Ever since I was little, I always dreamed of studying abroad. Now that is has come true for me, I just want to share to you how easy the process was and how you can do it too!
September 8: Having the idea
This was the day I decided that I wanted to study in Australia. I asked my Mom about it and she was very encouraging. She told me to ask Tita Nelda, a close family friend who is living in Brisbane, about how her niece applied. She recommended that I asked the institution IDP which is located in Makati. My Mom and I called the institution and immediately booked for an appointment with one of their student advisors.
September 12: Acting on that idea
We met up with Mr Roldan, my advisor, in the IDP office in Makati. He gave me the list of requirements needed so that I could study abroad. I commend the staff here because they were so much helpful—and it’s all for free!
October 17-18: Taking the English exam
Though I mentioned that IDP’s services were free, I had to pay for the IELTS though. It took me one month before I could take my IELTS because of delays in the processing of my new passport. NOTE: The passport is vital in order to sit the exams. I remember having a flu days before the exam to the point that I can’t even stand up! But then I thought how much the IELTS exam was (which is around P 9,000) and this dream that I have of studying abroad..so I went for it and did the exam. There are four parts of the IELTS: speaking, reading, listening, and writing.The first one was a speaking exam, which was a one-on-one interview with one of the IELTS’ senior officer, took place in a building near the IDP office on the 17th. The listening, reading, and writing part of the exam was held at Dusit Thani Hotel on October 18.
November 1: Exam result
The results come out after 13 days. I was able to check the exam result online and thankfully, I got a 7.0 out of 9.0 overall band!!!
November 4: Submitting application forms
I submitted my application form and other requirements like my college TOR and IELTS test result to Griffith University via IDP. I just handed out all of the requirements to a representative at the IDP office and they are responsible for processing it.
November 7: Getting accepted at Griffith University
The day I got my acceptance letter from Griffith University! I was astonished at how fast it was.
December 9: Paying the tuition fee
Paid my first semester tuition fee and Student Health insurance via Bank Transfer at Asia United Bank. You could use any other bank of choice. We paid around $13,000 which includes the 1st semester tuition fee and health insurance which covers my whole stay at Griffith University.
December 12: Receiving the Confirmation of Enrollment
Got my Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) via email from Mr. Roldan needed for the student visa application. It is one of the requirements of the Australian government which means without the deposit, you cannot apply for the student visa.
December 18: Lodging my student visa application
Lodged my student visa application with help from IDP. I submitted the complete requirements to them and they are the ones who processed it.
January 6: Visa granted
After less than a month, I received my multiple entry student visa! Hooray! 🙂 It’s only a paper though..it won’t really be a sticker in your passport. I think you could ask for one but it’s a bit expensive.
I am currently conditioning my mind with the life I am about to have in Australia. Since I’ll be living away from my family, I know I’ve got to be stronger and I’ve got to work harder. It’s a good thing that I will be living with Tita Nelda, who is also a Filipino, because I know that she could help me adapt quicker.
I am about to book my plane ticket by next week and I just realized how my time is ticking. I really have no idea what to do before I leave.
So that’s it! That was a timeline of how I got to studying in Australia! 🙂 If you have any questions, feel free to comment! Thank you guys and I hope this helped you in reaching out for that dream of yours.
Good luck! ❤ -M