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Eligibility

A student’s eligibility will be determined by the student’s chosen education provider and the country of citizenship held. This will then determine the level of English language and financial capacity requirements that the student must comply with at the time of their visa application.

As per their evidence level, international students must:

Breaking News

New English Language Requirements

The Australian Government has made changes to English Language Requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate visas.

This change was announced as part of the Australian Government’s Migration Strategy released on 11 December 2023 and applies to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications lodged on or after 23 March 2024.

The Migration Strategy outlined how the English language reforms for student visas will support international students to have a positive educational experience in Australia, and prepare them for the skilled workforce should they wish to apply for a graduate visa post study.

Temporary Graduate visa (TGV)

Student visa

Increasing English language requirements for students undertaking VET and higher education courses requires a similar increase in score for those taking packaged ELICOS courses. This ensures that students can transition successfully into their main course, with the appropriate level of English.

Other Visa

English Test Comparison

IELTSPTECambridge
Student visa requirement Overall 6.050169
Temporary Graduate visa requirementOverall 6.557176
Listening 5.543162
Reading 5.548162
Writing 5.551162
Speaking 5.542162

For more information on changes to the English Language requirements for a student, see Meet English language requirements.

Source: New English Language Requirements

Genuine Student Requirement

As announced in the Migration Strategy released on 11 December 2023, the Australian Government is replacing the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for grant of a Student visa with a Genuine Student (GS) requirement.

The GS requirement is planned to commence for Student visa applications lodged on or after 23 March 2024.

Student visa applications lodged before 23 March 2024 will be assessed according to existing arrangements.

The GTE requirement will be retained for Student Guardian visa applicants.

Through consultation and discussion with representatives of the education sector, the new GS requirement for international students will aim to identify students with circumstances that support a genuine intention to obtain a quality education in Australia, without reference or confusion to any future intention to migrate.

The 300 word statement in the Student visa application form will be replaced with targeted questions. These questions will provide visa decision makers with an overview of the applicant and their reasons for wanting to study in Australia, to contextualise the documentary evidence applicants must provide in support of their
application.

The intended questions will cover:

The Student visa declaration will be amended to require applicants to confirm that they:
When the change happens, Ministerial Direction No. 69 will be revoked and replaced by two new ministerial directions, which will reflect the intention for the GS requirement to apply after the intended commencement date of 23 March 2024; and then to ensure that applications onhand, and not yet decided, before the commencement date of 23 March 2024 have the GTE assessment applied to those cases.
 
Further information about the changes will be communicated to education providers and potential applicants, including through the Department of Home Affairs website, social media channels and outreach activities, closer to the implementation date of 23 March 2024.

English Language Requirements

As per the Migration Strategy, changes are also flagged to English level requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate visa applicants. There will be more news on these changes as the Department finalises consultation with stakeholders.

Cost of Education in Australia

Types of ExpensesAnnual Expenses in AUD
Tuition Fees for one-year (Indicative)AUD 20,000 to 36,000
Living and AccommodationAUD 29,710
Overseas Student Health Cover(OSHC) (Indicative)AUD 650 to 700 PA
Airfare to Australia ( Depending on country of origin )AUD 2000 TO 3000
Visa Fees ( Subject to change every year ) AUD 710 AUD 710

From 10 May 2024, the amount of money that Student and Student Guardian visa applicants need to have to be eligible for the visa is increasing.

The financial capacity requirement has been updated to align with a proportion (75 per cent) of the national minimum wage. This will better indicate the amount of money considered reasonable to provide a minimum standard of living while studying in Australia. This proportion considers that students are out of course session for 25 per cent of the year. During this time they may return home or have access to unrestricted work.

International students who can show they meet this new financial capacity requirement are better able to make informed decisions about their future.

Students are less likely to:

The below table outlines the funds you need to show to meet the minimum financial capacity requirement, which will be changed from 10 May 2024.

New Minimum required funds to meet financial capacity

(Subject to pass of legislation)

Financial capacity requirement before 10 May 2024Financial capacity requirement after 10 May 2024
Primary applicantAUD24,505AUD29,710
Spouse or de facto partner of the Student primary applicant (not applicable to Student Guardian applicant)AUD8,574AUD10,394
Dependent childAUD3,670AUD4,449
Annual school costsAUD9,661AUD13,502
Personal annual income if there is no member of the familyAUD72,465AUD87,856
Personal annual income where there is a member of the family unitAUD84,543AUD102,500

We will assess applications lodged before 10 May 2024 under the financial capacity requirements in effect at the time of application.

Explore your Australian study pathways with our team of experienced and highly qualified consultants. We can speak other languages apart from English such as Gujarati and Hindi in order to assist you in the best way possible. Our goal is to deliver you with personalized guidance in order to help you reach your goals of studying in Australia.

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How we can help

East West Migration and Education Expert will make the application process a lot smoother and easier from the very start. Our experts will work closely with you to complete and fast track both the enrolment with the education provider of your choice, as well as the Student Visa application. Studying in Australia is a life-changing experience, and we will guide you through the visa application process from start to finish. Remember that the exact English and Financial requirements of the visa application will depend on your chosen education provider, the nationality of your passport and other personal factors.

Future options

At the end of your studies, you may be eligible for a Graduate Skilled Post Study Work Visa (subclass 485 / 476). The Graduate Skilled Visa (subclass 485) allows eligible international students to temporarily live and work in Australia after completion of their Australian studies. It will allow you to gain valuable Australian work experience and can be granted up to 5 years depending on the qualification studied. This visa does not restrict the number of hours you are allowed to work, nor the type of work you decide to pursue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should we apply to study in Australia?

Applying for a study visa in Australia requires a lot of research and careful planning. To begin with, you need to choose your course and the education provider before applying for the visa. Check for the eligibility requirements related to the subclass 500 visa. Check the documents checklist tool to know about the document requirements and then get your application processed.

What can be the cost of studying in Australia?

Your total cost for studying in Australia depends on your qualification, university, and the place you live in. The average tuition fees at one of Australia's tertiary institutions range between AUD 20,000 and AUD 30,000 a year. Rests its cost of accommodation, essential utilities, and entertainment cost.

Are any scholarships available for international students in Australia?

Yes, many grants, scholarship options, and bursaries are available to help international students with their financial needs while studying in Australia. Most of them are provided by the government, education providers, and public and private organizations.

Can we work while we study in Australia?

Yes, absolutely. You can work while studying in Australia. You can work up to 48 hours every two weeks while you are studying, and unlimited hours during holiday breaks. There are large number of opportunities available for international students in sectors such as retail, farming, hospitality, administration,

Do I Need a Health Insurance to Study in Australia?

Yes, as an international student you must have a health insurance for the entire duration of your study in Australia. The health insurance for international students is known as Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). The health insurance helps international students to cover the expenses of medical and hospital care they need while in Australia.

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