As an international student, you will need a valid Australian visa to study at CQUniversity. Once you have received your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE), you will be able to apply for your student visa through the Department of Home Affairs online visa application system.
To ensure you arrive on time, the Department of Home Affairs recommends you submit your visa application no later than 6 weeks before your classes commence. Processing times vary depending on your nationality, so it is best to prepare early. Once your visa is granted, you should arrange your travel to Australia.
On 1 July 2016, the Department of Home Affairs implemented the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF). Under this Framework, CQUniversity is required to ensure that students who apply for admission are both Genuine Temporary Entrants to Australia and genuine students who have access to sufficient funds to support themselves.
This means CQUniversity must be satisfied that:
- Your main purpose of coming to Australia on a student visa is to study
- You have the required English proficiency
- You accept responsibility for obtaining your student visa and that you will comply with the conditions on your visa
- You have genuine access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition costs, Overseas Student Health Insurance, return airfares and living expenses for Yourself and any dependents
- You have a genuine understanding of your intended course and its structure, the total cost of your tuition and living expenses in Australia and that you are able to articulate the advantages of studying in Australia compared to your home country and how this investment will benefit your future.
Please note: CQUniversity has the right to refuse an application if you fail to meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirements of the SSVF. Further, the Department of Home Affairs may still refuse your application if they are not satisfied that you are a genuine student, have access to sufficient funds or if you do not meet health and character requirements
If an overseas student is under the age of 18, the student’s welfare must be maintained for the duration of their stay in Australia as a student visa condition. To maintain welfare, overseas students must:
- stay in Australia with a ‘nominated guardian’ approved by the Department of Home Affairs, who can be the overseas student’s parent, person who has legal custody, or an eligible relative who is aged over 21 and is of good character;
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As a visa holder, it is your responsibility to be aware of your visa conditions. Failure to comply with these conditions could result in the cancellation of your visa. These conditions include (but are not limited to):
- Complete your course within the duration specified on your COE
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance
- Maintain approved Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while in Australia
- Remain with the principal education provider for six (6) calendar months, unless issued a letter of release from the provider to attend another institution
- notify your training provider of your Australian address and any subsequent changes of address within 7 days.
Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for a full list of student visa conditions.
Arranging Your Travel
When planning your arrival allow enough time for settling in, adjusting to the climate and finding permanent accommodation.
Overview of options for international students ranging from on-campus accommodation to long-term accommodation.
What to Bring
Packing list of documents, clothes and other items students should bring and information about what to leave at home.
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Bringing Your Family
Get more information about how to bring family members like spouse or de facto partner and dependent children to Australia.
Overseas Student Health Cover
Health cover provides access to health services and public hospitals in Australia and is a condition of the student visa.