Student Visa Australia
If you intend to study for more than 3 months, you must apply for a student visa.
You can be granted a student visa only if you wish to undertake a registered course or part of a registered course on a full-time basis.
A registered course is an education or training course offered by an Australian education provider who is registered with the Australian Government to offer courses to overseas students.
Depending on your country of nationality and your principal course of study you may have to undergo a Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA) before an Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE) is issued by your Australian education provider.
For Masters and Doctorate Courses
Sponsors must provide evidence of cash assets for the first year tuition fee (as on the letter of offer) and living expenses and access to additional funds (from acceptable sources) to meet the cost of the remainder of study and stay in Australia.
Health (Medical) requirements
Individuals applying to study in Australia must satisfy the health requirements specified in the Migration Regulations. Any family unit members who are included in the visa application are also required to satisfy health requirements.
Students from low health risk countries Iceland, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Sweden are generally not required to undertake health examinations unless a health condition of special significance is declared.
To be covered for health insurance, you will have to pay the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for yourself and any family members traveling with you.
- Student Health Cover for AusAID Students
If you are a student sponsored by AusAID, you will not need to pay the OSHC yourself. You will, however, need to provide proof that AusAID supports your application.
- Student Health Cover for Students from Norway and Sweden
Students from Norway and Sweden do not need to obtain OSHC if they are covered by acceptable health insurance schemes from their home countries.
To enter Australia, you must be of good character
. The information you provide at the 'Character Declaration' section of the application form 157A
,Application for a student (temporary) visa
, 158KB) enables an assessment to be made in respect of your character.
To enter Australia, you must have no outstanding debts to the Commonwealth of Australia, or have made acceptable arrangements to repay such debt.
Can I work?
You cannot work until you have commenced your course in Australia. Once your course has commenced, you are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.
On 23 March 2013, additional post-study work arrangements for international students were introduced. These arrangements allow graduates who have completed a Bachelors or Masters by Coursework degree or completed a Masters by Research or Doctoral degree to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa for up to four years.
Common visa conditions
- you must satisfy attendance and course requirements and maintain a valid enrollment for your course
- you must not work unless you have been granted permission to do so
- you must maintain your Overseas Student Health (OSHC) cover while in Australia
- you must leave Australia before your visa expires
- you must remain with the education provider you initially enrolled with for the first six months of your course or, if the course is less than six months, for the duration of your course
- you must advise your education provider of your residential address within seven days of your arrival in Australia and must inform any changes of address within seven days
- if you change education provider you must inform your current education provider within seven days of issue of an eCoE