Australia Student Visa Guide


Fast Facts

Visa type: Student Visa (Subclass 500)
Visa document required: Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)
Visa Application process: Online
Application cost: $560 AUD
Healthcare: Mandatory purchase of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Processing time: Approximately four weeks (apply as soon as you receive your COE)
Top three reasons for Australian Student Visa refusal:  

  1. Students unable to demonstrate a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily for the purpose of study
  2. Students unable to prove financial capability by showing consistent and backdated bank statements with consistent income / balance
  3. Incorrect and incomplete documents will usually result in immediate refusal

The three key milestones to Australian study

Here are the things to focus on if you're an international student planning to study in Australia


Receiving an unconditional offer letter

You will receive an unconditional offer once you have applied to a university and have successfully met academic, financial and credibility requirements (this will differ by university).


Receiving your COE

Your university will typically send a COE when you have paid tuition fee deposits and they are satisfied you are a genuine temporary entrant with no plans to overstay your visa.


Applying for your student visa

Once you have completed the prior steps and have collated the required documents you will need to create an account and then apply with the online 'ImmiAccount' application system.


Your COE and visa process in detail

About your COE

Your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) confirms you have been accepted into a course registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS). The COE will be in the form of an online code that you will need to enter into the appropriate section in the online visa application.

When will you receive your COE?

Every university has slightly different requirements, however the majority will require you to hold an unconditional offer letter and meet their financial, health and English language requirements. Ultimately proving you are a genuine temporary entrant for the purposes of academic study. Once you have met these requirements a COE is usually issued in a matter of days.


Applying for your Student Visa (Subclass 500)

  1. Create an account and apply with the online ImmiAccount application system.
  2. When completing your online visa application form you will be required to prove you have met the financial, English language and health requirements.
  3. Australian student visa requirements state you must be of good character to enter Australia. This may even include a criminal record check in your home country.
  4. Typically, students must submit the following:
  • Completed Australian student visa application form (157A)
  • Paid visa application fee –  $560 AUD (subject to change)
  • Copy of passport biodata page (expect to provide your physical passport)
  • Unconditional Letter of Offer
  • Evidence of sufficient funds (tuition, travel and living)
  • Evidence of health insurance cover
  • English proficiency test results
  • Criminal record check results
  • Four recent passport-sized photographs

Enroly's Quick Tips for Australia


Tip 1

Prepare your bank statement

You will need to demonstrate that you have the funds to support yourself over the course of your studies in Australia. The amount you need to prove you have for living costs is $20,290 AUD (in addition to your tuition fee and travel).

Tip 2

Have a clear Plan and objective

The Department of Home Affairs will consider the following factors to determine if you qualify as a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE): Circumstances in your home country, Potential circumstances for you in Australia, Value of your chosen course to your future and your immigration history.

Tip 3

Print your COE Document

Make sure you print your Confirmation of Enrolment for safekeeping.


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