Uni Life

How to choose an education agent

Prof Peter Woods and Stephen Lewin sitting at the Griffith Uni booth at the Latino Australia expo in Bogota.

Hello, it is me, Sergio, again. In this blog I’m going to share with you my experience in choosing an education agent and all the benefits that came with it.

When I was back in Mexico I was driving through the city with my mum and we heard on the radio there was an overseas universities expo happening two blocks away. Long story short we went to the expo and I talked to several agents about my possibilities for studying at a university overseas.

When I talked to the agent that advised me throughout all the application process it gave me a sense of relief. More than anything was the fact that she knew what the visa process was, she had plenty of information about universities in Australia, she gave me costs, gave me advice on which were the best business universities and many other things that contributed to my decision. I strongly recommend getting an agent to help you with the process. Visa applications can be a headache and a very long process if you do not know what you are doing. When you have an agent he or she will take care of your payments so you do not have to worry about doing international transactions. The agent will advise and help you apply to the university of your choice by liaising directly with the university on your behalf. My agent did charge me a commission fee, which was included in the final quote, however I was more than happy to pay her for her services and advice.

Griffith Uni staff Dr Kriengsak Panuwatwanich and Natthada Pimsarn pose with OEC staff in Changmai office.

Griffith Uni staff Dr Kriengsak Panuwatwanich and Natthada Pimsarn with OEC staff in Changmai. Pic from @npimsarn1.

How to choose an agent?

Once you’ve decided to choose an agent to walk with you through the application process it is important to choose the right one. I advise you to target not only one but perhaps two to three agents and schedule a meeting with them separately to see who gives you a good feeling.

Be ready with a list of questions to ask them so they can help give you the information you need. A good agent will give you advice on which university is the best for you. Agents should also be able to give you an idea of costs of living, what it’s like to live in the city that might become your new home and should be able to provide general support.

Most agents will charge you an acceptable fee, which is okay if you think about the amount of time and effort they put into your application. Make sure you ask them about costs when you agree to work with them.

Lots of agents work with Griffith University – you can search the agent database to find one near you.

– Sergio

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