Why Study in Australia?
Australia is situated between, and isolated by, the Indian and the Pacific oceans. It has many animals and plants , which are unique in the planet. The surface geology is typically old and flat. In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation and it has, however, a relatively small population. Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands and also is the driest inhabited continent on the earth. Climate: Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics and the rest is in the temperate zone: Summer is from December to February; Autumn from March to May; Winter from June to August; and Spring from September to November.
Language: Although English is the official language, a host of other languages like French, Spanish and Hindi are also spoken in Australia.
Culture: Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious multi-cultural society in which students can learn, travel and live harmoniously. Australia is a safe country compared to almost any other country world. Crime and political unrest are rarely seen in Australia. Your study plans and progress are not likely to be upset by political turmoil. People from about 200 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. The multicultural nature of Australian society means international students are readily accepted by other students and teachers. Australia is rich in the Arts and Music. In music, Australia has developed a fertile environment that supports a great range of musical tastes ranging from the most avant-garde experimental to folk, from the youthful sounds of chart-busting pop to the unique music of the aboriginal people. Painting in Australia has a history that can not only be traced back over forty thousand years of Aboriginal culture but also is represented in the major museums and galleries of modern and avant-garde art, worldwide.
People: Australians are open, warm and friendly people and you will find a welcoming embrace in Australia. Many students living in Home stay situations experience Australian family life in a natural, friendly way and often find they are treated like a family member. Wherever you live – home stay, boarding school or campus accommodation – you will discover many opportunities to make long lasting friendships.
Religion: Australia is predominantly a Christian country; however, all religions are represented in the community. Devotees will find churches, mosques, temples and synagogues located in most of the major cities.
Sports and recreation: Australians are very keen on sport and outdoor activities and has a worldwide reputation for sports and outdoor activities. This is endorsed by the Olympic Committee’s selection of Sydney to host the Olympic Games in the year 2000.
Transport: Australia has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, tramways, ferries, two major national airlines and a number of regional airlines. Metropolitan areas are divided into zones and your ticket type and cost depends on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. Tourist students may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s license but if the document is not in the English, the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An international driving license is not sufficient by itself. Cab services: Metered taxicabs operates in all major cities and towns. There is a minimum charge on hiring and then a charge per kilometer travelled. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.
Simplified Student Visa Framework
The simplified student visa framework (SSVF) came into effect on 1 July 2016.
international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of their chosen course of
Apply Study Visa
If you are planning to apply for Australia Study Visa, you must
Arrange an Offer of Acceptance: Before a student can apply for a student visa, a valid offer letter from a CRICOS registered Australian institute is required
English Proficiency: An IELTS score is a mandatory requirement and evidence of this must be included at the time of application for the student visa. Normally it is 5.5 Bands for Diploma Courses and 6 Bands for degree courses. IELTS requirement can vary with different Institutes and different courses. If you are having
Bonafides: The student needs to submit their past academic records for verification as well as a statement of purpose for undertaking the desired course.
Health cover: Because Medicare, the Australian national health system, is not available to overseas students, you must maintain your Overseas Student Health (OSHC) cover while in Australia.
Non-Immigrant Intent: You must leave Australia before your visa expires.
Good Character: Other requirements are that you be a genuine student, have good health and be of good
Student visa requirements: In order to get a Student Visa, you must satisfy the norms of the Visa requirements and your student visa will list the conditions that apply specifically to you. It is important to comply with your visa conditions to avoid visa cancellation.
Post Study Work Visa For Graduates
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will introduce new post-study work arrangements in early 2013 for overseas graduates who hold an Australian Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral degree, a DIAC spokeswoman announced. According to the announcement, the new post-study work arrangements is an additional stream in the existing temporary skilled graduate (subclass 485) visa which allows overseas graduates with skills and qualifications related to an in-demand occupation to remain in Australia for an additional 18 months.
The introduction of new post-study work arrangements for degree level graduates in Australia was a key recommendation of the Strategic review of the student visa program 2011, conducted by the Hon Michael Knight AO. The post-study work stream of the subclass 485 will be available for overseas students who lodged their first Australian student visa application after the introduction of the genuine temporary entrant requirement (GTE) on November 5, 2011. If applicants do not meet the requirement, they can still apply for the temporary graduate visa through the graduate work stream (the existing subclass 485 arrangements).
