Student visas are granted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). DIAC will only grant you a student visa if your course is registered, or is part of a registered course, on a full time basis.
Visit the Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website for more information on registered courses and education providers.
Courses under three months’ duration can be undertaken on a visitor visa or courses of up to four months on a working holiday visa. If you intend to study a longer course, you must apply for a student visa.
Advantages to studying on a student visa include:
- you will have access to Australia’s subsidised student health cover;
- you will be allowed to study for longer; and
- you can work part time.
You can apply for your student visa as soon as you receive a letter of offer or electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for your full time course of study.
You should contact your local Australian Government office overseas to find out:
- how to apply; and
- what documents you need to support your application.