How to Get a Student Visa for Australia

Australia is the third most popular destination for international students in the world. Five of its cities are among the best student cities on the globe. The facilities that universities have are also impressive.

There are plenty of reasons why Australia is considered a destination that has a world-class higher education. But before you can embark on your study trip to Australia, you should know more about what you need to do for your student visa even before your arrival.

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1. Decide on a university to apply to and get your acceptance letter

If you’re still not sure where you want to study in Australia, you will have to decide before you can start your student visa application process. After being accepted at an Australian university, you’ll get an acceptance letter required for visa application.

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2. Check if you need a student visa for Australia

If you come from New Zealand, you will not need a student visa for Australia. For all the others, you will have to apply for one. But don't worry. If you have the funds, the right information, patience and the required paperwork you'll get your visa without problems.  The visa application process can vary a lot depending on your nationality, so it's best to start the application process as soon as you receive your acceptance letter from the Australian university where you want to study your degree.

3. Find out what type of visa you need to study in Australia

You will have to apply for the Australian student visa (subclass 500) by using the official online platform. Just follow the steps on the website. You can fill in your country of origin to get a list of requirements for your visa process. You can also register for a medical exam before applying for a visa. After you apply, depending on your situation you may be asked to attend a visa interview, provide police certificates, provide more information, or take a medical exam.

It's likely you'll also have to provide biometrics during the visa application process, but some countries may be exempt Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.

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4. Language requirements for my study in Australia

When you apply for the Australian student visa, you are required to prove your English skills with the result from an accepted English language test:

  • PTE Academic
  • TOEFL PTB (from countries where IELTS is not available)

5. Documents required for a student visa in Australia

  • A complete application form
  • Passport in original and copy
  • Letter of acceptance from the university you applied to
  • Evidence that you can financially afford your studies (62,222 AUD/year which includes tuition fees, travel costs and living costs)
  • Australian accepted health insurance that covers your stay in the country
  • English proficiency test results
  • Criminal record verification results
  • Proof that you paid the 620 AUD visa fee (unless exempt)

6. Useful information for my student visa in Australia

Here are some detailed lists of requirements for the Australian visa, based on what country you're coming from:

Find out more information about the Australian student visa subclass 500 on the official Australian government website.

7. Work as an international student in Australia

Most types of student visas allow you to work during your study up to 20 hours/week (part-time) during the semesters and full-time on holidays.

  • The Graduate work stream is valid for three years and it requires a qualification from a defined set of disciplines.
  • The Post-Study Stream gives you full rights for a maximum of four years, depending on your approved qualification level.
  • The Working Holiday visa applies to students from certain countries, with ages between 18 and 30 and lasts for a maximum of one year.

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