Ask Anna – How can I get a student visa to study in Australia?

Question: Shakeel Ahmad and Shoaib Ahmed asks; “How can I get a student visa to study in Australia and what documents do I need?”

Answer:

If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for a student visa to study full time in Australia. Visas are granted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) only if the course you are applying for is registered on a full time basis.

You can find if your course is registered at the CRICOS register. If you intend to study for more than three months you’ll need a student visa and this gives you permission to work part time during your studies – maximum 20 hours per week.

Next steps:

1.     Find out your assessment level by completing the simple online check

2.     You’ll need to supply your nationality and chosen level of study – e.g. undergraduate

3.     The result will tell you your Assessment Level and the type of visa you need to apply for. For example, Indian students need a Subclass 573 visa and are assessment level 4

4.     There are links on ‘How this visa works’ (length of stay and work rights), ‘Eligibility’ (requirements you need to fulfil for you and family members), ‘Obligations’ (the rules) and ‘Applying for this visa’ (fees and charges, application checklist and application form)

This is the best and easiest tool for finding out what you need to do as it varies by country and level of study. Takes less than 10 seconds to fill and get the answer, so give it a try today!

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88 Responses to “Ask Anna – How can I get a student visa to study in Australia?”

  1. i am a poor boy i want to study in australia but i can,t due to financial aid nd how can i get free visa to come at australia from pakistan

  2. haja naimulla says:

    hi am in India how many dollar to join a Australian university

  3. hello anna,
    please,kindly forward to me the PDF form for applying into the undergraduate scholarship of the australian national university,second semester,year 2011. i am an international student who has chosen and applied to study full time at australian national university but having a very poor financial background.
    please note that the form i request for is the one that enables the government of australia or australian national university to pay a complete tuition for any international student from a very poor financial background.
    thanks for your anticipated co-opration and God bless you.

  4. good evening anna,
    please kindly forward to me the PDF form for applying into the undergraduate scholarship of the australian national university,second semester,year 2011.i am an international student who has chosen and applied to study full time at australian national university but having a very poor financial background.please note that the form i request for is the one that enables the government of australia or australian national univeristy to pay a complete tuition for international student from a very poor financial background.thanks for your anticipated co-operation and God bless you.

  5. hello anna,
    please,kindly forward to me the PDF form for applying into the undergraduate scholarship of the australian national university,second semester,year 2011. i am an international student who has chosen and applied to study full time at australian national university but having a very poor financial background.
    please note that the form i request for is the one that enables the government of australia or australian national university to pay a complete tuition for any international student from a very poor financial background.
    thanks for your anticipated co-opration and God bless you.

  6. hello anna,
    please,kindly forward to me the PDF form for applying into the undergraduate scholarship of the australian national university,second semester,year 2011. i am an international student who has chosen and applied to study full time at australian national university but having a very poor financial background.
    please note that the form i request for is the one that enables the government of australia or australian national university to pay a complete tuition for any international student from a very poor financial background.
    thanks for your anticipated co-opration and God bless you.

  7. hi je m’a appele u. Hussein je veux etudie en australie je vous demmande tous les detail pour me gider de commencer des etudes en australie merci a votre attention et a votre bonne reponse.

  8. andersen mardika halim says:

    Hi anna, I live in Indonesia. I’m really interresting to study abroad. But i’m same like the other here, it’s the financial make me stop to think about study abroad. Now, i’m work in one of the australian’s gold mine in Indonesia as chinese – english – indonesia translator from april 2009 until now. I still want to study abroad. Can you tell me how to get scholarship for photography, digital design or about public communication. Thanks for you kind help

  9. subuhi says:

    i am a poor girl i want to study in australia but i can,t due to financial aid nd how can i get free visa to come at Australia from singapore.what i do.plz help me.thanks

  10. subuhi says:

    i am a poor girl i want to study in Australia but i can,t due to financial aid and how can i get free visa to come at Australia from Singapore.plz help me thanks

