XEL International Education

Steps to study abroad

With 50 years’ experience and more than 450,000 successful student placements around the world, XEL knows what it takes to find a good match and set you up for success.

1. Research

Do some preliminary research to decide on the course or field you would like to study before you speak to us. You may use the internet to browse course descriptions, university reviews and their locations. Start with a broad wish list of your preferences and map out career pathways then and begin to narrow down your selection.

Research from friends and family through direct discussions or  social media platforms such as face book. Ask vital questions about their application process and their journey of studying abroad, what they liked or disliked about it and what they could have done differently etc. Post a message to forums, WhatsApp groups or your timeline asking people’s experience of an international education.

2. Contact one of our XEL counsellors

When you’re ready, make an appointment with an XEL counsellor. Come to the appointment with your list of selected courses so that your counsellor will be able to discuss and map possible career pathways so that in the end you will hone in on your final choice of a course to study.

3. Finalise your course selection and start your application

After you’ve chosen your course and university or school, it’s time to apply. Your XEL counsellor will support your university and course applications.

Your counsellor will personally contact your chosen university or school to make sure they support your application to improve your chances of acceptance.

If you need to take an English test to qualify for your course, a test such as IELTS will require a lot of practice and mock tests. There are text books, social media platforms and websites that can help couch you on preparation for your IELTS test.

4. Accept your offer

The university will receive and assess your application for suitability for the chosen course. The university will respond with a conditional or unconditional offer letter.

A conditional offer letter may come without conditions such as a further requirement for you to supply any the following:

  • a new IELTS test result,
  • an academic transcript of recently completed study,
  • or supplying certified documents.

Your conditional offer will be withdrawn and nullified if you fail o supply the above requirements will invalidate the offer

If there are no conditions on your offer letter, you may accept the offer immediately. Offers can be accepted at an XEL office, with a deposit being paid directly to the school or university that has made the offer. Your counsellor will guide you through this process to help make it easy.

5. Student visa Application

Now that you have been accepted, it’s time to apply for your student visa. XEL can provide you with some information to help make sure you supply all the necessary documentation and prerequisites that the Australia DIBP requires before they can grant you a visa.

6. Visa issued, predeparture preparation

Congratulations! You can now start pre-departure preparations for departure including buying a flight ticket, organising accommodation etc. The process of predeparture preparation can be daunting. If needed XEL will assist you with this process.

7. Arrive in Australia

Arriving and navigating a foreign country can also be a stressful process. XEL can assist you with meet and greet at the airport and help your with navigating your travel to the university.

8. Post Arrival Orientation Sessions

If requested, XEL will assist you with the process of settling preparations in Australia. XEL will assist you with information on travel preparations to and from the university, bus or train cards, organising a tax file number, how to find student jobs. XEL will also help you liaise with a university representative on how to navigate and organise your study life and adapt to the Australian way of study. Our counsellors are also available to give you counselling support with this process so that you settle and adapt to you studies with as minimal stress as possible.

During the course of your studies, XEL will keep in touch with you and they will be available to assist you if need arises to change courses, change universities, visa expiry or trouble shooting any other issues to do with your study in Australia.

Our counsellors will schedule post arrival orientation sessions will help you navigate personal and cultural growth opportunities in Australia. In these sessions, you will discover more about Australia, its different states, climates in different states, places of interest, places to visit, local culture, national culture etc. Knowing more about Australia and local culture will help you to well in Australia and integrate easily in the community.