As an international student intending to study in Australia, you must obtain a Student Visa from an Australian Diplomatic Mission in your home country before embarking for Australia.
Documentation that you require from NIC before you can apply for a Student Visa is:
For more detailed information about applying for a Student Visa and obtaining Student Visa Application Forms you should visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
Please note: students who apply through an in-country NIC Representative will receive assistance regarding the student visa application process.
A month before your semester start date, NIC will email you your orientation details including the day and time of your orientation session. The NIC orientation takes approximately 5 hours.
When you come to Australia, make sure you bring copies of all documentation with you, including your passport, visa and credit cards. Keep the originals in your hand luggage and leave a copy of all of your important documents with someone at home. Before you leave you should also consider the following.
The check in weight for economy class is usually 20kg (check baggage allowance with your airline). Your luggage should be clearly labelled with your name and contact address. It is advisable to lock your luggage, however if a search of your luggage is necessary due to security issues the lock may be broken. Never agree to bring a bag or other items to Australia for someone else as it may contain something illegal and you will be held accountable for it.
If you are arriving to study in Australia on a student visa, you will already have permission to work automatically included with your visa. You will be able to work a maximum of 40 hours per fornight when your course is in session, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session. The income earned from part-time work is not adequate to cover study and living costs. For further information on working in Australia, visit DIAC's website at www.immi.gov.au/students.
International students under 18 years of age must either:
Guardianship arrangements can be made through NIC acceptable Homestay organisations and involve living with an Australian family in your own furnished bedroom.
Please note: If you are under 18 years of age and do not live with a parent, legal guardian or person nominated by your parents, you must consult NIC's Student Services Manager prior to changing your accommodation or other welfare arrangements. This is a requirement of the Australian Government.
The Australian Government has also created a governance framework designed to protect international students during their studies in Australia. It's called the ESOS Framework. You can find a copy of the ESOS Framework by clicking here.