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What is an Australian Student Visa – Subclass 500?

An Australian study visa is a temporary visa that allows you to stay in Australia for the duration of your studies.
Guidelines for the Australian Student Visa have changed, effective from July 1, 2016, with the introduction of the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF).
 
According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, all international students intending to study in Australia are now required to apply for a visa under Subclass 500, which effectively consolidates the previous subclasses 571 – 576 into one.

Upcoming Intakes In Australia

Australian universities offer two intakes each year:

Intake 1: Runs from February/early March to late May/early June.

Intake 2: Runs from July/early August to November.

The first intake is typically considered the primary intake by most students. It is advisable to prepare for the next upcoming intake.

Top 20 Universities in Australian 2023

Australian National University (ANU)
29
29
The University of Melbourne
38
38
The University of Sydney
42
42
The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
43
43
The University of Queensland (UQ)
47
47
Monash University
58
58
The University of Western Australia (UWA)
86
86
The University of Adelaide
106
106
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
140
140
University of Newcastle
207
207
University of Wollongong
212
212
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
224
224
Curtin University
230
230
Macquarie University
237
237
RMIT University
238
238
Deakin University
271
271
University of South Australia (UniSA)
274
274
University of Tasmania
291
291
James Cook University (JCU)
377
377
Swinburne University of Technology
383
383
La Trobe University
400
400
Flinders University
424
424
Bond University
442
442
University of Canberra
484
484

Document Evidence Required for an Australian Study Visa

When applying for an Australia Student Visa, you will typically need the following essential documents:

  1. An Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment, which serves as proof of your admission to a college or university.
  2. A valid passport.
    The visa application fee.
  3. Your GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) statement.
  4. Academic and work experience records.
  5. Evidence of your financial capability to cover expenses such as tuition fees, living costs, support for dependents, and return airfare.
  6. Details of your OSHC health insurance policy.
  7. A statement of purpose.
  8. If you are under 18 years of age, you may also be required to provide additional documents like parental consent.

Application Process: Studying in Australia in 3 Simple Steps!
Before filling out the visa application, ensure that you meet all the requirements. In order to fulfill these criteria, you will be required to:

Step 1: Meet Australian study requirements: Enroll in a full-time undergraduate, master’s, or Ph.D. course that is registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). The university will provide an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate as proof of your enrollment.

Step 2: Meet Language Requirements: Demonstrate your language proficiency by taking a language test. Acceptable test scores include:

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5 – 6
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 46
  3. Pearson Test of English (PTE): 42
  4. Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 162
  5. Occupational English Test (OET): ‘b’ for each test component.
    Provide a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement, affirming your intention to study in Australia and your plans to return.
    Have adequate health insurance: Purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to demonstrate your ability to cover healthcare expenses while in Australia.
    Meet health requirements: Maintain reasonably good health and pass required medical tests.
    Meet character requirements: Ensure you have no criminal or terrorist background, as eligibility for a study visa requires a clean record.

Step 3:

Create a profile on the Australian Immigration Website and keep scanned copies of your documents ready.

Complete your visa application, which can be submitted up to 124 days before your course starts.
After successfully submitting your application and paying the visa fees, you will receive a Transaction Reference Number to track your application’s status.

Cost/Free Requirment & Course Expenses for students

International students must adhere to visa fee regulations based on their respective categories below.

Average Tuition Fees & Course Expenses for Students

The following are the average annual tuition fees for international students, as per information provided on the official government website:
 
  • International Undergraduate Students – AUD 14,999 to AUD 389,999
  • International Postgraduate Students (Masters Degree) – AUD 19,999 to AUD 36,999
  • Doctoral Degree – AUD 13,999 to AUD 36,999
It’s important to note that these figures exclude high-value programs such as medical degrees or veterinary science, which come with significantly higher costs.
  • For this step, you will need to obtain your Certificate of Enrolment, and you may be required to make a partial tuition fee payment to acquire it.
  • Additionally, you might be asked to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover to provide assurance to authorities that your health-related expenses are covered.

Australian Student Visa Processing Time in 2023

Typically, the processing time for an Australian student visa is around one month. Nonetheless, the process may extend up to a maximum of three months.
Stream 75% Processing 90% Processing
Foreign Affairs or Defense Sector 20 days 26 days
Postgraduate Research Sector 39 days 77 days
Independent ELICOS Sector 23 days 38 days
Vocational Education and Training Sector 36 days 52 days
Higher Education Sector 17 days 32 days