every financial year Department of Immigration and Border Protection announces a student visa application charges increase. This year the increase will be from $560 to $575. The subsequent temporary application charge will stay the same, $700 per applicant. It's only added to the base application student visa charge ($565) if you applied for your current WH visa or Student Visa within Australia. If you aren't sure, feel free to contact us for a free advice.
Please see an overview of all current student visa application charges below.
Study Online Australia
Written by Pavla Hannan, a Student Visa & Education Expert of applying successfully for Australian student visa over 12 years!
Firstly, I think it’s pertinent to touch on who we are; Study Online Australia is an online student agency who specialises in assisting international students to study and work in Australia; providing around the clock assistance for all overseas students both onshore and overseas. Our first hand understanding of study within Australia allows for an unparalleled level of service, and that service is free for our students.
More specifically, and in relation to the question “Do you wish to stay in Australia longer”?
Many international students plan to undertake a short English or Vocational course within Australia to improve their English skills or perhaps attain specific qualifications. Often these students elect to further their studies, however such decisions are generally made deep within their existing study journey and thus students may not have sufficient time to adequately research the most appropriate next steps to take.
Below are some of the key pointers that the team at Study Online Australia discuss with our students who are considering an extension to their student visa:
We help our students choose from a diverse range of English, Vocational Colleges and Universities within Australia and our experienced education counsellors assist to find the right course. We’ll explain your entry requirements, cover the enrolment processes, and assist with your student visa application.
Study Online Australia contributed to the Guinness Word Record Attempt!
When the Biggest English organisers approached our Study Online Australia team about sponsoring the Biggest English Lesson in Word, we didn't need to think twice. We were so excited about this event and signed among the first sponsors.
For the first time in history, educational institutions, language colleges, and international students gathered to show the world that Australia is a top destination for study and travel.
On the 12th February 2016, the ICONIC Bondi Beach received 3000 international students. In total, students from 62 different nationalities attended an unprecedented outdoor live English lesson and a Guinness World Record attempt!
Study Online Australia students contributed at this special event as well. We were very lucky that weather was great and everything was just perfect. Our students enjoyed it and improved their English during the Biggest English Lesson in the World.
Today I’ve prepared some information that may prove useful if you’re looking to transfer money out of Australia. Please note that money is serious stuff and the following information does not constitute financial advice. You should always conduct your own research, be sure to read the product disclosure statements for products you’re interested in and seek financial advice if you’re not sure.
A list of possible fees occurred in overseas money transfers include (but are not limited to):
Some options for institutions that can assist to transfer money include:
Study Online Australia tips:
Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact our Study Online Australia team.
Today I would like to talk about hospitality industry in Australia. The hospitality industry offers great job opportunities for international students seeking part-time and casual employment. In general, there is more hospitality jobs offered in the bigger cities but it can be more competitive at the same time. If you have work experience in the hospitality environment, it may be easier to get a job. For those who do not have any work experience within hospitality industry, don’t worry! The work experience is not always required.
When is the best time of year to working in hospitality?
Hospitality work is available during the whole year however the best time for casual job opportunities increase from September until January due to both the Christmas/New Year period and the warmer summer weather.
How to get hospitality job?
What types of hospitality jobs are offered in hospitality industry?
There are a lot of jobs which you can do in hospitality. It is all about working with people and finding the place which suits you and where you feel welcome.
There’s endless variety of places within Australian hospitality industry where you can work, such as; bars, cafes, restaurants, casinos, backpacker hostels, holiday resorts, boutique hotels and entertainment venues like theatres and stadiums to name just a few.
A list of hospitality companies
Job Search Websites
Hope it helps you finding the right job.
Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Study Online Australia team.
Good afternoon from Study Online Australia,
Today, I would like to talk about different courses of English you can choose from.
1. General English
Each level takes between 10-15 weeks. Classes usually start on any Monday throughout the academic year. The course is structured in 1-6 levels: Beginners, Elementary, Pre-elementary, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, Advanced.
2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
It tests your English knowledge in the four skills - listening, reading, writing, speaking.
