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Can I still study in Australia despite the pandemic? A guide on how to study abroad during COVID-19.

Studying in Australia might have been a part of many Filipinos’ bucket list prior to the pandemic considering that it is the third most popular study destination for international students. But now that everything seems to be out of place, one question remains to be unanswered: Can I still push through with my dreams of studying in Australia despite the pandemic? As of June 23, 2021, Australia’s borders remain closed to International students, and online or blended learning is their mode of teaching given that there continues to be a great deal of uncertainty for the year 2021.

However, while we wait for Australia’s borders to open, here are some steps you can take to move forward with your dreams:

1. Apply to  your selected Institution

The first step to studying in Australia is to choose and apply for the school of your choice. Australian education providers offer a range of online learning and study load options –you can use IDP’s school and course search tool for further information. Although schools in Australia are practicing blended and online learning at the time being, it is recommended that you apply for a student visa in preparation for face-to-face classes once borders reopen in the future.

Schools in Australia are constantly updating their student portals for international students regarding their student visa advice, study mode requirements, travel advice and guidelines. Thus, it’s best to be on the lookout for your desired school’s website updates.

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2. Student Visa application

Last June 3 2021, the Australian Government has updated its student visa advice stating the following:

The Government has recommenced granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to plan travel.

Students who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge, if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19.

Current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.

Moreover, the important thing to note according to the Australian Government website is that granting of offshore student visas, where all requirements are met, will provide certainty for international students and the reassurance that you will be able to enter Australia when health advice allows and travel restrictions are relaxed. You can apply through normal online channels.

As of the moment, applications are ongoing as specific territories in Australia are doing their own initiatives to ensure that international students are able to travel back to the country to commence their studies onshore given that the international education sector serves as the #2 source of income for the whole Australian Economy.

You can visit these websites for the latest information regarding your plans on studying in Australia:

Student visa | COVID-19 and the border

Covid-19 advice for international travellers

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 Written by: Angela Tibudan

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