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A Brief History of Australia

Flag of AustraliaAboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990s, a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s. Long-term concerns include climate-change issues such as the depletion of the ozone layer and more frequent droughts, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef. Read More...

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A Brief History of New Zealand by The World Factbook

Flag of New ZealandThe Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances. Read More...

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Why apply through AustraLearn and EuroLearn for degree programs?

If you are a student residing in Canada or the U.S. considering an undergraduate, post-graduate or professional degree program in Australia, New Zealand or the U.K. then you have come to the right place.

AustraLearn and EuroLearn are both educational programs of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, providing degree programs at 38 universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

We have been appointed by these top-ranked universities as your application center in Canada and the U.S. From start to finish, we provide you free support and enrollment assistance while you seek your degree in any field of study.

We are here for you on behalf of the universities as your central contact in the U.S. and Canada. They trust us to give you the information you need, when you need it, and financially support us to work on their behalf.

  • We are financially supported by the universities so that all of our services can be FREE to you; we assist with the application, enrollment, financial aid, and student visa process.
  • We are your central contact; we simplify the process by being your application center on your side of the world.
  • You receive quicker responses to all your concerns and questions about via direct personal contacts. The universities trust us to give you the information you need, when you need it.
  • Many of the institutions we work with are ranked within the top 500 world-wide and 8 are in the top 100.
  • The university is more apt to look at an application submitted by us, because they know it has been reviewed by our staff and is complete upon arrival.

Without the assistance of a knowledgeable guide such as AustraLearn and EuroLearn, the process would be difficult and time-consuming. We make completing a degree in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. achievable.

Medical Degrees in Australia

There are two types of Medical programs in Australia:

  • Undergraduate Entry and Graduate Entry: If you have already completed a bachelor's degree, then you are eligible for Graduate-Entry Medicine programs. The programs are four year duration. You can apply to an Undergraduate Medical program directly from Secondary/High School. The programs are five or six years’ duration.
  • GRADUATE ENTRY MEDICAL SCHOOLS: There are two pathways to apply to Medical School in Australia. Some universities require students to apply through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), and others allow students to apply directly through AustraLearn.

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD CONTACT AUSTRALEARN TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

Students must have completed a Bachelors degree and provide MCAT scores.

Please contact us for specific university requirements and application deadlines.

Find out more information on the MCAT and resources available to you by visiting the Princeton Review website.

 

GRADUATE ENTRY MEDICAL PROGRAMS

University Degree Duration Application Deadline Intake Apply Now
Australian National University Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) 4 years 9th July or ACER deadline/*ACER February Contact AustraLearn
Deakin University Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) 4 years Via AustraLearn
Rolling Admissions/Interviews begin in May
February
Monash University Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) 4 years Via AustraLearn, 3rd of June

February

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine 4 years Via AustraLearn, Late June February
University of Queensland Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) 4 years Via AustraLearn
Rolling admissions.
Assessments begin May 31
February
University of Sydney Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) 4 years Via AustraLearn, Late June February
University of Wollongong Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) 4 years

Via AustraLearn
Rolling admissions/Interviews begin in April

February

 

UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL DEGREES
Students submit their applications to AustraLearn. Please note that some Universities require the ISAT (International Student Admission Test) for admission.

University Degree Duration Application Deadline Intake ISAT Required Apply Now
James Cook University

Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

6 years Last business day in Sept. February

No

Monash University Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 5 years 3rd June February

Yes

University of Adelaide Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 6 years 30th June February

No

University of Newcastle* Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 5 years 1st November February  
University of Queensland Bachelor of Arts/MBBS
Bachelor of Science/MBBS, Bachelor of Health Science (MBBS)
6 years 1st November February

Yes

University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 5 years 31st August February

Yes

* To apply to these universities, you must first complete either the university's Health Science Foundation program or the Bachelor of Health Science first year prior to actually aplying for the MBBS. Contact us for more details.

 

ACER
AustraLearn is a registered agent for Australian National University.  However, we are not able to submit MBBS applications on behalf of international students.

