If you’re planning for your departure to Australia for your studies, you can be sure that a great adventure awaits you!
And hopefully, many encounters with koala bears and ocean views.
But did you know that once you’re accepted to an Australian university, you’ll have to make a lot of preparations before you can leave for your new life abroad?
Even though the processes you’ll go through may look extensive at first, they’re necessary in making your life much easier when you’ve understood them thoroughly.
Before You Can Study in Australia, You Need a Student Visa
The electronic student visa will determine whether you can study in Australia, which you can apply for via ImmiAccount.
International students are required to apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).
The price for a student visa is from AUD 560, and processing times vary, usually taking up until 46 days.
We recommend that you start your visa application at least 2 months before your intake date.
However, there are two things that you will need to do before you can apply for your student visa:
- You need to receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) from the institution
- You need to pay for your Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC)
You are required to get your Certification of Enrolment (COE) which is issued by the university once you’ve formally accepted an offer, returned your signed acceptance and refund forms, and made payment for your first semester of study.
The COE is in a form of an online code that you’ll enter into the appropriate section in the online visa application.
Note that it can take up to 7-10 working days for the university to provide you with your COE.
OSHC is an insurance to assist international students to meet the costs of hospital and medical care that you may need while you’re in Australia.
Payment also includes benefits for pharmaceuticals and ambulance services.
The Australian government has provided a list of selected OSHC providers; popular ones among Malaysian students are BUPA Australia, Medibank Private, Allianz Global Assistance, and NIB Health Funds Limited.
According to research, the lowest cost for minimum cover is AUD 438 per year for singles, AUD 2,685 per year for couples, and AUD 4,026 per year for family.
You can make the purchase immediately, but depending on your method of payment, it may take you from 1-7 working days for it to be processed.
While you’re applying for your student visa, you will also be required to show proof that you meet specific financial requirements, English proficiency requirement and health requirements (where you will have to do a medical check up with an authorised panel physician).
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Done applying for your visa? Great! You’re almost ready to go to Australia!
Use Our Checklist of Important Documents and Personal Items
Before you make your big move to Australia, it’s important that you have a checklist of items to pack.
You’ll need to bring along important documents such as your passport, university offer letter, debit/credit cards, and driver’s license for university admission purposes, opening your bank account and to buy/rent a car.
Naturally, you’ll also have to bring your personal belongings with you.
You can choose to buy them once you’ve reached Australia, but usually, when you arrive at a new place, you won’t be completely familiar with your surroundings yet, so you may need some time before you can start shopping.
We’ve prepared a special checklist below for you to print out and use as you’re packing:
Get the printable version here.
- Remember, Australia is a four-season country and you will need to prepare for cold weather!
- To avoid homesickness, bring some of your favourite mementos from home (e.g pictures, your diary, or even a small blanket)
- Do a little bit of research on the kinds of items and food you’re prohibited from bringing into Australia.
Finally… Mentally Prepare Yourself for Your Departure to Australia
The thought of independence in another country is exciting, but it’s not going to be an easy transition, especially when you’re going to be far away from your family and friends.
Spend quality time with your loved ones, as you won’t be seeing them as frequently as you want (though you can always video call them!).
It’s going to be a whole new country for you to get used to, so it’s going to be a little overwhelming when you get there.
In order to know what to expect, make sure you do as much research as you can about your new home away from home.
Most of all, you won’t be alone in Australia.
The good news is, there are many Malaysians studying in Australia.
Check out this list when you want to connect with your fellow Malaysians in Australia.