Student visas explained

Where can I get advice about student visas?

Reputable sources like the Australian embassy or consulate in your country are great places to find information. Education providers and agents in your country will also help. Make sure that any agent you consult is qualified and has a good reputation. Unfortunately there are people who will try to mislead international students. The Australian Government is cracking down on these ˜rogue' agents to ensure that international students receive correct and up-to-date advice.

Do I need to use an education agent?

Education agents are often the first point of contact between Australian education providers and students intending to study in Australia, however it is not a requirement to use an education agent to negotiate the visa process. If you are confident that you are aware of all the requirements you need to successfully apply for a visa, then go for it!

How do I apply for my student visa?

The process of applying for your student visa may seem scary at first. Don't worry “ it is actually quite a straightforward process. There are also many people to help you along the way, and remember you can always contact your university or education provider for advice.

5 things you need to know ¦

  • you can only apply for your visa AFTER you have received your formal offer of enrollment from your education provider.
  • make sure you check the assessment level for your country.
  • all assessment level 1 student outside Australia can apply for their student visa online, as well as citizens of India, Indonesia, Thailand and The People's Republic of China.
  • your visa application depends on a range of general requirements , such as English language proficiency.
  • a non-refundable visa application charge o=applies to most visa applications, with the exception of secondary school exchange students and students sponsored under Commonwealth approved programs.

This student timeline shows you the steps you need to take between first thinking about studying in Australia and actually arriving in the country.

Newsflash: new living allowance regulations

From January 2010 international students must show they have access to $18,000 living costs per year. This new regulation will ensure that international students are able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia. For more information on the changes read the fact sheet from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship .

International students are still able to supplement their income with part-time work (up to 20 hours per week during semester).

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