Preparing to Study


Australian academic year

Australian universities have two semesters. The first is from February to June and the second from July to November. This can vary between institutions. Many courses have start dates in either Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July/August), and there is often an orientation week for new students in mid to late February. There is a two to four-week break in July/August between semesters and a long summer holiday from November or December through to February.

What is an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE)?

The institution at which you are applying to study authorises an eCOE, which not only confirms your admission but is a receipt for fees paid. Your eCOE details the timeframe within which you are required to complete your course. Failure to do so may see your visa revoked so make sure you stick to it!

Obtaining a study visa

The Australian Government has recently put in place faster, easier access to student visas. The streamlined process gives international students quicker processing times with financial requirements that are easier to meet.

You can find out more on Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website 

What is the enrolment process?

Enrolment varies from institution to institution. However, this process can often be completed online before you arrive. Check your institution’s website for instructions on how to complete this process. Some institutions prefer you to complete enrolment once you arrive in Australia. Enrolment assistance and tutorials are generally available before the semester commences.