**Australian National University requires that all international students submit their applications in one of 2 ways:

  1. Directly to the university – you will mail your application materials directly to the university Admissions Office. You can find application instructions on their website.
  2. Submit your application via ACER.

Should you receive an offer from Australian National University you are more then welcome to nominate AustraLearn as your agent and we can assist you through the predeparture process.

 

TRANSFER OF A MEDICAL QUALIFICATION BACK TO CANADA
Before you can be considered for licensure by one of the Canadian regulatory bodies to practice medicine in Canada, your basic medical knowledge must be evaluated. In most cases, this means that you must pass the Medical Council of Canada’s Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). The examination is held four times a year, in various centres in Canada and abroad. Before you are eligible to write the Evaluating Examination, you must complete all the requirements to obtain the qualification of Doctor of Medicine, or equivalent, from the university that granted your medical degree. For more detailed information about transferring your overseas medical qualifications back to Canada, contact the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) at http://www.mcc.ca.

 

TRANSFER OF A MEDICAL QUALIFICATION BACK TO THE U.S.
In general, foreign trained doctors will need to complete their residency in the US and you will take a different board exam for students who have attended a foreign medical school. For further information, check with Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates at: http://www.ecfmg.org/

 

CANADA AND SYDNEY MEDICAL SCHOOL
University of Sydney's relations with Canada are a major feature of their medical program. Canadians are the most numerous international students studying in the program. In 2009, USYD had a total of 111 Canadians studying medicine. Each year they hold their selection interviews in Canada in conjunction with the University of British Columbia. As a result, they are well connected to things Canadian in Sydney. Read more.

Learn more about the Admission Process into the Medical and Dentistry Schools at University of Sydney.

 

A WORD FROM A CURRENT AUSTRALEARN STUDENT
The Gold Coast has been very good for me! Honestly, if I could write down 10 things that I would want in a med school, Bond has 11. The program is absolutely fantastic and I loved the small-group, problem-based learning curriculum. My professors are very personable and always available to help. I have met the most wonderful friends and know how lucky I am to have done so. It is like a greener, happier version of Canada!

B. Dunn
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Bond University

 

Medical Degrees in New Zealand

There are two types of Medical programs in New Zealand:

  • Undergraduate Entry and Graduate Entry: If you have already completed a Bachelor degree, then you are eligible for Graduate-Entry Medicine programs. The programs are four year duration. You can apply to an Undergraduate Medical program directly from Secondary/High School. The programs are five or six years’ duration.
  • GRADUATE ENTRY MEDICAL SCHOOLS: There are two pathways to apply to Medical School in Australia and New Zealand. Some universities require students to apply through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), and others allow students to apply directly through AustraLearn.

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD CONTACT AUSTRALEARN TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

Students must have completed a bachelor's degree and provide MCAT scores.

Contact us for specific university requirements and application deadlines.

 

UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL DEGREES

Students submit their applications to AustraLearn.

University Degree Duration Application Deadline Intake ISAT Required Apply Now
University of Auckland* Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 5 years November 1st February No

*Keep in mind, to apply to University of Auckland, you must first complete either the UACK's Health Science Foundation program or the Bachelor of Health Science first year prior to actually applying for the MBBS.

Contact us for details.

 

TRANSFER OF A MEDICAL QUALIFICATION BACK TO CANADA
Before you can be considered for licensure by one of the Canadian regulatory bodies to practice medicine in Canada, your basic medical knowledge must be evaluated. In most cases, this means that you must pass the Medical Council of Canada’s Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). The examination is held four times a year, in various centres in Canada and abroad. Before you are eligible to write the Evaluating Examination, you must complete all the requirements to obtain the qualification of Doctor of Medicine, or equivalent, from the university that granted your medical degree. For more detailed information about transferring your overseas medical qualifications back to Canada, contact the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) at http://www.mcc.ca.

 

TRANSFER OF A MEDICAL QUALIFICATION BACK TO UNITED STATES
In general, foreign trained doctors will need to complete their residency in the U.S. and you will take a different board exam for students who have attended a foreign medical school. For further information, check with Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates at: http://www.ecfmg.org/.

