Visas

Not a tourist but a student

As an exchange or study abroad student you must enter Australia with a sub-class 500 student visa and not a tourist visa. Before you can apply for a visa you will need a letter of offer from Monash Abroad and a Certificate of Enrolment (CoE) – your CoE is emailed to you after you receive an offer and return your acceptance form to us.

Apply early

Students from some countries can apply online, but it can take six to eight weeks for your visa to be processed, so you should apply as early as possible. In some cases you may need to obtain a health clearance or include your IELTS test score with your visa application – allow extra time for arranging these items too.

Streamlined visa processing

Choosing Monash as your destination means you'll benefit from streamlined and fast-tracked visa application and processing times. We don't require any additional documentation for you to be a part of streamlined visa processing, because we're approved by the Australian Government to access the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements under the Student Visa Program.

The costs

Student visa charges are managed by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. You can find out everything you need to know on their website.

Working in Australia

You can work part-time, for up to twenty hours per week during the semester and on a full-time basis during semester breaks with an Australian student visa. You can choose any kind of work you like (there aren't any restrictions) – there are opportunities on campus at the many cafes and food outlets, as well as off-campus.

If you received an electronic student visa, you won't have a visa stamp in your passport. This is fine; the stamp is not required for you to be allowed to work in Australia. If you or your employer needs to access your visa, you can do this using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system.

Extending your stay

After you finish your studies at Monash your student visa is normally valid for one to three months after your official enrolment period.

If you wish to extend your stay in Australia once you have completed your studies you will need to apply for a tourist visa. Tourist visas are granted as long as you do not have an 8534 or 8535 condition on your student visa. You will need to provide a letter confirming completion of studies with your application for extension of stay in Australia.