International student FAQs

No matter where you live, studying with an Australian institution can be a great way of gaining internationally recognised qualifications from some of Australia’s leading tertiary education providers. You can choose to study by distance education (online or by correspondence) while living in your home country, or come to Australia to study on campus at the institution of your choice.

You may have some questions about what is required to study with an Australian education provider. Here are some answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for international students.

Our courses are offered by three course providers: Open Universities Australia, Open Colleges (formerly known as Cengage Education), SEEK Learning, AIAS, GradSchool, University of New England, Martin College, The JMC Academythe Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, UNE Partnerships, Deakin University and Southern Cross University.


General

Am I an international student?

An international student is someone who is not an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen. International students also include students who come into Australia on a temporary permit.

For more information about studying in Australia see Study & work in Australia.

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I’m an Australian citizen but live overseas. Can I still study these courses?

Many Australian distance education courses are accessible through the Internet. This means that they are available to international students living in other countries but wishing to study at an Australian institution. Courses that are offered on-campus or include a work placement component will need to be studied from within Australia. To find out whether you are eligible to study, fill out the enquiry form below the course you are interested in and a Study Consultant will get back to you shortly.

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I’m from overseas and not an Australian citizen. Can I study these courses?

Many Australian distance education courses are accessible through the Internet. This means that they are available to international students living in other countries but wishing to study at an Australian institution.

Some courses require students to study on campus. International students can apply for a student visa to be able to study from within Australia.

To find out whether you are eligible to study, fill out the enquiry form below the course you are interested in and a Study Consultant will get back to you shortly.

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I’m from New Zealand. Can I study these courses?

Students from New Zealand have unrestricted access to Australian courses. You may not be required to pay the international student fee.

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Enrolling

How do I enrol if I am an international student?

The enrolment process for an international student is similar to that of a domestic student. You should, however, take note that pricing may be listed in Australian dollars. International students may also be required to pay an extra course fee in addition to the regular tuition fee.

If you are interested in enrolling in a course, simply fill out the enquiry form below the course and a Study Consultant will get back to you shortly.

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Distance education

What is the difference between distance education and on-campus study for international students?

Distance education means that you can study wherever you want to, whether it is in China, India or Brazil. For international students this means that you can study anywhere in the world, as opposed to on-campus study which requires you to attend classes in person. This means that you can get an Australian qualification without the costs of living in Australia.

On-campus study allows students to engage in campus life and can be an easier way to make new friends and meet other people studying your course. For international students it also allows them to experience the culture of a new country firsthand. If you are interested in applying for a course, fill out the enquiry form below the course you are interested in and a Study Consultant will get back to you.

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How will I receive my course work and study materials?

For international students studying by distance, most of the course work and study materials are accessible over the Internet. For disciplines that require textbooks, some course providers, like Open Universities Australia, can ship your textbooks to you.

To find out more information fill out the enquiry form below the course you are interested in and a Study Consultant will get back to you shortly.

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Which course is right for me?

Why should I study with an Australian education institution?

Australian universities are renowned for their high quality of teaching and resources. The Australian government regulates the standards of all national universities, ensuring the highest quality of education. Australia has the third largest international student enrolment in the world, behind the USA and the UK.

Australia also introduced the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act in 2000. This Act ensures that institutions meet the necessary requirements concerning facilities, support and delivery, before they can enrol international students. The ESOS legislation also provides consumer protection for your tuition fees.

For more information about studying in Australia see Study & work in Australia.

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How do I know which course is right for me?

There are many courses and many different avenues to help you get into the career of your dreams. You need to ask yourself why you have chosen to study an Australian qualification, and whether you plan to study by distance education in your home country or in Australia. If you choose to study from within Australia you will also need to think about the cost of living as well as the cost of studying.

You also need to consider how much time you have available to study. Certificates and short courses can be completed in less time than a degree. Have a browse through our courses in career paths that you’re interested in – e.g. education or engineering.

When you have found a course that appeals, simply fill out the form underneath the course and an advisor will be in touch with you shortly.

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Studying

What are the prerequisites for international students?

Prerequisites differ from course to course and qualification to qualification. However, most distance education courses do have basic English language requirements. You may have to provide evidence of your English language competence before enrolling.

There are many English language courses that are recognised by tertiary education providers. A popular test is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Open Universities Australia offers IELTS preparation courses to help you achieve the results you need to study in Australia.

