Planning your arrival
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After you have received your confirmation of enrolment (CEO) from your institution, you need to apply for a student visa from the Australian Government.
International students planning to study here need the right visa. Visas vary depending on the type of study and the length of time you plan to be here. If you’re under 18, there are extra requirements.
Visa options and requirements sometimes change. The best place to get the right information is the Department of Home Affairs website. You’ll find full details on the types of visas available and information about bringing family members with you.
To make the most of your time studying here, there are some entry requirements. These help you succeed in your course. The requirements vary between courses and institutions. They include:
Find more details about entry requirements on Study in Australia.
You don’t have to use an education agent to study here. Most institutions accept applications directly.
You may, however, decide to seek help with visas, applications and living arrangements. Our major institutions work directly with a network of international education agents. You can view the list of agents on the institution’s website:
Agents have up-to-date course information. They’re aware of any changes to Australian visa policy. It’s important to use a qualified agent. You can check the Qualified Education Agent Counsellor database.
Study in Australia provides useful advice on how to choose an education agent. Do not use education agents for migration advice unless they’re also a Registered Migration Agent.
If you’ve finished your studies, you may want to stay in Canberra to work. If you want to do this temporarily or for longer, you may need another visa. Find out about Temporary Graduate visas here.
If you are coming here to study a Higher Degree by Research (Masters and Doctoral), the ACT Government may waive government school fees for your children. You need to hold a Student Visa (Subclass 500) to qualify.