July 19, 2017

Student Travel to Australia

Student travellers heading for Australia will find it easy to get around once there as road signs are in English. Nonetheless, it’s a big place, and maps of Australia are still crucial to your Australian travel planning.
Make sure to carry maps of the continent or more detailed maps of the territories (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory (ACT)) as well as major cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra).

What documents does a student need for student travel to Australia?
Before you start your student travel, you’ll need a passport, you may need a tourist visa, an international work visa, immunizations records and an international health certificate, an international driver’s license and more. Learn from the embassy what travel documents you will and may need for student travel, how and where to get them before you travel, what to do with travel document copies and how much they will cost.

Do I need a visa to study in Australia?
Yes. To be granted a student visa you must submit a completed visa application form, and satisfy the student visa requirements. You will 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.

What about student travel health?
Being fit and healthy is vital to student travellers. Learn how to avoid health hazards and about the intricacies of travel health insurance and health care costs when in Australia..

Compulsory Health Cover:
International students in Australia must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) so that they are covered, along with any dependants, for any medical treatment that may be required during their stay in Australia. All international students and their family members (spouses and children under 18 years of age) need OSHC.

The only exceptions are Norwegian students and some Swedish students. Norwegian students are provided with health insurance by the Norwegian Government and therefore do not need Australian OSHC. Swedish students who have insurance with the Swedish National Board of Student Aid (CSN International) are also not required to take out Australian OSHC.

What about student accomodation in Australia?
Australia has a large range of accommodation options. With choices ranging from university accommodation or homestay, to self-catered apartments or share houses, there’s an option to suit every personality and budget.
Universities, TAFE institutes and other large education providers have accommodation services to provide information and advice about the different accommodation options and costs, and to help students find appropriate accommodation to suit their needs.

Customs and Quarantine?

  • There are strict rules governing what you can and cannot bring to Australia. Before you pack, it is better to find out from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service website at www.aqis.gov.au for any restrictions you may not be aware of.
  • Australia’s customs and quarantine restrictions help protect against diseases and bugs that could pose a threat to Australia’s population and native wildlife.
  • You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of diseases.
  • Some products may require treatment to make them safe. Other items that pose pest and disease risks will be seized and destroyed by AQIS.