Applying to study in Australia - How to apply

Once you have chosen the level of study, course and institution that you would like to apply to (no small task), all that is left is to apply to the institution. Please note that in Australia you will not be able to apply for a student visa until you have a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) or an Electronic CoE.

Application forms

International students must apply to institutions in Australia directly or through an education agent. To apply to study in Australia, you must either obtain an application form or apply online directly through an institution's website. You can contact an institution to request one via phone or email, or visit their website to apply online. You may have to send this form either to a local agent of the institution in your country, or to the international office of the institution if you opt for a physical application form over an online one.


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Application Fees

  • Application processing fees will vary per institution but generally a $100 non-refundable fee will be payable to the institution. Some institutions do not charge international students application fees. Be sure to check if there are any application fees before you apply as this could prove costly if you are applying to a number of universities.
  • Student visa application charge $550 (Credit card, VISA and Mastercard fees apply)

What documents are needed?

You will be required to provide supporting documents with your application form. These are likely to include:

  • Details of your study history, including evidence of your qualifications
  • Evidence of your English language capability such as an exam certificate

The institution will then advise you if your application has been successful and will send you a letter of offer. Once you have accepted, subject to any pre-assessment requirements, you will be issued with an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), which is the only accepted evidence of enrolment for the purpose of student visa applications.

Entry requirements

In order to be accepted into a study programme in Australia, you will need to have the necessary qualifications. These requirements may vary between institutions but usually you will need a minimum of:

  • For undergraduate - equivalent of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12)
  • For postgraduate - at least one undergraduate degree
  • For Vocational Education and Training (VET) - generally no exams, but may require relevant work experience

To search for study programmes and their entry requirements, you can visit the Study in Australia website.


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English language requirements

You will also be required to prove your English language capability, both for a student visa and for acceptance to an institution.

When processing your visa application, the Australian Government will recognise:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE),
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE),
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)

For more information about tests accepted for visa applications, visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website. The level of English skill required for your visa application may be different to the level required by your institution for acceptance onto a course - you should contact your institution to find out their entry requirements.

Useful links

Study in Australia
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
Universities Australia
To learn more about English language courses, visit English Australia