International Students Visas
All international students must possess a current student visa while they are studying in Australia. This information does not apply to prospective students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
ECC recommends that all prospective international students read the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) statement International Education: Ensuring Quality and Protecting Students. It outlines the rights and obligations of international students under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework.
One visa for all your studies
As an Edith Cowan College (ECC) student, you can apply for a single visa to cover the duration of your studies. Under this visa you can package your ECC program, your degree at ECU and your English language program (if required).
How do I apply?
Prospective international students intending to study in Australia must obtain a student visa from an Australian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in their home country before travelling. Some students can also apply online. To find out if you are eligible, visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/stud.
All international students must comply with current visa conditions and regulations determined by DIAC.
To assist students in applying for a student visa, ECC has appointed a number of representatives in various countries. For a list of authorised ECC representatives, visit edithcowancollege.edu.au/representatives.
What are the visa requirements?
There are requirements that must be met before a student visa is issued, and these vary from country to country. The main requirements for a visa application may include:
a Letter of Offer from ECC
an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from ECC, which is issued after you have paid your first trimester's tuition fees and other required fees
a medical check-up
proof of academic history and English proficiency
proof of financial support
What are the visa conditions?
To maintain your visa you must:
study full time while in Australia
attend at least 80 percent of all scheduled classes
maintain satisfactory academic progress
maintain a valid enrolment at ECC and inform ECC if you change your student status
advise ECC within seven days if you change your Australian address
have enough money to cover tuition fees and living expenses while in Australia
not work more than 40 hours during a fortnight (see below)
maintain valid Overseas Student Health Cover (see below)
not transfer between registered education providers within the first study period (trimester) of your course commencing without a release letter from ECC.
For more information about visa conditions and regulations, visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/stud.
Do I need health cover?
As a condition of your student visa, you must maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while in Australia. You must obtain this cover for the proposed duration of your visa. If you have an accident or health problem within Australia, you will be able to redeem some or all of your medical costs.
ECC can organise OSHC on your behalf with our preferred OSHC provider: Medibank. Further details will be provided in your Letter of Offer.
For more information, visit Medibank’s website: www.medibank.com.au/overseas-health-insurance/oshc/
How long is my visa valid?
Your student visa will be issued for the duration of your ECC course, as stated in the CoE that you will receive from ECC. If you plan to continue your studies at ECU, you may package your ECC and ECU courses together and receive a CoE for both.
The advantage of this is that you will receive one visa for the entire duration of your studies at ECC and ECU. With your Letter of Offer, you will receive an Acceptance of Offer form.
Please note: If your ECC course finishes in September and your course at ECU starts in February of the following year, Australian immigration law may require you to leave Australia between October and February. ECC takes no responsibility for students who fail to take this into consideration when selecting their course modules and units.
How do I renew my visa?
It is your responsibility to renew or extend your visa as required, before it expires. You must present specific documents when applying for a student visa extension or renewal. A checklist and the required forms are available at studyinaustralia.gov.au.
Can I work in Australia while on a student visa?
If you are an international student currently enrolled and attending classes, you may work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session, and full-time hours during scheduled course breaks. However, you should not rely on part-time work to support your study, as the amount you earn will be unlikely to cover all your living costs. Please be aware that your primary purpose in Australia while on a student visa is to study, and that any work you undertake must not interfere with your studies.
What if I have dependants?
If you are a prospective international student and you have any school-aged dependants coming to Australia with you, you must pay full fees for each dependant who is to be enrolled in a government or non-government school.
The provision of education to international students is regulated by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislative framework. An overview of this framework, including the rights and responsibilities of international students, is available at international education.gov.au.