 

Application Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I send my documents?
As your agent, we maintain all contact with universities for you. You do not need to send anything directly to the universities.

What are the application deadlines?
You should apply by the following dates to allow sufficient time to be considered for admission, as well as complete all other pre-departure processes:

  1. AUSTRALIA
    October 1 for programs beginning in January
    June 1 for September intake
  2. AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
    November 1 for February intake
    April 1 for July intake
  3. UNITED KINGDOM
    January 15th for September/October intake

How soon can I apply?
For most programs, applications are assessed as soon as they are received at the university abroad, however you cannot apply more than 12 months prior to the start date of the program.  We encourage you to return applications and all supporting materials to the our office early and accept your offer as soon as possible.

The  professional degrees have an early deadline, so please check the prospectus or the Degree Finder for your specific program deadline.

What are my chances of being accepted?
The universities make all final decisions regarding admissions. It is not possible to know in advance what the chances are of acceptance, as it depends on many factors; how many students are applying, the caliber of applicants, and the available slots in a program. This could vary from year to year. You should meet the minimum admissions requirements as noted in the prospectus before applying. Prospectuses are available to download through your MyLearn account. If you do not meet requirements, you will need to select another program.

How long will it take to hear back from the universities?
Typically, it takes about 4-8 weeks depending on the university and program. Most applications are assessed on a rolling basis. However, some professional programs are assessed all at one time, meaning it may take much longer than expected.

What is the GPA requirement?
GPA requirements vary by university.

  • AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
    You will need to meet a 2.8/70% or higher for most programs. The universities will not be converting your GPA to their scale. They will base it off the grading scale provided on your transcript. For more competitive programs, a 3.0/75% or higher is going to be best.
  • UNITED KINGDOM
    You will need a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA for entry into both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Can I apply to more than three universities?
Just because we recommend you apply to three or fewer universities does not mean you cannot apply to additional universities. Please speak to your coordinator about this, because you may not need to do so if we feel like your applications have a good chance for success.

Do I need to pay an application fee and if so, how do I pay it?

  • AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
    Check the Application Fee List to see if you need to submit an application fee. It is easiest to include your credit card number on the application, since the payment needs to be in Australian or New Zealand dollars. If you do not have a credit card, you will need to get a bank draft, made payable to the university in the foreign currency.
  • UNITED KINGDOM
    There are no application fees.

Do I need to show that I am proficient in English?
Find out more about the English proficiency requirements when applying.

What do I need to include with my application?

  • AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
    You will need to include the following items for each application you submit.
  • UNITED KINGDOM
    You will need to include the following items for each application you submit.

What is a certified copy?
Certified copies of documents are required for specific universities. All New Zealand passport copies must be notarized, as well as diplomas for the University of Sydney. Transcripts do not need to be certified as long as they come from your university and are considered official.

If you have only one document that you want to submit to multiple universities, you will need to obtain one certified/notarized copy for each university application. To do this, you will need to locate a Notary Public, take the original document (i.e. passport) and have them make a certified/notarized copy for you to submit. Check the phone book, banks, business services like Kinko’s and real estate offices. Photocopies, color copies and web printouts are not considered originals.

Are the universities accredited?
All of the universities we work with are accredited within their own country, and their degrees are recognized around the world.  For professional areas of study that require licensure (education, health-related fields, social work, etc), we recommend checking with your home country's, state's, or province's accrediting or licensing body to see if the universities that interest you are recognized by their organization or what the process would be to receive that recognition. All the programs are recognized and accredited by Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom's appropriate accrediting organization, and in most cases should be transferable back to your home country.

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Each university in Australia and New Zealand was created as an act of Parliament, therefore the quality of their educational programs and research practices are highly regulated by their national and/or state governments. The institutions are on the British system, and both countries maintain strong academic reputations throughout the world. For more information, CLICK HERE.

UNITED KINGDOM
The Quality Assurance Agency for higher education (QAA) reviews the quality of teaching and learning. For more information, CLICK HERE.

 

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