To qualify for the new post-study work arrangements, applicants must graduate from an Australian educational institution with a Bachelor’s, Master’s and/or Doctoral degree. To complete this qualification, the study must have been at Bachelor level and above and must meet the Australian study requirement.
“Graduates who have completed a Bachelor degree or Masters by coursework degree in Australia will be eligible to apply for a
Graduates who have completed a Masters by research degree or a
To apply for PSW Visa in Australia, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree (or a higher level course such as a Masters or
Graduates must also meet the Australian study requirement. The Australian study requirement is defined as
English language, health, character and security requirements will need to be met and evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of the visa will need to be provided.
For PSW in Australia the English language requirement is must, which is a minimum score of 6 in each of the four components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or the equivalent score in another English language test that may be specified by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship for use with this visa. These new arrangements will be ready for students who made their student visa applications after 5 November 2011, the date on which the first Knight Review measures were implemented. These students will begin to graduate from
Post Study Work Arrangements
The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) allows graduates to work in Australia temporarily after they finish their studies. It has two streams: the Graduate Work stream and the Post-Study Work stream.
The Graduate Work stream is for international students who graduate with
The Post-Study Work stream offers extended options for working in Australia to eligible graduates of a higher education degree. Under this stream, successful applicants are granted a visa with a visa period of two, three or four years’ duration, depending on the highest educational qualification they have obtained.
Australian Study Requirement
All subclass 485 visa applicants must satisfy the Australian study requirement in the six months immediately prior to making their application, regardless of the stream that they are assessed under.
The Australian study requirement has two equally important and related components. To meet this requirement, students must relevantly have:
attained either a single qualification requiring at least two academic years study or multiple qualifications resulting in a total period of at least two academic years study
|All subclass 485 visa applicants must satisfy the Australian study requirement in the six months immediately prior to making their application, regardless of the stream that they are assessed under.|
The Australian study requirement has two equally important and related components. To meet this requirement, students must relevantly have:
attained either a single qualification requiring at least two academic years study or multiple qualifications resulting in a total period of at least two academic years study; and undertaken this study in no less than 16 calendar months.
Acceptable coursesTo meet this requirement, the course/courses must also:
be registered through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Course for Overseas Students (CRICOS)have been successfully completedhave resulted in an eligible qualificationhave had all instruction in Englishhave been completed while physically in Australiahave been completed while holding a visa allowing study in Australiabe counted only once towards the Australian study requirementEnglish language proficiency courses or enabling programs cannot be used to meet the Australian study requirement.
Two academic years studyTwo academic years study is defined as 92 weeks of study in a course or courses registered by CRICOS. CRICOS determines a standard duration (number of weeks) for each course.
Students may take longer to complete the course, but will only be credited with the number of weeks that CRICOS determines as a standard duration. For example, if it takes a student 92 weeks to successfully complete a course that CRICOS says should take 78 weeks, they will receive credit for 78 weeks only.
Only study that is successfully completed counts towards the two academic years. Failed subjects will not be considered.
Students may meet the two year academic study requirement when completing a course that is longer than two years. For example, if a course is CRICOS registered for 138 weeks (three years) and consists of 24 equally weighted units, two academic years will be met when 16 units of that course have been successfully completed.
Credits and exemptionsCredits for prior learning may reduce the amount of study undertaken. Credit granted on the basis of study undertaken in Australia in a course registered with CRICOS may contribute towards meeting the Australian study requirement, but only once.
The credited units cannot be counted towards meeting the Australian study requirement if they are already being used to meet the requirement as part of another course or if they were granted on the basis of study undertaken either overseas or within Australia in a non-CRICOS registered course.
Minimum of 16 monthsThe Australian study requirement cannot be met in less than 16 calendar months.
This period begins when the study commences (generally from the start of lectures and excluding orientation periods) to the date at which all academic requirements have been completed.
Overlap of qualificationsStudents may undertake overlapping qualifications. For example, students applying under the Graduate Work stream of the subclass 485 visa may complete a Diploma in Finance and then a Diploma in Accounting where two units in the last qualification have been granted as credit from the earlier qualification.
Where qualifications overlap, periods of study cannot be counted more than once.
If a student completes more than one qualification, but uses only the most recent qualification to meet the Australian study requirement, then any credit received in the most recent qualification from the previous qualification(s) will count towards meeting the Australian study requirement.
