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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
70 | australia the education destination applications and visas in eight simple steps, stephen bisset explains hoW to apply for a visa to study in australia. TO BEGIN your study journey to Australia, you must first apply for a student visa. All international students who want to stay in Australia longer than three months must have a valid visa. Your student visa, issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), will allow you to study in Australia, give you access to Australia’s subsidised student health cover and permit you to work part-time while you study. Student visas are granted to international students studying full-time in a course offered by an institution registered with the Australian Government. A full list of registered courses can be found on the Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website at www.cricos.deewr.gov.au Your visa category will depend on which course you study. There are seven subclasses of visas: English language courses (ELICOS); schools; vocational education and training; higher education; masters and doctorate; non-award; and AusAID or Defence-sponsored. If you are only studying English for less than three months, you do not need a student visa. Following is a general guide of visa requirements so you can ensure your student visa application is processed as smoothly and quickly as possible. 1. Applying for a course When you choose an Australian course or institution, you want to make sure that it will suit you. There are many agents and organisations that can assist with finding information 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 how to apply for your student visa proficiency 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. Confirmation 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 Confirmation 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 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. 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 finances to cover your airfares, tuition and general living costs while studying in Australia, representing at least $18,000 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.
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011