How To Study In Australia

To ensure you have everything you require to study in Australia, this section looks at:

Whether you are straight out of senior school or furthering your tertiary qualifications or even changing career direction, Australia offers a wide range of study options and courses for you.

Below is a range of information, which will help you not only make the move to Australia but how to make your study successful.


Careful planning and research are imperative before you commence enrolment. You should thoroughly research the course, the qualifications you will receive, the duration as well as where this course is offered, and the lifestyle offered in that destination.

Your institute of choice will be able to provide you with assistance and advise through the enrolment process. It is also important you seek advice from your local Australia visa office and education agents in your home country.

How To Apply For Admission


  1. Fill in our Enquiry Form
  2. One of our Course Manager’s will contact you with the best course options for you.
  3. You select the course and with our assistance, lodge your application.
  4. A Letter of Offer will be received upon a successful application.
  5. A deposit is paid upon acceptance of the offer.
  6. An ECOE (Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment) will be sent, enabling you to proceed with your VISA application.

FAQ’s About Studying In Australia

More than 60,000 international students across 140 countries choose to study in Australia each year. Research indicates that international students choose Australia because:

  1. Globally recognised courses, institutions and qualifications.
  2. Multicultural and dynamic lifestyle.
  3. Reasonable study costs.
  4. Enviable weather and landscapes.

Each course has its own requirements for the English language and previous study qualifications. Our course advisors will ensure you are aware of these prior to enrolment.

Tuition fees will vary depending on the course and institution. Our course advisors will advise you of the full costs and payment options prior to your enrolment.

The Student Visas section of our website details the requirements for an Australian student visa and how to apply for one.

There are five different tests accepted for Australia student visa applications:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  3. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE)
  4. Occupational English Test (OET)
  5. Pearson Test of English (PTE)

For further information about English language requirements, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

It is best to ask your case manager if your training institute offers a scholarship for your chosen course.

Yes, you can work whilst you study in Australia. International students are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during study periods and unlimited hours during study breaks.   For more information about student visas and working rights, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

If you hold a student visa and are thinking about changing your course of study, you must ensure that you continue to meet all the conditions that apply to your student visa.

If you have not completed six months of your principal course (the main course of study you are undertaking) and you want to change your education provider, the ESOS National Code explains the circumstances in which this will be possible. Unless special circumstances apply, you usually need to have permission from your existing education provider to transfer to another education provider.

If you want to transfer, your education provider must assess or consider your request to transfer. All education providers have documented procedures about their transfer policy. Make sure you understand your education provider’s transfer policy, and what your written agreement says you must do, before you attempt to enrol with a new education provider.

For further information, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Qualification Recognition in Australia

The following information will help you to discover whether your previous qualifications will be recognised for admission to your course.

Qualification Recognition for Vocational Courses

Entry to Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses usually requires you to provide evidence that you have successfully completed the international equivalent of Australian Year 10, 11 or 12. Your case manager can provide you with a list of overseas qualifications and the minimum academic requirements for entry into your course.

Qualification Recognition for Undergraduate Courses

There are a number of different qualifications accepted by our education providers for entry into undergraduate degrees.
Following are some of your options:

  • Complete secondary school in Australia – International students who complete Year 12 in Australia are able to apply for admission to undergraduate degrees in the same way as an Australian student. This requires you to complete the Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education offered in the state in which they live.
  • Complete secondary school overseas – International students who complete secondary school in their home country elsewhere overseas can often apply for entry to our education providers using their overseas secondary school qualifications. The international qualifications recognised by our education providers vary, so please discuss this with your case manager. In addition, you may be require to meet English language requirements.

Qualification Recognition for Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate courses in Australia require you to provide evidence that you have successfully completed an appropriate undergraduate qualification that is comparable to an Australian bachelor degree from a recognised education provider. For entry to some courses, the undergraduate qualification needs to be in a similar field, while other courses may accept undergraduate qualifications in any discipline. Your case manager will be able to advise your eligibility.

Student Timeline

Planning needs to be completed well in advance if you are planning on studying in Australia. Not only do you need to select the course you wish to study, but you also need to apply for a student visa, plan where you are going to live, organise overseas student health cover and much more, and all this needs to be done well in advance prior to your arriving in Australia.

