Applying for a visa

A student visa is required for anyone wishing to study in Australia who is not an Australian citizen or does not have Australian Permanent or Temporary Residency.

Student visas are issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and applications for a student visa must be submitted to DIAC.

Student visa types vary according to the level of the principal (main) course being studied. The student visa application process will differ according to the nationality of the applicant and the course level.

DIAC provides information about different student visa types and how it assesses applications for student visas for various nationalities and course types. DIAC refers to this categorization system as assessment levels.

Applying for a place at Murdoch

Before applying for a student visa with DIAC, you must have first applied to Murdoch International to study a registered course at Murdoch University. The application to study at Murdoch will be assessed by Murdoch International and if successful, you will receive an Offer of Admission to study at Murdoch.

To accept a place at Murdoch University, you must return your completed acceptance letter with one semester’s fees and the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) fee for the duration of the visa.

The University will then issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) letter through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

You will then receive a copy of the COE to enable you to apply for a student visa for study in Australia. You can then lodge an application for a student visa to their nearest Australian Embassy or High Commission.

How to apply for a visa

In order to make an application for a visa, you will need the following:

  • Copy of Offer of Enrolment letter
  • Copy of Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) letter
  • Evidence of OSHC payment
  • Passport
  • Passport photographs
  • Medical clearance
  • Documents relating to any other visa eligibility requirements stipulated by DIAC

Applicants for student visas must satisfy a number of requirements from DIAC which include financial requirements, health requirements, health insurance and English language skills in accordance with their assessment level.

You are bound to have lots more questions about applying for a Visa so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions which should help. If you can’t find the information you need you can always contact us, we will be happy to help.

Further information on visa types, assessment levels, and visa requirements is available from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.