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on Australian courses and the application procedure. You can research Australian institutions online and for some courses, you can also apply online. Each institution sets its application standards depending on the academic and language requirements of the individual course. You will need to meet these application standards; they may include previous study, a level of English language profi ciency and work experience for postgraduate and MBA courses. (If you do not meet all of the requirements, you may be able to study a foundation course or English language program in Australia before starting the course. Speak to your institution about this possibility.) 2. Confi rmation of Enrolment letter Once you have applied to your chosen institution and met the requirements, you will receive a letter of offer into the course. This is called a Confi rmation of Enrolment (CoE). You need this letter of offer for the visa application process to prove that you have been accepted into a course. Once you have received your letter, you can apply for your student visa. 3. Health insurance (also see page 91) The Australian Government requires all international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC) before entering the country. This insurance covers certain costs if you get sick while studying in Australia. The cost of OHSC will vary depending on the length of your course but it generally ranges from around $90 for three months or $380 a year. Four organisations in Australia offer OSHC to international students. • Medibank Private – www.medibank.com.au • OHSC Worldcare – www.oshcworldcare.com.au • BUPAOHSC – www.overseasstudenthealth.com • The Australian Health Management Group – www.ahm.com.au/OSHC. You will need to provide your health details and those of any dependents included in your application. You may be required to undergo a health examination before your student visa application is processed. In addition, you must provide a declaration that you are of ‘good character’ to enter Australia. 4. Financial statement As part of your visa application, you will need to show that you have the fi nances to cover your airfares, tuition and general living costs while studying in Australia, representing at least $12,000 each year. If you are including dependents on your application, you must show that you can support their living costs during your stay. 5. English language ability To study in an institution that teaches in the English language, you will need to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in English. If you come from a non-English speaking background, you may have to sit an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test before lodging your visa application. Your institution may have already required an IELTS test score which you can also use for your application. You need to check whether you should submit an Academic or General IELTS test, depending on your type of course. Further information about IELTS can be found at www.ielts.org. Australia: The Education Destination Top: All international students who want to stay in Australia longer than three months must have a valid visa. To fi nd out more, see the Department of Immigration and Citizenship – www.immi.gov.au/students 6. Students under 18 years If you are under the age of 18 years, you must have parental permission to study in Australia. You must provide evidence of acceptable accommodation with a parent or legal guardian, a relative over 21 years of age nominated by your parent or legal guardian, or under a welfare arrangement approved by your education provider. For school students, this could mean a homestay arrangement or school boarding house. You must also show you have adequate means of support and general welfare for the duration of your visa or until you turn 18 years. 7. Certified copies of documents Student visas have fi ve different assessment levels for different countries. Your country assessment level determines the amount of evidence you have to provide to support your claims for an Australian student visa. You may need to arrange for certifi ed copies of documents such as your passport, academic transcripts from previous years, your birth certificate and fi nancial accounts. Some documents may need to be translated into English by a professional translator. To fi nd out which documents you need for your visa level, see the website, www.immi.gov.au/students. 8. Lodging your application You must pay a visa application fee when you lodge your visa. Visas can be lodged at Australian embassies and high commissions, through an education agent or online through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (www.immi.gov.au/students). Online applications are not available for all countries. When you apply online, you can also check the progress of your application. To fi nd out more about applying for your student visa, see the websites listed. Your local education agent or travel agent can also provide assistance. Start your study journey now to an Australian education. ¦ 99 APPLICATIONS AND VISAS
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