You are an international applicant if you do not hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship, permanent residency status for Australia, or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa. 

International Year 12 applicants

If you are an international Year 12 applicant you apply online through SATAC.

You are an international Year 12 applicant if you are an international applicant in either of the two categories below.

International applicants enrolled in Australian Year 12 programs in 2020

If you are enrolled in any of the Australian Year 12 programs listed below either in Australia or overseas (offshore) in 2020, you are an international Year 12 applicant:

  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
  • ACT Senior Secondary Certificate (ACT SSC)
  • NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

International applicants enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program in 2020

If you are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in a school in Australia in 2020, you are an international Year 12 applicant.

International Year 12 applicants who are currently applying for permanent residency status

If you are currently applying to the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs to become a permanent resident of Australia you must still apply through SATAC as an international Year 12 applicant.

If your residency status changes during the application process you should note that you will not be automatically entitled to a place as a domestic applicant. You will be required to compete for entry under the same conditions as other domestic applicants. For courses that have limited places available, this could affect your eligibility for admission. Please contact the admissions office of the university concerned for information on how this may affect the course(s) to which you are applying.

If you receive confirmation of your residency and apply before 1 December 2020, you will be guaranteed equal consideration for selection to all semester 1 courses open at the time of application. Some courses will not consider applications after Wednesday 30 September 2020. Check the undergraduate key dates page for details.

If you do not receive confirmation of your residency status nor submit your application before the relevant application deadline for your course you will not be guaranteed equal consideration for selection in the main January offer round. You may however be eligible for consideration in later offer rounds or for courses commencing later in 2021 (e.g. midyear).

All other international applicants

If you are not an international Year 12 applicant according to the definitions above - for example, if you are enrolled in an overseas Year 12 program or you are a current tertiary student - you must apply directly to the universities in which you are interested. Enquiries about how to apply should be directed to the international office of the university concerned. 

You must not apply through SATAC.

Non-Year 12 international applicants who are currently applying for permanent residency status

If you are currently applying to the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs to become a permanent resident of Australia you are still classified as an international applicant so you should apply directly to the appropriate university.

You cannot apply online through SATAC and you cannot receive an offer through SATAC as a domestic applicant unless or until your residency is confirmed.

If your residency status changes you may then apply online through SATAC as a domestic applicant. For courses that have limited places available, the timing of your application could affect your eligibility for admission.

If you receive confirmation of your residency and apply before 1 December 2020, you will be guaranteed equal consideration for selection to all semester 1 courses open at the time of application. Some courses will not consider applications after Wednesday 30 September 2020. Check the undergraduate key dates page for details.

If you do not receive confirmation of your residency status nor submit your application before the relevant application deadline for your course you will not be guaranteed equal consideration for selection in the main January offer round. You may however be eligible for consideration in later offer rounds or for courses commencing later in 2021 (e.g. midyear).

SATAC application process for international Year 12 applicants

Although international Year 12 students apply online through SATAC in a similar way to Australian Year 12 students, there are some important differences in the way the SATAC process works for international applicants; for example:

  • When making their SATAC application, international applicants are required to supply additional information not required from domestic applicants e.g. country of birth and agent contact details where applicable.
  • Most but not all courses offered by the universities are available to international applicants. Check the list of courses not available to international applicants for details.
  • International applicants receive offers to every preference for which they meet the entry requirements and for which they are competitive. It is still a good idea to list your preferences in order. You can add or remove preferences from your list if you need to.
  • The main rounds of offers to international applicants are made in December, shortly after Year 12 results are released (this varies from mid to late December from state to state). A small number of offers will be made in further rounds of offers on 4 and 13 January. Subsequent offers may be made, but these will be made directly from the universities - after 13 January no further offers will be made by SATAC.
  • Key dates for international Year 12 applicants are slightly different from those for domestic applicants.

Admission requirements

Each course offered by the universities has certain academic requirements which students are required to meet before they can be admitted to them. 

Find out more about entry requirements for undergraduate courses

Adjustment factors

International Year 12 applicants studying in 2020 are eligible for the Universities Equity Scheme if they are enrolled at a school in Australia that is eligible for school-based adjustments in 2020.

Applicants in other schools can make an application under the Scheme to demonstrate their individual disadvantage and receive individual adjustments.

International Year 12 applicants studying in 2020 are eligible for the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Scheme. Note that this scheme does not apply to all courses.

Find out more about the Universities Equity Scheme and the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Scheme

English language competence

The universities require international applicants to meet minimum standards of competence in English as part of the admission requirements of each course.

