Step 4: Submit your visa application

Once you've received your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), you will need to apply for an Australian student visa. Your visa is necessary to study in Australia as an international student.

We recommend you monitor the Department of Home Affairs website for up to date information in relation to travel restrictions, and only commence your visa application and travel/arrival arrangements once travel restrictions allow for your entry into Australia.

Apply for your student visa

Once you receive your CoE, Study Abroad and Exchange students should apply for a Non Award Sector visa (subclass 500) student visa.

You can apply for your student visa through the Department of Home Affairs website.

Apply for your student visa

Visa application processing times can vary. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website to find out more.

Our visas page also provides useful information about applying for a student visa, including:

  • How to complete your application and documentation you need to attach
  • Visas for your family
  • Working on an international student visa
  • Where to seek help if you experience difficulties.

What can I do while waiting for my visa?

We strongly recommend that you continue through the Get Started at Melbourne steps while waiting for your visa. This will help to ensure you’re able to commence your classes on time.

I have submitted my visa application. What's next?

Step 5: Log into your student portal