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Tasks to complete
Time before arriving in Australia
THREE YEARS PRIOR TO STUDY
• RESEARCH — It is never too early to start conducting the important initial research that will help you to decide on the right
study destination, institution and course for you. Institution websites, this Guide and the Studies in Australia website at
www.StudiesInAustralia.com are the best places to find this information.
EIGHTEEN MONTHS PRIOR TO STUDY
• CHECK THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS — Check the academic and English language requirements for entry to your course prior
to applying. You can generally do this via the institution’s website or by calling the international student office.
• ORGANISE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING (IF NECESSARY) — Ask your institution whether you will need to demonstrate
your English language proficiency, which tests they accept and what score you will need. If you require testing, you should
register for the test about 18 months prior to commencing your studies because you will need the results in order for your
student visa to be processed, and many tests require applicants to register three months prior to taking the test. It is important
not to register too early because institutions typically only accept test results that are less than two years old.
TWELVE TO FOURTEEN MONTHS PRIOR TO STUDY
• APPLY — Generally speaking, institutions don’t set specific deadlines for international student applications, but it is best to
apply as early as possible so that you have time to organise a visa, flights and accommodation. You can have the forms posted
to you, apply online through the institution’s website or apply through an education agent or at an education fair.
• COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION — It can take a few weeks to complete the application when you need to
obtain supporting documentation and get certified copies (or certified translations) made. Most institutions take between four
and six weeks to assess applications.
TEN TO TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR TO STUDY
• ACCEPT YOUR OFFER — Once you have received your letter of offer you will need to accept it before it lapses. Read the offer
very carefully to make sure that course details and fee amounts are correct. Students with ‘unconditional’ offers are free to
accept the offer and make their first tuition payment to the provider, while those with ‘conditional’ offers will need to satisfy
other conditions before they are able to enrol.
• MEET THE CONDITIONS — If you receive a conditional offer of enrolment, you will need to find out what conditions need to
be met (usually supplying evidence of English language proficiency or overseas qualifications) and return certified copies of all
necessary documentation to the institution by the date stipulated.
• APPLY FOR A STUDENT VISA — Visa processing through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) or an
Australian visa office in your home country can take up to 12 weeks, so apply as soon as you receive your letter of offer or
Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). The application process and the processing time differ depending on your assessment level.
You can find more information about the visa application process and assessment levels on page 26.
• ORGANISE YOUR OVERSEAS STUDENT HEALTH COVER (OSHC) — OSHC is a necessary requirement for all international
students (except those from Belgium, Sweden, Norway and New Zealand) and must be maintained for the duration of your
studies in Australia. Purchase your OSHC as soon as you have received your letter of offer (at the same time as you apply for
your student visa) because you will need to have OSHC in order to satisfy the grant of your student visa and accept your offer.
See page 28 for more information.
THREE TO FOUR MONTHS PRIOR TO STUDY
• ORGANISE YOUR ACCOMMODATION — It is best to do this as soon as you have received your offer and your student visa
has been granted so you can secure your preferred accommodation. See page 32 for more information.
• BOOK YOUR FLIGHT — You can book your flight once your institution and visa applications are approved and
accommodation arrangements have been made. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to settle in before classes start and
that your arrival date coordinates with international student orientation sessions and your accommodation check-in date.
TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO STUDY
• ORGANISE AIRPORT PICK-UP — Many providers offer a free airport pick-up service for international students. If this is not
provided, you will need to make your own arrangements. At this point you should also confirm your arrival date and time with
your accommodation provider so you can be sure that they are expecting you.
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