Two years prior to arrival

Research what is going to be the right course for you. Speak with our course advisers for help with this. Once you have chosen which course you intend to study, you need to research the location in which your selected course will be undertaken.

Check the academic and English language entry requirements of the course prior to application. Again, our course advisers are here to help with these enquiries.

18 months prior to arrival

Organise English language testing (if necessary) – our course adviser will advise whether you will need to demonstrate your English skills and which test is accepted. You will need these results at the time of enrolment in your course.

12 months prior to arrival

Apply for the course of your choice. See the enrolment section on this website for more information.

10 to 12 months prior to arrival

Accept your offer. You will receive a letter of offer from your education provider. [TBC on time before it lapses etc.] Ensure that you can meet all conditions of enrolment to ensure you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Apply for a student visa. Visa processing is made through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) or through an Australia visa office in your home country. Visas can take up to 12 weeks to be granted, so applications should be made as soon as you receive a letter of offer or CoE.

Vaccinations. Click here to read some of the vaccinations required before entering Australia. However we recommend that you double check with your local doctor and organise any that you will require. Some vaccinations require multiple doses ahead of time.

3 to 4 months prior to arrival

Accommodation. Organise your accommodation in the town in which you will be studying. For more information, see the Accommodation section.

Book tickets. Once your student visa is granted, you can book your tickets to Australia. Ensure you allow plenty of time for familiarisation around the city and moving into your accommodation before classes commence.

2 weeks prior to arrival

Organise transfers. You will need to think about how to get from your airport to the city in which you are studying and to your accommodation from the airport or train station.


Congratulations. You have made it to Australia and are ready to study and live in our wonderful country.

Study Costs

The cost of study will be dependent on which education provider and course you select. A guide to the expected course costs* follow:

Course Category  Minimum Cost Maximum Cost Average Cost
Arts Design & Entertainment $14,000 $24,000 $16,500
Automotive $6,000 $18,000 $14,000
Business & Commerce $5,000 $26,000 $16,500
Building & Construction $8,500 $28,000 $20,000
Education & Early Childcare $6,000 $25,000 $15,000
English Language Program $3,000 $4,700 $4,000
Engineering, Mining & Gas $6,000 $32,000 $18,000
Environment & Horticulture $5,000 $28,500 $12,000
Fashion $20,000 $30,000 $20,000
Hairdressing & Beauty $15,000 $19,500 $16,500
Health $7,000 $72,000 $25,000
Hospitality & Tourism $2,500 $25,500 $16,000
Information Technology $5,500 $25,000 $17,000
Psychology, Social Work & Community Services $22,000 $24,000 $23,000
Rotary, Transport & Safety Services $11,000 $120,000 $31,000
Senior Schooling $7,000 $8,500 $7,500
Sports & Fitness $3,000 $22,500 $12,000
Masters by Research $20,000 $28,000 $25,000
Doctorate Degrees $20,000 $28,000 $24,000

* Based on 2017 course costs.

Student Visas

Congratulations on choosing Australia as your place to study. We offer a fantastic lifestyle for you as you study as well as many opportunities to experience different cultures from around the world as well as many unique Australian events. Now that you have received your CoE, you must apply for a student visa.

You should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) or your nearest Australian visa office to find out whether you are eligible for a student visa, how to make your application and what documentation you will be required to provide with the application.

The Australian Government has strict criteria, which must be met to receive a student visa. These relate to:

  • Your health
  • Your character
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • Being free of debts to the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Custody, accommodation and general welfare arrangements for students under 18 years of age
  • Your capacity to cover day to day living expenses, airfares, course tuition fees for you and your family members for the duration of your stay in Australia (the minimum living cost requirement is AUD$19,830 per year)
  • Your academic record and qualifications completed
  • Your English language proficiency
  • Proving that you are a genuine temporary entrant

To apply for your student visa, you will be required to provide either your letter of offer from your training organisation or a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Applications are generally lodged online although you may be able to apply by post or in person at your nearest Australian visa office. The amount of evidence you are required to provide will depend on your country or origin and intended training organisation.

To find the best student visa for you, visit the DIBP website. You can also contact your local Australian visa office for advice.