  11. Sarada says:

    Hello Anna,

    I am sarada. live in Sri Lanka and interesting to study in abtoad. But Same like others, financial problem make me difficulties to study abroad. I alraeady completed my Mphil and wishing to do phd. please help me find out full scholarship from Australia or any other country.
    Thanks
    Sarada

  12. willies says:

    am a kenyan 27yrs old am very interested to get a full time scholarship visa to study in any of australian universities.please do guide me on how i can start depositing for the fees reguirements as early as possible.am realy anticipating to join your universities and make sure i come out there having a build education background its my prayer that once i join there i would wish to pursue my course to a PHD OR MASTERS..ANNA.please,kindly do guide me promptly in oreder i get down on a seariuos bussiness..thanks willies

  13. fazal says:

    i am a poor boy i want to study in australia but i can,t due to financial aid nd how can i get free visa to come at australia from afghanistan.
    i done my BA (economic) from university of pune india.
    please help me .
    if their is no scholarship than how much should i pay for that .
    please help me.
    thank you.

  14. helllo anna i m indian student 24 years old persuing my Master’s Degreee in Microbiology i keen to M.S. or further education in abroad(Europe or U.S)I having poor Fiancial background Plz tell me about any additional educational qualification and scholarship for full time study in abroad

  15. hello anna i m Fro india i m 24 years old. doing M.Sc in microbiology i wanted to do my further education in abroad (Research or M.S.) in Europe or U.S. i m having pooor finacial background still some how i wanted to do study in abroad plz help me

  16. wondwosen yilma says:

    hello Anna
    please,am Ethiopian and kindly ask you that i want to study in any University of Australia in MBA program. But am the young of very poor financial capacity. So, how could i get this program with full Scholarship.
    Thank you!

  17. Amgad Eltawil says:

    I’m from egypt,physician and obtained a post-graduate diploma in cardiology after a batchelors degree of medicine from cairo university.I’d like to study a fellowship of cardiology from any new zealand university because of lowest tuition in new zealand.so,can you help me?

  18. hiwot says:

    Dear Anna

    I leave in Ethiopia (East Africa), so how can i get a visa to come to Australia? i need to study and have any job there, inorder to support my self, Can you help me to get the visa? please help me!!

    regard

  19. Hi, I am Antonio de Jesus one recipient for WWF grant from Timor-Leste for academic year 2010 and now I am study in Brawijaya University with field of study Master of Marine Science. Now I am looking for others scholarship to support my study on second years, because I need more money to conduct my research in Marine resources and problem solving in Timor-Leste specially how to develop our marine resources to support our community needs and can be contribute to Timor-Leste revenue in the future. Could you help me please ?

  20. hassan khan says:

    i am hassan khan i am indian now i completed 12th pass now i am looking for others scholarship to support my studyon interior designing cource so please could you help me please

  21. hello mam my name harnek singh i m belong to punjab (garaya) i want will be living in canada my education is b.com b.ed plz help me my faimly candition are not good i m very heard worker plz help me

  22. 2nd my job profile are good my contact no is +91-98146-22556 plz help me

  23. shiva says:

    Hello Anna,

    I am shiva. live in iran and interesting to study in abtoad. But Same like others, financial problem make me difficulties to study abroad. I completed my ms in management and wishing to do phd. please help me find out full scholarship from Australia or any other country.
    Thanks
    Shiva

  24. khiem says:

    Study while working, what are the possible work required? I want to work and study also in Australia,and continue my course.

  25. khiem says:

    Actually, I have my cousin who is applying for student visa in Australia. I am from Philippines but currently work and stay in Malaysia to earn money for my student visa.She will go by November, because it was 6 months processing.And she said she will continue study law proper at the same time working.But i cant contact her that’s why I don’t have access anymore about Australia.I’m joining here to get in touch while working and earning here in Malaysia.I want to know what are the possible ways of going to college while working, or they offer scholarships…I hope Ms. Ann you will came across with my letter..Thank you and more power..

