There are various visas that you can apply for depending on your plans in Australia.
Student visa (subclass 500)
If you intend to study in Australia, you will need to apply for the
Student visa (subclass 500).
You can apply for the following types of study on this visa:
- English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
- school – primary or secondary
- secondary school exchange program
- vocational Education and Training (VET) courses –a registered VET course or a registered course for the award of an advanced diploma
- higher education courses –a bachelor or associate degree, a graduate certificate or graduate diploma, a masters degree by coursework or a higher education diploma or advanced diploma
- postgraduate Research degrees –a masters degree by research or a doctoral degree
- non-award courses – non-award foundation studies courses or components of a course that do not lead to an award
- students sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs or Trade or the Department of Defence.
You may be able to package your courses if you would like to study more than one course. This is known as
Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)
If you plan to come to Australia to provide care to a student under 18 years, you can apply for the
Student Guardian visa (subclass 590).
Training and Research visa (subclass 402)
For training and research opportunities which allow you to take part in structured workplace-based training, you may be eligible for the
Training and Research visa (subclass 402).
Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
If you have finished your studies and wish to work in Australia temporarily, you may be eligible for the post-study work visa, the
Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).
Visiting and studying
If you would like to come to Australia for a visit and short-term study, you may be eligible for a visitor visa. To learn more about this option, see our information on
Post study work arrangements
If you have finished your studies and wish to work in Australia temporarily, please see
Post-study work arrangements or our
More information for students
In some cases you can apply for
family members to join you in Australia.
As a student, it is important to check what you can bring into Australia before you enter. Please ensure you visit our
Can I bring it back? guide before you decide to bring anything to Australia.
If you are an education provider and wish to know more, see information for
more information for students available.