Australia is the third most popular international student destination in the world. It is currently home to nearly 700,000 international students. That’s an 11% increase in international student numbers from 2017.
Australia is setting international standards for excellence in education. They have six of the world’s top 100 universities.
The Australian education sector comprises of world-leading education institutions, premium training facilities, and outstanding lecturers and student support services.
Australian institutions provide an education curated to help you succeed in the global workforce. An Australian qualification will make you very attractive to potential employers in Australia, at home and all around the world.
Universities there encourage international students to think big. Every year, students from around the world graduate from Australian institutions with high-quality qualifications in almost every field. Australian graduates are sought after by employers worldwide and they often go on to achieve great success.
Live and study in safety and peace
Australian cities have some of the lowest crime rates in the world, and our streets and public spaces are open and safe. There are many options for accommodation: you can live in purpose-built student villages, homestays, private rentals, share-houses, or boarding school accommodation.
Australians have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming, with an open and informal approach to life, while also showing respect for the rights and freedoms of others. Australia has a very high standard of living, with the quality of education, healthcare, transport, infrastructure, and government services all well above international averages.
If you decide to stay in Australia
You may be eligible to undertake post-study work to put your newly gained knowledge to use and gain local work experience. Education providers and government bodies help connect students with potential employers at careers fairs, employment hubs, job boards, and industry networking events in every state and territory. The support, advice, and opportunities you access can be a real advantage as you launch your career.
Australia generally has two intakes which are February and July, with few Universities offering multiple intakes in September and November. It is suggested that you should start making applications ideally 6-7 months prior to the intake. University generally takes around 5-6 weeks to process the applications.
- Financial requirements:
Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition, travel and living costs. The amount you need to prove that you have for living costs (separate from tuition and travel) is approximately AU$20,500 for a year. If you have dependents (such as a spouse and children), you will also need to show evidence of being able to cover living costs for them, including school fees. Alternatively, you can show evidence that your spouse or parents are willing to support you and that they earn at least AU$60,000 a year.
- English proficiency requirement:
If you’re not from an English-speaking country (and haven’t completed at least five years of study in an English-speaking country), you will need to take an English proficiency exam. Eligible tests include the IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE). Usually for undergraduate courses, minimum IELTS score of 6.0 and for postgraduate courses, IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The score you will need will depend on whether you are starting a full degree, doing a foundation course, or enrolling on a preliminary English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS).
- Health requirements:
Some students may be asked to take a medical and/or a radiological check-up to show they’re in good health (this applies, for example, to those who intend to train as a doctor, dentist or nurse). If told to do so, you must attend an appointment with a doctor who has been approved by the Australian immigration department. As an international student in Australia, it is mandatory to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your study in Australia.
Australian student visa documents
- Completed Australian Student Visa Application Form
- Paid visa application fee – currently AU$630 in most cases
- Copy of Passport Bio-Data Page (some students may be asked to physically provide their passport)
- Certificate of Enrolment or Letter of Offer
- Evidence of sufficient funds
- Evidence of Health Insurance Cover
- English Proficiency Test Results
- Criminal Record Check Results
- Four recent passport-sized Photographs
After you have assembled and scanned your supporting documents, you’ll need to create an account and apply with the online ImmiAccount application system.
Most visa applications take four weeks to process.