Australia offers a range of education options for international students from primary school through to doctorates. You first need to ensure you’re applying for the most relevant visa that corresponds to the course you wish to pursue in Australia. Independent ELICOS Sector Visa (subclass 570)
International students with this visa can stay in Australia to study a full-time English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS). The Overseas Student Program (OSP) of the Australian government allows non-Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to study in Australia. Students wanting to study English in Australia on a student visa must be enrolled in a registered school of ELICOS English language programs. Here’s how you can apply for ELICOS Subclass 570 visa.
Through this visa, you can study a full-time school course in Australia. You’re eligible for this visa, if you’re:
International students who are enrolled in a registered vocational education and training course can apply for the Vocational Education and Training Sector visa (subclass 572), which allows you to stay in Australia to study a full-time vocational education and training course.
With this visa, international students can stay in Australia to study a full-time higher educational course. You’re eligible for this visa if you’re enrolled as a student in a registered course for a:
Higher education diploma or advanced diploma
Streamlined visa processing for this visa means the applicants are treated as low migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1) regardless of their country of origin. Read more on the Subclass 573 visa.
International students can also apply for the Postgraduate Research Sector visa if you’re enrolled as a student in a registered course at a participating university or non-university higher education provider for either a Master’s degree by research or a doctoral degree
If you wish to undertake another course of study ahead of your main course of study, such as an enabling course, you may also be eligible for this streamlined visa processing.
This visa allows you to stay in Australia to study a full-time:
For this visa, overseas students can apply for streamlined visa processing at a participating university or non-university higher education providers in Australia for a student exchange program (semester or year) or study abroad program (semester or year). Read more on the Subclass 575 visa.
International students sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Department of Defence are eligible for this visa to stay in Australia and study full time. This visa is for you if:
Higher Education Visas
So you’ve gone through the course plans and reviewed the Australian University curriculum for a class you wish to pursue. To prepare yourself for a challenging experience and a valuable addition to your academic qualifications, you’ll need a visa which allows you to study in Australia.
Australian Student Visas allow you to study and work in the country for a period equal to the duration of your course plus one month (28 days from the last class). Your minimum age must be 16 to be eligible for this visa. Approval of a Student Visa is associated to the Confirmation of Enrolment (COE), which identifies the start and end date of a specific course.
This visa allows you to stay in Australia for the duration of your course and permits you multiple entries. Dependent family members who accompany you to Australia are usually able to stay the same length of time as you, but they cannot stay once you’ve left the country. Student visas are granted up to a maximum duration as outlined below:
|Duration of course||Duration of visa|
|Longer than 10 months and finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November – December)||Your visa will usually be granted to March 15 of the following year|
|Longer than 10 months (finishing January - October)||Your visa will be granted for two months longer than the duration of our course|
|10 months or less
||Your visa will usually be granted for one month longer than the duration of your course
When applying for a Student Visa to Australia, remember that:
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