Have you considered contacting an education agent to help apply for universities in Australia? If you have, you’re not alone. According to 2018 government report, 75% of international students in Australia were referred to universities by education agents.
Working with an education agent can be a great idea – but there are some things you should keep in mind before you do. In this blog, we’ll explore exactly how an education agent can help, and how to find one that’s right for you.
What is an education agent?
Between choosing a course, accommodation, visas, and travel, there are lots to think about when preparing to study abroad. An education agent is there to support you throughout the entire process.
They can give you current information about universities and programs, help you understand the admissions process and apply to study, and help you apply for a student visa. In some cases, they’ll also help you organize your travel and living arrangements.
Remember, an education agent is not the same as a migration agent (although some people work as both). An education agent can’t legally give you Australian immigration advice, but a migration agent can.
For more information, read our article: Should you hire a migration agent to move to Australia?
How to find an education agent
If you already know what institution you want to attend, you can find a list of education agents on the university’s website. These are agents who are recognized by the university and who are authorized to represent them. And, universities work with hundreds of agents based around the world – for example, the University of Sydney works with education agents in more than 70 countries.
You can also look for an education agent on the Qualified Education Agent Counsellor (QEACs) database.
Why work with an education agent?
Education agents support thousands of international students each year. They can help you to:
Choose the right institution for you
Education agents have a deep understanding of the Australian university market. Because of this, they’re well placed to help you find a university that’s best for you. If you want to study nursing, they’ll tell you about the best programs. And if you prefer to live in a smaller city, they can recommend what campuses best suit your lifestyle.
Reduce the stress of applying to university
Of course, education agents can also help you to submit a well-prepared university application. Applying to universities can be overwhelming – and education agents help minimize some of the burdens. Some universities even prefer to work directly with agents.
Organize a study tour
In some cases, as the University of Melbourne writes, education agents can also help you organize a study tour (when it’s safe and permitted to travel again). With these tours, you can visit Australia to discover more about university options, learn about Australian culture, and sometimes take English courses to prepare for studying abroad.
What to keep in mind
Not everyone decides to work with an education agent. But if you do, there are some things to be aware of.
Many agents work on commission
Some education agents charge a fee. However many agents do not. This is because they get paid a commission by the institution if/when you enroll.
So while an education agent will be knowledgeable about the handful of universities they represent, they could try to persuade you to attend them – meaning you don’t get the full picture about all the others programs Australia has to offer.
As always, you should do your research before contacting an education agent to make sure their work aligns with what you’re looking to achieve.
Stay alert for fraud
The education agent market is no stranger to fraud. So, it’s important to stay vigilant. According to Study Australia, for example, it’s a smart idea to check the credentials of the agent you’re in contact with to make sure they’re authorized to represent a university.
Want to learn more about studying in Australia? Check out our article: the benefits of studying in Australia
We are not immigration agents. For all up-to-date information about visa rules and regulations, see the official guidelines on the Australia Department of Home Affairs website.