Professional Year

Professional Year (PY)

program is designed to target specialized professional development. It combines both institutional learning and workplace experience for international students who have graduated from an Australian institution. PY programs usually run for 12 months and are currently available for:

  • Accounting,
  • The Information Communication Technology (ICT), and
  • Engineering

PY programs are designed for students who want to have an opportunity to participate in Australian workplace. Successful completion of Professional Year can also give you extra points in terms of point based skilled visas.
PY is meant to help students develop industry-specific skills through study and work experience, preparing them for professional careers in the Australian workforce. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) only recognizes Professional Year Programs that have been approved by the Government.

Benefits of a Professional Year Program:

  • Earn valuable work experience in an Australian company through an internship; as well as enrich resume
  • Improve understanding of the culture and practices commonly found in the Australian workplace
  • Learn how to communicate professionally within the workplace
  • Receive five extra points on the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) ‘points test’ when applying for Permanent Residency Application.
  • Help build professional network and enhance networking and professional communication skills.

To be eligible for the Professional Year program, students must:

  • Have an Australian degree in Accounting, Computer Science or Engineering (or a closely related field) to be eligible for a Professional Year program
  • Have a Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa
  • Passport
  • -485 visa or 476 visa (Engineering only)
  • -Completion letter
  • -Official Transcript
  • -English certificate
  • -Skill Assessment Successful Outcome Letter (Accounting & Engineering)
  • -CV (Engineering only)
  • -Application form
  • For Engineering PYP, personal documents should be certified within 3 months of the application by an authorised person such as Pharmacist or Lawyer.
  • The Engineering PY admission requires the approval from Engineering Education Australia (EEA) and completion of the Career Interview of providers.

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