Studying in Australia can be a great opportunity for you to embark on a new journey and gain skills/qualifications that are internationally recognised as being one of the highest standards of education in the world. Australia can provide you with a life-style experience unlike any other making it a favorite study destination for many international students across the globe. However, there are many things you should know before making the commitment to start studying in Australia!
You can apply for a Student Visa by choosing a particular course of study ranging from:
· English Courses (General English and IELTS preparation etc.)
· Vocational Courses (Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas etc.)
· University Courses (Bachelor’s Degrees, Masters and PhD’s)
Courses vary in length and therefore it’s important to choose carefully depending on your future career or study plans.
Benefits of a Student Visa
A student visa has many positives! Student visas allow you to study AND WORK in Australia! You are entitled to work 40 hours per fortnight (2 weeks) during your studies, and full-time during your course breaks/holidays. There is no age limit to apply for an Australian Student Visa however, there are special conditions to apply if you are under 18 years old.
The qualification you gain whilst studying in Australia my open up many options for you including sponsored work or skilled migration pathways towards residency.
You may apply for a Graduate Study Visa once you graduate from your course to allow you to gain further experience in your field of study. You can even include your family members and/or your partner when lodging your application. Depending on the length of your course, your visa may be granted with additional stay duration periods once you finish your studies!
Cost of a Student Visa in Australia
The current fees in order to apply for a Student Visa (Subclass 500) are set at $560 AUD. But this doesn’t include additional costs such as course fees or other costs incurred (police checks, medicals etc.)
Requirements of a Student Visa in Australia
In order to apply for a Student Visa, you will need to meet the following requirements.
· Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)
o You will need to provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) or Letter of Offer issued by the education provider you have chosen.
· Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) and Financial requirements
o If you plan to study in Australia you should provide enough evidence to show that you intend to enter Australia on a temporary basis for the purpose of study.
o You might also need to show evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your study fees, travel and living expenses for the intended period of stay.
· English Proficiency Requirement
o You may need to provide evidence of English language competency as part of your application. Certain countries are exempted from this requirement.
· Australian Health Requirement
o You may be requested to complete a medical health examination.
· Australian Character Requirement
o You might be asked to provide Overseas Police certificates for each country you have lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.
· Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
o Australian Student Visa Applicants must register with an OSHC insurance provider for the duration of their time as a student in Australia. Some exemptions apply.
Our office has many registered Migration agents who can assist you if you are thinking about coming to Australia to study. Please email or call our office to discuss your study options today.
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