Each country has a set of prerequisites that serve as entry requirements for international students. Australia is certainly no exception in this case. If you have chosen to go abroad in order to study in Australia, there are a range of basic requirements you will have to meet. English Language Requirements In certain cases, you might need to provide results of an English language proficiency test. Be aware that the English language skill level required by an institution can be different from the level of skill required for your student visa application. You should carefully check student visa information on both the Department of Home Affairs website and the institution website for any specific English language requirements. The IELTS is the most popularly chosen test students choose to undergo. If you have a certificate to prove that your previous degrees were undergone in English (either an A’ Level in English, or an undergrad/master degree where language of instruction was English), you might not need to sit for a separate test to check your language expertise. You should check with your faculty to make sure that you are eligible for entry with regards to your expertise in English. Educational requirements The educational requirements (including evidence of English language skills) that you will need to study in Australia will vary depending on the level of education at which you want to study. Institutions can have quite different entry requirements, so read the course information on their website carefully and contact the particular department(s) you are interested in to ask for advice. Here is some general guidance on entry requirements for the different levels of study:
If you are falling a little short of meeting the educational requirements of an Australian high school qualification, consider taking a Foundation course before you get started on your undergraduate degree. Also called bridging study, these are intensive courses that will help you meet the entry requirements. They are usually a year long and are offered by most higher education institutions and can easily serve to pave the pathway to help you ease your way to an undergraduate degree. Visa requirements The student visa you need will depend on your chosen course of study. As a guide, the typical key requirements you will need to meet are:
The Department of Home Affairs website contains additional information on student visas. With regards to testing one’s English language proficiency for student visa purposes, the IELTS is the only test accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. Some visa Assessment Levels accept the IELTS entry levels required by the education institution. Australian education institutions can only accept students with an appropriate level of English proficiency, which may vary from course to course. Overseas Student Health Cover Australia has a special system of health cover/ insurance for international students called the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It will help you to pay for medical or hospital care you might need while you’re studying in Australia; it will also contribute towards the cost of most prescription medicines and an ambulance (in an emergency). When studying in Australia, you will need OSHC for yourself (as well as for any family travelling with you) before you arrive. It is a requirement of your student visa that you maintain OSHC for the duration of your time on a student visa in Australia. It is advisable that you start looking at the requirements at your desired level of entry at least a few years before you will apply, so that it gives you a chance to ensure that you are well-prepared to tackle the educational, financial and visa-related issues that will be sent your way once you have applied to become an international student in Australia.