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Tasks to complete
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. Institution websites, this Guide and the Studies in Australia website at
www.studiesinaustralia.com are the best places to find this information.
18 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, the tests they accept and what score you will need. You should register
for the test about 18 months prior to commencing your studies. You will need the results in order for your student visa to
be processed, but it is important not to register too early because institutions typically only accept test results that are less
than two years old.
12 TO 14 MONTHS PRIOR TO STUDY
• APPLY --- Generally institutions don't set 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, 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 as 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.
10 TO 12 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 due date.
• 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). You can find more information about the visa application process on page
• 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 21 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 25 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
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.
If you are planning to study in Australia, there are many things to organise. You can use
this checklist to make sure you are prepared. Tick off each task as you complete it and you
should be well on your way to studying in Australia.
Note: This timeline is a guide only. Please check with your Australian education provider and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for your
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