To study in Australia as an international student, you will need a visa issued by the Australian Government.
Most international students will require a student visa. Some international students will have a temporary visa other than a student visa.
You can apply to study two or more programs on the one visa where there is clear progression from one program to another. See the Department of Home Affairs website for more information on course packaging
Before you apply for a student visa
Before you can apply for a student visa, you must have:
- Accepted your offer to study at RMIT
- Received a Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) from RMIT
If you are a student under 18 years of age at the time of student visa application, you must also have:
Received approval of your welfare arrangements
Who is eligible for a student visa?
To get a student visa you must show:
- You are a genuine temporary entrant
- English language proficiency
- Financial capacity - proof you have access to enough money to pay your tuition fees and support yourself. While student visa holders are able to work a specified number of hours in Australia, you should not rely on working to cover your course fees and living costs.
- Your health - this might include having a medical examination
- Health Insurance - Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC)
- Good character
Program requirements for a student visa
If you will be studying at RMIT on a student visa, your program must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). This also means you must study full-time and no more than 25% of your program can be studied online.
How to apply for a student visa
Information about how to apply for a student visa can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Where to get advice on your student visa
You can get advice about your student visa from:
- the Department of Home Affairs website, or
- an Australian Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or Consulate-General, find your local diplomatic office,
- an Education Agent, Migration Agent, or Lawyer who is registered by the Migration Agent Registration Authority (MARA).
If you are in Melbourne, staff at Info Corner can provide you with general information about visa processes, but RMIT is not allowed to provide you with advice about migration or visas by law.
How much does an Australian student visa cost?
You can find a full list of visa fees and charges on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Other costs you may need to pay include your health insurance, police checks and any other certificates or tests.
How long does it take to get a student visa?
The process and time it takes to get a student visa is different for each country. You can apply for your visa three months prior to your programs start date. We encourage you to start your application as early as possible.
You can find estimated visa processing times on the Department of Home Affairs website.
What do I do if my visa is delayed?
Documents required for your student visa application
To see what kinds of documents you may be asked for by Department of Home Affairs, visit the document checklist tool on the Department of Home Affairs website.
What visas do I need for my family?
Eligible family members, like your parents, partner and children, should be declared in your student visa application if they will be coming with you to Australia, or will be joining you at a later time.
For more information on family visa requirements see the Department of Home Affairs website.
What about other types of visas?
If you are a:
- Citizen or permanent resident of Australia
- New Zealand citizen, or
- Temporary Protection Visa Holder
RMIT considers you a local student and you should refer to the information for local students on the website and contact Info Corner for more information.
If you become a permanent resident while studying, you will no longer be considered an international student.
If you are an exchange or study abroad student you may study on other types of visas. For more information see the Study abroad and exchange section.
What if I need to extend my visa?
For more information about renewing or extending your eCoE and student visa, visit the Visa renewal process webpage.