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International Students Can Finally Come to Australia Again

January 2023 update regarding a negative covid test requirement for some travellers.

Evidence of vaccine status is not required from the 6th of July 2022.

Amazing news. Student Visa holders are allowed to come to Australia from the 15th of December 2021.

Fully vaccinated international students will not have to quarantine and will only need to present a negative covid test. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said:

“… travelers will need to be fully vaccinated, and they will need to present a negative PCR test taken within three days prior to their departure.”

Update (January 2023) regarding the negative test result requirement when traveling to Australia: Travellers entering Australia from China, Hong Kong, and Macau from 5 January​ 2023 must provide a negative covid test undertaken within a 48-hour period prior to the day of their scheduled departure for Australia.

Update (6th of July 2022) regarding the vaccine requirements in Australia: Student Visa holders and other travelers entering Australia are no longer required to provide evidence of their vaccination status. Masks are still required on flights traveling to Australia though. Don’t forget to check with your airline whether they require evidence of vaccination in order to allow you to board the plane.

Update (21st of December 2021): NSW and Victoria remove the 72-hour isolation requirement for international arrivals. International students arriving in these states only need to take a PCR test within 24 hours after arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Update (15th of December 2021): International students are allowed to travel to Australia from today. New South Wales, Victoria, and ACT only require fully vaccinated travelers to self-isolate for 72 hours after arriving. Queensland and South Australia require a 14-day quarantine. Northern Territory won’t require quarantine at all from the 20th of December. Western Australia is set to re-open its borders to international students from February 2022.

Contact us if you would like to study in Australia or browse our affordable courses for international students here.

Update (9th of December 2021): According to the Department of Home Affairs Australia will indeed reopen its borders to international students on the 15th of December 2021:

“From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students can travel to participating states and territories in Australia, quarantine-free without needing to apply for a travel exemption.”

What does it mean ‘fully vaccinated?

If you would like to apply for an Australian Student Visa, this is how the Department of Home Affairs defines full vaccination:

Australia considers you to be fully vaccinated if you have completed a course of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine. This includes mixed doses. Current vaccines and dosages accepted for the purposes of travel are:

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca Covishield
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna Spikevax or Takeda
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
    • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60-year-olds).
  • Or one dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

How to come to Australia as an international student?

Would you like to be among the first ones to come to Australia? Send us a message and one of our colleagues will help you step-by-step. You can also check our FAQs where you can find answers to the most common questions about courses and Student Visa (like financial requirements, Student Visa work limitations, etc.)

You can also check which courses are the cheapest in Sydney and Melbourne right now.

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Affordable Student Visa courses in Melbourne and Sydney

Study a cheap diploma course for as little as $3,900 per year and apply for a Student Visa in Australia. Here are the most affordable courses for international students in Sydney and Melbourne you can choose right now from

Update (August 2023): Here are the cheapest student visa courses for 2023 – check them out!

Is your current visa expiring soon or are you thinking of heading to Australia as soon as the borders re-open? If budget is a concern, we have you covered with some of the cheapest courses overseas students can choose in Australia.

To clarify, although the following courses may be considered ‘cheap’ this does not mean they are of low quality as all of them are nationally recognised and CRICOS registered.

Our tip: Moving to a Student Visa from a Working Holiday Visa? Download our free ebook!

In this round-up of the most affordable courses for international students in Sydney and Melbourne, you will find:

  1. Cheapest college in Sydney for international students where you can study for less than $4,000 AUD per year
  2. Interesting and affordable business courses in Sydney
  3. Affordable Student Visa courses in Melbourne and Sydney with a great payment plan and timetable
  4. Courses in Sydney and Melbourne with a 30% discount

1. Cheapest college for international students in Sydney

Cheapest college for international students in Sydney

Lloyds International College in Sydney temporarily discounted its courses and is offering very favorable payment plans until the 30th of September 2021.

Update (7th of January 2022): This promotion has ended and the college slightly increased their prices. If you’re looking for a low-cost study in Australia, it still remains one of the cheapest options though:

If you are onshore you will pay $950 for your first term and $1,000 for all future terms (a one-year course in Sydney will cost you $3,950).

