|Questions about the AEC Program
What is the greatest benefit of dealing with the AEC? Why shouldn't I deal direct with the Australian university?
The greatest benefit with managing your enrollment through the AEC is that you save time, energy and have peace of mind, yet you pay the same tuition fee as a directly enrolled student – in other words, you pay the Host University’s tuition fee!
Check out the services we offer against the cost and compare this with other US based programs. You also deal with an organization that is focused ONLY on Australia/NZ and have staff that have lived, worked and/or studied in Australia/NZ so we know all about studying, working, traveling and living Down Under! It is not enough to admit you into a program, we need to have the expertise to give you support to truly engage with Australia at all levels i.e. to integrate into student life, absorb the culture, understand local customs and norms.
When you apply to an Australian university direct, remember you are one of thousands applying to the host university. You may need to wait longer to hear from the university or you may need to pursue matters long distance yourself and often the cost and time of doing this from afar is just too much for students to handle. Remember, you're not crossing state borders, you are proposing to travel to a far a way destination for a study abroad experience - you need a competent organization to handle all the small and large details besides admission. More over what do you lose when you use the AEC Program, when it offers you direct enrollment but with all services offered by the AEC, at the same tuition fee as if you were applying direct to the Host University?
Host universities have appointed agencies in North America to provide students support with admissions – this is a good thing as this encourages interest in study abroad generally and specifically also the Host University. However not all agencies (programs) operate in exactly the same way. The AEC Program can get you to the Australian Host university at direct enrollment tuition fees (as advertised on the university’s web site), yet you do not pay for the AEC services. This is because the AEC will receive a small processing fee for students it processes to Host Universities. The AEC manages its program and services with mainly the revenue earned from Host universities.
The AEC is not a large conglomerate - it has a small group of people that offers a very personalized service.
There are so many US based programs, so why should I choose the AEC?
There are many programs offering study abroad programs to Australia. The major difference between the AEC and other programs is that:
The AEC is the only major study abroad program in North America which offers direct enrollment so that students pay the Host University tuition fees! Yet students have access to the full range of services.
Other differences and why AEC should be considered for your semester, year abroad or a full degree program are listed below:
The AEC provides access to 30 Australian universities so that students have plenty of choice.
The AEC team have lived, worked and studied Down Under, so they know intimately the region. Of significance is their work experience in Government and universities. If you want to know more about the people who manage the AEC, click here.
The AEC is a small program so students do receive an individualized service.
The AEC provides all services offered by other programs but students pay direct enrollment fees.
The AEC provides choice with housing and group airfares - you are not forced to take up the program's housing packages or go on pre-assigned group arrangements.
The AEC does not duplicate services already offered by Host Universities. For example, all Host Universities offer a comprehensive on-campus Orientation Program to its study abroad and full degree students so there is no need for the AEC to offer the same orientation. Instead important tips, specifically for students from the USA and Canada become part of the AEC’s pre-departure series of briefings to students. These briefings are sent electronically prior to the student’s departure. The AEC does offer optional programs such as the popular `Experience Australia’ 5 night program in Cairns or Sydney but these are options. Students don’t need to take these options, particularly if they are struggling to go on their study abroad programs.
My home university already offers programs to Australia. How can I convince my school to let me enroll through the AEC?
Take your time to research the opportunities that your school and the AEC offer you. Perhaps what your school offers is worth exploring particularly if overall services are included and the price is right. If however, after undertaking the research you believe that the AEC program is of interest to you and would better serve your needs, your budget and overall objectives then remember this is your study abroad experience which you intend to fund through personal or financial aid funds so take the time to talk to your home school advisers.
If necessary, provide the AEC with your school’s Advisor contact details (name, telephone, email address) and the AEC would make contact on your behalf. Remember, some advisers don't know the AEC; others tend to favor a select number of programs and support these because of their own personal knowledge or association with these organizations - all we ask is that we are given an opportunity to present our program to these advisers.
If you are advised that another program offers a service that is better than what the AEC offers, it is worth you looking into it. Most programs do work very hard to set up services for students. We don’t mind the competition. We just want students to have a choice. So check everyone out. That is the only way you can decide what you want.
What happens if I want to pay by payment plan?
We provide payment plans as long as these plans work around your financial aid disbursement dates. It is important that you inform us well ahead of time about your plans for financial aid so that we can work through these matters at the beginning of your application process.
What do I need to enroll in my Australian program through the AEC? How simple is this process?
All you need to do is make use of the resources you are provided on our web site - you should also begin dialogue about your specific needs through emailing advisers at AEC.
Those students that are not computer literate or do not have access to a computer should not despair. Contact the AEC on its toll free number at 1-800-565-9553.
When is the best time to apply through the AEC?
We will accept applications throughout the year. Remember with the exception of Bond University (which offers semesters in January, May and September each year) nearly all universities in Australia offer two semesters a year, beginning in February and July so you need to apply at least 3 months ahead of time for study abroad programs. For full degree programs, please allow more time for processing. Remember also, that for study abroad, the sooner you apply the better it is to get the best possible housing option because the best housing is usually taken up by early applicants.
Does the AEC have support staff in Australia?
Yes. The AEC has a coordinator that manages oversight of AEC operations Down Under. After 11 years of operation, the AEC has not had a situation where a student has been left stranded or been involved in an emergency situation.
Can the AEC guarantee housing?
The AEC will guarantee housing subject to students meeting Housing Application deadlines. Please Click Here to read more about housing.