Your student visa - International students
International students must hold a valid visa in order to study in Australia. Many students for this reason apply for a Student Visa. Please find more information regarding student visas on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) website.
Attached to all student visas are Student Visa Conditions. It is obligatory for student visa holders to comply with these conditions. Make sure you are aware what the conditions are of the visa you are holding.
Some of the student visa holder conditions are:
Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progression
Student visa holders must remain enrolled in a CRICOS registered course and must ensure they are meeting course requirements in accordance with course progression rules. Read more information on the University’s policy to assist students who are not progressing satisfactorily.
There may be implications for your student visa if you continue to not meet the academic requirements of your course. Therefore it is important to contact your Faculty Advisers or the International Student Advisers immediately if you are experiencing difficulties during your studies so that you can make use of the support that is available to you.
Completion within expected duration
Students are required to complete their studies within the time-frame specified on the electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) used to apply for their student visa. In limited circumstances students may extend the expected duration of their course. If you are worried that you are not able to complete your course in time, please contact your Faculty Advisers or the International Student Advisers. Please also refer to Enrolment changes.
Working whilst studying
From 26 March 2012, student visa holders can work 40 hours per fortnight once their course has commenced and during any period in which their course is in session. They are able to work unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break. A fortnight means a period of 14 days commencing on any Monday and ending on the second following Sunday.
In addition, from 26 March 2012, Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student visa holders would no longer be limited in the number of hours that they can work once their course has commenced. Important: Unlimited work rights only apply once the student has commenced their HDR course. A student studying a preliminary course (such as ELICOS) on a subclass 574 (Postgraduate Research Sector) visa would be limited to 40 hours per fortnight of work while the student is undertaking the preliminary course.
Students who were granted a student visa before the 26 April 2008 will need to apply separately for permission to work. Please contact the International Student Advisers for information on how to apply.
The permission to work application process differs for AusAID (APS, ADS, and ALA) students. Students should contact an to obtain the documentation required to lodge an application.
Change of Address
Students are required to notify the University of their residential address in Australia within 7 days of arriving in Australia. Students must also notify the University of any change in their residential address within 7 days of the change. You can do this change via MyUni.
Check Your Visa Entitlements
You can check your visa conditions, study entitlements and work entitlements online using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service provided by DIAC. VEVO enables visa holders to confirm their visa details without a visa label being placed in their passport. To learn how to use VEVO, please visit the VEVO website.
Sponsored students have an additional responsibility to ensure that their enrolment is in accordance with the conditions of their sponsorship. This is particularly important where an extension of duration may be required. In most cases, sponsors expect students to complete their studies within the expected duration and extensions of duration are very difficult to obtain. Sponsored students should contact their sponsor or an International Student Adviser if they are unsure about their enrolment. AusAID and ADB sponsored students should contact their respective specialist advisers.
It is important to notify the University of Sydney of any change in your current visa status.
If you have been granted a temporary visa other than a student visa, you will still remain an international student; however your study entitlements may change. Please inform the International Student Office of the change and bring along your passport and visa documentation after your visa is granted.
If you are a currently enrolled international student who has recently been granted Australian permanent residency, you can change your status from international to a domestic student.
To change your status, complete the Change of Residency Status form and submit it together with the required documentation to the Student Centre.
A status change from an international to a domestic student can only be effective for a unit of study only when documentation is presented prior to the census date for that unit of study. If documentation of permanent residency is presented after the census date for a unit of study, even if residency has been granted prior to the census date, international tuition fee rates will be charged for that unit of study. Domestic fee rates will only apply for subsequent semesters/sessions and units of study.
The ESOS Act sets out the legal framework governing delivery of education to overseas students studying in Australia on a student visa. For more information visit the ESOS Act webpage.
The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 is established under the ESOS Act 2000. For more information visit the ESOS National Code webpage.