A non-refundable application fee of AUD$550 applies to most visa applications. Applicants who are bringing eligible family members to live with him or her in Australia while they study, should note that an additional applicant charge applies for each additional family member included in a combined visa application. The additional charge is added to the base application charge and varies according to the age of the additional applicant(s). Additional costs might apply for medical examinations, vaccinations, police checks and the translation of documents into English, if required. For more information, see the Fees and Charges for Visa on the DIBP website.

Student Guardian Visas

A parent or legal guardian of a child under 18 who is moving to Australia to study, may also apply for permission to live in Australia as a student guardian on a Student Guardian Visa. Student guardians may live in Australia for the duration of their child’s course or until the child turns 18. Extenuating circumstances may permit the Student Guardian visa to be extended such as religious or cultural reasons.

Parents or legal guardians must also meet the general and evidentiary requirements list above to receive a Student Guardian Visa.

In addition, the applicant must:

  • Be a parent, person who has legal custody or a relative of the student for whom you will be guardian.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Be able to provide accommodation, general welfare and other support to the student.

For further information, please visit the DIBP website or visit your local Australian visa office.

Overseas Student Health Cover

As a condition of your Student Visa, you must obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to ensure you have adequate health insurance while in Australia. The OSHC provides medical and hospital insurance during your study time in Australia. You must not arrive in Australia before your health insurance commences. If you are in Australia without the adequate health insurance, you are in breach of your visa conditions and your visa may be revoked.

Your education provider might be able to arrange your OSHC cover for you. At the time of your visa application, you will need to know the name of your health insurance provider, the date that your policy starts and finishes and be aware of the terms and conditions of your policy. You may arrange OSHC coverage yourself and will need to know the policy number to include in the visa application.


You do not require OSHC if you are:

  • a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
  • a Swedish student covered by Kammarkollegiet
  • a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia

OSHC is available for a period of up to five years. If your course exceeds five years in length, then OSHC providers may issue cover for a longer period. It is your responsibility to know when your policy expires and to contact your OSHC provider should an extension be required.

If have a child born after your arrival in Australia and you only have a single OSHC policy, you must change that to a family policy. If family members join you after your arrival in Australia, they will have to demonstrate that they have an OSHC policy for the duration of their visas.

The cost of OSHC is dependent on the type of cover required and your provider.

What does OSHC cover?

OSHC assists with medical costs including visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).

OSHC insurance providers offer a range of different products. These may range from a basic product, which covers only the compulsory minimum services through to comprehensive products, which provide additional for extra services.

At a minimum, an OSHC must include cover for:

  • The benefit amount listed in the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) fee for out-of-hospital medical services (for example, a general practitioner)
  • 100% of the MBS fee for in-patient medical services (eg, surgery)
  • Public hospital shared ward accommodation
  • Private hospital shared ward accommodation (only for hospitals that have contractual arrangements with the overseas student’s health insurer)
  • Day surgery accommodation
  • Some prosthetic devices
  • Pharmaceutical benefits for up to $50 per pharmaceutical item to a maximum of $300 per year for a single membership ($600 for a family membership).   Overseas students may face significant out of pocket costs if they do not have appropriate coverage for treatment with pharmaceuticals, particularly oncology (cancer) treatment.
  • Ambulance services

Before selecting a policy, it is best to compare various policies available to you and ensure that it provides the minimum coverage required as well as any additional coverage you or your family members may require.

Waiting Periods

Under OSHC policies, OSHC insurers may impose waiting periods for the following:

  • Treatment during the first 12 months of membership for pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities and pregnancy related services; and
  • Treatment during the first 2 months of membership for pre-existing psychiatric conditions

What if I need treatment in Australia?

If you fall ill when in Australia, you should:

  • Make an appointment to see a General Practitioner (GP).
  • In the case of an emergency, attend an emergency department at the nearest hospital. If appropriate, you can call “000” for an ambulance to take you to hospital.
  • If you need to go to a public hospital in a non-emergency situation for an elective procedure, then you should call your OSHC insurer and check that your policy will cover you for that admission. You should also ask your OSHC where their nearest agreement hospital is located. You should call that hospital to confirm that you will be accepted as a patient with OSHC.

