Daemos

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Looking here it looks like they reduced the amount of seats by half for the Jan 2009 and Jan 2010 entrance compared to the Jan 2008 Entrance.

For 2008 states:
There are approximately 100 quota places for international students who have a degree and seek direct entry to the medical program. Applications submitted directly to UQ International will be accepted until the Quota has been filled.

Then for 2009 and 2010 it states:

There are approximately 50 quota places for international students who have a degree and seek directly entry to the medical program.

The thing that REALLY throws me off now as well is the application closing dates

For 2008:
27 June 2008 for applications submitted to ACER

For 2009:
27 June 2008 for applications submitted to ACER
8 August 2008 for applications submitted to UQ International.

For 2010:
27 June 2008 for applications submitted to ACER
8 August 2008 for applications submitted to UQ International.

So...what does this mean?
 

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very likely due to the fact that Melbourne no longer has direct entry into medicine from high school anymore.

means there's a lot more competition for undergraduate spots for both Medicine and Dentistry across the board
 

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Sorry I'm half sleeping right now but in regards to the ACER application deadlines...don't worry about that, because you should apply via Oztrekk. Oh yeah we should meet up soon by the way.
 
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Wouldn't this be beneficial given the future tightening of available internship spots for internationals in OZ? Those who do get in will have better chances of getting a job.
 
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Looking here it looks like they reduced the amount of seats by half for the Jan 2009 and Jan 2010 entrance compared to the Jan 2008 Entrance.

For 2008 states:
There are approximately 100 quota places for international students who have a degree and seek direct entry to the medical program. Applications submitted directly to UQ International will be accepted until the Quota has been filled.

Then for 2009 and 2010 it states:

There are approximately 50 quota places for international students who have a degree and seek directly entry to the medical program.

The thing that REALLY throws me off now as well is the application closing dates

For 2008:
27 June 2008 for applications submitted to ACER

For 2009:
27 June 2008 for applications submitted to ACER
8 August 2008 for applications submitted to UQ International.

For 2010:
27 June 2008 for applications submitted to ACER
8 August 2008 for applications submitted to UQ International.

So...what does this mean?
As someone above noted, Melbourne will not have a class starting in 2010. The government subsidizes local student places and makes the call on how many subsidized places there will be. Previously, some of the schools have offered full-fee paying local students, but the new Rudd government abolished this (except maybe for Bond as it is a private school). Thus the number of local places is dictated by the fed govt. Since Melbourne will have no places in 2010, those places that would have been allocated to Melbourne must go to the other Aussie schools. Because the other schools will be taking more locals, they will have to reduce how many internationals they admit (unless they increase their teaching capacity).

The dates mean nothing. Generally, the schools that allow direct application have direct deadlines later than the ACER deadline. What schools accept direct applications from internationals changes from year to year. One year Melbourne might take them, the next they dont, the following year they do again. Some uni's are consistent year to year whether they will accept direct apps, other are not.
 

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UQ is back up to 100...according to oztrekk...
 
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