If you are planning to study overseas, you might be considering using the services of an education agent.
An education agent can help you with your study options and assist you with your university or visa application process.
Here are the top 6 questions you should ask your education agent.
1. HOW MANY STUDENTS HAVE YOU PLACED INTO UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA?
This question will tell you a little more about the experience of the education agent and their knowledge of the Australian education system. Education agents with lots of experience in sending students to Australia should be able to tell you more about what it’s like to live and study in Australia.
2. CAN YOU ASSIST WITH MY STUDENT VISA APPLICATION?
Education agents with lots of experience of sending students to Australia will be more familiar and up-to-date with Australian student visa requirements.
3. WILL THERE BE ANY FEES FOR YOUR SERVICE?
Some education agents offer their services free, while others may charge you a fee upon successful application to a university. It is best to check prior to putting in an application to a university. Applying to CQUniversity is free if you wish to apply directly with us through iStart.
4. DO YOU HAVE AN OFFICE IN AUSTRALIA?
You may already be in Australia when you apply, but many larger education agents have offices in different cities all over the world.
5. ARE YOU REGISTERED WITH MARA (MIGRATION AGENTS REGISTRATION AUTHORITY)?
This question is applicable for international students already in Australia. By Australian law, only agents with MARA registration are able to issue visa advice in Australia.
Note: agents outside Australia are not bound by these laws.
6. ARE YOU AN AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVE OF CQUNIVERSITY?
Under Australian law, all education institutions are required to list on their website the education agents that represent them in each country. CQUniversity has a network of authorised education agents in over 75 countries.