Agents or Agencies of Study are companies who have a vast knowledge of the bureaucratic process necessary to study in Australia.
An agent officially represents one or more schools, through a
contract signed between the parties. There are different types of agencies and they vary in the ways they work. Some of them may charge for their services, others may not. There are ones that can combine Study and Travel with International tickets and other agents that cover only the study itself. Some agents dedicate more to where they are located, specialized in one specific Australian city, and other may
specialize in various cities.
Whichever the type of Agency or Agent, there is only one thing that really matters:
the type of help, and level of service that the Agent will give you.
Study, work in commission
base (just like a travel agent), they are only remunerated
after the course is sold, and the student have initiated the lessons. Before this, all the agents expenditures will come from their pocket.
The sales is complemented by support, information, promotion, and
counseling the agent provides to the student about the course, visa and the institution itself. Furthermore, the Agent has contractual obligation to clarify to the interested parties on the terms of payment, policy of reimbursement, and many other factors that are part of the act of contract of a course, such as: Information on the requirements of the
Course and the School, facilities of the school, location, schedules of lessons, transfers, accommodation and about the conditions
besides limitations of the student Visa.
People interested in studying in
Australia, not necessarily need an agent. All the contact with the institutions can be done directly between student-school, and many Australian
schools can directly supply all information to the student from the selecting of the course until the enrolment. But if the student have difficulties establishing the contact or
getting the information needed, the services of an agent will be very useful.
The Agent will support and inform about everything mentioned above and much more, mainly in respect to choosing a course. The agents can guide the students on how to get courses that suit their objectives, or even to redirect to another course, that fits better with the person's purposes, thus preventing the person from spending money inappropriately.
An agent will be able to guive orientation about English
courses in Australia, Vocational courses in Australia,
University Degrees in Australia and Post Graduation
courses in Australia.