Jia MEI From China, ACIC student, 2001
To study a Masters Degree at the University of Sydney (a top class University) and apply for Permanent Residency in Australia.
Meeting the English requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Sydney and the requirements for Permanent Residency.
Jia wanted to apply for the Master of Commerce at the University of Sydney with 3 subject exemptions. However, her English result was below the IELTS 6.5 requirement for the course.
ACIC then prepared Jia MEI with 10 weeks of English at CET after which Jia MEI still did not pass the requirement. ACIC recommended Jia to study another 10 weeks of English and this time, she was successful after studying very hard. By now, Jia has developed a high level of English proficiency, which prepared her well for the Masters course.
With 3 subject exemptions, Jia has only 9 subjects to study for her Masters course, which normally takes 1.5 years to complete. However, during this time, the immigration office changed their policy for skilled migration and required students to study 2 years if they wish to apply for Permanent Residency in Australia.
Jia then prepared herself to finish her course before the immigration changes became effective. This included studying courses over both Winter and Summer.
With her strong English developed from CET, Jia managed to pass all her 9 subjects over 1 year, including 1 subject each in the Winter and Summer breaks. Her strong efforts over the holiday breaks also allowed Jia MEI to lodge her application for Permanent Residency just before the immigration changes on 1st April 2004. Her application was approved fours months later.
The comment from the student
ACIC really did help me to make my dreams come true. Before I came to ACIC in Australia, I was nervous about the new environment and felt helpless about my study. Fortunately, ACIC offered me valuable advice and strong support, which build up my confidence to overcome all the difficulties. After that, I successfully achieved my study plan, which was to get a Master degree at a top Australian university. I also eventually became a permanent resident.