Yay… nay.

Posted in Thoughts by Sandra on April 2, 2009

I received an email from Swinburne today. There was a letter (.pdf) attached.

Letter

Euphoria! Hugs! Yay! Joy!

“Ok kitten, go find out how much we need to pay and by when!”

Settle down, and read the email in more detail.

“Please note that we were unable to offer you the original preferred course on your application form and we have offered an alternative package offer. Please note that the minimum entry requirement for Swinburne TAFE course is successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent.”

WTF?

Reality

So it turns out that Singapore’s GCE ‘O’ Level is only counted as an Australian Year 11. Most TAFE courses (except courses like floristry) require a minimum entry requirement of Australian Year 12. And apparently, that is a GCE ‘A’ Level.

Which means I’m fucked, because I have only my GCE ‘O’ Levels (with transcript) and 1 1/2 years’ worth of university (without transcript). And since I don’t have the transcript for my university, I’m a “Year 11”. I can’t help feeling like I’ve been fucked over by both paper qualifications and money.

That’s the con of university programmes like the one I was in: if you’re in, you’d better finish it till the end, or at least be able to get your transcript before you get out. I bypassed the need to take my GCE ‘A’ levels because the US degree programme allowed GCE ‘O’ Level graduates to apply, but as you can see, it’s not of much use because I don’t have transcripts.

And what the fuck? The foundation programme is 4 months shorter than my “principal course”, and is AUD $4,000 more expensive to boot.

I’ve written directly to the Director of International Admissions. I hope he responds quickly…

At this point, it seems that I must return to Singapore. I’ve started looking for temp jobs I can start working in for 3 months starting 17th April — 2 days after I would’ve gotten back to Singapore.

I don’t want to, though…

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  1. Py said, on April 2, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    :( Good luck with that, Sandrah.. Alternatively, look for other unis maybe?

  2. Trisha said, on April 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Omg so much

    look at a website called OTEN it allows you to do a course from home, maybe they will accept you with what you want to do

    • Sandra said, on April 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm

      Unfortunately OTEN cannot be the provider of a student visa… I’ve to be enrolled with some other school if I wish to enroll in OTEN as an international student. :( Thanks though, Trish!


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