Rules and regulations for an international student in Australia

It is both exciting and anticipating for any international student when it comes to moving out of their home country. However, you need to understand that your Australian Student Visa has a number of important rules that you need to adhere to before you enter Australia, during your stay and before you leave Australia. As a professional consultant, Grace International has been proactively and smoothly carrying out all its consulting activities for every one of its prospective students by providing reliable and faithful information. In this regard, we believe it is also important for every student to understand the rules and regulations of the country they are moving to; from visa class to work permits and visa extension procedures and plan ahead.

Here are some of the important rules and regulations that every international is expected to adhere to:

Entry requirements

In order to study in Australia, there is a range of entry requirements. These are:

  • English language requirements: Be aware that the English language skill level required by an institution can be different from the level of skill required for your student visa application. In some cases, you may need to provide results of an English language test
  • Academic requirements: The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to study in Australia will vary depending on the level of education you want to study. Institutions can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their website carefully and contact them to ask for advice.
  • Visa requirements: The student visa you need depends on your chosen course of study. As a guide, the typical key requirements you will need to meet are:
  • Issued an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate.
  • Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.
  • Sufficient funds for airfares, course fees, and living costs.
  • English language proficiency.
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
  • Overseas Student Health Cover: Australia has a special system of health cover for international students called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It will help you pay for medical or hospital care you may need while you’re studying in Australia; it will also contribute towards the cost of most prescription medicines and an ambulance in an emergency

VISA Compliance

Once you have received your visa, there are requirements you must meet in order for it to remain valid, including;

  • You must remain enrolled and maintain satisfactory course progress and attendance.
  • If you wish to change your qualification level you will need to apply for a new student visa.
  • Provide your Australian address to your institution so they can contact you, and let them know if you change the address.
  • You must continue to be able to support yourself financially while you’re in Australia.
  • Do not breach the working conditions applicable to your visa.

After your graduation

After your graduation, you can either choose to return home, continue with other courses of study or put your newly gained knowledge to use and gain work experience in Australia. However, the visa requirements vary as per the prescription of the Australian government.

In the end, the key rules for international students to remember are:

  • you are required to study full-time in Australia
  • you must attend at least 80 percent of all your scheduled classes to maintain a valid enrolment
  • you must advise the Department of Immigration And Citizenship of any change in your address in Australia, or any change in your student status, or any transfer to another educational institution or if you withdraw from the course that you are enrolled in;
  • do not work more than 20 hours per week during your semester studies; and
    you must extend your student visa before it expires if you are intending to stay in Australia after that expiry date.
  • Please remember that any breach of the Australian Student Visa conditions will result in its cancellation and your departure from Australia.