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.

For international students currently residing in Australia: You will need to follow the below steps and apply for your student visa.

For international students that are currently offshore: Although travel restrictions to Australia are currently in place due to the COVID-19 situation, you will still need to apply for a visa (when it is safe to do so in your country). You will be able to commence your studies online prior to receiving a visa but should begin this process. Your visa is necessary to study in Australia as an international student.

For more information, see our student visa COVID-19 FAQs.

Apply for your 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've submitted my visa application. What's next?

Step 5: Log into your student portal