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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
148 Australia – The Education Destination aPPlicaTionS anD viSaS The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) issues student visas. 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 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 to applying for a course and a student visa. 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 help you with 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, 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. If you are successful in your application, you will receive a letter of offer into the course. This is called an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). 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. 2. 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. Generally, for a vocational course, you will need a minimum overall IELTS band score of 5.5 and for a university course, you will need a minimum overall IELTS band score of 6.0 . However, as each course has different requirements, please check with your institution. 3. applying for a visa International students must have a valid student visa to study in Australia. You should check with the Australian Embassy in your country to see if you are eligible to apply for a student visa before obtaining official confirmation of your enrolment and paying Seven steps to your student visa 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. Above: Your student visa is your first step in your Australian study journey and the beginning of your future career. ‘If you come from a non-English speaking background, you may have to sit an English language test before lodging your visa application.’
Australia The Education Destination 2010
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