Study in Australia: Timeline for February 2024 Intake

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Mar 9, 2023 15:55 IST
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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. Australia 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. 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.

Pre-Application Preps for Australia February Intake 

  • Start early and by August, 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’s time to structure these documents properly.
  • Apply before the deadline to avoid last minute hassle!

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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 Feb 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 applications 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 Feb intake, they have the next best option to apply in the July intake. The Australia July intake is the secondary intake which accepts admission applications in the middle of the year from international students as well.

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After Applying to Australian Universities

  • 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 Cover.

Check Points to Consider Before Flying to Australia

  • Book airline tickets within time and prepare accordingly.
  • Arrange for an Internation 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 international students heading to Australia for their studies. 

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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Kamalpreet Kaur

3 years ago

Hi, i got overall 6.5 bands
L 7 , w 7 , S 5.5,R 5.5 nd I got 63 percent marks in physics.Am I eligible for doing my masters in australia Or not?

Reply to Kamalpreet Kaur


Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

3 weeks ago

Hello! Yes, you are eligible, yet you must check your minimum eligibility requirements also before proceeding to apply. Good luck!


Nassar Abbas

3 years ago

Master's Aspirant
I completed bachelors (B.Tech in I.T) in the year 2010 and I'm employed since 2011 till date. I've got 73 overall in PTE. Will I be able to apply for a student visa for Australian Universities. Could you also help list down the universities I can apply for?

Reply to Nassar Abbas


Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

3 weeks ago

Hello Nassar! You can apply with these scores to Australia, you can find your specific course and the universities that offer your chosen courses at - case you need more assistance, get in touch with our counsellor at - sumit.chugh@shiksha...Hello Nassar! You can apply with these scores to Australia, you can find your specific course and the universities that offer your chosen courses at -
In case you need more assistance, get in touch with our counsellor at -


Syed Dilawer

4 years ago

hello i have completed my bachelors in 2014 with 60% and i have 4 years of gap am i eligible to apply for australia

Reply to Syed Dilawer


Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

3 weeks ago

Hello! Yes, you can apply with a gap to Australian universities, you can get in touch with our counsellors for admission-related help at


devangi sharma

3 months ago

i think Australia won't accept any gap


Ajaya katuwal

4 years ago

I got overall band 6.
L6.5 R6.0 W5.5 S6.5
Is it good score to apply Australia?
Does getting 5.5 in writing makes difficulties during applying to Australia??

Reply to Ajaya katuwal

Hi Ajaya, depends on the university, how selective the specific university is and also your overall profile. Universities also have English language foundation programs for applicants not meeting the language requirements, you may check those options.


Nav Kaur

4 years ago

Any chances for may intake in perth for MBA ?

Reply to Nav Kaur

Hi Nav, May is not the typical intake for Australian universities, you may check directly with them and see admission status.Check University of Western Australia for instance.

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