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Cambridge English Language Assessment
The Cambridge English exams are known all over the world and
are accepted by universities, employers and national education
authorities in many countries as evidence of an adequate
standard of English for admission to courses or as part of course
Visit the Cambridge English website at
www.cambridgeenglish.org for more detailed information.
The student visa program allows overseas students to come to
Australia to undertake full-time study in registered courses. In
order to obtain a student visa, the student must fill out an
application form and pay the required processing fee (non-
refundable if, for any reason, a visa is refused).
There are a number of visa subclasses, each for a different
course type or course level. Each of them have different
requirements, although there are some general requirements
relating to health, English proficiency, academic background, age
and character that apply to all applicants.
Detailed information on how to obtain entry to and stay in
Australia as a student can be found online at
Student visas are granted with work permission.
As an international student, you may work up to 40 hours per
fortnight during the semester and full time during vacations.
Vacations are defined as periods when the university is not in
For more detailed information visit the DIAC website at
Australian missions and overseas agents
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is
represented in countries around the world by three kinds of
Australian embassies, consulates or other missions
Australian Education Centres (AECs), which are also official
International Development Program (IDP) offices, which are
owned by Australian education institutions and act as agents
The services provided by these offices vary greatly. In some
parts of the world you may be able to get little more than a list of
universities. In the biggest and busiest offices you will find experts
who can answer all your questions, a library of materials to use,
plenty of printed material to take home and study, and official
enrolment and visa application forms. For an up-to-date list of
Australian missions and overseas posts, including details of
which offices process student visa applications, check the
website at www.immi.gov.au/contacts.
Be aware that while the missions and the AECs will not try to
‘sell’ particular institutions or courses, they are trying to ‘sell’
Australia. Countries, like universities, are competing for your
business. IDP offices act as recruiting agents for Australian
More help from The Good Universities Guides
Other Guides in this range include The Good Universities
Guides to Postgraduate Courses and The Good Universities
Guide to MBA and Management Courses. All can be
obtained by simply filling in the order form at the back of this
guide or by visiting www.HobsonsBookshop.com.
www.HobsonsCourseFinder.com.au contains all the
information from The Good Universities Guides, including
ratings, rankings and profiles, while the Studies in Australia
website at www.StudiesInAustralia.com caters specifically
to international students.
If there is anything you would like to see added to future
editions of The Good Universities Guide — or if you want to
suggest some improvements — please drop us a line at:
PO Box 13158
Law Courts Post Office
Melbourne VIC 8010
Fax: (03) 9814 8886
We’ll be more than happy to respond to your suggestions.
You can visit the websites of universities and other
institutions (addresses are provided at the beginning of each
of their profiles in Section 4) for more information.
Another source of information is Australian Education
International, an official agency of the Australian Government.
You can visit their website at www.aei.gov.au.
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