There’s still time to apply to university in Australia and New Zealand!

If you're not sure about going to a UK university in September, but don’t want to get involved with Clearing, don’t panic. There’s another option to consider.

Clearing is stressful, and you're not guaranteed to get the result you want. But what else are you supposed to do if, for whatever reason, you are not sure about your UK university offers?

Perhaps you’ve achieved higher grades than predicted and want to aim higher in your choice of university. Or perhaps it’s all gone a bit wrong, and you’ve missed the grades you needed. Or perhaps you’d like to wait a little longer before committing to university, among all the uncertainty of COVID-19, until life has hopefully returned to something more like normal. Or you might just have had a change of heart, and suddenly the offers you hold just don’t feel like the right way to go.

There’s still time to apply for 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 2020 for degrees starting in February 2021. So you can apply now, get an offer, then wait to see how things pan out before deciding whether or not to accept and go…

Interested? Here’s what to do next

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1. Choose which universities and courses you want to apply to

Please contact Study Options to get a list of all the degrees available in your chosen subject.

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. In a nutshell, they are broader and more flexible, and have higher contact teaching hours.

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 good scholarships open to UK undergraduate students wanting to start degrees in Semester 1 2021. 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 and 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

If you like the idea of studying in Australia or New Zealand for a bit, but are unsure if it's the right thing for you, you could go on a tester semester (3-4 months of study) 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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