  26. nurul rumi says:

    I am a student of Dhaka University of Bangladesh. Now i have completed graduation from there. But i want to take Master program from Australia. It is very concern mattter that the bank balance for getting Visa is not eassy for me.What can i do

  27. asem babina says:

    i m a student of panjab university.m doing mu masters in psychology.i would like to apply for scholarships for further courses in dis field.wat are d criteria?

  28. Mike Yates says:

    Hi Anna
    I am currently living back in the Uk following completion of my 2nd year workingholiday visa in Australia. Is there any way I could back on a student visa and stay in Australia. I could return and work for my ex employer for the maximum 20 hours allowed which would fund my studies. I am now 30 and really want to return as opportunities and severly limited in the Uk.
    Thanks Mike

  29. gud evening mrs : anna madam

    l am doing as a exicutive diector in Sunrise animations .

    l completed my graduation (B.C.A)
    WANT TO JOIN IN MS VISUALS EFFECTS AT U.K
    CAN GIVE ME ANY SUGGETIONS FOR ME

  30. Sheryar Afzal says:

    My name is Sheryar Afzal and i belong to Pakistan, iwant to pursue my Ph.D degree from Australian university, iam basically veterinarian and working as lecturer in veterinary university for the last 6 years. Would u plz let me know about scholarships available in this field or expenses required for living over there during degree program and which type of documents are required. Plz let me know as waiting for ur response.

  31. ali sabuni says:

    I have a intrest to study first degree in Australia give the way to gat application form and visa?

  32. ali sabuni says:

    Please send to me application form of cruney university

  33. ali sabuni says:

    My name is Ali. I live in Tanzania.I have a intrest to study bacholer of engeneering in Australia help the application form.

  34. Saif says:

    Hi i hav completed my masters in commerce and i would like to continue my studies in Canada can u please help me out and kindly give me advice regarding accounting schools and universities in canada especially universities with ACCA courses

  35. joanna says:

    My boy going to be 12 yrs old by Dec 2010, I’m interested to let him study in Australia (Adeleide) Coz my anuty is over there, by the way he’s not bright student he good with his hand & leg. I’m from a poor family js want to see my kid have a bright future…need to know how much it will cost what the prosedure to apply…what time off education is he going to study….

  36. hakim says:

    hello Anna

    Im abelhakim from Algeria. lm doing mester of science Enginnering at University of Malaya, Malaysia, which is almost finish. now lm seeking to continue Phd at one of australia iniversities. lm just asking if it is easy to get visa in case of acceptance to continue phd there!!!

  37. Dawn says:

    The Australian election 2010 seems to me to be a lost cause in that seemingly none of the main parties are campagning on the one vital issue issue – the re-nationalisation and so restoration of Australia’s greatest banking asset, the Commonwealth Bank. None of the other issues are important by any comparison.

  38. Vishnu S says:

    I am an indian. I would like to get MBBS admission in Australia. I would pay full fees. Could u please send me the colleges having low cost fee structure and eligibility requirements.

  39. mamtha says:

    Hi Anna i finished my mba i would like 2 do phd in mba fr dat first i require to do mphil are elsee directky i can do phd. rpy fr my question or directly send the answe directly 2 my mail id.

  40. Sheryl says:

    Hi Anna.I woukd like to ask what requirements i need so that i can apply my student visa in Australia.I want to study there.Pls forward to me the requirements

  41. Sheryl says:

    Hi Anna.This is Sheryl again.As ive said I want to study in Ausrtalia.And my sister will help me to my fees in college.I just want to know the requirements that i need.Pls can you help me this.Im a Filina.Thank You

  42. can u tell me, wht are d conditions dt i’ll have to follow if i apply to study in australia for mba nd if i approach to this through the way of loan……..?

  43. Dany Gaara says:

    Hi Anna,
    I am from Ethiopia (Africa). I have just completed year 10. And I would like to continue year 11 in Malaysia. Could you suggest me any possible ways to find affordable schools there? About visa, fees, accomodation etc.
    Many thanks
    Dany

  44. waqar shah says:

    hi anna!
    I m waqar shah from pakistan..
    Now i have clear my fsc with 821 marks out of 1100. I m poor boy and my family do not agree with my more education due to financial aid..
    And i want to study in austrailia bt i can’t due to financial aid…
    How can i get free visa to come at austrailia 4 Bs engineering in any department from pakistan..plz guide me for this educatinl prblm..

