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Studying overseas in Australia? How to apply in 5 easy steps

From world-beating universities to vibrant cities and plenty of sunshine, it’s no wonder that Australia remains a popular choice for so many international students. And with eight universities in the world’s top 100 you can benefit from a top-notch education, a high quality of life and affordable living. Here’s how to make it happen.

1. Choose your course

Eligible courses must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). This protects your education in ensuring that all industry standards are met and adhered to.

2. Apply for your place

There are several ways to apply. You can either go directly to the appropriate website and use a separate application for each institution, or you can employ the help of an agent. Education Agents are experienced in navigating the admissions process and partner with various institutions. They can help you choose a course as well as facilitate your visa processing. As agents get paid directly by the institutions, it’s important to only use agents that are listed as official partners so that you are receiving the full breadth of information available to you

3. Receive a letter of offer

If your application is successful you will receive letter of offer. Once you have responded, this becomes a binding contract between yourself and your chosen institution. It will detail any enrolment conditions as well as fees, and contract dates. Read it carefully and make sure you fully understand all that is says. This is an important document you should keep safe.

4. Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE)

Once you have accepted your offer and paid a deposit, you will receive confirmation of your enrolment by email (eCOE). You will need this document as it will form part of your student visa application.

5. Student Visa application

A successful Student Visa application (subclass 500) allows you to study in Australia and reside there for up to 5 years. With good preparation, the process is now relatively quick and easy. Before you apply, make sure you meet all the requirements and have the following documentation available:

  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE): This is a written statement that proves you are not attempting ongoing residency in Australia and details your intention to return home.
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) for your registered course (CRICOS): This is a digital code that you can use on your documentation.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC): All students are required to purchase this (excepting Norway and Belgium). Policies are available for purchase from your University or directly from an approved provider
  • Academic achievements (Y12 equivalent)
  • Character reference: A criminal record check may be required to ensure good character.
  • English Language proficiency: If English is not your first language, and you haven’t completed five year’s study in an English-speaking country, you will need to provide proof that your English language proficiency meets the required level. Find out your eligibility and what documents you may need.
  • Available and sufficient funds to adequately cover tuition, travel, accommodation and living expenses. Alternatively, you can provide proof of family income that demonstrates family support is available.

What happens next?

Create an Immi Account and submit your application. Be sure to leave plenty of time before your course starts before applying. Once your visa application has been processed, you should receive a result in writing within a few weeks. This will detail your visa grant number, the date of expiry and any conditions (such as maximum working hours currently allowed while studying). Now that it’s all official and signed off, you can start to prepare for your new life in Australia!

And finally…

It’s time to think about the type of accommodation you might like – whether that’s a shared apartment, an on-campus room or a rental apartment. Identify your needs in terms of proximity to lectures and transport, social surrounds, and the local area. Don’t forget to book your flights so that you arrive in Australia in plenty of time for the start of semester.

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