Student Visa Options
From 1 July 2016, all international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of the chosen course of study.
Student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590).
A student visa allows you to study in Australia, including English language courses, school courses, vocational education or university courses.
Detailed information on applying for a student visa is available on the Department’s website.
►Study in Australia (DIPB website)
►General information about studying in Australia is available from the Australian Government’s website for international students at: http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
How to apply?
It is mandatory to lodge a student application online and supporting documentation needs to be uploaded.
For your online application, please see: Student visa online applications (DIBP website)
It is recommended that you provide complete and comprehensive evidence that supports your application at the time of lodgement. A list of evidentiary requirements will be provided as part of the online application process.
Instructions are available on the Departmental website at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500- to assist you to determine the evidentiary requirements applicable to you.
Region specific guidance:
The specific guidance detailed below will assist you to upload acceptable documentary evidence at time of application.
- Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for Overseas Student. CoE means that you have been accepted as a student at an Australian educational institution which is registered with the Department of Education, or
Acceptance Advice for Secondary Exchange Student (AASES). AASES means that you have officially been accepted on an exchange program and given a place at an Australian school. Please sign the declaration on the Acceptance Advice and send it to us. If you are under 18 please ask both your parents to sign. Single parents must provide evidence that they have sole custody.
- Students under 18: If you are under 18, upload form 1229 signed by both parents along with their identity documents to verify their signatures. We also require a copy of your birth certificate. Single parents must provide evidence that they have sole custody (e.g. a copy of the custody ruling).
- Accommodation and welfare arrangements. If you are under 18, in order to lodge a valid application, you must provide evidence of acceptable arrangements for your accommodation, support and general welfare for the duration of your student visa or until you turn 18. More information about welfare arrangements can be found at Welfare arrangements.
- Health insurance & Health requirement
Overseas students undertaking formal studies in Australia must take out OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover). OSHC is usually arranged through the education provider in Australia, and the CoE or AASES form must state that it has been purchased.
For further information on OSHC, please see: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Note* Belgian, Norwegian and some Swedish students are not required to purchase OSHC as part of their visa requirements.
A German or Swiss health or travel insurance is not sufficient.
Please refer to the Health Requirements to see if your country of origin or residence and the nature/ duration of your visit require you to undergo any health clearance formalities. Health Requirements - DIBP website
- Important to note for students under 18 - visa validity:
Student visas for minors are generally granted in line with the welfare and health insurance (OSHC) period. Whichever of the two has an earlier expiry date will determine the validity period of the student visa.
Please make sure that travel arrangements both for arrival and departure fall within the period of the welfare and health arrangements.
Minors planning a holiday beyond their student validity period (for example with their parents joining them in Australia) may wish to look into the option of applying for a subsequent visitor visa.
- Translations of non-English or non-German documents: Original documents in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by an English translation. The English translations must be appropriately endorsed translations. In Australia, translators must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Their accreditation details must be recorded on the translation. Translations provided by non-NAATI accredited translators outside Australia should be endorsed by the translator with their full name, address, telephone number, and details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated.
If available in your country, you may also upload multilingual or international records, providing English is one of the languages on the record.