Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  • * What is so good about Australian education and training compared to other countries?
  • * Are Australian qualifications recognised in my own country?
  • * How do I apply to study in Australia and enroll in a course?
  • * Do I need a visa to study in Australia?
  • * How much does it cost to study in Australia?
  • * Are scholarships available?
  • * Can I work in Australia while I study?
  • * What are the entry requirements to study at an Australian institution?
  • * What if I don't meet the entry requirements?
  • * How do I find out which institution offers courses I'm interested in?
  • * What is vocational and technical education?
  • * Can international students attend schools in Australia?
  • * Is credit transfer/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) available to international students?
  • * Can I change education providers during my studies in Australia?
  • * Can I use my credit card or my PayPal account to pay for my tuition fees?
  • * What is OSHC?
  • * Who provides OSHC and what does it cover?
  • * When and how do I organise OSHC?
  • * How to Apply for Dependant Family Members to Join You?
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    What is so good about Australian education and training compared to other countries?


    Australia is an internationally recognized source of high quality education and research excellence and training. Our universities, vocational and technical education and training colleges and English schools are world-class. Australia is a world leader in English teaching colleges for international students world wide.

    Australian Government legislation requires quality assurance agencies and codes of conduct to be in place so that international students in Australia and their parents enjoy a level of service and financial protection that is unrivalled.

    Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living. Research shows that Australia continues to be one of the most affordable study destination for international students compared to other countries, with costs of living and course fees significantly lower than US and UK.

    A large network of support for international students is in place to help them in all aspects of their stay in Australia.

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    Are Australian Qualifications recognized in my home country?

    Australian qualifications are respected internationally when seeking employment or further your studies at leading universities worldwide. What distinguishes Australia from many other countries is Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) which is a national system of learning pathways recognized throughout Australia and by other countries.

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    How do I apply to study in Australia and enroll in a course?

    You can use our Student Visa page on this website to guide you through the process of applying and enrolling in courses offered by registered Australian institutions.

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    Do I need a visa to study in Australia?

    Yes. To be granted a student visa you must you must complete a visa application form, lodge it with the evidence required, pay the application charge and satisfy the student visa requirements. You can be granted a student visa only if you intend to study a registered course on a full-time basis and comply with a number of visa conditions after you have entered Australia.


    The student consultants team at Hello Aussie Student Services can give you free advice on how to apply for a student visa and guide you through the steps.

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    How much does it cost to study in Australia?

    An Australian Government Survey showed that in terms of tuition fees and living expenses, Australia was consistently less expensive than USA and UK. Tuition costs will vary depending on the course or institution. This website provides average costs as a guide. Living costs too will vary by location, course and lifestyle. Please contact us for full course costs and approximate living costs.

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    Are scholarships available?

    Yes. Scholarships are available for international students. Most of them are offered for postgraduate studies. However, the majority of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students and are not awarded scholarships. Hello Aussie Student Services offers different scholarships to international students depending on the courses chosen. Please contact us for further details.

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    Can I work in Australia while I study?

    Yes. International students in Australia on a student visa are allowed to work 20 hours a week during course time and full-time during vacation periods. For further information regarding working while studying do to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship frequently asked questions page.

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    What are the entry requirements to study at an Australian Institution?

    Students have to meet minimum academic requirements and need a sufficient level of English language proficiency for entry to Australian education and training institutions. Institutions will assess whether you meet the selection criteria set for you proposed course of study. They will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country.

    For entry requirements to a specific education provider don’t hesitate to contact us.

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    What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for further study you can enroll in an Australian secondary school. If you do not meet the undergraduate course entry requirements you may be able to enroll in Foundation Studies which prepare you for further study in Australia and reserve a provisional place in your proposed course of study. Bridging courses such as Master Qualifying Programs are also offered. There are also many English language study courses with starting dates throughout the year to prepare you for further study in Australia. Please contact us for career advice, bridging courses and meeting entry requirements for every institution.

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    How do I find out which institution offers courses I am interested in?

    On this website you can search an Australian Government registered course available to international students in Australia. Please contact us for any enquiries you might have.

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    What is vocational and technical education?

    Australia’s Vocational and Technical Education (VTE) system is often referred to as Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) in other countries. It delivers training that is both practical and career oriented and includes courses in computing, business studies, marketing, tourism and hospitality. VTE is also available in Australian schools. For more information regarding VTE courses please visit our Vocational Education course page.

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    Can international students attend schools in Australia?

    Yes. All governmental and non-governmental schools accept international students and must meet special requirements under Australian Government legislation.

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    Is Credit Transfer/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) available to international students?

    Yes. Colleges, schools and Universities in Australia offer Credit Transfer/Recognition of Prior Learning to international students who have previously studied in the same field in their own country. Please contact a Hello Aussie Student Services agent for free advice and counseling on how to apply for RPL at you chosen institution.

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    Can I change my education provider during my studies in Australia?

    Yes. You are alowed to change the education provider after completing the first six months of your main course. If you intend to change the education provider before completing the first six months, you must contact the current education provider for permission and a Letter of Release. You will require a Letter of Offer from the new education provider in order to apply for a letter of release from the original education provider. For more information regarding the change of education providers visit www.immi.gov.au or follow this link here.

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    Can I use my Credit Card or my PAYPAL Account to pay for my tuition fees?

    Yes. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD or PAYPAL to help students pay their tuition fees. There is no surcharge for using PAYPAL. There is a 2.4% + 0.30c surcharge for using VISA or MASTERCARD. Please contact us if you would like to pay your tuition fees by Credit Card.

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    What is OSHC?

    OSHC is insurance that provides cover on the costs for medical and hospital care that international students may need while in Australia. OSHC will also pay for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport.

    OSHC ensures that international students have adequate health care arrangements during their stay in Australia without undue financial hardship.

    Who provides OSHC and what does it cover?

    The Australian Government's Department of Health and Ageing Care has a website with detailed information. Visit www.health.gov.au and read the FAQs for information on:

    • * who needs OSHC;
    • * registered OSHC providers;
    • * details of what is covered;
    • * OSHC eligibility.

    OSHC does not cover dental treatment. As dental services in Australia are expensive you should have yout teeth checked and any necessary dental work completed before you leave home.

    When and how do I organise OSHC?

    OSHC is compulsory and is not included in your tuition fees. If you are coming to Australia for the first time on a student visa, you must pay for your OSHC before you leave home. You will be required to pay your OSHC charge at the same time that you pay your tuition fee deposit.

    HELLO AUSSIE STUDENT SERVICES can help you with your OSHC cover. Visit our Services page for more information or you can even buy your OSHC online on our website.

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    How to Apply for Dependant Family Members to Join You?

    You can apply for your eligible family members to come to Australia as dependants in one of the two ways:

    1. by including them in your student visa application;

    2. by applying for them to join you after you have started your course in Australia;

    IMPORTANT: You must declare all family members on your application, even if they do not plan to travel with you to Australia. If you do not do this, your family members will not be elligible to apply to join you afteryou have startedyour course in Australia.

    For more information about the subject please visit: http://www.immi.gov.au/students/students/bringing_family/how-to-apply.htm

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