Student visas and health cover
International students require a student visa and health cover to study in Australia for more than 12 weeks.
There are 7 different types of student visas:
- Independent ELICOS (subclass 570)
- Schools (subclass 571)
- Vocational education and training (subclass 572)
- Higher education (subclass 573)
- Postgraduate research (subclass 574)
- Non-award (subclass 575)
- DFAT or Defence (subclass 576).
Contact the department if you have any enquiries about student visas.
How to apply
In order to apply for a student visa, the course you want to complete and the provider offering it needs to be registered in the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students .
You can apply for a student visa as soon as you get a letter of offer or an electronic confirmation of enrolment for your registered course of study.
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You can also get assistance in your home country by contacting your local Australian Government office for help with:
- visa enquiries
- the application process
- finding out what documents you need to apply.
Streamlined student visa processing
You may be eligible for streamlined student visa processing if you are enrolling in a participating university or other higher education provider. This generally means reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa. Contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for more information.
Visas for short courses
You may be able to study a short course while you are here under another type of visa, depending on the course length.
Some courses less than 3 months (12 weeks) can be studied on a Visitor visa.
Student Guardian Visa
International students studying in Australia on a student visa may require a guardian if they are under 18 years. The guardian should have a Student Guardian visa.
All international students studying in Australia under a student visa must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the length of their visa.
Find out what your OSHC insurance will cover.
In Australia there are currently 5 OSHC providers: