University in Australia or New Zealand: Still time to apply

Another university option?

If you're unconvinced by your UK university offers, but don’t want to get involved with Clearing, don’t panic. There’s another option to consider.

Going through Clearing is stressful, and you're not even guaranteed to get the result you want. But what else are you supposed to do at this point if you don’t like your UK university options? Perhaps you’ve achieved higher grades than you were predicted, and suspect you could now be in with a realistic chance of studying at a really prestigious university. Or perhaps it’s all gone a bit wrong, and you’ve missed the grades you needed for your offer. Or you might just have had a change of heart, and suddenly your place to study that course at that particular university just doesn’t feel like the right way to go.

Time to think completely differently.

There’s still time to apply to study at a university in Australia or New Zealand for the next academic intake.

Australian and New Zealand universities start studying in February (semester 1) each year. Applications for the majority of undergraduate degrees can be accepted right up until the end of November 2019 for degrees starting in February 2020. So it’s fine to wait until after you receive your A-level, IB, Highers or BTEC results, and then apply.  There are three Australian universities offering earlier intakes, if you want to start university in September or October this year, contact Study Options for more information about this intake.

 University of Sydney Victoria University of Wellington Monash University

1. Choose where you want to apply, and what course you want to apply for

Please contact Study Options to get a list of all the degrees available in your chosen subject. You can submit an enquiry via the website, here, or call a student advisor on 020 753 7200.

You can also click here for more information on the different subjects available and here for details of how undergraduate degrees in Australia and New Zealand differ from those taught in the UK. As a heads-up, they are broader and more flexible, and have higher contact teaching hours, among other things.

You can also see profiles of all the universities in New Zealand and Australia here and hear directly from UK students out there studying at the moment, here.

2. Check the practicalities

Please make sure you’re aware of all the financial realities of studying in Australia or New Zealand before submitting applications. It is not currently possible to use a UK student loan to fund study in Australia or New Zealand, so, unless you are able to secure a scholarship, you’ll need to be able to fund your study privately. Please make sure you read through the Costs & Practicalities section for more information.

There are currently a few good scholarships open to UK undergraduate students wanting to start degrees in Semester 1 2020. Find out what's available on the Scholarships & Funding page.

3. Make your applications

Application forms for all the universities can be downloaded here each one has clear instructions on how to apply on page 1. Please read our guide to applying here and contact a student advisor if you have any questions or need any help.

Study Options is the official Application Support Service for UK-based students wanting to apply to Australian and New Zealand universities. We are a free, independent, expert service for students.

Please click here for more about us and how we can help.

Short Term Option - Tester Semester

Fancy studying in Australia or New Zealand for a bit, but unsure if it's the right thing for you? You can now apply to study a tester semester (4 months) during your gap year.  Find out more about short term options here.

Got an offer already?

If you already hold a conditional offer for an Australian or New Zealand university and need to get your A-Level results certified in order to confirm your place, Study Options can help. Click here for more information.

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