to Apply to
Study in Australia
you want to study for more than 3 months
in Australia, you can directly contact and apply with the
school or through an Agent of Education or even with a
travel agency that represents an Australian Institution.
You may apply from any place or country in which you are
living. The operation involves 4 distinct phases which
are; the Course, the Visa, the accommodation, and the
purchase of the aerial ticket.
These stages will be covered step by step. This is
assuming that you are applying by yourself directly with
the school, through email. If you use an Agent, then they
will be in charge of most part of the process.
Universities courses and vocational courses will need
extra steps such as the results of an IELTS test and any
other specific requirement.
Research about your
financial situation and possibilities.
For this, you must take in account the cost of the course,
books, the transport, food, accommodation, the visa and
the aerial ticket. Consider also the requirements to get
the approval of the student Visa from the Embassy of
Australia in relation to your course and country. Normally
you need to show A$ 1000 monthly to cover your expenses in
Australia apart of the cost of the course and the ticket.
The cost of living in each city of Australia (annual &
approached) is described in our page
Choose the city and
the type of course you want -
This step is one of the most important, because once the
visa has been emitted, you will not be able to change
the course, or the city, only if the institution has
branches in other Australian cities.
To change courses you need the authorization of
Immigration and it needs to be for important reasons.
where to stay -
if it will be in a homestay (house of Australian family)
you must book ahead and when enrolling in a course
communicate to the school your intention to stay in a
homestay. The school will include in the invoice the value
of the Homestay. In case you want to stay in a hostel, you
will be able contact them through our Backpacker
Hostel Guide and inquire about the price,
Get the Letter of
Offer – once
the determined course and the city is chosen, you will
have to request to the school a letter of offer of vacancy
(Letter of Offer). First you will need to fill the form of
registration of the school (in their website or through
email) with your personal data such as your full name as
from passport, address, desired course, duration, if you
need transfer from the airport, if you want a homestay
etc. After that the school will send you a letter (by fax
or email to it) confirming that it has vacancy for you.
The invoice will come as an attachment for you to make the
payment (they accepted majority of Credit Card, and 100%
of them accept remittance or banking transfers). The
majority of the schools include in the invoice, the
Insurance and the value of the Homestay
Pay and receive the
- the Confirmation of Enrolment or COE is an official and
is the most important document, because with it you then
are able to apply for the visa. It is emitted by the
institution after receiving the payment confirming that
you are registered for the course. Being an official
document, it will not be sent by email, but by either Fax
or Postage. Therefore, when sending your details to the
school for you to get the Letter of Offer you should
include a fax number or indicate an alternative to receive
it (such as a neighbour). The fax machine has to be on 24
hours in the automatic mode to accept documents any time
of the day or night because of the time zone differences.
When receiving it, you must check carefully if your name
is spelled correctly, and if the dates and course are
right. In case it has any mistake such as misspelling your
name or dates, you must request to the school to make the
appropriate corrections and send it again. All the numbers
that appear in the COE must be clearly written.
The school will send one copy of the COE directly to
the Embassy and the other one to you.
Start the medical
examination - a
X ray of the Thorax and a medical examination are also
requirements for the visa. You will have to choose a
registered doctor listed by the Embassy of Australia in
your city. In case there is none, contact the Embassy for
instructions on how to proceed.
The examinations have limited validity therefore do not do
it too much in advance. A copy will be sent to the
the vaccine yellow fever vaccine have to be taken before
the departure as is not a requirement just for the Student
Visa, but it is for entering Australia.
Book the airplane
ticket - with
your favourite travel agency. Choose the date and make
reservations but do not pay it until the confirmation of
the Visa. Try to get the Flight date around the same time
as the course start date.
Apply for the VISA
- You it will attach the COE and the Letter of Offer with
the form application for Student Visa. The Form
application for the Visa is simple to fill and direct, and
completed without the need of others. All you have to do
is follow the procedure written in the website of the
Please never lie or supply with omitted facts to the
Embassy of Australia because they will verify.
Do not send documents with metal clips, as they prefer the
plastic ones, avoiding extra problems with metal
Once the visa is issued
- Confirm and pay the aerial ticket and the accommodation,
in case you decide to stay in a hostel (most of hostels
accepts credit cards and booking online).
Call your friends and family to tell the good news.
Start packing and “welcome to Australia”.
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