Student Visa Requirements of Australia

Gaining a student visa to Australia is not much of a tough process if you meet the required eligibility criteria. The Australian Student Visa Subclass 500 generally allows an international student to remain in the country for five years commencing from his first academic year. According to the basic criteria given by the Department of Home Affair of Australia, a migrant student should make sure that he has,

  • Got accepted to full-time study
  • A Genuine Temporary Entrant
  • Meet health and health insurance requirements
  • Meet the age requirements
  • Good character and free of debts to the Australian government

The higher risk criteria also includes,

  • Specified evidence to meet financial requirements
  • Demonstrate appropriate English language skills

Any student below 18 years of age should show appropriate evidence to support his accommodation and welfare during his study period. 

What is a Genuine Temporary Entrance (GTE)?
It is a key integrity measure considered by DHA where a student migrant shows sufficient evidence that his entry to Australia is solely based on the purpose of studies and that he will return to his homeland after the completion of his course. 

What are the health and health insurance requirements considered for a student visa?

Health insurance is a mandatory visa condition for any migrant student. A student must provide adequate evidence to show the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is met. Most of the Australian universities and other educational institutions provide the facility of paying health insurance along with the enrolment fees. It is also included in CoE as the student has fulfilled the OSHC. 

Health measures are taken as a safety precaution to maintain public health in Australia. To meet the health requirements, a student must be free from a disease or condition that is:

  • Considered to be a threat to public health or a danger to the Australian community
  • Likely to result in significant health care and community service costs to the Australian community
  • Likely to require health care and community services that would limit the access of Australian citizens and permanent residents to those services already in short supply.

(Source: Education Agent Training  Course – Course Book by PIER)

What documents should a student provide in general before applying for a visa?

  • Proof of enrolment (your electronic confirmation of enrolment)
  • A valid passport
  • Visa application fee
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement
  • Academic and work experience documents
  • Evidence of the English proficiency skills (such as IELTS test scores)
  • Evidence of financial ability to cover expenses while living in Australia (tuition fees, living expenses, expenses for dependents, return airfare)
  • Details of the health insurance policy (Overseas Student Health Cover)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Passport-size photographs

The language proficiency requirements

Australian student visa providers highly consider the English proficiency when granting student visa, as the language holds  vital part during the study period of the student. While IELTS is the most popular test among students overseas, Australia accepts some other tests too, as below. 




International English Language

Testing System (IELTS test)


Test of English as a Foreign

Language (TOEFL) Paper-Based test 5


TOEFL internet-based test (also

known as TOEFL iBT)


Cambridge English : Advanced

(CAE) test (also known as

Certificate in Advanced English)


Pearson Test of English Academic



Occupational English Test (OET)

English test



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