Fill out an enquiry form below the course you are interested in to find out more information about prerequisites for international students.

For more information about English language tests see Study & work in Australia.

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Studying in Australia

Do I have to live in Australia to study these courses?

For courses that are offered by distance education – online or by correspondence – you do not need to live in Australia in order to enrol. Distance education courses can deliver your qualifications right to your (electronic) doorstep, which means that you don’t need to come to Australia to study. Courses that are offered on-campus or have a work placement component will require the student to live in Australia in order to study the course. For more information about living in Australia see Study & work in Australia.

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Is it safe to study in Australia?

Australia is known for its multicultural population, making it a friendly and accepting host country. Diverse religions and cultures are respected and warmly welcomed. Australia’s high population of international students means that there are many facilities and support options for international students. Australian cities are safe and clean with low crime rates, low levels of political unrest and strict gun laws. While Australia is deemed a safe country, it is advised that you should still exercise caution, particularly with your personal details and important documents – as you should in any country.

For more information about studying and living in Australia see Study & work in Australia.

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Do you need a student visa to study in Australia?

You will need a student visa if you are not an Australian citizen and you choose to study within Australia. If you are choosing to study by distance in your home country, then a student visa is not necessary.

You can only apply for a student visa if your Australian tertiary education provider has accepted your application for study. Before you apply for your course you should contact the Australian embassy in your country to find out whether you are eligible for a student visa. Student visas give you the opportunity to stay in Australia longer than 3 months, give you access to subsidised student health cover and also allow you to apply for permission to work.

For more information about getting a student visa see Study & work in Australia.

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Will my qualification be recognised internationally?

Australian courses are globally recognised, meaning that you will come away with a qualification that will serve you in your home country as well as anywhere else in the world. Australian qualifications are regulated by the Australian Qualifications Framework, which provides clear rules on each level of qualification and the quality of education.

Australian qualifications are clearly structured into a standardised education framework to show how each qualification can lead you to the next education level. This makes it easier for other countries to compare Australian qualification levels with their own qualifications.

For more information about Australian courses see Study & work in Australia.

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Can I work in Australia while I study?

You can receive permission to work in Australia if you apply for a combined student visa and work permit. You are restricted in the number of hours you can work during semester, but you can work unlimited hours during semester breaks.

You need an Australian tax file number to work in Australia. You should also be aware of your rights while working in Australia.

Working while studying can be a great way to earn some money to pay for your tuition and living costs. It can also be a great way to improve your English, meet some new people and gain an insight into Australian culture. For more information about working and studying in Australia see Study & work in Australia.

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What if I need accommodation?

Australia has a large range of accommodation options for international students. Some tertiary education providers also offer accommodation in the form of homestay, halls of residence or residential colleges. Accommodation can alternatively be found in boarding schools, apartments, shared housing or hostels.

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Will I be able to work in Australia after completing this course?

Australia has a migration program known as the General Skilled Migration program, which targets young people with highly sought after skills that will contribute to the Australian economy. If you have just completed an Australian qualification and want to work in Australia, you can apply to have your skills and experiences assessed and listed in the government’s skill-matching database. Under the Migration program there are a range of visa options to suit your employment needs.

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Student support

What support is available to international students?

Both the course provider and the Australian government provide support for international students. The course provider offers academic, administrative and financial support through a range of different channels such as email, online tutoring, live chat and student forums. Tertiary education institutions take the welfare of their students seriously. If you have chosen to study on campus within Australia then your course provider can also help you with orientation and accommodation, and can give you access to mentors and counselling services.

The Australian government offers support to students who ring the International Student Hotline: 1300 363 079 – Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.

For more information about Australian culture and customs see Study & work in Australia.

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Financial assistance

What are the fees for international students?

The course and the level of qualification determine the fees for international students. International students may also have to pay an additional administration fee.

To find out more information, fill out the enquiry form below the course you are interested in and a Study Consultant will be in touch shortly.

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Am I an international student?

An international student is someone who is not an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen. International students also include students who come into Australia on a temporary permit.

For more information about studying in Australia see Study & work in Australia.

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I’m not an Australian citizen. Is there any financial support available to me?

You may be eligible for financial assistance whilst studying if you are a permanent resident, but not an Australian citizen. You must also satisfy other criteria in order to be eligible for study assistance. Some course providers may also offer scholarships, which you can apply for.

To find out whether you qualify for financial assistance, please fill out the enquiry form below the course you are interested in for more information.

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