Charles Darwin University

In most circumstances, successful completion of an Australian Year 12 program, or the International Baccalaureate Diploma where English is the language of instruction, meets the English language requirements of the University. Offshore applicants may need to meet additional English requirements depending on the course for which they apply. For courses with a higher requirement than the minimum entry requirement, the University will contact applicants directly with details of the scores required. Offshore applicants will also need to meet the Department of Home Affairs English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements.

Flinders University

In most circumstances, successful completion of an Australian Year 12 program or the International Baccalaureate Diploma where English is the language of instruction will meet the language requirements of the University.

Offshore applicants from countries in which English is not commonly used (as determined by the University) can meet minimum English language requirements (overall IELTS 6.0 with 6.0 in Writing and Speaking) with successful completion of SACE Stage 2 English as an Additional Language (EAL) or equivalent in a recognised Australian Year 12 program or presentation of an acceptable English language proficiency test result. For courses with a higher requirement than the minimum entry requirement, the University will contact applicants directly with details of the scores required.

The University of Adelaide

All international students undertaking an Australian Year 12 program are required to pass English as a Second Language or an English Language subject*. Details of recognised subjects are available from the University of Adelaide website. If a student does not pass the English subject, alternative options, such as an acceptable English language proficiency (ELP) test result, may be arranged. The recognised tests and requirements are specified on the website.

Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma meets the English language requirements of the University of Adelaide.

*Special ELP requirements are required for the Bachelor of Nursing program under the guidelines set by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Please refer to the University of Adelaide website for more information.

University of South Australia

For students studying Australian Year 12 programs (including the IB) in Australia, Malaysia or a country where English is commonly used (as determined by the university): In most circumstances, successful completion of an Australian Year 12 program meets the English language requirements of the University. For entry into programs where the IELTS requirement overall is 7.0, students must pass SACE Stage 2 English as an Additional Language (EAL) (or equivalent) in a recognised Australian Year 12 program with a SACE scaled score of 13 or higher (or equivalent).

International applicants to Nursing courses must pass an objective English test. See course entries for details.

For students studying Australian Year 12 programs, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, offshore in China and other countries where English is not commonly used (as determined by the University): Successful completion of SACE Stage 2 English as an Additional Language (EAL) (or equivalent) in a recognised Australian Year 12 program meets English entry requirements as follows: A SACE scaled score of 10 (or equivalent) for programs requiring an overall IELTS of 6.0; a SACE scaled score of 12 (or equivalent) for programs requiring an overall IELTS of 6.5; a SACE scaled score of 13 (or equivalent) for programs requiring an overall IELTS of 7.0.

Quotas

For most courses, places are available for all international applicants who have met the course entry requirements and who achieve the required selection rank, based on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent.

Details of the cutoff ranks likely to be used in 2020/2021 can be obtained directly from the universities.

For the final SATAC offer round for international students on 13 January, some courses use the cutoff ranks established for Australian students in their main January offer round.

A few courses offered by the universities have restrictions on the number of international applicants that may be admitted (for example, the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at the University of South Australia). The number of places available for these courses is called a ‘quota’. For these courses, applicants may need to obtain a higher rank than the minimum selection rank shown or places may be limited on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, meaning students who receive an offer must respond immediately to the university to secure one of the limited places available

Availability of courses

Most undergraduate courses through SATAC are available to international year 12 applicants, but there are some exceptions. Use the international Year 12 course search to search for available courses.

Note regarding agents

If you, your family, or educational sponsor are organising your studies through an agent (e.g. IDP Education) please make sure that they make an application on your behalf through SATAC and not direct to the universities concerned. SATAC is happy to deal with your agent regarding your application throughout the admissions cycle. You should check that your agent is registered with the university or universities for which you are applying; if not, they cannot act on your behalf.

Applicants under 18 years old

If you are under 18 years old on 1 February 2021, Charles Darwin University will require you to meet additional requirements before you can be made an offer for entry in semester 1 2021. You can still list courses offered by Charles Darwin University among your preferences when you apply but you may not be considered eligible for an offer.

For Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of South Australia you will still be made an offer for any preference for which you are eligible, however, the University will require you to meet additional requirements before you can accept this offer for entry

Please contact these universities to find out more about the additional requirements. 

Conditional offers

As soon as you have submitted your SATAC application, you will be able to print conditional offers for each of your preferences from the screen. Copies will also be sent to the contact email address you supplied on your application.

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