Choose your Course
The first step, logically enough, is to find a course.
Go to the course and institution section of this website to research and compare courses (all the courses listed there are certified by the Australian Government for international students). Then make sure you’re eligible to enrol. Most university courses have minimum academic and English language requirements, which are listed with each course, along with the tuition fees. Vocational education and training courses also have minimum English language requirements.
It’s most important to remember that the language requirement at your chosen institution may be higher than the requirements of your visa.
Contact the universities and vocational education and training centres to learn more about the course you’re interested in. Many regularly send representatives overseas to talk about studying at their institutions. Check with those you’re interested in to see when they’ll be in your country next.
The Australian Government’s international network of Australian Education Centres can also help. They provide impartial and professional advice about studying and living in Melbourne and can help with choosing and applying for a course and applying for a visa.
Education agents are also a very good resource. The Australian Education Centres can help locate education agents in your country. The institutions also list education agents on their websites.
Applying to Enrol
Once you’ve made your choice you must formally apply to be accepted.
You’ll need to complete an application form of the institution where you wish to study. You can download application forms from their websites. Many will encourage you to lodge your application online.
The application form will ask which course you wish to study, as well as your second and third preferences at the same institution. If you’re applying for courses at different institutions you’ll need to submit a separate application for each one.
You may need to include the following documents:
- Certificates that verify your previous study, including qualifications you already have.
- Evidence of your English language proficiency through an IELTS, TOEFL or OET test.
- Certificates or documents that verify previous study or work experience if you’re seeking course credits. These must be translated into English.
There are two ways you can apply:
- You can contact the institution directly. They all employ staff to help international students, so the process is made as easy as possible.
- Or you can ask a registered Australian education agent in your country to help you with your application and your visa. (Australian Embassies and Diplomatic Post are listed at the Australian Government immigration website. They can provide a list of registered Australian education agents in your country.)
Make sure you meet the requirements for a student visa before you apply to study. Check the study section of the Australian Gov
ernment immigration website.
Assessment of your application
Each institution assesses applications on a case-by-case basis.
If you apply online, many institutions allow you to check the progress of your application on their website.
If you’re successful you’ll receive a Letter of Offer, to which you must respond. Once the institution has received your reply, you’ll be sent an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment by email. This is important because your visa will not be granted without it.
Check that you meet the requirements of a student visa before you accept your offer and pay tuition fees. Find out more about these requirements by visiting the Australian Government immigration website.
Once you’ve formally accepted and confirmed your enrolment, the institution will send an information package providing more details about your course. It will tell you when you should arrive, what to bring, arrangements for your welcome, accommodation options and important events you should attend, such as orientation days.
Deciding where to study is a big decision. It will determine where you’ll spend the next few years of your life. It will also help decide your future. Think about it carefully. If you have more questions about studying and applying to university and vocational education and training courses in Victoria (most people do) simply go to Frequently Asked Questions.