Study in Australia: Timeline for February 2024 Intake
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Study in Australia: Timeline for February 2024 Intake

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on May 14, 2024 18:29 IST
International students thinking of applying to Australian universities can apply for its February intake, which is also known as the primary intake. The Australia February intake is applicable for international students applying for admission to various Australian universities. Australian Feb intake deadline 2024 might vary with each university or the course the applicant wishes to apply for during the February intake in Australia, hence, caution must be exercised while applying for admissions.
February Intake in Australia

This article aims to focus on Australia's February intake details and how an international student must plan his or her application submissions. Read on for more details.

Benefits of Applying to Australian Universities in Feb 2024

There are a couple of benefits to apply for the February intake of Australia which have been described in detail in the following section:

  • The Feb intake of Australia is the primary intake and almost all Australian universities offer admissions during this time. Thus, more options to choose from.
  • Maximum applications are filed in December and January to apply for the Feb intake of Australia. A huge turnout is recorded for both domestic and international students in comparison to other Australian university intakes. Thus, better opportunities await.
  • There are higher chances of selection during the primary intake in Australia because all major universities offer admission across all their popular courses. There might be exceptions for MBA admissions during this time.
  • Also, applicants can grab the opportunity of getting a scholarship or any other type of funding if they get selected in the February intake of Australia across any of its universities. 
  • Finally, though there is high competition, yet maximum admits are recorded for the Feb intake in Australia. The chances of admissions opening in other intakes of Australia are lesser in some cases. 

Thus, these reasons furthermore add, to why international applicants should plan to send in their applications to Australian universities during its primary intake season. 

Pre-Application Preps for Australia February 2024 Intake 

Start early and by August 2023 if you want to apply for Australia Feb 2024 intake and check out the following pre-application preparations that must be made by applicants to apply for the February intake: 

  • Shortlist 8-12 Australian universities that you will apply to for the February 2024 intake. Visit university websites and note application requirements, deadlines, etc.
  • By September, be familiar with bank loan options and scholarships to fund your studies in Australia
  • Begin by downloading admissions brochures from the university websites. Most brochures are out more than a year earlier. 
  • Do some initial research on various accommodation options.
  • Prepare for required standardized tests like GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE - depending on the course and university.
  • By June - July or three months before the test date, register for GMAT / GRE.
  • Register for TOEFL / IELTS / PTE at least a month before the test date.
  • Take the required standardized or English language tests around September. Plan for buffer time in case you need to retake the test.
  • Shortlist the colleges and prepare for your application. Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self-assessment.
  • Contact your professors and direct managers for the required 2-3 reference letters. At least a month before your application deadline.
  • Deadlines for applications for Australia's February intake 2023 would vary with each university. Hence, applicants must be careful while they apply.
  • Begin drafting your SOP and essays. Give a month to structure these documents properly and only then submit.
  • Apply before the deadlines, to avoid last-minute hassle!

When to Apply for Australia February Intake?

The following table throws light on the series of approximate timelines that have been set for Australia's February intake for international students:

Australia Feb Intake 2024 Proposed Deadlines Action to be taken 
April 2023 - September 2023 Begin the research for Australian universities and shortlist the course of choice.
June 2023 - August 2023 Appear for the ELP test and standardised tests (as per course requirement).
August 2023 - October 2023 Begin applying to the desired Australian universities for the preferred course of choice.
November 2023 - December 2023 Wait for the admission application assessment and a verdict on the same.
December 2023 - January 2024 If admitted to an Australian university, the applicant can file an application for an Australian student visa, look for education sponsorships through financial aid and skim through relevant scholarships.
January 2024 - February 2024 Time to fly to Australia, look for temporary accommodation for the time being and wait for the session to begin at the university.

Just in case students are unable to submit their applications for Australia's February intake, they have the next best option to apply in the July intake. The Australia July intake is the next intake for Australia, also referred to as the secondary intake which accepts admission applications in the middle of the year from international students as well. Also, the applicants can go for the November intake in Australia

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After Applying to Australian Universities for Feb Intake 2024

  • Ensure not to delay in replying to college e-mails as there will be quite a few.
  • Appear for personal/video interviews, which may be scheduled around January to March for the Australia intake of February 2024.
  • You will receive your acceptance letter called CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment) in either November or December, depending on the institute.
  • After receiving CoE, you can apply for an Australian student visa.
  • Notify the universities about your decision of acceptance of admission depending on the deadline.
  • You would be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission at Australian universities.
  • Search for and begin applying for external scholarships (if applicable).
  • Apply for a student loan, after you get your acceptance letter from the university.
  • Gather paperwork for your student visa. Check visa requirements.
  • Apply for your student visa in time. Keep in mind the time taken for visa processing!
  • Focus more on GTE which is an important aspect of the Australian student visa application, hence, the statement must be drafted with a lot of care. Check GTE Statement Australia Sample
  • Arrange for Overseas Student Health Coverage.

