Applying for a student visa - Section contents

How to apply for your first student visa.

Before you apply

  • Ensure you have received an offer of study, submitted your Student Acceptance and Payment Agreement and received a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
  • Read the Department of Home Affairs website carefully.
  • Consider using one of the University’s official overseas representatives if you need guidance and support with the application process.

Gather your documents

For a student visa application, you'll usually need to prepare evidence of the following documents:

Use the Department of Home Affairs Document Checklist tool to find out more about these and any other documents you may be required to include with your student visa application.

Your documents should be colour scanned and saved as PDFs, with certified translations if the original document isn’t in English. If you don’t provide these documents with your application, it may result in requests for further information, which will add 28 days to your visa processing time.

See the Department of Home Affairs website for more information to help you prepare your application.


Submitting your visa application

Apply for your student visa

Application charge

You will have to pay a visa application charge unless you will receive partial or full funding for your study under a Commonwealth government training scheme or scholarship.

If you will receive Commonwealth funding, indicate this on your visa application form. If you incorrectly state that you are receiving Commonwealth funding or scholarships when you are not, your visa application will be invalid.

Bringing your family with you

If you’re bringing any family with you, including children, be sure to include them on any applications. Learn more about bringing your family with you.

Approximate processing time frames

Application processing times can vary greatly depending on time of year, volume of applications, and which home country you're coming from. We recommend taking a look on the Department of Home Affairs website for indicative processing times. It is updated regularly.

Please ensure you have allowed adequate time for your visa application to be processed between your admittance into the course and your intended start date. You should aim to submit your visa application no later than 4-6 weeks prior to your course commencement. If you leave it any later than this, processing times may impact your enrolment.


If your details change

If your circumstances change while your visa application is being processed, or if you realise that you've provided incorrect information you can inform the Department of Home Affairs.

If your passport changes, inform the Department of Home Affairs via a change of passport details, and provide us with your new passport details as well.