Visas for International Students
There are several visa options that may be applicable for international students coming to Cairns to study. The appropriate visa is determined by each students’ circumstances when travelling to Australia for study purposes.
Other Visa Options
For shorter periods of study, you can apply for a Visitor or Working Holiday Visa.
Visitor Visa (Subclasses 600, 601, 651)
• Maximum 3 months study.
• Intention to visit Australia is genuine.
• Meet health and character requirements.
• Sufficient money to support yourself during stay in Australia.
Read more about Visitor Visas at Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 417 and 462)
The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) and the Work & Holiday visa (subclass 462) visa are temporary visas for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. These are temporary visas that encourage cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.
You may be to apply for a second Working Holiday (sc. 417) visa if you have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday visa
Work & Holiday (sc. 462) visa holders who undertake three months (88 days) work during their stay in either the agriculture or tourism and hospitality industries within northern Australia, may be eligible to apply for a second Work and Holiday (sc. 462) visa. For this purpose, Northern Australia includes all of the Northern Territory, and those parts of Western Australia and Queensland above the Tropic of Capricorn.
See Study in Australia for more information.
Student Visa (subclass 500)
The Student Visa (subclass 500) visa allows students to study a full-time course at a registered institution. It may also include eligible family members to accompany the student to Australia for the duration of study. To be eligible for the 500 visa, a student must have been accepted into a registered course at an eligible institution.
Student Guardian BVisa (subclass 590)
Provides for certain persons to reside with a student in Australia, where the student requires a guardian, ie: the student is under 18 years of age.
Applying for a Visa
There are a number of steps to go through including:
• Deciding on your preferred course and institution
• Submitting your application to the institution
• Receiving and accepting a Letter of Offer
• Receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)
• Applying for your Student Visa
There is a range of entry requirements that must be met, both for your institution application and your visa application. This can include:
• Academic requirements.
• English language requirements.
• Evidence of funds to support your study.
• Overseas student health cover.
If you're already living or working in Australia, you may still be able to apply to study here as an international student.
Appointed Education Agents
Education agents in your home country or in Australia can assist with applying to study in Australia. It is a requirement under the ESOS Act, that all institutions maintain a list of their appointed agents and for that list to be published on their website. Please visit the institution's website at which you intend to study to view a list of Education Agents near you.
NOTE: Information is of a general nature and should be used as a guide only. For the latest information relating to Migration and Visas contact Australian Border Force