Australians are friendly people who recognise the
contribution international students make to their country
Millions of people from around the world come to Australia to study,
so maybe you should consider joining the ranks of the quarter of a
million international students currently living Down Under?
In recent decades, Australia has put a lot of effort into attracting
and welcoming overseas students. Nowadays, international students make
up around one in five tertiary students in Australia.
Getting a student visa
You can apply for a student visa as soon as you receive a letter of
offer or electronic Confirmation of Enrolment for your course of
study. Student visas are issued by the Australian Department of
Immigration and Citizenship and only granted if your course is
registered with the Department and you're studying full-time. Once you
have a student visa, you have access to Australia's subsidised student
health cover and can legally work in Australia.
If you're taking a course that lasts less than four months, you can
get by with a visitor or working holiday visa.
International students studying in Australia are required to purchase
Student Health Cover. This can be purchased from a number of
different private health insurance companies in Australia and will
help you pay for any medical or hospital care you may need while
you're in Australia. It will also subsidise the cost of any
prescription medicines you require and the fee if you have to use an
ambulance. It does not cover dental, optical or physiotherapy.
Work and tax
With a student visa, you're allowed to work part-time in Australia
and are entitled to the same pay and conditions as residents. You'll
need to obtain a Tax File Number from the Australian Tax Office before
starting work. Tax may be deducted from your wages, but you should be
able to get some of it back by filing a tax return at the end of the
financial year (that is, after 30 June).
Australians are friendly people who recognise the contribution
international students make to their country. So if you're interested
in studying at TAFE NSW, now
is the time to get started.
Learn more about studying in Australia.