The Perks of an Australian Student Visa

If you are foreign-born and of school going age or plan on being enrolled as a full-time student at one of Australia’s many exceptional educational institutions you will need a Student Visa.

This visa will allow you to live, study and work in Australia while you work towards your qualification and Australia is very keen to have you there!  In fact, the Australian government is so serious about attracting young talent and provides approximately AU$200 million dollars in scholarships for international students every year.

Once you have this visa to your name you hold the key to a very bright future with many of the privileges other Australian students enjoy.

What an Australian Student Visa lets you do

  • This visa is for students who want to come to Australia to study at a registered education institution
  • You can apply to undertake two or more courses on your Student visa (subclass 500) where there is a clear progression from one course to another. This is known as course packaging
  • You can study a CRICOS registered full-time course in Australia
  • Australian qualifications are recognized by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorized by the Australian government
  • You will be allowed to stay in Australia for the duration of your course
  • If Mom or Dad qualifies they may join you in Australia for the duration of your visa
  • You might be able to extend your stay if you plan to study further, your graduation date is after your visa expiry date or if you acquire a tourist visa. If you find employment in Australia you may then apply for Temporary Residency through a Work Visa or you may also apply for the after graduation working visa depending on your qualifications
  • Holders of a Student Visa may be employed for 20 hours a week
  • Australia offers a safe multicultural, friendly and harmonious society in which to live while you qualify.


  • You need to either leave Australia before your visa expires, or lodge a new visa application
  • In general, you can only hold one visa at a time. A new visa (other than a bridging visa) will generally replace any other visa that you hold and come into effect as soon as it is granted.

Besides acquiring a brilliant education Australia offers young people a big and exciting adventure.  The choices are endless and include a wide range of affordable indoor and outdoor activities. The country is known for its beautiful natural scenery and some of the best beaches in the world. You can climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, slide downhill in Melbourne, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and still be done in time to enjoy the nightlife of the country’s many exciting cities!

Teachers, engineers or doctors; who get the jobs in Australia?

If you are planning on studying and perhaps eventually living in Australia you might be interested to know which qualifications are most likely to lead to employment setting you on your path to Australian residency / citizenship.

As an example; students completing an accounting degree may be eligible to undertake a Professional Year Program to increase their chances of gaining work and permanent residency in Australia. Professional Year Programs run for 12 months and allow international students to gain work experience in Australia after graduation through an internship with a host company.

It makes absolute sense to pursue a qualification in a career which 1) you will enjoy and excel at, 2) is something you are naturally interested in and 3) is likely to find you quickly employed once your qualifications are issued.

So you might wonder which careers are on offer and which courses are popular with foreign students.  We’ve found a list of a number of careers to consider.  The list offers a large field of discipline and level of qualification.  You are bound to find the right fit for you.

Here are some ideas:

Communications:  this would include journalism, media and film studies.

Creative Arts: creative and performing arts are always popular in Australia, thanks to a number of prestigious schools and colleges, with graduates continuing to make their mark at the international level.

Business: Business is one of the largest and most diverse fields of study in Australia. Business and management courses are offered at a large number of institutions across the country and at all qualification levels, from vocational certificates to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and even research.

Computing and information technology: computer systems, database management, games design, network engineering, software engineering and web computing.

Good news is that graduates of this field may also be eligible to complete a Professional Year Program.

Engineering and technology: degrees in civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering to aerospace engineering, naval architecture, nanotechnology, aviation, food technology and industrial design are all available at Australian universities. 

This field of study also lets international students complete a Professional Year Program upon graduation.

Environmental studies: Australia looks after its natural treasures. Marine biologists, farmers, resource management specialists, environmental protection/impact professionals, agriculturists, horticulturists, veterinarians and veterinarian nursing staff are always in demand.

Health/medicine and medical research: traditionally medically trained staff does exceptionally well in Australia.  This would include careers in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and rehabilitation all have strict accreditation requirements, with courses recognised both Australia-wide and overseas.

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