You’ve found your dream course, decided which Australian city you’ll settle in, and now you’re already starting to think about the application process.

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In order to study in Australia, you will need to apply for both admission to an institution and for a student visa from the Australian Government.

How long does a student visa last in Australia?

Your student visa will last for the duration of your study programme (including holiday periods) and will allow you some time to remain in Australia at the end of your course. This time can range from one to three months, depending on the length of your course and the month in which it ends.

What is the age limit for an Australian student visa?

You can apply for an Australian Student Visa at any age. However, special conditions apply if you are under 18 years old.

What are the requirements for a student visa in Australia?

There is a range of entry requirements that you will need to meet both for your institution application and your visa application. This can include:

English language requirements

Some students may need to provide evidence of their level of English. The required level will depend on what course you wish to study. Although the Australian Government sets a minimum language score for each education level (e.g Diploma vs Bachelor), your education provider might have a different language skill level based on the course you’ve chosen. For example, you may have an IELTS score of 6 (IELTS is an international language test). However, some Bachelor’s Degrees require an IELTS score of 6.5 or 7 depending on the institution or the course.

Evidence of funds to support your study

you must show evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, travel expenses and living costs for the intended period of your stay. These requirements vary depending on which country you are from and which institution you will be studying at.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)

Applicants should provide enough evidence to support that their intentions in Australia are temporary for the purpose of study or to accompany a student as a dependent or guardian. This means that an applicant should show that they intend to study in Australia then leave (to their home country or otherwise).

Medical Examination
You must undergo a medical health examination. This will depend on a number of factors:

  • the type of visa that you are applying for

  • the length of your intended stay in Australia

  • your country’s level of tuberculosis risk

  • your intended activities in Australia

  • any special circumstances that may be applicable

  • the presence of any significant medical conditions

  • All costs related to the medical examination are your responsibility and are not refundable in case your visa application is refused.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Australian Student Visa Applicants must register with an OSHC insurance provider for the duration of their time as a student in Australia.OSHC is a special health insurance scheme designed for international students that will help you cover any potential medical or hospital expenses that you may incur during your stay in Australia. It will also cover a certain amount of pharmaceuticals and ambulance services. The current government authorized providers of an OSHC policy are:

  • AHM (Australian Health Management)



  • Medibank

  • Allianz Global Assistance

Character requirements

Everyone who wants to enter in Australia will be assessed against this:

Not have had a visa canceled or a previous application refused.

Step by Step on how to obtain your student visa

There are a number of steps you must go through including:

Deciding on your preferred course and institution

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Submitting your application to the institution

There are two ways to apply:

1) Direct to the education provider

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.

2) Through an Australian education agent

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.

An education agent can tell you about your options for studying and living in Australia and assist with your visa and institution applications. In many cases, agents have had experience studying in Australia and can share their experiences with you. Here are some tips for choosing an agent:

  • Under Australian Government law, every Australian education institution that uses the services of an education agent needs to have a contract with that organisation.

  • Australian education institutions usually have more than one education agent appointed in a country so speak to more than one agent – collect and compare the information.

  • Under Australian Government law, every Australian education institution has to list on its website every education agent it has appointed to represent them in each country.

  • Choose an education agent with experience helping students study in Australia – they will have a good knowledge of the Australian education system, visas, and life in Australia.

  • Make sure that the agent is an authorized representative of the institution that you want to apply to. You can ask to see their letter of appointment from the institutions if you want.

  • Ask about any fees that may be levied for using their services.

  • Have a third party or friend help you understand the documents before you sign any documents.

  • Remember, education agents cannot guarantee a permanent visa or work placement in Australia after you graduate. Their job is to help with applications, so if it sounds too good to be true, keep looking. A reputable agent will be honest about the application process.

3) Receiving and accepting a Letter of Offer

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 the offer back to the institution.

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.

4) Receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE)

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.

5) Applying for your student visa

The student visa must be applied for online. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. The Department of Home Affairs will inform you or your Migration agent/ Education provider of the outcome of your visa application in writing. Moreover, they will inform you about:

  • your visa grant number

  • the date your visa expires

  • your visa conditions

If your visa application is refused, the Department will inform you of the reason and whether you have a right to a review of the decision.

Be aware that the Government visa application fees are not refundable if your visa application is refused.

With a student visa, you can

  • participate in an eligible course of study in Australia

  • travel in and out of Australia

  • work up to 40 hours per fortnight period once your course starts

  • You can include your partner and/or your or your partner’s dependent child, who is unmarried and has not turned 18 years of age when you lodge your visa application.

How long before I receive my Student Visa?

Processing times for student visas depending on the volume of applications, type, of course, you will study, the country you are from, ..

It can take from 10 days to 4 months.

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