How to apply

Everything you need to know

Choosing and applying for your course in New South Wales.

How to choose your course

Choosing the right course for you can feel overwhelming, so here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help make the decision easier:

  • Does the course topic interest you?
  • How long does the course take?
  • Where is the campus located? Is it in a place where you would like to live?
  • What is the cost of the course?
  • How many hours per week are you expected to spend studying?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • Is the course practical or theoretical? Does is involve lectures, tutorials, workshops, placements?
  • What career opportunities does this course offer?
  • Does the course offer internships or work placements?
  • What resources and services does the campus offer?
  • What materials will you need in order to study – for example, textbooks, access to the internet, a laptop?

How to apply for your course

There are two ways to apply for a course in NSW:

  1. Contact the educational institution and apply as an international student – most have a special team set up to help international students with their applications.
  2. Ask a registered Australian education agent in your country for help – Australian embassies and diplomatic posts can provide a list of registered agents near you.

How the application process works

Once you have decided where and what to study, you will need to apply. 

If you are applying to multiple educational institutions, you will need to apply separately to each one.

Follow these steps



Check that you meet the Australian Government's student visa requirements.



Request or download the application form from your chosen institution.



Confirm which course you want to study (you will also be asked for your second and third preference of course at your chosen institution).



Submit your application either online or by mail.



Submit copies of the following documents translated into English:

  • Certificates to show your previous study and qualifications
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, or OEF tests)
  • Proof of previous study or work experience (if you are seeking course credits)
  • Any other documentation asked for by the institution.

How your application is processed

Each institution assesses applications differently. You may be able to check the progress of your application online or by phoning the international admissions office of the educational institution.

If your application is successful, you will receive a 'Letter of Offer' that you must respond to by signing and returning to the institution (via mail or online).

When your signed reply is received, you will be sent an 'Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment' (eCoE) by email. This will outline your course start date, duration and fee.

Please note: You cannot be granted a student visa without an eCoE.

After you formally accept and confirm your enrolment, you will receive an information package. This will tell you:

  • When to arrive
  • What to bring
  • Arrangements for your welcome
  • Accommodation options
  • Information about important events, such as orientation and enrolment.

When to apply for your student visa

If you are accepted onto your chosen course, you will need to apply for your student visa. To apply for a visa to study in Australia, you must first be enrolled on a full-time course.

If you have any further questions about the application process, we recommend contacting the educational institution.

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP)

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) is available through some Australian educational institutions for eligible students with an 'Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment' (eCoE). Students on SVP visas generally provide less documentation than non-SVP students. However, because only certain institutions offer SVP, if SVP students wish to change courses, they can only change to institutions with SVP arrangements.