Top Australian Universities to Apply This February 2024

Applicants willing to apply to Australian universities for Feb 2024 intake can take a look at the following universities and the popular courses offered during the February intake at these universities for international students:

Australian Universities Offering Admissions for Feb Intake Popular Courses on Offer for Feb Intake
University of Melbourne 

Business & Administration

Sciences

Engineering & Technology

Arts & Humanities

Monash University

Business Administration

Social Sciences 

Arts & Humanities

Design

University of Sydney

Arts & Humanities

Social Sciences

Technology

Nursing

University of Western Australia

Architecture & Design

Social Sciences

Agriculture

Engineering & Technology

RMIT University

Business & Administration

Finance & Accounting

Sciences

Engineering & Technology

The deadline for February intake in Australia may vary per university and course of admission. The majority of the February intake deadlines fall in the middle of February itself or towards the end of the month. Thus, applicants must check for Australian intake in which their choice of course is being offered, because it is possible that courses offered for Australia's July intake may not be offered for its February intake. Hence, one must be doubly sure of the choices they make.  

Check Points to Consider Before Flying to Australia

  • Book airline tickets within time and prepare accordingly.
  • Arrange for an international debit/Credit card so that it can be used in Australia or at the international airports from where the applicant would be travelling.
  • Collect all the documents and their photocopies, to take along with essential personal use items.
  • Check out the Pre-departure checklist for Australia for international students, heading there for their studies. 

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Study in Australia: Timeline for February 2024 Intake FAQs

Q. When does admission process for Feb intake of Australia begin?

A. Admissions in the February intake of Australia begin in August and wrap up by October. The admission decisions follow after October, the decisions are released by November or in the first week of December. Hence, students applying for the Feb intake of Australia can easily apply for their student visa in advance and wait for its approval plus fly to Australia well in time before the course begins.

Q. Why is Australia's February intake primary intake?

A. The February intake of Australia is the primary intake because in this intake all universities in Australia open admissions for almost all courses, except for a few exceptions. Plus, students qualify from their high school and this is the ideal intake when students are able to prepare and apply for higher education in Australia. Hence, this is why February intake of Australia is known as the primary intake. 

Q. How is February intake of Australia different from July intake?

A. The February intake of Australia is known as the primary intake and maximum number of students apply for this intake whereas, the July intake of Australia is the secondary intake. Since a limited number of courses are offered in the July intake, applications are 20% lesser than the February intake of Australia in July. Some courses may be offered in both the intakes of Australia, while some may be offered in just one particular intake of Australia. 

Q. When should students ideally apply for Australia's February intake?

A. Ideally students should apply by August or max to max September if applying for the February intake. The admission process takes around six to seven months of application submission, entrance tests preparation and sitting for the exam, assessment of the applications, submitting missing documents if the case may be and finally applying for a student visa upon receiving an offer. 

Q. Why should students apply for February intake of Australia?

A. There are many pros of applying for the February intake of Australia, the major ones being:
  • Courses offered are wide, hence more options.
  • This is the immediate intake after passing out from high school.
  • All top universities in Australia open admissions during this intake for international students.
  • Though competition is high, yet applying for the primary intake is better than waiting for one whole ear to begin college after school.
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Nikita Beniwal

6 months ago

Hello. I did my 12th in 2023 and I am planning to study Bachelor of cyber security in australia (July 2024). Do I have enough time?

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Kamal Deep

6 months ago

yes you can. I missed my feb intake and am going for jult too.

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Vaishnavi Goli

11 months ago

Hello. I completed my B.Sc in agriculture in 2023 an I am planning to apply for Masters in agriculture in australia. Can anyone provide me the list of universities and their application deadline?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

11 months ago

Hello Vaishnavi here's a list of Australian universities which offer Masters in Agriculture: 1. University of Queensland 2. University of Melbourne 3. University of New England 4. University of Adelaide 5. Curtin University 6. University of Western Australia 7. University of New South Whales 8. Univ

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Vaishnavi Goli

11 months ago

Hello. I completed B.Sc in agriculture in 2023 and I am planning to study Masters in agriculture. Can anyone provide me the list of universities and the application deadline for february 2024 intake?

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Vaishnavi Goli

11 months ago

Hello. I completed my B.Sc in agriculture in 2023 an I am planning to apply for Masters in agriculture in australia. Can anyone provide me the list of universities and their application deadline?

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Hello Harwinder this side i completed my graduation in may 2017(Regular) till that date i have no gap. And from November 2017 to November 2020 I have CA Article ship Training Certificate. from icai. But i Started Job from June 2022 to till the date in Outsourcing Accounting Company. i got my salarie

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Harwinder! You can apply for Feb 2024, get in touch with our counsellor for Australia at - sumit.chugh@shiksha.com for application and admission-related help. All the best!