Veterinary admissions guide: International students

Are you an international student and want to become a vet?

Learn about the steps for applying to study the University of Adelaide veterinary program, which is composed of two required sequenced degrees - the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

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You are an international student if you are an Australian Temporary Resident (visa status), a New Zealand Permanent Resident (visa status), or a Resident/Citizen of any other country.

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident (visa status) or a New Zealand citizen.

Change in immigration status during the application process

  • If you are an international applicant to the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) degree and your residency status changes during the application process (i.e. you obtain permanent residency or some other immigration status that entitles you to the educational benefits of permanent residency), you will no longer be eligible for an international student place.
  • If you are an international student and your immigration status changes prior to 30 September and you have NOT lodged a parallel domestic application and/or you do not meet the additional entry requirements for domestic applicants, you cannot be considered for a domestic offer and can no longer be considered for an international offer. You will need to re-apply for domestic entry the following year, in accordance with the entry policy of that year.
  • If you are an international student and your immigration status changes after 30 September and prior to the release of international offers, you will no longer be considered for the international cohort. You will need to re-apply for domestic entry the following year, in accordance with the entry policy of that year.

Change in immigration status prior to release of offers

Offers for international places in the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) degree cannot be made to applicants who are Australian/ New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents. If you obtain permanent residency (or some other immigration status that entitles you to the educational benefits of permanent residency) after 30 September and prior to the release of international offers, you will not be eligible for an international offer and you will need to re-apply for domestic entry the following year, in accordance with the entry policy of that year.

Change in immigration status during studies

If you are an international student and you obtain permanent residency (or another applicable immigration status that entitles you to the educational benefits of permanent residency) after you complete your first year of study, you will only be able to remain in the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) degree if there is a domestic place available at that time. 

If a domestic place is available, you must pay tuition fees for the remainder of your studies in the degree (i.e., you cannot be transferred to a Commonwealth supported place).

Application process

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  • Step 1. Check entry requirements

    Prerequisite subjects

    Prior to submitting an application for admission, all applicants are advised to check that they have either completed, or are in the process of completing, the prerequisite subjects:

    You must have successfully completed the prerequisite subjects.

    • Australian Year 12, SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods and Chemistry.
    • IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL); IB Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
    • International qualifications: Mathematics and Chemistry.

    FAQ: I don't meet the subject prerequisites


    Academic score

    Students who don’t meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University’s undergraduate academic programs.

     

    Secondary school qualification and score

    English language requirements

    The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Test is the preferred English language proficiency qualification, but the University may accept other evidence of proficiency in English in individual cases.

     

    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
      Overall Reading Listening Speaking Writing
    IELTS 7 7 7 7 7
    TOEFL 94 24 24 23 27
    Pearson 65 65 65 65 65
    C1 Advanced 185 185 185 185 185

     

    Australian Year 12 / IB

    All international students who have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program and have met the overall selection rank (based on ATAR or equivalent) as well as any specific program prerequisite requirements will be deemed to have met the English Language Proficiency requirements of the University. Additional English Language preparation programs, e.g. Academic English Pre-Enrolment English Program (PEP) can also be arranged upon request.

    Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma meets the English language requirements of the University of Adelaide.


    Inherent requirements

    There are inherent requirements associated with the University of Adelaide veterinary program that prospective students need to be aware of before applying.

    These requirements include, but are not limited to, physical fitness, physical capacity to learn how to handle a range of large and small animals; required vaccinations (specifically Q fever); and effective written communication.

    Applicants must read the inherent requirements and vaccination guidelines before submitting their application.

  • Step 2. Online application

    All international applicants for the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience), including International students studying in Australia, should submit an application online.

    Applications must be submitted prior to 11:59pm (ACST time) 30 September.

    Even if you have not yet completed your current qualification, you will still be required to apply by this date. Late applications will not be accepted.

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  • Step 3. Questionnaire

    As part of the application process, applicants are required to complete and submit a prescribed questionnaire, which will be available in the Admissions @ Adelaide online portal. The International Admissions Office will email applicants a link to the login portal and their login credentials.

    As part of the questionnaire, applicants will be required to outline their experience with animals and upload supporting documentation for the information they provide. Questionnaires will not be considered without supporting documentation.

  • Step 4. Offers

    Ranking for offers is based on a combination of the following components:

    • Questionnaire results
    • Academic score results

    The University of Adelaide’s International Admissions Service will make offers progressively as applications are assessed. They will issue conditional offers pending final results for International applicants.

    If you applied through an agent, your offer will be forwarded to the agent’s email address submitted in your application.

    To accept your offer, you must return the required acceptance payment and documents before the acceptance closing dates specified in your offer letter. To secure your place in the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) degree, you must enrol in all first year courses by the deadline stated in your offer letter.

    Information regarding enrolment will be provided by the Faculty of Sciences once offers are made.

    Please note: Feedback on your performance and overall ranking will not be released by the University. Information regarding applicants and the status of their applications is confidential and will only be released to the applicant or their agent. No appeals on behalf of an applicant will be considered.

Key dates

Date Activity
Tuesday April 6 Application portal opens.
Thursday September 30 Application portal closes.
Monday October 25 Deadline to submit questionnaire via the Admissions @ Adelaide portal is at 9:00am, Adelaide time
May to November Offer round Questionnaire submission deadline Offer issue date
  1 May 31 June 21
2 July 31 August 23
3 September 30 October 21
4 October 25 (9am) November 22

Applications which are not successful in offer rounds 1 – 3 will be considered in subsequent offer rounds up to and including round 4. 

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