a good fit for the program. For each experience you share, discuss the following:

a. A brief description of what you did

b. How long was the project?

c. What did you learn from it?

d. Accomplishments

3. Ending

The ending is where you emphasize more on your academic interest. The conclusion of your SOP should include two paragraphs:

a. Re-emphasis on your academic interest

b. Re-emphasis on your career plans beyond the degree

4. Edit and re-write

The best way to write a good SOP is to write, edit and re-write. Never submit the first draft of your statement of purpose. Show it to your friends and ask for feedback.

Part 9: Statement of Purpose checklist

Writing a good Statement of Purpose requires dedication, time and a lot of hard work. Here is a checklist for you to compare your SOP, and make sure that is up to the mark.

a. Does your Statement of Purpose have a hook?

The hook is an attention-grabbing first paragraph that makes you stand out from the rest. Describe an incident that sparked your interest in the field of study.

The easiest way to hook someone to your writing is by making them feel like they actually experienced the event.

Instead of starting like this ” Having completed my high school in science I am interested in pursuing MBBS. “

Start with a hook like this, “His right hand was holding an antiseptic dipped cotton. He was smiling as he asked how I injured myself. His presence felt warm and his words comforting. I wanted to make other people feel the warmth and comfort he had made me feel. That was the day I decided I wanted to be him. That was the day I decided to be a doctor.”

b. Does your SOP tell a story?

Narrate your life story in an interesting manner to retain the admission committee member’s attention throughout your SOP.

c. Is your story backed by data and facts?

An interesting story also needs to be convincing. Back up every experience with proper data and facts. Let’s say that you volunteered at a hospital that provides free health services to the underprivileged.

You could say “One summer, I volunteered at a hospital that provided free health services to the underprivileged.”

But what impact did you help to bring?

You could say this instead,” On the summer of 2016, I along with 2 additional volunteers participated in an initiative by The Community Hospital that provided free health services to 300 underprivileged children from rural areas of Nepal.”

Tip: The numbers and specific facts will make your story powerful.

d. Show don’t tell

Does your SOP use clichés? Most SOPs are filled with generic claims.

“I am a hard worker.”

” I am efficient and hard working.”

If you want to secure an interview, avoid such claims.

Instead of telling them that you’re hardworking and efficient show them through your past records.

You could say, “Successfully raised NRS. 30,000 in 3 days as the fundraising volunteer at the Community Hospital for the free health care for the underprivileged children project.”

Tip: Discard the cliches and concentrate on telling it exactly how it was.

e. Is your SOP tailored to the university?

A majority of students tend to write a Statement of Purpose that is all about themselves. You must show the admissions committee that you understand the University and the program.

Your SOP needs to showcase three things:

1. an understanding of the University and the community they have created

2. an understanding of the program

3. an understanding of what they are looking for in a student

Tip: Read the guidelines provided by the University properly and only include relevant information.

f. Is your tone and language appropriate?

Maintain a semiformal tone throughout your SOP. Strive to maintain a balance between the formal tone and communicating your personality.

Tip: Use formal, but conversational tone.

g. Are you being truthful?

You should not confuse telling a compelling story with fabricating lies. Your story does not need to be the next best seller. It just needs to be true.

Tip: Don’t makeup stories as you write. Tell it exactly as it happened.

h. Is your SOP convincing?

The sole purpose of your SOP is to persuade the admissions committee that you are a good fit for the program. They won’t be persuaded if they aren’t convinced.

“Do you really want to pursue this course of study?”

Ask yourself this question. If you can’t convince yourself, you can’t convince the admissions committee.

Tip: Fully explain the reasons why the given program is best for you.

i. Is your SOP logical and coherent?

Your SOP should reflect your personal journey and aspirations. It should be logical and seamlessly flow to the next paragraph.

Tip: Define and keep in mind the basic purpose of your SOP at all times.

j. Is the language perfect?

The SOP is not the place to show off your writing ability. It should be clear and concise. Tell your story without showing off.

Always proofread to avoid sloppy mistakes.

Tip: Avoid sophisticated word, use simple language.

Remember, the key to a good Statement of Purpose is the balance. Don’t write everything about yourself. Balance it out by mentioning only relevant information.

Part 10: FAQs

1. How should I discuss a challenge that has affected my grades and/or work?

Some applications, assign an extended space to discuss such circumstances. They come as a short write-in question. However, if no such space is available then you should concisely incorporate it in your Statement of Purpose.

To be more specific, you can include this information in the second paragraph where you discuss how you got started with it.

2. What does the admissions committee look for in a potential student?

Universities want to admit students who exhibit a history of determination, self-motivation, and passion for their proposed field of interest.

3. What will you be critiqued for?

Different Universities have different criteria for selection. However, most Universities are likely to critique you on the following basis:

a. How clearly you communicate your experiences, accomplishments, and your fit with the program

b. Whether or not your SOP presents a clear and coherent argument that you are the kind of student they are looking for

c. Your writing; format, tone, grammar, and coherence.

4. How long should my Statement of Purpose be?

In general, SOP ranges from 1000-1200 words. The length of your Statement of Purpose will vary according to the University. We suggest you read the guidelines carefully.

If no such guideline is mentioned, then we suggest you aim for 1000 words or not more than two pages.

5. How should I start my Statement of Purpose?

Always start your Statement of Purpose with a hook. Please refer to Part 8 – Checklist of the article for a more detailed explanation on the hook.

6. How should I end my Statement of Purpose?

We suggest you re-enforce your academic goals and future career plans in the end. Give the admissions committee a subtle reminder of your plans beyond the degree at the end of your SOP.

Please refer to Part 7-Writing your SOP for more information.

7. Does the Statement of Purpose need a title?

Generally, the title ” Statement of Purpose” should be the first line of your paper. It should be centered. Start your essay one or two lines below.

However, most Universities provide a specific format. So, make sure you check the guidelines and follow the format.

8. How to format a Statement of Purpose?

Statement of Purpose follows the running paragraph style of an essay. While Bullet points are accepted but we suggest you keep it to the minimum.

Ideally, a SOP uses a maximum of 12 font size, double space, normal margins and is maximum two pages long.

However, different Universities provide different guidelines. We recommend you read the guidelines properly and follow accordingly.

9. Is the Statement of Purpose the same as the Personal Statement?

No, the Statement of Purpose and personal statement are different. Please refer to Part 3 of the article for more detailed information.

10. Can you use the same Statement of Purpose for different applications?

No. You can use parts of the SOP but never use the same SOP for different programs. Each University is unique so every SOP should tailor the University’s criteria. Using the same SOP for different programs is not a good idea.

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