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Studying in Australia as someone from the UK

Hi! I’’m currently in Year 12 (sixth form) and I would really like to study dentistry in Australia. However, as someone who’s from England, I’m confused whether I would fall into the 2025 or 2026 cohort for starting university - as i’m aware the academic year starts at a different time to England (Jan/Feb?). Also i’m born in January (I’m 17) so i’m even more confused! Please give me some advice on this! Thanks :smile:
Reply 1
Original post by violet-paper
Hi! I’’m currently in Year 12 (sixth form) and I would really like to study dentistry in Australia. However, as someone who’s from England, I’m confused whether I would fall into the 2025 or 2026 cohort for starting university - as i’m aware the academic year starts at a different time to England (Jan/Feb?). Also i’m born in January (I’m 17) so i’m even more confused! Please give me some advice on this! Thanks :smile:

if you're in year 12 now you wouldn't finish your alevels (or equiv) until June 2025 so you wouldn't be able to start in January of 2025 so probably January 2026
(i'm not australian but i'm just going off the info you provided)
Reply 2
Original post by bluegray
if you're in year 12 now you wouldn't finish your alevels (or equiv) until June 2025 so you wouldn't be able to start in January of 2025 so probably January 2026
(i'm not australian but i'm just going off the info you provided)
Hi, thanks for your comment! The thing is since i’m born in Jan, i’ll be 19 in jan 2026 so wouldn’t i be older than everyone else in my year?
Reply 3
Original post by violet-paper
Hi, thanks for your comment! The thing is since i’m born in Jan, i’ll be 19 in jan 2026 so wouldn’t i be older than everyone else in my year?

i mean you might be but i don't think it would be possible for you start at an earlier time due to when your a levels fall, there's a wide range of ages at uni it's also quite common for people to take gap years so i don't think your age will matter much
Reply 4
I am in Australia, and believe me, it is not an issue. Start when you finish your A levels (we have tables converting A levels to our ATAR system for admission purposes); starting mid-year is done frequently, so that is not an issue either. In fact, most universities have a summer term. You can do 2 subjects, so at the end of the second year, you have caught up with those that started in January (we generally do 4 subjects a semester). It's no big deal here in sunny Aus. Just practice saying G'Day mate and learn to appreciate Aus wines. We drink tons of beer (I personally do not, but I am abnormal) however wine is big too. Which is good because we have some of the greatest wines in the world. Yep - those European wine makers are shaking in their boots - seriously.
Reply 5
Original post by hobba
I am in Australia, and believe me, it is not an issue. Start when you finish your A levels (we have tables converting A levels to our ATAR system for admission purposes); starting mid-year is done frequently, so that is not an issue either. In fact, most universities have a summer term. You can do 2 subjects, so at the end of the second year, you have caught up with those that started in January (we generally do 4 subjects a semester). It's no big deal here in sunny Aus. Just practice saying G'Day mate and learn to appreciate Aus wines. We drink tons of beer (I personally do not, but I am abnormal) however wine is big too. Which is good because we have some of the greatest wines in the world. Yep - those European wine makers are shaking in their boots - seriously.
Thank you so much! I feel much better about it now :smile:
Reply 6
Thank you so much for your help! I did think that was the case but just wanted to make sure, thanks for clarifying! 🙂

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