More and more people are choosing to study abroad for a variety of reasons, from personal and professional development to the opportunity to experience life and culture in a foreign country. With only a population of under 26 million inhabitants, Australia is amongst the top destinations for foreign students at all levels. If you’d like to realise your dream of studying in Australia, the following tips can help you get started on your way:
Benefits of Studying in Australia
People choose to study in Australia for its world-class educational institutes that provide an educational quality recognised worldwide, but also because it’s an English-speaking country that’s not only safe but prosperous and boasts a high standard of living. For these reasons, it’s important to note that application numbers for study visas tend to always be high, so it’s helpful to have all of your ducks in a row before applying for a study visa so that your application isn’t delayed or rejected.
Applying for a Student Visa
The main visa category that most prospective foreign students will require before arriving in Australia is a Student visa (Subclass 500). This visa costs $620 AUD and is valid for up to five years for students enrolled in a course of study in Australia. There are no age restrictions to this visa, but for applicants aged under 18, some additional steps will be required.
In order to apply for a Student visa, applications can be submitted online from the comfort of your home. That’s a big difference compared to visa applications in many other countries, where you still often need to physically visit a consulate or embassy to have your documents verified in person. Just because the application process for an Australian Student visa is more convenient, however, doesn’t mean that you should apply hastily. Take your time and ensure that all documents are submitted in the proper form and on time to avoid delays.
Things You Should Know About Student Visas
- Visa holders are permitted to work 40 hours every fortnight to supplement their living expenses;
- You must be enrolled in an eligible course of study in Australia;
- You must meet the English language requirements (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) at the time of application;
- You must have proper health insurance coverage for the duration of your stay;
- You must respect Australian values and fulfil a character requirement.
How to Get Started
Visas can take quite a bit of time to fill out, submit, and process, so you’ll want to apply earlier rather than later. The Australian government recommends applying at least 6 weeks prior to commencement of studies, which is a good recommendation to follow. 90 per cent of all Student visa applications take 44 days to process or less, so six weeks should give you ample time to prepare for your studies abroad.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to gather all of your documents together and to make copies both digitally and in print (just to be safe). Passport photos, certificates of enrolment, and application forms should all be kept in a portfolio so that you have quick and easy access.
If all of the paperwork and the risk of delay or rejection is putting you off from studying in Australia, leave it to an expert in visas and migration to handle your application for you. Ausdirect Migration will assist you through the entire process, leaving you more time to prepare for your studies and your new life here in Australia.