If you want to study at University or migrate to Australia, you will need to undertake the IELTS course. Students usually need to have at least intermediate level of English to be able to undertake IELTS course. However, it can vary on each English college.
3. Business English
This course is designed for students who want to progress in work environment or do further study. The development of spoken and written business communications such as Meetings, Presentations, Formal letters, Emails, Reports and other topics including Marketing, Finance, Management and more. Students usually should have intermediate level of English to be able to undertake Business course. However, it can vary on each English college.
4. English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
This course teaches students to write essays in English, how to prepare a good presentation with appropriate English business grammar and give recommendations how to be successful in your
further academic study. Students can gain direct entry to some Australian universities and colleges after successful completing EAP course. Students don't pass or fail. Students get a score. There are specific entry requirements for writing and reading parts. It may vary on each English college.
Important! Before signing in the EAP course, it is important to check the Direct Pathway Agreements with Universities and colleges. If your selected University or college, has an agreement with the English college, you will need to finish the EAP course in the required level. Then, you will be not be asked for doing any English test and you should be enrolled at the University or college without it.
5. The Cambridge Certificates
The First Certificate in English (FCE)
It is an Upper-Intermediate level exam. FCE is the right course for students who need to be able to communicate confidently in English in most situations.
The Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
The CAE course enables students to develop their skills in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking futher. Students will be more confident in daily situations within Australian community as well as succeeding in academic environment.
The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
It is designed for students with extremely high level of skills in English.
All above Cambridge Certificates consist of 5 parts: Reading, Writing, Use English of (Grammar), Listening, Speaking. The FCE, CAE and CPE certifications are internationally recognised by organisations and employers.
6. Other English courses
There is a vast range of other English courses offered by English colleges. For example, you can study:
English for Customer Service Communication, Pronunciation classes, English for Health Fitness and Wellbeing or Teaching qualifications - English for Teaching Younger Learners (TECSOL), Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), CELTA or DELTA.
Should you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
When you apply for student visa in Australia, you will need to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to meet your student visa requirements. Your student visa will be valid for the same as your OSHC policy to ensure that you have OSHC for the entire period you are in Australia. Without private health insurance such as OSHC you would have to pay the full cost of any medical expense or hospital stay. This could add up to many thousands of dollars. You can choose a single policy that covers you only or a family policy which provides health insurance for you, your partner and any dependent children under 18 if they live with you in Australia and are listed on your student visa.
What does OSHC cover?
OSHC provides a safety net for international students. It includes cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).There are 5 private insurers which offer OSHC and they can provide a range of different OSHC products. Our advise is to compare policies from different OSHC insurers before selecting your insurer to make sure that the level of cover you have chosen meets your needs.
How much does OSHC cost?
The OSHC cost varies depending on the type of cover required. The minimum cover is from $456 per year for singles, $1222 for 12 months couples cover, $1744 for single parents cover and over $2000 family cover.
How do you purchase OSHC?
You can arrange to pay for your OSHC through your educational institution or you can purchase OSHC directly from the OSHC insurer. Study Online Australia team works closely with Nib private insurance which offers OSHC in very competitive rates.
How do I use my OSHC card?
If you need to visit a doctor of medical centre, show your card/payment confirmation and your student ID when you attend your appointment. You will be charged the doctor's fee and the government fee component of that may be processed by the medical centre. You will either to be able claim straight away or may incur an additional charge. Remember to keep a receipt and submit a claim through your OSHC provider.
Not everyone needs to organize OSHC
Some students may be exempt from enrolling in the OSHC such as students from countries whose Governments may have Reciprocal Health Agreements for students in Australia. Note: Only some reciprocal health agreements cover students in Australia (students from Norway, Sweden and Belgium), some will only cover visitors. Study Online Australia team will assist if you are eligible before you apply for your student visa.
Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact our Study Online Australia team.
Today, I would like to talk about bank system in Australia.
