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Calling all AGSM UNSW Applicants: January 2017 Intake (Class of 2019)!

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Hello Shane. Nice to know. We are neighbours (MY-SG). See you in Jan.

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Hi everyone, Today I spent some time on reviewing previous AGSM discussions and have compiled here experiences and advice of previous applicants. Hope these tips will help current/prospective AGSM applicants know about the school and its application process. NOTE that these are users' own opinions, expressed when they were in application phase, and may or may not hold true in current circumstance, so don't rely blindly on them.

Interview Invitations


It usually takes approx 20 days to get interview mail after submitting the application and then 10 days to know final status.


IELTS / TOEFL


International applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to take TOEFL or IELTS. Generally IELTS is preferred over TOEFL.


Student Visa


  • It is better to apply for a student Visa first and later for PR visa as the later can take 5-6 months time to process. Once you get PR, it will over-ride the student visa.
  • IDP education is good for visa consulting. They are specialist in this domain and they also do not charge any fees, as they get a direct cut from the university. They will make sure you are submitting correct documents. This decreases rejection chances and the amount of time it takes to grant the visa


Accomodation


Accommodation on campus (UNSW Village) is beautiful but quite steep compared to living outside; To get University accommodation you need to enlist in the queue. You need to pay a small token amount to do that. Alternatively you can form groups of fellow students and search for a 4-5 bedroom shared accommodation. UNSW residential website. https://portal.clv.com.au/StarRezPortalUNSWV


Education Loan


  • Interest rates in Aussie banks for Personal Loan ( Education loan comes under the broad category of Personal Loans) are not less than 13.90%. This is the rate for FIXED rate loan. In case of VARIABLE rates the figure goes to above 14 % and in some banks Variable rates were even more than 15%. For latest interest rates you can check the websites of ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, and NAB.
  • For Indian students, interest rates of Indian banks range from 11-12%. SBI Education loans are supposed to be better than the others in terms of interest rates.


Career Development


  • AGSM is very focused towards management consulting and most of the placements off campus are in that industry. Having said that, majority of the previous Cohort has gotten jobs in various fields. Very few companies (other than the consulting ones) would sponsor you. You'll need a PR to get jobs in most places. So its best that you all apply for PR before coming because it takes time.
  • Although you can’t do internship at AGSM, there is an option to have live projects which are almost just as an internship but of smaller duration.
  • Changing career will be a challenge, especially if it's a change in two or all three aspects - industry, function and geography.
  • AGSM is very well known all over Asia so you have the opportunity to work anywhere in Asia and you will get good competitive package.
  • If international candidate, PR is absolutely essential. Better to have a PR before coming to AGSM as not many companies sponsor PR. There are always a few who seriously suffer because of not planning for this. (One can check SkillSelect site to determine eligibility for PR)
  • Your visa is usually valid till Sept whereas classes will end in April (depending on where you go for exchange) and graduation is in July. You can now apply for 'MBA EXTENTION' which is a 5th semester costing 10,000AUD. You get 6-12 month extension and are eligible for the 2-year work visa (knight visa) once you graduate. In session 5, you will have to find an internship for yourself and are graded on your performance. (NOTE: If you have PR or not there is no requirement for applying to the extension program. Its aim is help people get the required student visa length for 2 years that can help them get the work permit. If you have PR you don't need the work permit. So there is no need for the extension.)


Admitted Profiles


  • GMAT - 700; WE 5 yrs; Indian; IT; Male
  • WE 4 yrs in IT service management with a MNC in Mumbai. Indian; GMAT: 690
  • GMAT 620; IB; Indian; Male; Concentration – Finance, Entrepreneurship
  • WE : 6 yrs ..Lead - IT team. Exceptional Recommendations from my boss; GMAT: 670; Acads: Great
    Extracurriculars: Good
  • WE : 8yrs - IT Project Manager; GMAT: 680 Q 48 V 35 IR 7.0 AWA 5.0; Acads: BE Computer Science, Distinction
    PMP; Extra Curricular: Good Residence status: Australian PR Currently residing in United States
  • WE: 8+ years, Team lead in a Leading Storage IT firm; From Bangalore; GMAT: 710 Acads: B Tech Comp Sc
  • Indian; GMAT: 710; Exp: 6+ in IT consulting (3+ international) Decent extracurriculars.
  • Consultant with PWC, in their Risk Advisory business in Mumbai. WE:6 Years, Have traveled extensively for client assignments, which was also a small topic of discussion during the interview. Average Acad scores, Good extracurriculars, Strong recommendations from my Executive Directors. IELTS of 8.5
  • (Admitted with Scholarship of Excellence; 25K) GMAT: 730; Exp: 6+; Domain: Mechanical Design Engineer; International Exp: about an year; nothing stellar in Extracurricular; Decent Acads
  • (Admitted with Scholarship of Excellence; 25K) IT - 5 years; Gmat : 700
  • Indian; WE: 6+ years; International exp: 3+ years; Masters in HR, Process and domain consultant and sales, CSR: Good, Gmat: not so great
  • Indian (With Australian PR); Female, IT (yes again IT); Exp: 6+years International exp: 2+ years; GMAT: 650; Acads: Fine; Extracurriculars: Fine