  45. waqar shah says:

    hi anna!
    I m waqar shah from pakistan..
    Now i have clear my fsc with 821 marks out of 1100. I m poor boy and my family do not agree with my more education due to financial aid..
    And i want to study in austrailia bt i can’t due to financial aid…
    How can i get free visa to come at austrailia 4 Bs engineering in any department from pakistan..plz guide me for this educatinl prblm..thank you

  46. gloria says:

    I asking visa application form to study AUSTRALIA getting from KENYA.So i can print it out.

  47. Dear anna,
    my name is mohamed lamin sesay. I am 21 years old. I lived in sierra leone one of the poorest countries in the world. I’m really excited to find this website that help people to pursue their education dreams to australia. Since childhood i wanted to lived in aussie, but i had no opportunity to migrated there.
    Since my parents died i had no hope to enter university due to finanacial problem in our family. Please i need your help to fill my dream.
    For more info,
    mlsesay89@yahoo.com.

  48. AHMAD says:

    PLZ HELP ME FOR STUDY VISA

  49. My hubby and I came here simply because this blog had been tweeted by a young lady I was following and feel happy I made it here.

  50. Nafisa Iqbal says:

    i’m student of graduation,i’m a poor girl i want to study in australia but i can,t due to financial aid nd how can i get free visa to come at australia from pakistan ?

  51. Nafisa Iqbal says:

    i am student of graduation, i am a poor girl i want to study in australia but i can,t due to financial aid nd how can i get free visa to come at australia from pakistan

  52. Vanessa says:

    Hi ,

    I am a single mum,living in Australia.I am a New Zealand citizen,can not get Australian citizenship or permenant resident,as I do not meet the requirements to apply for them.
    I really want to study,via online.I have found one,but I cant get any financial help to start the course.
    Do you know of any places I could seek help,or can i get a visa.I am currently uneployed,so no one will look at fiancing my fees.
    Can you give me any head way to where I can start.
    thanks.

  53. kunle says:

    Hello how can i get the application form and visa to study in Australlia

  54. Mohamadreza.Esmaili says:

    Dear Anna,
    Happy to find a person to ask my question.I am from Iran.I would like to study in Australia.
    I am mmarried,but my wife and my child do not want to come with me and take the visa.Do I have to prove money(found)for them to the embassy?
    Thank you Anna.

  55. Hannah says:

    Hello Anna,
    I am interested in studying abroad in Australia.
    However, I am not sure which university I should choose.
    I am planning to major in finance. I do not come from a rich family but my parents can still afford me to study oversea. Should I go for Adelaide, Queensland, or some country side which will cost me lower living expenses?
    Can you please give me some advice?

  56. Sadhna mudgal says:

    Mam, I had applied for student visa for Australia two times, in Dec.2009 and in Aug 2010 respectively. But unluckily I got refusal both the times. First refusal was based on some unsatisfactory answers in my interview. But second time no interview was taken and the refusal was based on the last decision.
    now my age is 35year. I have passed B.com in 1996 M.com.in1998& B.ed in 2000. After that i have a gap of 10 years. kindly suggest me whether i should apply in the same country for the 3rd time

  57. Jobindas y says:

    hai i am so happy that i am getting a good guidance

  58. Jobindas y says:

    hai my name is jobindas. i am an Indian citizen. i am now doing my mba and the course will be completed in may2011.i would like to do any other course which will give me a good start to my career.what should i do.what are the necessary requirements.please guide me.

