During the international tertiary admission process, students can be knocked back from receiving a successful offer for a number of reasons. The most common of these occur as a result of not meeting the entry requirements of their intended course. For high school students, the pathway can be slightly more difficult, particularly without a recognised existing qualification to rely on.
To address this, it may be highly beneficial to consider completing an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme before application to boost your chances of gaining a successful result.
Developed in the early 1960s by a group of international educators in Geneva, Switzerland, the IB qualification is the most internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education across the world – over 2,000 institutions to be rough. Prospective students are still advised to confirm recognition policies directly with their intended university or education agent as the entry criteria may vary between institutions. Many universities also offer a foundation year qualification internally or through a partner organisation.
If your intended field of study is very competitive or requires high scores, you may be worried about meeting the initial entry requirements. A foundation course provides the background knowledge required to put you in the best position when applying for an offer. By completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical, critical thinking and practical skills, all of which are highly favoured by universities in Australia and New Zealand. In some cases, credit can be gained in some foundation courses, allowing you to bypass the first year and go straight into your second.
Foundation course providers may have pre-existing relationships or agreements with higher education providers. This means students who undertake their programs can be directly fast-tracked into the course of their choosing, without having to apply to multiple institutions.
MEL Educational Services is proud to work with IES College, an independent, secular, co-educational not-for-profit senior high school in Brisbane, Australia with a proud history of excellence in education. International students aged between 16 and 19 years can study an in-depth International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at IES College as part of their preparation for university admission and gain direct admission to The University of Queensland upon completion.
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