Interview Questions


1. Why AGSM?
2. Why now?
3. Why MBA?
4. Specific questions about work experience, Career Progression, current role, and job profile
5. Extracurriculars
6. What drives you
7. Plans after graduation (whether you want to stay in Australia or come back home).
8. My Future goals and any target companies.
9. What do you think you will bring to the community?
10. What questions do you want to ask?
11. You know anything about Sydney?
12. When did I get a PR and was it based on my skills?

Apart from the general interview questions, as applicant was told that he will have to answer one question via email. The question was "What are you made for"?
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New post 24 Jul 2016, 01:41
Hi Guys,

Even i got an offer to join the 2017 batch with 50% scholarship, however i am yet to accept it.

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New post 24 Jul 2016, 05:38
Thanks for the info Narenn.... Quite true that getting sponsorship is tough in Australia . PR makes more sense... Anyways land down under is a great country to get settled down. Hello Harneet. Nice to know. Seems ur still in dilemma whether to join or not :)
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New post 26 Jul 2016, 22:38
Just accepted the offer with scholarship. looking forward to meeting up with you guys come Jan.
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New post 27 Jul 2016, 07:10
Great news Jaredt. See you too in January. Kindly update guys if anyone else has accepted the offer as Jasneet has already posted earlier that it will be beneficial for all us. Let's make our community large.

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Hello everyone!
Just discovered the group for 2017-18 batch!
I too accepted my offer a few days ago.
And official facebook community for 2017-18 batch doesn't exist as yet. Admission office coordinator told me she'll be creating it soon.
One question: Can I still apply for Excellence scholarship?
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Hi Abhishek,

Glad to have you onboard. Congrats on your selection!

Regarding your query on the scholarship, it's not possible to apply to the excellence scholarship now. You could apply the same while submitting your application. However, I would still suggest that you drop an email to the admissions team and check if you are eligible to apply for any other scholarships.

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Thanks!

Trying my luck! I sent the admissions office an email today. There seems little information on AGSM website on scholarships. I couldn't find deadlines for them anywhere.

Meanwhile , anybody has data on AGSM's last batch placements? I tried to connect with a few alumni on linkedin but couldn't.

And, congratulations to all those who are selected!
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Hello Abhishek. Congrats dude. This is the placement report for 2014 batch but I cant find anything for 2015...

https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/AGSM-S ... nts/MBA(FT)_Statistics_FT2014.pdf

See you all guys in Jan.

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Guys! I would request everyone to update their application status for the benefit of the larger community. Thanks.

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Congratulations shibin! See you in January...


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Hello,

Shall we create a whatsapp group for the admitted candidates. Please pm me the whatapp numbers.

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New post 16 Aug 2016, 02:39
I was thinking of exactly the same.
So, has the group been already created?
And if yes then who's the Admin? So that I can send my no. through!
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As per my understanding, no group is yet created. Please pm me your number, I will create one.
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New post 16 Aug 2016, 03:33
Just did it shibin.
Go ahead!

Requesting others to join in too!
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New post 16 Aug 2016, 03:49
We already have a facebook group, created today, which can be used to connect.

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New post 16 Aug 2016, 03:52
Yes, I saw the group. But I think whatsapp seems more easy to communicate platform. I have created one group with me and Abhishek.
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Hey guys. I have joined the whatsapp group as well.

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Welcome Sanjeev. Others please join. You can pm me the number.
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