  59. Thank you for the great post, good to see someone else with a similar interest as myself. I am from Adelaide and it’s always good to hear stories like this. Cheers

  60. Ali says:

    I’m an under graduate secondary student from Pakistan and want to study in Australia and i can not understand what course do i select to Study.My interest is steel manufacturing and cars and electronics.Thanks

  61. ABDUL HAMID says:

    want to get admission in two years diploma in english language course

  62. Talha says:

    Hi, right now I am doing graduation in Pakistan and i want to study in Australia… so tell me the procedure of

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    If any one wants to come europe for study or for any other purpose I am willing to help him or help her.My rates and charges are sooooooooo much cheaper than other persons …and my email address is drivanlendle@yahoo.com .

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  65. anna says:

    my english is not good . so i really want improve it .but i havent a good plan fof it . please help me . thanks you very much

  66. Haider says:

    hey Ana..this is Haider, currently doing ACCA nearly finish of my course. l am actually from Pakistan but currently in uk under student visa. My concern is what are this visa requirement for my category student. i.e., maintenance funds etc.
    l might be getting CAS letter soon but l am unsure about maintenance fund to be in my account. kindly help me with this matter
    thanks

  67. HK says:

    Dear Ana, my name is Haroon. I am Pakistani Citizen. I am an interior designer. I got admission in Wall and floor tiling at TAFE,PERTH,Australia. I recently got my visa refused on the grounds on poor educational background. I am 30 yrs old, and I have been doing job since 2000 in a construction company as an interior designer. I couldnt continue my studies because of financial crisis on our family. Now the case officer has an objection that I have a poor educational background and I havent studied anything after my high school. I wanted to explain it to my case officer why I couldnt continue my studies, why did i chose Australia for studies. But my consultant asked me not to send any info of this kind. That resulted in a refused visa which i can not appeal, the case officer didnt get a clear picture from my side.
    Kindly help me with these queries.
    -Am I eligible for applying for a student visa again?
    -Is it possible that I apply now for a degree course instead of a simple diploma (my agent guided me wrong in tht too. She told me that I should get admission in this course because its relevant to my field, and I wanted to earn a degree in Interior Design, I have never been to Australia so I have no idea if they offer courses in Interior Design, I relied on my agent to look for a suitable course for me)
    -Can I take admission in a University now instead of TAFE college?
    -Right now I m doing a short course in design fundamentals. it will end by the mid of march. Do u think I should attach that when i will reapply ?
    All of my financial documents, work related documents, IELTS (BAND 6.5 overall) were fine. the case officer didnt have any objection on any of them..

    • StudyLink says:

      Hi HK,

      You should definitely attach your new qualifications in your latest application. You should be able to apply again. Have you thought about doing some more training in your own country before applying in order to better your chances of being accepted?

      The application process can be slow and difficult, but it will be worth it in the end.

  68. Mihir Patel says:

    Hi Anna! I have one question and which is that can I go with my spouse for further study on the base of student visa?

  69. Cult_of_personality says:

    hii i want to pursemasters degree from australia can u tell me how much we earn through part times jobs there plz

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  71. hamal says:

    can anyone let me know about the cheapest universityavailable for M.B.A degree in finance in australia?????

  72. chelsea says:

    can anyone let me know about the cheapest university available in australia for M.B.A degree in finance???????

  73. Sepehr Moradi says:

    Dear Anna

    Would you answer the following questions, please?

    1. I’ve granted (I’ve obtained the full found scholarship) for studying at the Deakin University for the PhD degree but I have to pass the short English course there before getting my scholarship and also I must pay all of my expenses by self found about 15 weeks and so I don’t know that to meet the financial capacity is necessary for me or no?

    2. Can I bring my mother to the Australia?

    please contact me by the email address below:

    sepehr_moradi22@yahoo.com

    Best regards,

    Sepehr Moradi

    • StudyLink says:

      Hi Sepehr,

      As these questions are very specific to yourself, and the rules and guidelines are often changed, it is best to contact the Australian embassy where you are.

  74. becky says:

    Hi Anna,

    I am from Germany and I would like to study at the University of Melbourne but yea the study fees are 25000 Dollar per year. But do you think it is possible to earn 25000 Dollar in two years of work in Australia with a student visa but studying a cheap course? I know that you earn a lot in Australia comparable to Europe but is it that enough to save 25000 Dollar?

