Anyone from overseas who wishes to study in Australia must first secure a student visa in order to travel to Australia and commence their studies. To apply for a student visa, applicants must first enrol in a course of study approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for student visa purposes.
Up until July 1st 2016 there were a range of student visa subclasses, depending on what level of education the applicant intended to complete. This included the subclass 571 student visa for primary and secondary school education, the subclass 572 student visa for vocational education and training and diploma level courses, the subclass 573 student visa for higher education studies including bachelor degrees, masters degrees and higher level diplomas and the subclass 574 student visa for students who want to undertake a masters degree by research or complete a doctoral degree.
On the 1st of July 2016 the subclass 571, subclass 572, subclass 573 and subclass 574 student visas were replaced by a new subclass 500 student visa.
It is also possible for international students under 18 to secure a visa for a guardian to accompany them to Australia up to the age of 18.