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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
australia the education destination | 7 1 applications and visas 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 sit an Academic or General Training IELTS test, depending on your type of course. Further information about IELTS can be found at www.ielts.org 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 five 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 certified copies of documents such as your passport, academic transcripts from previous years, your birth certificate and financial accounts. Some documents may need to be translated into English by a professional translator. To find 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. Online applications are not available for all countries. When you apply online, you can also check the progress of your application. To find 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. Useful websites Department of Immigration and Citizenship – www.immi.gov.au/students Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) – www.cricos.deewr.gov.au English language testing – www.ielts.org Study in Australia information – www.studyinaustralia.gov.au Photo credits: top left Sydney Adventist College, top right Academies Australasia
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011