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