The following information will help you decide which class of student visa you need to study in Australia.
All visa applications by international students and education agents are processed online by creating an account on ImmiAccount.
All of the following types of study are included on this visa. For more information about student visas, visit Department of Home Affairs:
For shorter periods of study, you can apply for a Visitor or Working Holiday Visa. There is also a visa option specifically for student guardians.
Read more about Visitor Visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Read more about Working Holiday Visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Read more about Student Guardian visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Read more about Temporary Graduate visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Visa options and requirements are sometimes subject to change. In order to stay up to date, the best place to get accurate information is on the Department of Home Affairs website. The website provides comprehensive information on the types of visas available for different levels of study in Australia, including people considering bring family members with them (whether guardians, partners/spouses or children). You will also have access to help and advice about your specific visa requirements.
Another option is to contact an education agent, who can help with your visa application, course application, and answer any other questions.
There are some entry requirements to consider before you can study in Australia.
To make the most out of your time studying in Australia, students need to meet some entry requirements. Academic and English language requirements will help you succeed in your course. Other requirements ensure you have important health insurance cover and can be looked after while you’re here.
Australian educational courses are taught in English. In some cases, you may need to provide results of an English language test. We require proof of your English language capabilities to ensure you can understand the course content.
The English language skill level required by an institution can be different from the skill level required for your student visa application. See studying and training visas for more information and check the institution’s website for any specific English language requirements.
The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need will vary depending on the level of course you want to study. Institutions can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their website carefully and contact them if you need any advice or assistance.
Here is some general guidance on entry requirements for different levels of study:
Tip: To meet the academic requirements of an Australian high school qualification, consider taking a foundation course. Also known as bridging study, they are intensive courses that will help you meet entry requirements. They are usually one-year long and are offered by most higher education institutions.
The student visa you need depends on your course. Here are some typical requirements:
Australia has a special system of health cover for international students called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It will help you pay for any medical or hospital care you may need while you’re studying here. It will also help pay for most prescription medicines and provide you with ambulance cover in emergencies.
You will need to purchase OSHC for yourself and any family member travelling with you, before you arrive in Australia. You must have OSHC for the duration of your student visa. You can find out more about OSHC cover, including where to purchase OSHC at PrivateHealth.gov.au.
To study in Australia you’ll need to apply for admission to an institution and a student visa from the Australian Government.
Once you’ve decided on a course and an institution, it’s time to apply for admission.
The first step is to apply for the course you want. There are two ways to apply:
To apply direct, download the application form from the education provider’s website. If you are applying for courses at more than one institution, you will need to submit a separate application to each institution.
Most institutions partner with a number of agents. Details on the agents an institution works with can be found on their website or by contacting them directly.
You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course, provider and qualification you’re studying for. The most important documents include:
If your application is successful, you will receive a ‘Letter of Offer’. To confirm your offer you must respond to this letter by signing and sending an acceptance of offer back to the institution. This can usually be done by mail or, in some cases, by scanning and emailing the letter. The Letter of Offer is a contract between you and the institution. It sets out the course you will be enrolled in, enrolment conditions, the fees you need to pay, and the refund payable if you don’t complete your course with that provider. This contract is very important – if you don’t start your course, or finish your course, this written agreement will be used to determine if you will receive a refund.
After you have accepted your Offer and paid your deposit you will receive an ‘Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment’ (eCoE) by email. This will outline your course start date, total course fees and how long your course will run for.
If you are applying for your Student Visa through the Department of Home Affairs online lodgement facility, you will need the details of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment to lodge your visa application. If you are lodging a paper visa application you must provide the electronic Confirmation of Enrolment prior to the visa being granted.
Generally, secondary school exchange students and students sponsored by either Department of Foreign Affairs or the Department of Defence are the only students who will not require a confirmation of enrolment certificate.
You should make sure that you meet requirements for a student visa before you accept an offer and pay any tuition fees.
Visit Australia to participate in a course of study.
Up to 5 years and in line with your enrolment.
From AUD620, unless exempt.
Processing times vary