Studying in the UK

Applications for most UK universities can be commenced now and submitted from the beginning of September 2017. Applications for Oxford, Cambridge and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Science close on the 15 October. Other key dates can be found at Students wishing to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at university or college must use the UCAS online service called ‘Apply’. Apply is a secure, web-based application system which is available 24 hours a day. The UCAS application process is outlined at

The School is a registered UCAS centre and consequently any boys wanting to submit an application to UCAS will need to see the Careers Counsellor to receive the UCAS buzzword which will allow them to link and submit their applications. The Careers Counsellor will also supervise the start of the UCAS application. While the deadline for UCAS applications is in early January, to guarantee that the all the documentation can be submitted by the School, the UCAS application must be completed by the student by the last day of the school year – 8 December 2017. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK, go to for this information.

Bond with Bond

Bond University is conducting it's Bond with Bond information event in Adelaide on Monday, 19 June from 6pm – 8pm at the Mayfair Hotel, 45 King William Street, Adelaide. The evening will cover information about undergraduate single and combined study programs, industry links and ‘Beyond Bond’ core subject, three-semester-per-year timetable, state-of-the-art facilities, campus life, scholarships, and the fees and costs (including FEE-HELP). Registration at  . For more details, please contact Vanessa Lea, Manager, Schools and Community for VIC/TAS/SA – phone 0419 561 927 or email

International Student Admission Test – ISAT

International students currently studying in Australia and who are considering applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Physiotherapy at some institutions in Australia, will need to sit the ISAT. ISAT is a three-hour computer based test that can be held at various times during the year, but applicants MUST check with each institution to determine the deadline for the ISAT results being received.

  • Monash University, Melbourne – Medicine
  • Monash University, Malaysian campus – Medicine
  • Flinders University, undergrad pathway to Medicine
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) – Medicine
  • University of Queensland – Medicine & Dentistry
  • University of Sydney – Veterinary Science
  • University of Tasmania – Medicine
  • University of Western Australia (UWA) – pathway to Medicine & Dentistry 
  • University of Western Sydney (UWS) – Medicine

For more information on the ISAT go to

Please note: The University of Adelaide requires international students to complete the Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) assessment as a part of the selection process for Medicine and Dentistry. PQA applications must be submitted by 30 June at

University of Adelaide – SACE Stage 2 English Language Proficiency requirements

The University of Adelaide has determined that it will accept all four of the new SACE Stage 2 English subjects to meet the university’s English language proficiency requirements for international students. International students who do not undertake a Stage 2 English subject or fail to successfully complete the English subject, can meet the English language proficiency requirements by achieving or exceeding the minimum score in an IELTS or another accepted English language test. Details of recognised Year 12 subjects, proficiency tests and requirements are available at
Flinders University July 11 – 13 – IT Boot Camp

In this free 3-day holiday event for year 10 – 12 students, students will design their own fully functional game using Unreal Engine, a game engine used by industry professionals. No prior experience necessary, students just need enthusiasm and a drive to learn. For more information and to register, please go to

French language program in Quebec

The High Commission of Canada in Australia is providing an opportunity for students who may be interested in enhancing their knowledge of the French language. The Québec Association of Schools of French as a Foreign Language (AQEFLE) is an organisation whose mission is to promote the language and culture of Québec. In 2015 the organisation established a CAD $2000 (about AUD $2,000) scholarship for students aged 16 and over outside Québec wishing to participate in a French as a foreign language program in Québec. The past two scholarships have gone to students in Mexico and Brazil. The deadline for students to apply is 30 November 2017. More information can be found at:

University of Adelaide Year 12 Economics Tour

On May 22nd thirty-three aspiring economics students were the guest of Adelaide University's Economics faculty. For the eighth year now, Saints economics students are able to sit in on a first year university economics course and much to their joy, realise that they can cope with the new challenges that university study presents. The boys were also offered the experience of a university style tutorial and again they impressed their tutors with their focus and understanding. Adelaide University offers a range of Economics based courses from Commerce, Advanced Economics and International Trade and from this range of courses, the boys learned about the many careers this study can lead to. While studying Economics is unlikely to lead to a job as an economist – what it does is lead to a skills base that opens up many career paths. This includes valuation analysts, development management, government advisors, market research, corporate finance directors, chief executives and finance analysts. These are just some of the careers recent economics students have been able to move into – careers that they probably never envisaged or even though about when they were at school. Once again our thanks to Adelaide University and the Economics faculty for providing such an invaluable opportunity. J Inge

