If you want to begin studying, but don t want to wait until next year, mid-year entry offers a great alternative. Mid-year intakes are available for a large number of courses, across all institution types and qualification levels. With semester two applications now open, we offer some tips to help you apply successfully.
Start your research early: The mid-year application process is often not as straightforward as the semester one intake, so it s important that you start the research process early. And remember that not all courses offer mid-year enrolment if you have your heart set on a certain course, be sure to check if mid-year entry is an option.
Ensure you have everything you need to apply: While most semester one applications go through tertiary admissions centres, many institutions only accept direct applications for mid-year entry. This means that the application process will differ from institution to institution, so it s important that you read application guidelines thoroughly and make sure you include everything that is required. You may be asked to include things such as academic transcripts, information about your previous work and study experience or a personal statement outlining why you are interested in studying at the institution. See The tertiary application process for more information.
Pay close attention to deadlines and closing dates: With many mid-year applications going directly to the institution, rather than through tertiary admissions centres, closing dates for applications will vary. Keep a close eye on key dates and make sure you submit everything on time.
Look into catch-up options: Some institutions allow mid-year students to catch up on the units they missed in the first semester by completing a summer semester during the end-of-year break. This offers students the chance to fast-track their degree and graduate at the same time as those who started at the beginning of the year.
Consider pathway options: If you missed out on a place in the semester one offer rounds, consider some of the pathway options that can help you gain entry into your desired course. That way, if you don t receive an offer for your first preference at the mid-year intake, you can still begin your studies in a related course and look at transferring at a later date. Consider similar courses at other institutions, related courses with a lower cut-off score (a Bachelor of Business rather than a Bachelor of Commerce, for example) or courses on offer in the VET sector. See Pathways into your course for more information.