If you are offshore, you will pay $1,250 per term ($5,000 per year).

Update (13th of October 2021): This promotion has now been extended until the 31st of December 2021.

You can study a popular cheap Diploma of Leadership and Management course for international students in Australia for as little as $3,900 $3,950 per year. This is a one-year course (4 terms) and you will only pay $900 $950 for the first term and $1,000 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th terms. The college will also charge you a $200 enrolment fee.

Other courses at Lloyds International College you can study for the same price per term:

  • Certificate III in Business (1 year)
  • Certificate IV in Business (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (1.5 years)

Our tip: Study the Diploma of Leadership and Management first and the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and management after that. Just ask us to bundle your enrolment into a course package. This way you can apply for a 2.5-year Student Visa with us.

So, if you want to study in Sydney for $3,900 $3,950 per year, just send us a message and we will assist you with your enrolment. After that our registered migration agent will also help you to prepare your Student Visa application for free.

2. Interesting and affordable business courses in Sydney

$4,000 per year split in four $1,000 instalments is how much it will cost you to study at the Academy of Entrepreneurs in Sydney. This specialised college only offers two courses:

As the name of the school suggests, both of these courses are focused on helping young entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas (real ones or case studies). You can therefore expect to work on your own business plan and practice your pitching and presentation skills. As you may expect, this college attracts a specific type of students, however, you don’t have to have a business idea to be able to join.

Sounds interesting? Send us a message and you can have your Offer Letter ready within 24 business hours. Maybe you too can start your own business as an international student in Australia.

Find out what it’s like to study at the Academy of Entrepreneurs in Sydney in our video:

3. Study one day per week in Melbourne or Sydney

When you have a limited budget you will certainly benefit from the payment plan offered by the Greenwich Management College. For example, you can study the Diploma of Leadership and Management course and only pay $750 every two months ($4,500 per year). You won’t have to pay any enrolment or material fees and you can choose to study in Melbourne or in Sydney. In addition, there are many timetable options including the super popular one: one day per week (Monday, Friday or Saturdays).

This could be a perfect school for you if you are among the students who are eligible to work more than 40 hours per fortnight on a Student Visa in Australia.

These are the cheap courses for international students at Greenwich Management College with a one day per week timetable:

  • Diploma of Project Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Program Management (1 year)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing & Communication (44 weeks)
  • Diploma of Marketing & Communication (1 year)
  • Diploma of Business – Digital Transformation (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership & Management (1 year)
  • Diploma of Leadership & Management (1 year)

Enrol in any of these courses with us and our registered migration agent will assist you step-by-step with your Australian Student Visa application.

Affordable Student Visa courses in Melbourne and Sydney

4. Courses for international students in Melbourne and Sydney with a 30% discount

Our students love courses in Marketing and Communication. They are practical, fun, and full of social media tips you can use right away. Are you thinking of taking one? Then look no further because Laneway Education is offering a 30% discount to international students in Melbourne and in Sydney. In other words, you can study for just $4,600 per year. Similarly, like the other colleges in this article, Laneway also offers payment plans for foreign students. So you will only pay $1,150 / every three months. The college will also charge you a $200 enrolment fee at the beginning.

Here’s a list of all affordable courses at Laneway Education:

Are you thinking of applying for an Australian Student Visa but sitting in a classroom is not really your thing? Maybe the co-working-style campus at Laneway Education will convince you that the experience could be pretty good. Check out more in our video:

Can’t find the right course for your Student Visa in Australia?

Haven’t found the right course or college among the most affordable courses for international students in Sydney and Melbourne we chose for this article? Check other cheap courses for international students in Australia on our website. You can also email or message us and together we can find the right course for you. We have hundreds of them.

Tip: Check our most recent article about the cheapest courses for international students in Australia in 2023.

All prices in this article are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please note that when you are applying for an Australian Student Visa, you will also need to pay a fee to the Department of Home Affairs and also to get Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Get your free quote for the whole package here or reach out to us via Messenger to speak with someone from our team. You can join students from 60+ countries who study in Australia with Study Anywhere.