It is important that you contact your OSHC insurer before you are admitted to a private hospital as not all services will be covered and you may have to pay extra if the private hospital does not have contractual arrangements with your OSHC insurer.

For more information, please visit the Department of Health website.

Australia Diplomatic Missions

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has offices around that world that are responsible for student visa enquiries and applications. For an up-to-date list of Australian visa offices, please see the DIBP website. Not all countries have visa-processing offices. If your country is not listed here, please see the website to find your nearest alternative visa office.

Australian Embassy
Villanueva 1400
Buenos Aires C1426BMJ
Telephone: +5 4 11 4779 3500
Fax: + 54 11 4779 3581

Australian Embassy
Mattiellistrasse 2–4
Vienna 1040
Telephone: + 43 (0) 1 506 740
Fax: + 43 (0) 1 504 1178

Australian High Commission
184 Gulshan Avenue
Gulshan 2
Dhaka 1212
Telephone: + 880 2 881 3105
Fax: + 880 2 881 1125

Australian Embassy
SES Quadra 801
Conjunto K, Lote 7
Brasilia DF 70200-010
Telephone: + 55-61 3226 3111
Fax: + 55-61 3226 1112

Australian Embassy
16B National Assembly Street
Sangkat Tonle Bassac
Khan Chamkamon
Phnom Penh
Telephone: + 855 23 213 470
Fax: + 855 23 213 413

Australian High Commission
Suite 710
50 O’Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L2
Telephone: + 1 613 236 0841
Fax: + 1 613 216 1321

Australian Embassy
Isidora Goyenechea 3621
Las Condes
Telephone: + 56 2 550 3500
Fax: + 56 2 331 5960

Australian Embassy
21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Beijing 100600
People’s Republic of China
Telephone: + 86 10 5140 4111
Fax: + 86 10 5140 4204

Australian Consulate-General
Level 12, Development Centre
3 Linjiang Road
Zhujiang New City
Guangzhou 510623
People’s Republic of China
Telephone: + 86 20 3814 0250
Fax: + 86 20 3814 0251

Hong Kong
Australian Consulate-General
23/F Harbour Centre
25 Harbour Road
Hong Kong
People’s Republic of China
Telephone: + 852 2827 8881
Fax: + 852 2585 4457

Australian Consulate-General
Level 22, Citic Square
1168 Nanjing West Road
Shangai 200041
People’s Republic of China
Telephone: + 86 21 6279 8098
Fax: + 86 21 6279 8022

Australian Embassy
Rue Martires da Patria
East Timor
Telephone: + 670 332 2111
Fax: + 670 332 2247

Australian Embassy
Level 11, World Trade Centre
1191 Corniche El Nil
Telephone: + 20 2 2770 6600
Fax: + 20 2 2770 6650

Australian High Commission
37 Princes Rd
Telephone: + 679 338 2211
Fax: + 679 338 2065

Australian Embassy
Wallstrasse 76–79
Berlin 10179
Telephone: + 49 30 880088-0
Fax: + 49 30 880088-210

Australian Embassy
Level 6, Thon Building
Cnr Kifisas and Alexandras Avenue
Athens 115 23
Telephone: + 30 210 870 4000
Fax: + 30 210 870 4111

Australian High Commission
No. 1/50 G
New Delhi 110-021
Telephone: + 91 11 4139 9900
Fax: + 91 11 4149 4490

Australian Embassy
Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said
Kav C 15–16
Jakarta Selatan 12940
Telephone: + 62 21 2550 5555
Fax: + 62 21 2550 5467

Australian Embassy
No. 2, 23rd Street
Khalid Islamboli Ave
Tehran 15138
Telephone: + 98 21 8872 4456
Fax: + 98 21 8871 6223

Australian Embassy
Level 28, Discount Bank Tower
23 Yehuda Halevi Street
Tel Aviv 65136
Telephone: + 972 3 693 5000
Fax: +972 3 693 5002

Australian Embassy
41 Kayed Al Armouti Street
Amman 11180
Telephone: + 962 6 580 7000
Fax: + 962 6 580 7001

Australian Embassy
2-1-14 Mita
Tokyo 108-8361
Telephone: + 81 3 5232 4111
Fax: + 81 3 5232 4149

Australian High Commission
Riverside Drive
Telephone: + 254 20 427 7100
Fax: + 254 20 427 7139

