Australian Student Visa

In order to study in Australia at any level you will need an Australian student visa. These can only be obtained once you have been accepted onto a place at an accredited school for language courses, professional courses, or degree-level education.


The Australia student visa costs AU$535 to acquire and can be applied for easily online. Some students are ineligible for online applications, but these may instead apply at their local Australian embassy or consulate. Australian student visas can be applied for no sooner than 124 days before your course begins, and often take up to four weeks to be processed.


The Australia student visa requirements depend on your assessment level, which is determined by several factors including the passport you hold and the visa you are applying for. Higher assessment levels mean you must provide more evidence to support your application, and in order to satisfy the criteria for successful entry you will need at least the following information;


  • Detailed passport information
  • Recent photograph
  • Confirmation of your place at an educational institution
  • Details of your previous educational achievements
  • Information about your commitments in your home country (i.e. personal, financial, military)
  • Your financial ability to cover all study costs and travel to and from Australia
  • Your level of English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS

    Additional requirements in obtaining a student visa may include medical records, health insurance documentation, and evidence of a clean criminal record. It should be noted that different types of Australian student visa require different IELTS and TOEFL scores, so check during your application that you meet these criteria.


    If you need further advice on how to successfully satisfy the requirements for an Australian student visa, or you simply require advice on the application process itself, contact IEC Abroad today for expert advice.