We did our best in searching for the most affordable courses for international students in Sydney and Melbourne, however, if you’ve found a cheaper one, please let us know so we can update this article.

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Australian Student Visa Changes

Here are the most recent updates regarding Student Visa in Australia. Borders are still closed, but there is some good news for international students.

Update (14th of October 2021):

Australian borders will reopen soon and the first international students will return to Australia in December 2021.

Original blog article: Did you know that some students will not have to pay for their next visa application?

Australian Government is making several visa changes in order to help international students who are planning to study in Australia and those who already have their Student Visas, but their studies are impacted by the pandemic:

  • The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.
  • International students 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.
  • 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.
  • Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.
  • Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

What should you do?

These are welcomed changes, especially for those of you who already have their Student Visas. E.g. if you were on holiday in your home country when the borders got shut and you were unable to return to Australia. The real change for all new offshore applicants will be when the travel ban gets lifted.

Until then we recommend our offshore clients just enrol (for as little as $250 AUD) and wait with their visa application until the borders are re-opened. If this is your case, let us know and we can help you to find the right course. This way you don’t miss out on the current course promotions without having to pay the Student Visa fee until you are sure you can come to Australia. Schools were forced to temporarily lower their tuition fees due to the pandemic so why not take advantage of it?

Are you in Australia at the moment and your current visa (e.g. a Working Holiday Visa) is expiring soon? There are no major changes for you and you will need to apply for a new visa. Despite the current situation, most of our onshore clients usually get their Student Visas granted very quickly. Feel free to request a quote from Study Anywhere and we can help you to move to a Student Visa or to renew your current Student Visa.

New visa options for Hong Kong citizens

Australia is also starting to offer several visa options for Hongkongers because of the escalated situation between mainland China and Hong Kong. The main change for students is perhaps the longer duration of the Graduate Visa. Students from Hong Kong will now be able to get 5 years of Graduate Visa (instead of 18 or 24 months). Feel free to contact us if you are interested in studying a course eligible for the Graduate Visa.

Do you have any questions about the Australian Student Visa? Check out Frequently Asked Questions.

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The Academy of Information Technology is organising a series of free creative workshops in February 2020 and they are too good not to be shared.

These workshops are a fantastic way to get a taste for what it’s like to study their passion at AIT before you commit to a full degree. At the same time, it will provide an invaluable opportunity to discover some of the amazing career opportunities in the creative & digital media industries.

FILM & ANIMATION
11 FEB, 9AM – 4PM
Gain practical experience with basic camera skills, compositing and editing in Adobe Premiere Pro to create your own short film! You’ll then get hands-on practice with Toon Boom to design and animate your own 2D character!

GAME DEVELOPMENT
12 FEB, 9AM – 4PM
Get hands-on experience with the industry’s most popular game engine – Unity! Learn game design principles, create your own 3D game environments and program some simple gameplay mechanics. At the end of this workshop, you’ll leave with a playable game that you’ve built from scratch, to share with your friends and family.

DIGITAL DESIGN
13 FEB, 9AM – 12PM

In this half-day workshop, you’ll use industry software, Adobe Illustrator to create a pop-art style poster that you can share on Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat! You’ll learn to navigate Illustrator whilst gaining an understanding of how to use colour and text – as well as how to trace over a photo.

Free workshops are available for all international students in Australia. To register, please, send us a message with your workshop preferences.

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Is your visa going to expire any time from now until the end of this year? 

As we are heading towards the end of the year and the holiday season is just around the corner, it’s good to plan ahead and be organised.

If your visa is going to expire any time soon, don’t leave it to the last minute. Many schools will close for the Christmas holiday and come back at the beginning of January. If this is your case, start the visa process as soon as possible in order to avoid the stress of getting everything done on time.

We still have some special offers for different courses, that you can find interesting. Among them some Black Friday promotions and we’re also still accepting enrolments for our most affordable course for international students in Sydney.

Just contact us and we will be in touch with all the details and we can also check if you are eligible. If you are not sure or have any questions, feel free to have a chat with us on Facebook Messenger.

If you decide to go ahead, our registered migration agent will help you for free with your Student Visa application and you can join students from 43 countries who are already studying with Study Anywhere.

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