A great quality of life and many highly respected educational institutions makes Australia a popular destination for international students.
Short courses of study, less than three months in duration, can be completed while you are on a Visitor, or less than four months on a Working Holiday visa.
For longer courses, if you are already in Australia on one of these visas, you can apply online for a Student visa (subclass 500) without leaving the country.
Your Student visa can only be granted after you have received a Confirmation of Enrolment letter (CoE) from your chosen institution. This means you must apply directly to an accredited university or college and be accepted into a course before applying.
You must also provide evidence of your English skill level, hold adequate Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance, and meet health and character standards.
To meet the financial requirements, you need to prove that you have access to at least $20,290 for costs incurred during the first 12 months of your stay in Australia. You can prove this through a bank deposit, scholarship documents, or evidence of a loan.
During the course of study, you cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight or 20 hours per week. During the holidays you may work as much as you like.
The Government’s Document Checklist Tool, at immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/web-evidentiary-tool, lists everything you need to apply for a Student visa. Once you’ve collected these documents, submit your application online yourself, or use a registered migration agent.
When your visa is approved, it will be emailed to you, and you will need to provide it to your educational institution.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Student visa, organisations like Boomerang, at www.boomerangedu.com, provide free assistance with admission to colleges and universities, as well as career counselling, health insurance, and visa application advice.