Do you want to stay in Australia?
You’re already in Australia, you love it! The white sandy beaches, the fantastic weather all year round, and the world of opportunities that this country has to offer have you enamoured. Are you looking to stay? I don’t blame you! Thousands of people each year go through the exact same process as you, so, how do they do it?
If you aren’t on the skilled workers list (find the updated list here, or you don’t have an Australian partner, then in order to stay in Australia an extended period of time, the Student Visa is your best starting point! With its world class universities, practical vocational colleges and outstanding English language schools to support international students, studying in Australia is a great way to gain great new skills. And depending on what you study, you may be on the way to PR (permanent residency)!
You can apply for a Student Visa by studying:
English Courses (General English, IELTS preparation, Cambridge, etc.)
Vocational courses (Business, Marketing, Tourism, Sport & Fitness, Hospitality, etc.)
University Courses (Bachelor’s Degree, Masters and PhD's)
Whatever you decide to study, here we break down the process into simple, easy to follow steps to help you get your Student visa!
1. Find a CRICOS registered education provider
One of the most important requirements of an Australian student visa is that the educational institute in which you are enrolled is CRICOS registered. So make sure you double check before choosing your school/college/ university. You can do this via an Education Agent or directly yourself, usually via the schools web page. Once you have found your educational provider, choose a course that best suits your goals and interests! South Sydney College is of course a CRICOS registered education provider, check our website for the courses we offer:
2. Understand the requirements
The following 3 requirements need to be met in order to begin the application process:
- Academic requirements: This is directly determined with your chosen university/college/institute. In most cases you may need a certain academic background or work experience, and to be 18+ years old to enrol on a course. Different institutes have different requirements, so conducting thorough research before deciding is always a good idea.
- English language requirements: A proficient and working level of English is required by almost all education providers (unless you wish to study English!). This is to ensure that you are able to understand and participate in your chosen course. In most cases, your level must be proven. Most providers will ask for prove of your IELTS test score or equivalent.
- Financial stability: Depending on your country’s’ rating by the Australian government, you may be asked to supply financial proof such as a bank statement to prove you are able to fund your studies whilst in Australia. If you are unsure about this, write us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Receiving your 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 offer back to the institution. This can usually be done by mail. 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 receive a refund.
Read the Letter of Offer carefully before you accept it. Make sure that you understand all your rights, including the refund arrangements. Do not accept the Letter of Offer if you are unhappy with any of its terms. Keep a copy of the Letter of Offer. You will need this copy so that you are aware of your rights.
4. Wait for your COE before applying for your visa
Make sure you have received your Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) from your chosen institution before applying for a visa.
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.
5. Get your health examination done early
One of the essentials for a visa application is to get a complete health examination. To avoid having to rush last minute to get your health check you may consider getting it done earlier, so you are able to avoid application process delays.
6. Compile your supporting documents
After gathering all the required documents for your visa application, health insurance documentation, English language requirements, genuine temporary entrant requirements, financial documents and personal documents, then you are ready to apply for your visa! However, don’t forget to get your documents translated by an authorized professional if the documents are not in English.
7. Apply for your visa! You’re ready to apply for your visa!
You can do this online via the government website, or via your education agent.