The education system in Australia is divided into a three-tier structure; combining school education, vocational education & training, and higher education together. Most study programs offered by Universities in Australia provide courses and conduct research in a wide range of professional and academic disciplines. They award associate diplomas, diplomas, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.
Many international students who have opted to study abroad in Australia and eventually graduated from Australian institutions apply for Independent Skilled Migration. There is a special category for International Students who have undergone any of the Australia study programs.
Types of Student Visa in Australia:-
If you intend to study for more than three months, you must apply for a student visa. There are different types of Australian student visas you can choose from depending on your circumstance.
Schools Student Visa (Subclass 571): Applies to those of you who intend to study in a primary or secondary school or are on a student exchange program.
Vocation Education and Training Student Visa (Subclass 572): Applies to students pursuing a diploma, advanced diploma or certificate through a publicly funded Technical and Further Education College (TAFE) or a private college.
Higher Education Student Visa (Subclass 573): Applies to those seeking a tertiary qualification from a university, such as a bachelor degree, graduate diploma, or a graduate certificate.
Master’s and Doctorate Student Visa (Subclass 574): For a postgraduate qualification, such as a masters or doctorate degree.
Non-Award Foundation Student Visa (Subclass 575): For a foundation course which does not include any formal educational prerequisites and is one which will not lead to the award of a formal degree or diploma.
Independent English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Student Visa (Subclass 570): This student visa applies to those students intending to study only English. Students who are studying English as a prerequisite to other courses need to apply under the other visa subclass to which those courses relate.
Permission to work in Australia
As per the Australian student visa policy, all initial student visas granted do not give the visa holder permission to work in Australia. Students who study abroad in Australia and their dependents will only be able to apply for a student visa with work rights after they arrive in Australia and the student has started his/her course of study. Usually, under the regulations of student visa, students and their dependents are limited to 20 hours of work per week while the student’s course of study or training is in session. Students may work full-time during holiday periods.
However for masters and doctorate students, the dependents can have unlimited work rights after the principal student visa holder has commenced his or her course in Australia.