Student Visas



Students who obtain their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) through StudyCo can receive a discount on their MigrationCo Student Visa Services Fees

Overview of Student Visas for Australia

For people wishing to study in Australia there are 7 different Visa Subclasses they can choose from, depending upon the course and level of study they intend to undertake.

These visas allows students to undertake studies in non formal courses, English language courses, Primary and Secondary School (usually defined as the first 12 years of study), TAFE / Technical College and University.

The course and level of study the student intends to undertake will determine which visa Subclass they apply for and it is possible to combine different levels when applying for a visa. For example, if a student intends to undertake both a Diploma and a Bachelor Degree, they would apply for the visa which relates to the Bachelor Degree as this is their final level, or Principal Course, of study.

For students under 18 years of age it is also possible for a parent or guardian to obtain a visa that would allow them to accompany the study to Australia and remain here whilst the student is studying.

Subclass 570 (ELICOS) Visa - for English Langauge courses

This visa is for students intending to undertake a stand-alone English language courses that lead to a certificate I, II, III or IV, or that result in no formal Australian award.

These courses are usually undertaken at a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) College or other non-university educational institution. Universities can also conduct these courses (though generally, if they do, they are designed to lead to further studies at the university).

(ELICOS = English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)

Subclass 571 (Schools) Visa - for Primary and Secondary Schools (Years 1 - 12)

This visa is for students intending to undertake Primary, Junior Secondary or Senior Secondary School study, and approved Secondary School Exchange Programs.

This study is undertaken at either Public (Government) or Private Schools.

Subclass 572 (VET) Visa - for Technical and Diploma courses

This visa is for students intending to undertake a Certificate I, II, III or IV (except ELICOS), VET Diploma, VET Advanced Diploma, Vocational Graduate Certificate or Vocational Graduate Diploma Courses.

These courses are usually undertaken at a TAFE college or other non-university educational institutions.

Subclass 573 (Higher Education) Visa - for university studies undertake by coursework

This visa is for students intending to undertake a Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Post-Graduate Diploma or Masters by Coursework.

These courses are usually undertaken at a university, those some non-university educational institutions may also conduct these courses.

Subclass 574 (Higher Education) Visa - for Post Graduate university studies undertaken by research

This visa is for students intending to undertake a Masters by Research or a Doctoral (PhD) Degree.

These courses are usually undertaken at a university.

Subclass 575 (non-Award) Visa - for non-Award (non-AQF) courses

This visa is for students intending to undertake non-Australian Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Award Foundation Studies, or other full-time courses or components of courses not leading to an AQF Award / qualification.

These courses can be undertaken at any educational institution in Australia though generally not at a university.

Subclass 576 (AusAID / Defence) Visas - for those sponsored by AusAID or the Department of Defence

For students intending to udertake studies that are sponsored by AusAID or the Australian Department of Defence. Students are able to undertake full-time courses of any type

Subclass 580 (Student Guardian) Visa - for parents or guardians of overseas minors studying in Australia

This visa is for the parents or guardians of overseas students (under 18 years of age) who are studying in Australia whilst holding a Student Visa.





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