The actual period of study within the previous qualification(s) on which the credits were based may also be used to meet the 16 month requirement.
Study Outside Australia
SIf a student undertook some study overseas but nevertheless completed at least two academic years of study in no less than 16 months in Australia in a CRICOS registered course, they can still meet the Australian study requirement. Example: An applicant who undertook a three year, six semester Bachelor degree following the study pattern mentioned below will have completed two academic years study in Australia:
- semester 1 outside Australia
- semester 2 in Australia
- semester 3 in Australia
- semester 4 in Australia
- semester 5 outside Australia
- semester 6 in Australia.
- The pattern of study does not matter as long as the Australian study requirement is met.
Completion dateSubclass 485 visa applications must be lodged within six months of the date of course completion.
The date of course completion is the first date on which the educational institution publicly notifies the student that they have met the requirements for the award of their degree, diploma or trade qualification. This notification can occur by:
letterpublication in a newspaperpublication on the internetemailbulletin board at the tertiary institution.This date should not be confused with the date of conferral of award. The date of conferral is the date that the student actually receives their qualification, for example, at a graduation ceremony. Applying under the Post-Study Work stream
The following provides information about the Australian study requirement specific to subclass 485 visa applicants under the Post-Study Work stream.
Eligible qualificationsTo meet the Australian study requirement, the course/courses must have resulted in an eligible qualification. The eligible qualifications differ depending on which stream of the subclass 485 visa the applicant selects.
For the purposes of applying for a subclass 485 visa under the Post-Study Work stream, only study that results in the conferral of an eligible degree level qualification will be considered. An eligible degree level qualification is a:
- Bachelor (honours) degree
- Masters by coursework degree
- Masters (extended) degree
- Masters by research degree
- Doctoral degree.
Study resulting in a diploma level qualification or trade qualification will not be considered.
As an example a student may complete a one year Bachelor degree followed by a one year Masters degree and meet the Australian study requirement under the Post-Study Work stream, provided the other components of the requirement are satisfied.
Study must be at a certain levelOnly certain degree level qualifications undertaken at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 7 or above (Bachelor degree level or above), which leads to the conferral of an eligible degree level qualification, may be considered towards meeting the Australian study requirement. An eligible degree level qualification is a Bachelor degree, Masters by coursework degree, Masters (extended) degree, Masters by research degree or Doctoral degree. This means that degree level courses which are packaged with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma course may be considered, provided they ultimately complete an eligible qualification.
Example: Students who complete a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies which articulates (or leads) into a Master of Education are able to use both the study at the Graduate Diploma and at the Masters level towards meeting this requirement.
Example: Students who complete a Bachelor of Arts and then a Graduate Diploma in Asia-Pacific Studies will only have study undertaken at the Bachelor degree level considered, as the Graduate Diploma did not contribute towards the conferral of an eligible degree level qualification.
Study must be at an eligible education providerAll courses used to satisfy the Australian study requirement must have been undertaken at an eligible Australian university or any other education provider accredited to offer degree level programs.
Applying under the Graduate Work stream
The following provides information about the Australian study requirement specific to subclass 485 visa applicants under the Graduate Work stream.
Eligible qualificationsTo meet the Australian study requirement, the course/courses must have resulted in an eligible qualification. The eligible qualifications differ depending on which stream of the subclass 485 visa the applicant selects. For the purposes of applying for a subclass 485 under the Graduate Work stream, the course/courses must have resulted in a degree, diploma or trade qualification. For example, a student may complete two consecutive Diploma level courses and satisfy the Australian study requirement under the Graduate Work stream, provided the other components of the requirement are satisfied.
Qualifications must be closely related to nominated occupationThe qualification(s) completed must be closely related to the student’s nominated skilled occupation. This means the subject matter and the skills gained from the qualifications can be applied at the level achieved in the nominated skilled occupation.
Example: Acceptable combinations of study and nominated occupations include: an applicant who nominates ‘Physiotherapist’ as their skilled occupation and completes a degree in physiotherapy in Australia an applicant who nominates ‘Air-conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber’ as their skilled occupation who has completed a Certificate III in Plumbing and a Diploma of Plumbing and Services in Australia
Example: A combination of study and nominated occupation that would not be acceptable: An applicant’s nominated occupation is Registered Nurse but they satisfied the Australian study requirement on the basis of having completed a Bachelor of Commerce.