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Scholarships and grants
Scholarship application tips
There are certain approaches you can take
that will increase your chances of gaining a
• Start researching scholarships as early
as possible. Make a list of all potential
scholarship providers and all the
scholarships for which you are eligible.
• Ensure that you supply all documentation
required, obtaining certified and
translated copies where necessary.
• Note that some institution scholarships
do not require an application; you will
be automatically considered when you
apply for your course.
• Your application should be reviewed by
somebody who speaks fluent English —
scholarships committees might overlook
your application if it contains grammar
or spelling mistakes.
• You should apply for as many
scholarships as possible (even if some
are for lesser amounts), as any type of
funding is better than no funding at all.
Scholarships may be offered by the
• your Australian institution
• the Australian Government
• government departments in your home
• educational institutions in your home
country (especially if you are considering
exchange or study abroad in Australia)
• organisations based in Australia
or your home country as well as
international organisations, including
charities, industry associations and large
Types of scholarships
Scholarships may provide financial
• your tuition fees
• your accommodation and living expenses
• both tuition and living costs.
Some scholarships cover the full amount,
while others cover a proportion of the total
cost or provide a one-off payment.
Most scholarships are based on academic
merit, although there is also some funding
available for students from developing
countries, such as AusAID Australia Awards.
Note that some scholarships are restricted
to students who are from certain countries,
while others may be related to a specific
course, field of study or qualification level
(postgraduate degrees, for example).
There are a range of scholarships available for international students wishing to study in Australia, which
can provide invaluable help with funds for your study. There is strong competition for each scholarship,
so you should not rest all of your hopes on obtaining funding, but they are definitely worth investigating.
Advances in technology have led to the expansion of online and distance education opportunities in
Australia. You can now complete a wide selection of Australian qualifications from the convenience of
Online and distance education
attendance at overseas campuses set up
by your Australian institution; or studying
at home combined with some attendance
at classes delivered by partner institutions
outside Australia. While some providers
allow essays and exams to be submitted
online, others require students to complete
exams at overseas venues.
Many institutions provide flexibility through
part-time study as well as trimester and
term systems that allow you to spread out
or accelerate your studies. Some providers
may allow you to enrol in single units
(rather than an entire course) to trial a
particular area of study. Online and distance
education also makes it possible to begin
study in your home country before moving
to Australia to study on campus.
Online and distance courses are often
supported by technology such as online
student forums, virtual classrooms and
electronic library resources, allowing you
to interact with other students, share your
work and opinions, access readings, listen
to lectures, consult tutors and submit
assessments. Institutions also provide online
and distance students with support services
such as counselling, academic advice and
International student entry requirements
(such as academic and English language
requirements) for online and distance
education courses will typically be the same,
or very similar, to those for the on-campus
equivalent of the course. You will need to
check with individual institutions for specific
course entry requirements and starting
times — some courses allow you to apply
and start studying at any time, while others
have set dates.
What is online and distance education?
Online and distance education programs
allow international students to obtain an
Australian education without having to
leave their home country, which may not
be possible for some people with family,
work and other commitments. You may
also have the option of combining study
at home with some study in Australia.
You can choose from a large range of
VET and higher education courses — from
hospitality to business — at a number of
Online and distance education courses
are delivered in a variety of ways. Options
include studying online courses delivered
through the internet; studying through
distance education, with course materials
delivered by mail or email; studying
at home combined with some class
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