Applying for a student visa
As a perspective International student applying to study in Australia, you are required to obtain a student visa before travelling to Australia. Student visas are issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). There are a number of specific requirements that must be met before a student visa can be issued. These requirements vary, depending on your nationality, and the level/type of study you intend to undertake.
For further assistance or information regarding student visa, visit the DIBP website at www.immi.gov.au/students. You may also seek assistance from an Australian Diplomatic Mission www.dfat.gov.au/embassies.html or an MIT authorised representative, in your home country.
Student visa conditions
Whilst studying in Australia your visa is subject to a number of visa conditions that you much comply with. It is your responsibility as a visa holder to be aware of these conditions. For detailed information on student visa conditions, please visit the DIBP website at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Visa-conditions/visa-conditions-students.
It is an Immigration policy that school-age dependants of international students attend school while they are in Australia. You are responsible for arranging education for your school-age dependants. You may have to enrol your school-age children provisionally before leaving the country and may have to pay their school fees in advance.
Overseas Student Health Cover
The Australian government requires all student visa holders, and any dependants accompanying them, to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their study in Australia. The health cover provides for medical and hospital care within Australia from the date of your arrival until the end of your studies in Australia. In case of an accident or illness (pre-existing illness or disease may not be covered), you will be able to redeem some, or all of your medical costs.
MIT will arrange your initial OSHC membership through BUPA. Your Letter of Offer will detail the OSHC fees you are required to pay. Payment must be made prior to entering Australia, and you are responsible for renewing your membership annually.
As an International student, you are permitted to engage in paid employment for up to 20 hours per-week, during course study periods, and full-time during scheduled course breaks. However, it should be kept in mind that work may not be readily available, and you should not rely on this form of income to support your study and living costs.
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS)
The Department of Education regulates the ESOS Act; a legal framework that governs the responsibility of education institutions towards overseas students. The legislation ensures quality education and consumer protection for students studying in Australia on a student visa. For a brief overview of the ESOS Framework, including your rights and responsibilities as an overseas student, go to: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/Regulatory-Information/Pages/Regulatoryinformation.aspx.
Completion within Expected Duration of Study
International students are required to complete their course within expected completion duration specified on their Conformation of Enrolment (CoE). This means students are required to study full-time in each compulsory semester to complete studies within the expected duration of study. Students may be allowed to extend course duration or reduce study-load under limited circumstances. These include:
- Where MIT is unable to offer a pre-requisite unit;
- Where a student is identified as being 'at risk' of not meeting satisfactory course requirement;
- Where a student is approved to take a leave of absence within MIT's policies.
Please contact Admissions and Enrolments for further information.