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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
104 >AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 Above: Applying for a course and a visa is the first step in your study journey to Australia. Starting your study journey To study in Australia, you must apply for a registered course and have a valid student visa. In 2012, Australia is making changes to its visa system to make the application process even easier for international students. VISA CATEGORIES 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. 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. In 2012, Australia is making changes to its visa system to streamline the process and make it easier to apply. Following is a general guide to applying for a course and a student visa. 1. APPLY 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, certain subjects (such as sciences for a medical degree), 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 program or English language program in Australia before starting the course. 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. For a university degree, you will need a minimum overall IELTS band score of 6.0. However, as each course has different requirements, please check with your institution.
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