University websites are a great place to start researching interstate possibilities. They generally have a wealth of information on courses, facilities, support and accommodation for interstate applicants. However, another great resource are the coordinating agencies responsible for administrating the application processes in each state.
Here are the websites for the major coordinating agencies in each state. This is where students can search for courses at all participating universities, TAFE institutes and private colleges in each state.
NEW SOUTH WALES: www.uac.edu.au
NORTHERN TERRITORY: www.cdu.edu.au
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: www.satac.edu.au
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: www.tisc.edu.au
Students should investigate all of the following:
After all, courses should be the major consideration. Are the degrees offered exciting? Do they have the subjects that the student will actually enjoy? Do courses have any special features such as overseas exchange options, work placements or study tours?
Does the university campus have a great variety of student clubs and activities, shops, sports facilities etc? These are all important as they help to engage young people and help them make like-minded friends.
SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
Is there good support from the university for all students in all situations? What support is offered when things go wrong? Look at all aspects including counselling support (both personal and academic), financial support and health initiatives.
Many universities will have scholarships or some financial support for interstate applicants. Students who fail to investigate these may miss out on important financial grants.
All interstate universities have a variety of accommodation options on campus and off campus. On campus costs can vary enormously. Older, more established iconic sandstone halls of residence are quite pricy while newer buildings are more affordable. Off campus options are generally always cheaper than all on campus options and universities have staff who help students and can provide recommendations.
Studying interstate can be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences for students. However, students really need to do their research and choose the right course at the right university. Interstate study really is worth considering. Students who go interstate generally love the experience. Those who are homesick can apply to transfer into a course in their home state and generally receive some credit for units completed interstate.