and Migration Centre of
Australia is a private business offering migration
and education services.
The choice of what, where and when to study can be confusing.
SMCA counsellors have researched widely and will provide
you with up to date information on quality schools,
colleges and Universities to suit your goals and budget.
courses available for overseas students range from English
to Business to Naturopathy, from Music to Tourism to
Computers. Some courses are a convenient stepping stone
to University, some include paid work experience.
can advise you and will promptly answer questions on
tuition fees, entrance requirements, starting dates,
facilities, class sizes, etc. And if you need help with
your student visa application we can help there too.
SMCA can arrange airport pickup, homestay etc.
and their families are allowed to work, so to help you
get a job you can also have your qualifications and
references translated by our accredited translators.
first step towards assessing your eligibility is to
fill out the on-line form for student
assessments. Do it now, or print it out and
number of overseas students in Australia has been growing
steadily and there are now around 175,000 student visas
issued each year. Many overseas people recognise that
Australia has a well developed and high quality education
system, many support services, a cosmopolitan population,
and a safe and pleasant environment. A student visa
is for full-time study, usually 25 hrs per week. If
you wish you can work for up to 20 hours per week during
the semester. In the semester holidays you have unlimited
work rights. Courses less than 12 weeks and for study
not leading to formal awards can be undertaken on a
tourist or working holiday visa.
are 7 student visa subclasses 570 to 576 and 5 assessment
levels. It is not possible for people from countries
under assessment level 2, 3, 4 and 5 to apply for an initial
student visa in Australia. The student under these categories
must do a Pre-visa Assessment before enrolling and applying
for a visa. Depending on the course you wish to study
you might be required to undergo an English test. All
students must meet financial requirements at the time
of application. A "No Further Stay" condition may be
imposed if the length of an intended course is shorter
than 12 months. Once the student has completed his/her
degree in Australia, he/she can apply for permanent
residence under the subclasses 885 and 886. These
subclasses are similar to the Skilled - Independent/
Sponsored/ Regional Sponsored visa
categories but are only available to eligible overseas
students in Australia wishing to apply for permanent
residence. The student must pass the points test as
well as satisfy the basic requirements.
guarantee quality courses must be approved by the government
before they can be included on the Commonwealth Register
of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Tuition fees must be placed in a trust account and can
only be drawn down according to government guidelines.
The student visa application fee is currently $565 and
registration fees for schools range from $150 to around
$300. These fees are non-refundable in the case that
the application is unsuccessful. An application may
be rejected if the Immigration officer does not believe
that the applicant is a genuine student or if the student
does not have enough money to support themselves during
are required to maintain adequate health cover for the
length of their stay.
As mentioned above, students and their dependants can
apply for work permission after the course commences
and are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while
the course is in session. In the USA students can also
work, but only on campus. If a student is doing a Masters
degree or a Doctorate, family members have unrestricted
work rights. To keep a student visa the student must
maintain adequate attendance and fulfill course requirements.
(English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)
(570) There are many private and government colleges
in all capital cities and some large country towns.
The focus is on General Conversation, especially listening
and speaking, and many colleges also offer more specialised
courses such as English for Academic Purposes (EAP),
English for Test Preparation (ETP), Business English,
English for Travel and Tourism, or Australian Studies.
Bigger colleges may also have High School Preparation
courses. Schools range in size from 50 to 500 and the
two main nationalities tend to be Japanese and Indonesian.
Most schools have around 50% Asian students and there
may be a dozen different nationalities at one school.
Registration fees range from $100 to $200 with most
in Sydney being $150. Tuition fees range from around
$240 to $350 per week for full time courses. Full time
is usually 20 hours in a classroom with a teacher and
5 hours supervised self access. Courses are generally
organised into 4 or 5 week modules, but many schools
accept students every Monday. Most schools offer a language
lab, computer room, library, organised social clubs,
accommodation officers and student counsellors. Usually
ELICOS schools take only national holidays off.
(Primary and Secondary schools) (571) There are
many private and government schools which offer from
primary to senior secondary education for international
students. Some private schools have boarding facilities
in the campus. The student needs to have at least IELTS
5.0 or above to get admission.
Programs (Non award) (575) Some universities and
private institutions offer foundation programs for international
students from non-English speaking coutries who want
to learn basic subjects in English before starting a
degree program at university.
Secondary/Vocational Education and Training (VET)(572)
are many business, computer, hospitality and tourism
colleges which accept overseas students. Other colleges
offer diverse courses such as Childcare, Naturopathy,
Acting, Aviation, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Acupuncture,
Music, Agriculture, Physical Education and Graphic Design.
These colleges can offer practical work skills, or be
a good stepping stone to further study. Furthermore
this income can be used to offset tuition fees. The
smallest college has around 60 students and the largest
around 1700. Some colleges specialise in courses for
international students and study there may be less intensive
than at colleges with mostly Australian students. Awards
granted are: Certificate (6-12 months), Diploma (1-2
years), and Advanced Diploma (2-2.5 years). Most courses start around Feb/Mar to
capture the Australian school leavers and many also
have a mid-year intake. Larger colleges and those specialising
in overseas students have more frequent intakes.
colleges are set up and run by the government. There
are many TAFE colleges with tens of thousands of Australian
students and also many overseas students. They offer
many technical and vocational courses which are not
available at private colleges. Courses are from 6 months
to 3 years and cost around $11,000 per year. Many courses
can lead to advanced standing at University or are useful
for quickly gaining qualifications suitable for migration
in Para-Professional occupations.
Education (573) and Masters/Doctorate (574) Australia
has good Universities in all the major capital cities
with a full range of undergraduate and post-graduate
courses. The quality of many courses is comparable to
leading international Universities and facilities are
often first rate. Tuition fees depend on the University
and the course; for example, an Arts degree might cost
$24,500 per year at a high status city University or
$16,000 per year at a country campus of a lower status
University. Generally, courses which require more resources,
such as engineering or chemistry, cost more. Most Universities
have their major intake in February and some also have
a July intake.
and Farmstay Homestay is available in all cities
and the student can expect a good sized room with bed,
linen, and study desk. Usually the arrangement includes
breakfast and dinner everyday, and breakfast, lunch
and dinner on the weekend. The student is often included
in the family's social life and has a free run of the
house. Quality homestay costs around $240 per week in
Sydney and somewhat less in other cities. The minimum
period is usually four weeks and a
booking fee applies. There are many farms around
Australia which operate as tourist or show farms.
next step is to fill out the student assessment questionnaire
and forward it to us.
The first step towards assessing your eligibility
is to fill out the on-line form for student
assessments. Do it now, or print it out and