You will need to discuss this with your current provider as the policies and procedures vary for international students. In most cases, you are restricted from transferring your course during the first six months of the program. If you want to change before completing the first six months of your program, you must apply to your current provider for their permission. If they agree, you will be issued a release letter.
A condition of your student visa limits you to working a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during semester time. To look for a job, you can use job search engines or visit individual company websites where they advertise their employment vacancies. Below are listed two popular Australian job search engines. www.seek.com.au www.careerone.com.au
You will need to check the terms and conditions on the lease agreement that you have signed and move forward according to the lease agreement.
There are several accommodation options for international students in Australia. These include: a homestay with an Australian family, renting privately, short term temporary accommodation, and on-campus / unilodge shared accommodation. Many students book temporary accommodation when they first arrive in Australia. We recommend you book between 2-4 weeks of temporary accommodation prior to your arrival and commencement of your course. Once you have attended the orientation, you will be given information about local accommodation options. Other students choose to share a rental house or apartment with other students as this reduces costs. It is advisable to secure accommodation with easy access to public transportation. For accommodation availability, you can check local newspapers and websites. Two of these websites are listed below.
OPTIONS has a team of experienced counsellors that can provide advice on the best possible courses and education provider to suit your qualifications and your interest of study. After we receive all of the required documents, we assess and submit the application to the education provider for their further assessment.
Continuing Education in Australia
Some providers offer scholarships. You will need to check with your provider, or discuss it with your program counsellor.
While OPTIONS understands that the prospect of an Australian Permanent Residency visa acts as an incentive to study particular courses, we encourage students to choose courses in their areas of interest in order to get the most out of their study experience. You will be able to discuss this during your sessions with our program counsellors.
It will depend on your provider. Some providers may require you to sit for an IELTS test depending on the course program you wish to enrol in. Others may not require this if you can provide your academic transcript and completion certificate.
The first university semester begins in February and the second semester commences in July. We encourage students to submit applications at least four months prior to commencing the course program. This will be sufficient time to process the application and student visa lodgment. You will be required to submit original copies or certified true copies of the following: your valid passport, academic transcripts, and completion certificate of your highest educational attainment. In some cases, an IELTS test result is also required.
The same process for changing your course applies to transferring institutions. You will need to discuss this with your current provider. In most cases, you are restricted from transferring to another provider during the first six months of the program. If you want to transfer before completing the first six months of your program, you must apply to your current provider for their permission. If they agree, you will be issued a release letter.
A credit transfer will be assessed upon submission of the completion certificate and final academic transcripts. Some providers are able to provide conditional exemptions based on the interim transcripts provided.
If you have completed previous tertiary studies, you may apply for credit toward your course. You will need to present the course syllabus from your previous study when you apply to the university so that they can assess your eligibility.
Yes. TAFE diplomas are recognised by the majority of the universities. TAFE also offers programs that can act as an alternative pathway to an undergraduate degree.
Extending / Renewing a Student Visa
International students are required to show access to sufficient funds to support their cost of living, return airfare to country of origin, and tuition fees. For further information, please visit the DIBP website (www.immi.gov.au)
Your visa subclass is decided according to the education sector of your program course. If you change to a degree program, you should change your visa category.
As an international student, application for visa extension should be lodged prior to expiry date to avoid penalty. A valid visa is required for you to remain legally in Australia.
If you are an onshore student, OPTIONS can lodge your visa extension/renewal application online. Please contact the OPTIONS office to discuss the requirements of this further.