Australian Embassy
Ruben Dario 55
Col. Bosque de Chapultepec
Mexico City 11580
Telephone: + 52 55 1101 2200
Fax: + 52 55 1101 2201

Australian Embassy
Level 19, Kyobo Building
1 Jongno-1-Ga
Republic of Korea
Telephone: + 82 2 2003 0100
Fax: + 82 2 720 9932

Australian Embassy
KM4, Thadeua Road
Watnak Village
Sisattanak District
Telephone: + 856 21 353800
Fax: + 856 21 353801

Australian Embassy
Embassy Complex
Serail Hill
Downtown Beirut
Telephone: + 961 1 960 600
Fax: + 961 1 960 601

Australian High Commission
6 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
Kuala Lumpur 50450
Telephone: + 60 3 2146 5555
Fax: + 60 3 2141 5773

Australian High Commission
Level 2, Rogers House
5 President John Kennedy St
Port Louis
Telephone: + 230 202 0160
Fax: + 230 208 8878

Australian Embassy
88 Strand Road
Telephone: + 95 1 251 810
Fax: + 95 1 246 159

Australian Consulate-General
Level 7, PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower
186–194 Quay Street
New Zealand
Telephone: + 64 9 921 8800
Fax: + 64 9 921 8820

Australian High Commission
Constitution Avenue and Ispahani Road
Diplomatic Enclave No. 1
Sector G-5/4
Telephone: + 92 51 835 5500
Fax: + 92 51 282 0112

Australian High Commission
Godwit Road
Waigani NCD
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea
Telephone: +675 325 9333
Fax: +675 325 9183

Australian Embassy
Level 23, Tower 2
RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200
Telephone: + 63 2 757 8100
Fax: + 63 2 757 8268

Australian Embassy
10A/2 Podkolokolny Pereulok
Moscow 109028
Telephone: + 7 495 956 6070
Fax: + 7 495 956 6170

Australian High Commission
Beach Road
Telephone: + 685 23 411
Fax: + 685 23 159

Australian Embassy
Abdullah Bin Hozafa Al-Sahmi Avenue
Diplomatic Quarter
Saudi Arabia
Telephone: + 966 11 250 0900
Fax: + 966 11 250 0902

Australian Embassy
Level 8, Vladimira Popovica 38–40
11070 New Belgrade
Telephone: + 381 11 330 3400
Fax: + 381 11 330 3409

Australian High Commission
25 Napier Road
Singapore 258507
Telephone: + 65 6836 4100
Fax: + 65 6737 5481

Australian High Commission
292 Orient Street
Pretoria 0083
South Africa
Telephone: + 27 12 423 6000
Fax: + 27 12 342 8442

Australian Embassy
Level 24, Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
Madrid 28046
Telephone: + 34 91 353 6600
Fax: + 34 91 353 6692

Australian High Commission
21 Gregorys Road
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka
Telephone: + 94 11 246 3200
Fax: + 94 11 268 6453

Australian Embassy
37 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok 10120
Telephone: + 66 2 344 6300
Fax: + 66 2 344 6593

Australian Embassy
Level 7, 88 Ugur Mumcu Caddesi
Ankara 06700
Telephone: + 90 312 459 9500
Fax: + 90 312 446 4827

Australian High Commission
Salote Road
Telephone: + 676 23 244
Fax: + 676 23 243

Australian Embassy
Level 8, Al Muhairy Centre
Sheikh Zayed the First Street
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: + 971 2 401 7500
Fax: + 971 2 401 7501

Australian High Commission
Australia House
London WC2B 4LA
United Kingdom
Telephone: + 44 20 7379 4334
Fax: + 44 20 7240 5333

Australian Embassy
1601 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington DC NW 20036-2273
United States of America
Telephone: + 1 202 797 3000
Fax: + 1 202 797 3168

Australian Embassy
8 Dao Tan Street
Ba Dinh District
Telephone: + 84 4 3774 0100
Fax: + 84 4 3774 0111

Ho Chi Minh City
Australian Consulate-General
Level 20, Vincom Centre
47 Ly Tu Trong Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone: + 84 8 3521 8100
Fax: + 84 8 3521 8101