Australia has a range of choices when it comes to managing your money, from banks that cover the whole to country to local credit unions and building societies in Australia. So, do your research to get the best deal. To open a bank account you may need:
Most bank branches are open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (except public holidays). Some branches have extended trading hours during the week and may be open Saturdays (check with your individual bank). Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) remain open 24 hours a day. ATMs can be found all over Australia. It is generally free to withdraw money from an ATM that is associated with your financial provider. If you want to use another provider's ATM, there will be usually a fee. The ATM will advise you of the fee at the point of withdrawal. Most ATMs recognise international cards, so you will be able to use your credit or debit card from your home country. Just remember that there are fees associated with withdrawing money from your home account including transaction fees and the currency exchange rate. These vary by provider so check with your home financial provider before you arrive in Australia.
If you need to resolve complaints concerning your financial situation, you can contact The Australian Banking and Financial Services Ombudsman. Free interpreter services are available. For more information on the banking ombudsman visit: www.fos.org.au
Today I will give you advice about how to find the right accommodation. Look for accommodation that suits your needs and budget. Generally, the price you pay for accommodation will determine its quality.
In most cases, you will need to pay for a security deposit & bond. The bond is usually set at 4 weeks rent. A bond & "security deposit" is an amount of money that is supposed to guarantee that the tenant will care for the property. If the tenant does not care for the property or clean it before return, the tenant could loose some money from the security deposit after moving out. When you inspect the property, write done a list of furniture and fittings in your room and then agree on the condition of the property with the person who will rent the place for you. Make sure that you both have the same signed copy. One of my tip to my students is that please do not handing over money to anyone before checking the property out and signing a written agreement.
You can find share accommodation at:
Students can stay with a family to experience the Australian lifestyle and to practise speaking English day-to-day. Meals can be provided for an extra payment during weekdays / weekends. Many international students find that the best accommodation on arrival in Australia is a 4 week stay with homestay family. During this period students can look for more permanent accommodation. Homestay is a great way to get to know about daily Australian life. If you are younger student or coming coming to Australia for the first time, it would be a good accommodation option for you.
3. Short-term accommodation (backpackers & hostels)
Most of the backpackers & hostels are located in the heart of the Australian cities or within short distance to the Australian beaches. There is a vast number of backpackers and price vary on room-type, location, facilities, low or high season, bathroom facitities, etc.
In general, the number of beds (almost invariably bunk beds) varies. You may end up in 4, 6, 8 or even 12 bed dorms. The fewer beds in the room, the more dollars you'll spend. Most hostels also offer double or twin share rooms, sometimes even with private bathroom facilities.
You can save on accommodation amount if you join for example YHA which offers discounted prices for their members. When you want to book a backpacker online, always compare booking fees and how is the backpacker rated by others. If you enjoy to be surrounded by people, like fun and party, don’t mind sharing facilities so the backpacker hostel accommodation could be a right option for you.
4. Living on campus
If you decide to live on campus, you can save a great amount on time and travelling expenses. Most of the Australian universities offer comfortable and furnished-style living. There is usually one price for furniture, utilities, internet and laundry. However prices can vary on room style, if cleaning and meals are included. It can be much safer to live on campus due to security presence on the campuses. There is a plenty opportunities to meet new people and develop lasting friendships. Take advantage of communal dining, community events, barbecues, social nights, study groups and student organizations.
I receive lots of emails from international students asking me what to bring and when it is the best time to arrive to Australia.
From my experience, I suggest to arrive at least 1 week before your course starts. It will provide you enough time for settling-in, adjusting to the climate and overcoming jet-lag.
Have a look below at the checklist which will help you to plan your departure:
Customs and Boarder Protection
Students are often suprised by how strict Australian Customs Services and Quarantine can be. If you are in doubt about whether your goods are prohibited or not, declare it anyway on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. This is a legal document. You must tick YES if you are carrying any food, plant material including wooden souvenirs, or animal products.
When you pack your backpack, make sure that you don’t bring fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, pork, eggs, nuts, dairy good and seeds, as they will not be allowed in Australia.
Should you have any inquiries & questions, please feel free to contact me.