Frequently Asked Questions
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assistance does IDP Student Services Australia
- Does IDP Student Services
Australia charge for providing services?
- How can I find shared
- Where can I find a part-time
- Can I apply for an IELTS test
through IDP Student Services Australia?
Continuing education in Australia
- Can I apply to go to University
if I completed a TAFE diploma?
- Is it possible to get credit
for previous study?
- Is it possible to obtain a
credit transfer before my results are published?
- How can I transfer to another
institution before I finish my current study?
- How can I lodge the
application for university through IDP Student Services
Australia? When shall I lodge the application?
- I have completed my
current course and would like to enrol in another one but my
previous IELTS result has expired. Do I need to sit the
IELTS test again?
- I would like to change
to a course that can get me a permanent residency (PR)
visa. Which course do you suggest I take?
- Can I get a
scholarship from my University?
Extending / Renewing a Student Visa
- How can I apply to renew / extend my visa in
- Can I lodge an application to
extend my student visa if my previous student visa
- If I decide to transfer to a
degree program at university after six months of diploma
study, what should I do with my visa?
- How do I calculate the funds I
need to present to the Department of Immigration
and Border Protection (DIBP) if I am going to
renew my student visa soon?
What assistance does IDP
Student Services Australia provide
IDP Student Services Australia will help
information on the best possible courses and
and submit a course application and credit transfer
Meet institution representatives at our education exhibition and
sessions and seminars
Prepare your application for visa extension or
Meet other international students through our student activities
Visit one of our offices and find
out how you can access these services
Does IDP Student Services Australia charge for
No. Our services are free for
How can I find shared accommodation?
Below are a few suggestions to help you make your search for
accommodation easier and more productive.
- Before you start searching for a
flatmate you should decide which suburb you
would like to live in, how much rent you can afford to
pay and the qualities of your
- Check the accommodation advertised on
the notice boards at your
- Also check local newspapers and
websites, e.g. www.domain.com.au and your
institution’s housing service.
- Ensure you inspect the place
before you move in. If you do not live in the area you
should ask a friend to go with you. It is safer
and your friend can provide you with
a second opinion.
- Do not pay money to secure the place
unless you are absolutely sure you will
- Ensure you discuss with your
potential flatmate the responsibilities regarding rent
and household expenses.
Remember not to sign anything you do not fully
understand. This is especially important when signing leases and
Where can I find a part-time
As an international student, a condition of
your student visa is that you cannot work more than 20 hours a week
during semester time. Most of the work available to
international students is in retail and hospitality, which offers
flexible hours. There are job search resources for all students, so
you should find out how they can help.
Networking with other international students
is a good way to let others know that you are looking for work so
they can pass the message around. You can also check the
‘vacancies’ section in your local community newspapers and
Many large companies, especially big retailers
(department stores), list their vacancies on their websites.
Can I apply for an IELTS test through IDP Student
Yes. IDP Student Services Australia facilitates IELTS test
applications. Please visit one of the nearest branches in your
state (except NT and TAS).
Can I apply to go to University if completed a
Yes. Most universities recognise TAFE diplomas as
a pathway to a Bachelor degree.
Is it possible to obtain a credit for
Students who have completed previous tertiary study may apply
to the university for a credit. They must present the course
syllabus of their previous study and complete a separate credit
application form. The credit assessment will generally take longer
than the application assessment.
Is it possible to obtain a credit transfer before my
results are published?
usually assess credit transfer applications following your final
results and after a completion statement has been received.
However, some institutions are able to provide conditional
exemptions based on interim transcripts (unofficial results). You
will need to submit your application with your interim transcript
at one of our offices.
How can I transfer to another institution before I
finish my current study?
You should contact
your current education provider for information. In most
circumstances, the new education provider will be restricted from
enrolling you if you have not completed six months of the course
for which your visa was granted.
If you want to change providers before
completing the first six months of your course, you must contact
your current education provider for permission and a release
letter. Our education counsellors will explain the process to
If you want to change your level of
qualification, you will need to apply for a new student visa
because your visa subclass will change.
Should you need further information, visit
website or contact one of our
How can I lodge the application for
university through IDP Student Services Australia? When shall I
lodge the applications?
attending counselling at our office and short-listing the
institutions of your choice, you will need to submit an application
for each institution with a completed set of certified academic
transcripts. The Australian academic year begins in either February
or July. However, some courses are available throughout the year
and some are only available for certain semesters.
Students are encouraged to apply at least
three to four months in advance to provide sufficient time to
process the student visa and to assist the university in their
curriculum planning. More importantly, some universities set
a quota for certain courses, and early application is advised to
I have completed a course in Australia
and would like to enrol in another one. My previous IELTS result
has expired. Do I need to sit the IELTS test
This depends on the course you have completed and what you
wish to study next. Some institutions will require you to take an
IELTS test. However, most institutions will not require you to
provide an IELTS result if you provide your academic
transcript and certificate.
I would like to change to a course that can get me
permanent residency (PR) visa. What suggestions do you
The Australian immigration policy is reviewed annually and no
guarantee is given that the courses listed on the current Skilled
Occupations List (SOL) will prevail at the time of your PR
lodgement. You are strongly encouraged to study the course in which
you are interested or that can improve your knowledge and skills
for your future career.
Can I get a scholarship from my
Scholarships offered differ depending on the university, with
most focused on financial support for postgraduate
research students. The majority of international students pay
full-fees. Student loans are not available in Australia for
How can I apply
to extend my visa in Australia?
Our counsellors can provide you with information on preparing your
visa application which can be lodged online if you are an
further information, please visit the DIBP
Can I lodge an application to extend my student visa
if my previous student visa
International students should
lodge applications to extend their student visas before the
visa expiry date. You will still be able to lodge the
application within 28 days after the visa expires. However, if your
visa expired more than 28 days before, it is unlikely that your
application will be successful. In this instance, you will have to
I am holding a visa subclass 572 to
study a diploma course and the visa lasts for two years. If I
decide to transfer to a degree program at a university after six
months of diploma study, what should I do about my
students should study on visas which are consistent with their
courses. Your visa category is decided according to the education
sector of your main course of study (principal course). If you
change your education sector, you should change your visa category
The process of changing visa category is
similar to applying for a new student visa. You will need to meet
English and financial requirements. In your situation, you will
need to change your visa from visa subclass 572 to visa subclass
573. Our education counsellors can assist you with course
applications and visa assistance.
How do I calculate the funds I
need to present to the Department of Immigration and Border
Protection (DIBP) if I am going to renew my student visa
students are required to show that they have genuine access to
sufficient funds to be granted a student visa. This includes
tuition fees, living expenses and return airfare to your home
country. Depending on the passport you hold and the course you are
going to study, you may need to show that the funds have been with
the bank for a certain period of time. You may also need to
demonstrate that you have the access to these funds.
For further information
please visit the DIBP