Flinders University – UniTEST

uniTEST is an aptitude test that has been developed to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that underpin studies at higher education and that are needed for students to be successful at this level. uniTEST is offered to students at no cost. Flinders University uses the UniTEST to select applicants based on both their Year 12 results (60% weighting toward the ATAR score) and uniTEST performance (40%). More information about UniTEST can be found at

The University of NSW Co-op scholarship

The Co-op Program is a career development scholarship for high potential undergraduate students. It offers industry training, leadership and professional development, networking opportunities, mentoring and financial support of $18,200 p.a. tax free for four years. Australia’s leading companies take part in the training and professional development of the Co-op scholars with a view to recruiting high-potential young professionals. The scholarship is offered for study in many areas, including engineering, built environment, science and business. More details can be found at . Applications close on 30 September. The application does require a School contribution, so any boys intending to apply need to see Mr Colsey in the first instance.

UNSW Sydney – Medicine

The University has announced that applications for the 2018 Undergraduate Medicine Program will this year open on Monday, 1st May. This is for both local and rural applicants. Details of the UNSW presentation on the medicine course and application requirements can be found at

St Andrew’s College, Sydney

St Andrew’s College is a residential co-education college associated with the University of Sydney. While most of the residents attend the University of Sydney, the College also has residents that attend other Sydney based universities. The College offers a number of scholarships, including the St Andrew’s Scholars Program. Up to five students are awarded this scholarship each year and it provides financial support of up to $30000 per year. Applications for this scholarship close on 4 August 2017. For details of the scholarship and other scholarships, go to or phone (02) 9569 7300.

Defence Forces Gap Year 2018

Gap Year 2018 applications are now open. Interest in this Gap Year opportunity is usually very high. The Gap Year program is a great opportunity for 18 – 24 year olds to experience a diverse range of roles in the Australian Defence Forces, all with a one year sign on. This year sees the most roles ever available in the Gap Year program. For more information please go to

UniExperience – University of Melbourne

For Year 11 students who are rural students, first in the family to consider university or identify as indigenous, the University of Melbourne, UniExperience provides the opportunity to come on-campus and experience university life first-hand. The two-day program in the July holidays aims to demystify the university experience by providing the chance to stay at the Parkville campus and take part in a

range of sessions covering many aspects of tertiary study. To apply and check eligibility, go to . Applications are due by 16 June.     

Queensford College holiday VET courses

Queensford College is running a number of VET courses during the July holidays. For details, go to or email or phone 1300 230 623.

Australian Defence Force Academy – ADFA

Year 12 students considering applying for ADFA are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time for the application process. Year 11 students can also apply now. ADFA develops and educates the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force. The program at ADFA combines military and leadership training with a recognised degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). There are a range of degrees available at ADFA – Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science and Technology. ADFA recruits receive free medical and dental treatment, subsidised food and accommodation.


Lattitude Global Volunteering is an organisation specialising in volunteering for 17-25 year olds. This includes facilitating placements as tutors in overseas schools in countries across Europe, Africa, Asia/Pacific and the Americas. There are scholarships for placements in some areas. Applications close on 17 June. Information sessions will be held during the year and selection interviews are expected to be held in July. For details and bookings, go to, e mail or telephone 03 9826 6266.

Law Admission Test 2017 – Registrations now open

Students thinking of studying Law at UNSW will need to sit the LAT. The Law Admission Test or LAT is a written test that is used to demonstrate a student's aptitude and suitability for studying undergraduate Law at UNSW. A LAT score, in addition to academic results (e.g. ATAR + additional points) will be used in the selection process to allow the University to better differentiate between the many high achieving applicants to Law. For more details, go to For practice questions and to register, go to

Bond University & Bond Scholarships

Bond University scholarship applications are now open. For details, go to the website  to view the scholarships available to year 12 students. Applications are made online.

St Peter’s College is fortunate to be able to offer a scholarship provided by Bond University. The scholarship is the St Peter’s College – Bond University Collegiate partner Scholarship. The scholarship will cover half the tuition fees for any undergraduate single or combined degree at Bond – other than medicine. They are school-based scholarships and will be awarded to a Saints Year 12 student who want to study at Bond University and has shown leadership and/or made a significant all round contribution to St Peter’s College – they will not be based solely on academic merit. The application process is in two parts. Applicants need to complete an online Bond University scholarship application nominating any scholarships they may be interested in applying. This application must be received (online) at Bond by 31 July. To be considered for the Collegiate Scholarship, applicants need to do an additional separate application to the School. The school component of the application takes the form of a letter to Headmaster outlining why you want to study at Bond University, plus any other relevant information. Applications need to be submitted to the Headmaster’s PA or the Careers Counsellor by Thursday 24 August.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor