Most international students require a student visa to study in Australia.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for issuing student visas. Depending on your degree, you will be assessed under Streamlined Visa Processing rules or student visa assessment levels.

Visa conditions

Under a student visa, you must satisfy certain conditions such as completing your studies within the timeframes set out in your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), and being enrolled in 24 units of credit per semester. If you fail to meet any of your visa conditions, your visa may be cancelled.

Please read the DIBP’s conditions of a student visa carefully.

Health cover

Your student visa will require you to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for its full duration (most students from Belgium, Norway and Sweden are exempt). 

OSHC provides insurance cover to contribute towards the cost of:

  • Out of hospital medical treatment
  • In hospital medical treatment
  • Prescription medicines
  • Emergency ambulance assistance

There are five registered providers of OSHC in Australia:

Read more about OSHC on the Australian Government Department of Health website.


Most student visas allow you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your program is in session and unrestricted hours during the university break periods. It is important to note that you are not permitted to work until you have commenced your studies.

Read more about visa work conditions.

Family members

Most student visas allow international students to bring their dependent family members to Australia. Dependent family members include your spouse or de facto partner and dependent children. 

For more information go the The Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Under 18

There are specific visa and arrival requirements for students under the age of 18. Read more information about Under 18 International Students.


If you have difficulties understanding your student visa or wish to discuss any personal issues, contact Student Development International for assistance.

For more information about visas to Australia, please see The Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.