Also, I know this is off-topic but there's no active Melbourne thread so I'll just ask my question here. Did Melbourne add you as a Skype contact days prior to the interview like Sydney did or did they do it the day of?
Did they add you to Skype last night? Interviewing on the 31st but received no contact on the 30th...
So a few hours before the interview they emailed me to let me know that they had added me on Skype. They said if you didn't receive a request, to email them and they would let you know their ID so you can add them.
yes same here... how did you guys find the actual interviews? I felt it was a bit intense... and time was very limited to explore topics and questions asked. did you guys had faced the interviewers really didnt give you any sort of facial expressjon feedback or showed lack of interest in your responses? hahaha maybe I am over thinking it anyways.
Also anyone knows the stats post interview at Melb for internationals? Thank u
I think they're supposed to try to maintain a neutral expression.
Not sure about percentages, but I believe they have 45 dedicated spots for international students.
It sucks they don't let us know until October, especially since school starts pretty soon after that.
I am waitlisted too. My MCAT score is 508 and an applicant from other thread said that he/she got a 507. Would you mind sharing your score?Congrats to everyone who received acceptances! I am currently waitlisted. Just wondering if those accepted wouldn't mind sharing their MCAT scores just so I may see where I fall within the spectrum? Thanks!
I am waitlisted too. My MCAT score is 508 and an applicant from other thread said that he/she got a 507. Would you mind sharing your score?
Just chiming in the conversation too. My MCAT score is 515. MCAT score and Interview score are weighted equally to generate final score for ranking as I have asked USyd admission.
My score was 506 and apjc, did you get accepted or on the waitlist as well? I'm guessing you got accepted with that great MCAT score!
anyone know whats up with that deferral email?
did they accidentally accept/ give offers to too many international students, or did too many international students accept their offer beyond their expectations? Not sure what they mean by the program being oversubscribed either
I think too many international students accepted their offers from the first round of offers that went out. So they're trying to give some people the option to defer for a year.
My MCAT was 508 as well but I have a PhD and I think I did well on the interview so I might be an outlier.
What are people doing for accommodation? As an international student, I don't think I'll have time to come to Sydney early enough to look for apartments so I was thinking of applying for on campus housing, Sydney University Village and Unilodge on Broadway. Does anyone have any info, good or bad, about these places?
Speaking from the Sydney side as a current student here, we get 2 years of pre-clinical learning, than 2 years of rotations. There is also some flexible arrangements in place for international students, with upto 20 weeks of possible international rotation time if you choose (on average most intl looking to go back to NA do an average of 12-16 weeks).
There is also some competitive pre-arrangement setup with NA unis already for rotations (ie. UofT, McMaster in Canada. Cornell, Georgetown in US).
As far as I'm aware, my UMelb colleagues only get 1 year of pre-clinial studies (hence their pre-req requirements). Which isn't a big deal if you're staying in Aus obviously, but it gives you a bit less time to manage your USMLE Step 1 Study in the first 2 years. They also get less time for electives in the senior years, I don't exactly remember how much, but significantly less. Perhaps only 1 rotation away (4 weeks). Don't quote me on that part though, perhaps a current student from UMelb can enlighten that area.
Hello and congratulations to those who got accepted into University of Sydney! That is my target school and I'm applying for the 2019 round. I'm just curious to know whether some degrees give international students an advantage over other degrees? For example, what BlueJays mentioned above, would a PhD be more advantageous over a bachelor degree in science? I have a degree in BSc in Pharmacy and I'm wondering if this may help me in the application.
@93bluejays- if you don't mind sharing, were you accepted with your MCAT, interview score and PhD background?
Agreed with @DoctorS84
Despite the fact I'm in Brisbane and not Sydney my advice is similar. Do not get university or university affiliated housing. Students who copped out with that route here at UQ in Iglu and unilodge accommodations ended up spending way way too much money on subpar accommodation that preys on international students like yourselves who can't be bothered setting up housing when they get here and want it all done for them and inclusive of all bills etc.
Those places are overrun with undergrads. Get a proper adult, big boy apartment in the city through a broker used website like realestate.com.au or through gumtree. You're a postgraduate student now.
Like Doctors84 said, set up temporary accommodation like an airbnb (or even a hostel) for when you get here, then check out neighborhoods and see what you like and don't like, commutes, etc. You'll be stressed enough academically, the last thing you want is being stuck in subpar accommodation/lease that you regret. Spend the time getting yourself set up properly. It does not take long AT ALL to find an apartment in Australia. My only other advice is try and get a 6 month lease, they are fairly common in Australia (at least in Brissy), and by the end of your first semester you'll know the city better and know exactly where you want to be living at without being stuck the entire year.