    And also I would like to know: is it true that you can get 2 months holiday after a 4 months course, which you booked before straight away with a 6 month course and after the 6 months course you could get also two more months holidays? I know is a little bit difficult to explain but something like that. Because 20 working hours/week are just enough for subsisting myself but I need to save money and as I understood you can work unlimited in holiday. Please help me if you have some idea or information about it. Thank you my email is riweka@hotmai.de

    • StudyLink says:

      Hi Becky,

      25,000 dollars is a lot of money, and we wouldn’t like to guess whether or not you could save it within two years of working part-time. It obviously depends how much you are paid, and how often you can work. You’ll need to make sure you only work the allotted amount, as working more would be breaking the regulations of your visa entry.

      As far as holidays after courses go, it is best to talk to the Australian embassy in Germany before you go to check that this is ok. If it isn’t allowed, you shouldn’t do it, as by doing so, you risk being deported.

      Have you thought about saving money whilst in Germany? That way you could work as much as you liked, without being limited by a visa?

  75. amal saumya says:

    do we need to apply for Australia student visa form our home country?? or can we apply form other country?? because currently i am studying in uk

    • StudyLink says:

      Hi Amal,

      You should be able to apply from the UK. Get in contact with the Australian embassy here in the UK, they should be able to assist you, or if not, they can advise how best to apply.

  76. Ahmad says:

    Hi Ana ,I am Pakistan citizen…. i did my Fsc(Engineering) in 2011 then i did Ielts and got 5.5 band and now i applied for my diploma to degree program in Tafe perth then UWS in ELectrical engineering .And during this time i did experience work as assistant to Electrical Engineer in furnace mill .My all things are good means i gave my Bank statement of minimum 10,00000 AUS Dollars. And i think 5 or 6 weak gone i applied in embassy my classes will start at 4th feb and i didn’t get any answer can you please tell me when i will get my reply from Embassy and in your experience …. Will i get my visa or not …. ?

  77. hi dear anna with most respectifully i beg to say sir that i hope that you will be in very good mode and happy
    we know that you are the greatest, merci, kind peopls in the world
    so sir,
    i want to explain my problem and i am 100% sure that will read my problem
    i am in very critical situations n pakistanbecause sir we are afghan family my father was killed by taliban in afghanistan he was just adriver of the mill bank afghanistan-
    similary my uncle was kidnaped by taliban acuple months ago -
    becaus he was transulater in afghanistan for american soldier-
    every one sayed to us that you work for america you are american agent so sir our life is not safe here people sayed to me that your father was american agent we are famous in pakistn by that word-i am not to be killed by the hand of taliban please
    i am student in pakistan my uncle promised me that if you got first position i will send you to america but know he i s not in this world- i passed my second year in college by great mark but know i wast my one year because there is alot of tension on me i am young guy ilike my study for this reason iwent to unchr office in pakistan to migrate me free to america but thy sayed to me that your case will take eight month -
    please sir safe my career safe my lif i like and lov american culture i like american people my career and my life is on your hand and you and your nation are famous by helping afghani people give me somple step to gaain visa free please-finally i say to you sir if free visa is not possible buy for me because you are also JUSTlike my parents please sir
    GOD bless you sir and passed in your missions -
    from orphane
    BASHIRULLAH son of SAMIULLAH
    ADRESS PESHAWAR PHONE 03349401149-

  78. if any free visa possible of student or oyher kind please must mail me by bashirkhan896@yahoo.com

  79. mohamed says:

    hi, am very poor kenyan high school graduate and i would like to study in australia.i shall be grateful if helped,and i shall serve the australian government if it accepts me.thanks in advance.am mohamed my email is abdikadir64@hotmail.com,my contact number is +254727493635

  80. Malaak says:

    Hi I just like to know I have applied for a student visa for my nephew from australia he is in egypt His course starts very soon, I have sent the COE and so on does it go to egyptian embassy in cairo or australian, can I contact them from australia to check the progress?