04-14-2005, 11:35 PM
I'm a Canadian and am looking into the Aussie med grad-entry programs. I noticed that a some of the schools are affiliated with consultant companies (eg: Oztrekk, KomConsultants, etc.), who handle your paperwork for you in addition to providing other support (eg: counselling, flight arranging, etc.). Would you recommend using a consultant group or applying directly to ACER? Are there any Canadians out there who have used either of the above-mentioned companies to apply? I'd hate to be just wasting money buying a company's service if I don't need it, but if it's worth it...
04-20-2005, 04:40 AM
As an American in Oz, I don't think it'd be worthwhile going through any of these -- it's extra money, and it's not going to improve your chances of getting in to a school. It may make things a *little* less chaotic, but as UsydGrad said (and ironically i agree), the most complicated thing to do is the chest xray and getting it in to the consulate as the sole non-electronic part of your visa application (i.e., not complicated, just potentially part of an end-of-year rush).
Applying to the schools is easy -- Flinders takes an independent application, USyd used to but apparently no longer does, so you'll be able to apply to one other school via ACER (USyd, UQ, Melbourne, ANU, Griffith or UWA...I think that's all of them!) The biggest time-suck will be determining which one to apply to. You'll need official transcripts from your uni(s), most the schools will allow you to submit them yourself (so as to help prevent them from being separated from your app). Then wait for interviews, or if you want to fly to Oz to do them and to see the schools, ask them in a letter with your application if this would be ok.
Once accepted, you'll need to make a down payment on the first semester, make sure your passport is up-to-date (better yet, do this earlier!), do the electronic visa app + physical examination + chest xray, and ultimately jump on the plane. Most the schools will help with temporary lodging while you look around for your own.
Please send check or money order for our consultancy to: pitman & UsydGrad Limited c/o SDN. :p
04-20-2005, 04:54 AM
i'm with pitman. i've never heard of any "agents", and i thought the app process was very straightforward, much more so than for US schools. you shouldn't be able to navigate it with too much trouble. besides, if you're about to shell out for tuition, who can afford an agent?!
04-21-2005, 05:24 AM
ACER is a group of tossers, essentially
04-21-2005, 07:02 PM
Sorry to be dense but what is a "tosser"?
Dude, are you sure you lived in Oz for 4 years without learning this?
Also, no harm in also sending applications directly to additional schools even if they claim they won't take them. (Schools can change their mind during the process. Especially, if they aren't getting sufficient numbers of minimally qualified applicants via ACER.)
Probably no harm, but I am fairly certain you won't get one iota of an advantage -- I'm pretty sure schools can't/won't just take applications independently on a whim. I'd like to hear of any examples to the contrary (have heard of 0 so far) so someone can follow-up w/ that school.