Frequently Asked Questions

 Studying on a Student Visa 

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What can I study on a student visa?

International students can only study CRICOS-approved courses.

Therefore, not all institutions or courses are available to you.  However, there is a huge selection of programs, at all levels of education, available across the country.


Courses range in price from:


  • $200-$350 a week for English courses

  • $6,000-$10,000 a year for a certificate or diploma

  • $15,000-$35,000 a year for a Bachelor or Masters

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Can I take an online course for my student visa?


No, you cannot take 'online-only' courses. To qualify for a student visa, you must attend face-to-face classes.


However, by visa rules, 25% of your course content can be delivered online.


How long does it take to enrol in a course?

We can generally have your enrolled within 1-2 weeks, depending on the institution.


Do I have to pay all the tuition fees at one time?

No, you can pay your tuition in instalments – usually every 3 to 6 months depending on the institution.

The exception is for English courses, where you must pay the first 3 months right away.

How often will I have to go to class?

This depends on your program, but 2-3 days is the average for college and university, while 4 days is normal for English courses.

What documents do I need for the enrolment?

This depends on your passport nationality, and the institution you are applying to.


Every student will need a to provide a colour scan/photo of their passport information page, and evidence of their highest level of education. This must be translated into English, by an accredited translation company.


Some student are required to show further evidence including funds to live on for a year, and the result of a formal English test


Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

What is OSHC?

OSHC is a mandatory requirement of your student visa. You must be covered for the entire time you are studying in Australia. It must be paid in full for the entire time your will have the visa.

You will purchase your OSHC just before you apply for your student visa. You have to pay for it all upfront (no partial payments).

The average cost is $450-480 for a single, and $2,100-$2,500 for a couple, per year.

I already have Medicare card through my current visa. Can I keep that?

Unfortunately, if you have Medicare through another visa such as a Working Holiday, it will no longer be valid when you are granted your Student visa.


Why do I need OSHC if I have travel insurance?

OSHC is an unavoidable requirement for the student visa. It ensures all students have the same level of medical cover.

You will have to cancel any other insurance cover  policy you have, and apply for OSHC, before you can submit your visa application.


Will my OSHC be refunded if I stop studying?

Yes. Once you provide the insurance company with proof that you are no longer on a student visa, you will be fully refunded for the period of cover you did not use.

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