Overseas Degree Recognition In Australia: A Complete Guide


International students want to know if their overseas qualification is recognised in Australia.


When it comes to educational standards, Australian universities are placed top of the world ranking. 


Students worldwide wish to study at Australian universities because companies regard these degrees very highly.


If you plan to study in Australia, you must ensure that your Australian education institution will recognise your qualifications for admission.


In this blog, you will learn about overseas degree recognition in Australia, including if your bachelor's or master's degrees and vocational qualifications are recognised.



1. Undergraduate (Bachelor) Courses - Qualification Recognition 


If you are looking to get entry into an undergraduate degree, you need to make sure that you meet the Australian higher education institutions' qualification criteria:



When You Have Completed an Australian Secondary School:


  • International students who completed their year 12 in Australia can apply for undergraduate degrees. However, they must complete an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education offered in the state and gain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or Overall Position (OP) in Queensland




When You have Completed a Secondary School Overseas:


  • International students who have completed secondary school in their home country or overseas can apply for entrance into Australia's higher education institutions using their qualification evidence. 


  • If your qualification is not recognised, you must undertake preparatory studies to meet the entrance requirements. However, to enter any of the recognised institutions in Australia, you will be required to meet English language requirements in your chosen course. 


  • Make sure to contact your institution to get more specific information on this. 



When You Have Completed an International Qualification:


  • Many students who have completed their secondary school overseas intend to study an undergraduate course in Australia. If you are one of them, you must complete an international qualification for tertiary preparation, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course helps to prepare students for the global environment. 


  • This 2-year pre-university IB diploma programme is completed by secondary school students and is highly recognised for university entrance in more than 140 countries. The scores can be easily converted into Australia's ATAR ranking.


  • Other international qualifications recognised by Australian institutions are the Advanced International Certification of Education and the GCE A Levels. Contact your institution to get precise information about the admission requirements. 



International Baccalaureate Along With National ATAR and Rank Table



  • The ATAR conversions in the Northern Territory and South Australia are pretty different. Students seeking tertiary studies in these areas should check with their institutions for exact details. 



2. Postgraduate (Master) Courses - Qualification Recognition 


  • The minimum requirement to enter a postgraduate course in Australia is proof of your undergraduate qualification, as it is comparable to an Australian Bachelor'sBachelor's degree from a recognised institution.


  • To enter some courses, students must complete their undergraduate in a similar field, while other courses accept undergraduate qualifications in any discipline. Also, to enter some courses, students need to appear in auditions, tests, or complete portfolios. 



  • The experience and qualifications you need to enter a postgraduate study depend on several factors. So make sure to check with your education provider to understand precise details. 



3. Vocational Courses Qualification Recognition


Before getting into the qualification recognition for vocational courses, it is essential to know about Vocational Education & Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE). 


Vocational Education & Training (VET) is an educational training focused on providing essential skills required for working. It provides skills to people, helping them in the:


  • Joining the workforce for the first time

  • Rejoining the workforce after a break

  • Moving to a different career

  • Upgrading skills in their selected field


Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes are government-owned providers that offer VET courses. The TAFE sector is one of Australia's essential education and training sectors. Thousands of international students come to Australia each year to get practical skills and vocational training in TAFE. 


International students enrol into TAFE institutes to:


  • Gain work-based skills to improve their job opportunities

  • Improve their chances of being accepted into some leading or higher education courses.

  • Take benefit of the wide assortment of courses on offer. 

  • Enjoy the attention in small class sizes.


To enter VET and TAFE courses, students must provide qualification evidence equivalent to the Australian years 10, 11 and 12. Education providers offer a list of the minimum academic requirements needed for admission. 


Moreover, they also can tell you which overseas qualifications for vocational education courses are recognised. The experience and qualification required to enter vocational courses vary from course to course, so check with your education provider.


Useful Topics to Explore:

⇒ Student Visa Complete Guide  
⇒ Scholarships for International Students
⇒ Australian Universities Scholarship Table 
⇒ What does it cost to study in Australia?
⇒ Types of Education in Australia 
⇒ Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)

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