Student visa requirements

International students applying to study Certificate or Diploma courses will need to apply for a Student Visa Sub class 572. The criteria required to apply for a student visa is available at Download “Applying for a Student Visa” that provides information including:

  • General information
  • Applying online
  • Package courses
  • Acceptable course
  • Requirements for the grant of a Student Visa
  • Genuine temporary entrant requirements
  • Evidentiary requirements
  • General requirements
  • Offer of a place in a course and confirmation of enrolment
  • Student visa conditions
  • Permission to work
  • Members of your family unit
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Students require a SELC ‘letter of offer’ as part of the visa application. If students need to study in a SELC ELICOS course to meet English language requirements for the VET course, a package offer will identify the ELICOS course as the ‘preparatory’ and the VET qualification as the ‘principal’ course. The Student Visa subclass will determine the assessment level.

More information can be found at

Deferment, suspension or cancellation of studies before or during the course

Students may apply to SELC to defer the commencement of their studies or suspend studies during the course, if there are compassionate or compelling circumstances. These will be assessed on a case by case basis and students must follow the ‘SELC Student Request to Defer, Suspend or Cancel Studies Procedures’. Refer to the SELC Conditions of Enrolment for information on cancelling your studies. Students are advised to consider the effect that deferring, suspending or cancelling studies will have on the conditions of the student visa.

A maximum of one term’s deferral (10 weeks) will be considered, with re-entry into the following term.

In cases where deferment, suspension or cancellation of a student enrolment has occurred, SELC contacts the Secretary of the Department of Education via PRISMS as required under Section 19 ESOS Act.

SELC has the right to suspend a student’s studies if the student behaviour, attitude or progress is not sufficient to justify continuation in the course. A student subject to this institutional decision will have 20 days to access SELC’s Complaints and Appeals Policy.

Cost of living

DIBP requires students to have the financial capability to cover the cost of airfares, course tuition fees, and living costs for the duration of studies and stay in Australia. DIBP has set the living costs at AUD18, 610 per annum. The period for which students must provide evidence of funds, the type of funds considered acceptable and the savings period for funds may vary with assessment level for VET sector. Living costs are a minimum amount set for visa purposes. Living costs vary depending upon where a student is living and the type of accommodation. Students are not allowed to rely on work to support stay in Australia as a student.

For information on Accommodation fees go to the Fees and Start Dates page of our website. You should expect to pay a minimum of $200 for a single room per week. Of course, accommodation costs can vary a lot depending on where you live and the type of living arrangements you want.

After students have paid for accommodation and tuition fees, they will need enough money to cover the cost of food, transport, entertainment and should plan to have access to up to AUD $200 per week.

If students are bringing dependent family members with them to Australia, they will also need to provide evidence of access to funds for the costs of supporting family members and ensuring that school age children attend school in line with Australia’s immigration laws. More information can be found at

Course credit and/or prior learning

SELC appropriately recognises course credit within the ESOS Framework. If a student provides a current and valid Statement of Attainment or qualification from another Registered Training Organisation within Australia who delivers the same qualification, SELC recognizes AQF qualifications as per Australian Qualifications Framework. Mapping of individual units of competence that have been deemed competent that are delivered in SELC qualifications will be given credit and will shorten the duration of studies. Students should be advised that fees are applicable for the RPL process.


Schedule of Fees for Vocational Qualifications



Tuition FeesAs per published price
Late Tuition Fees10% tuition fee instalment
Mandatory Resources FeeAs published per qualification
Missed Assessment or LATE Assessment
Failing to submit written assessment by due date / Failing to attend practical assessment
$50 (unless medical certificate can be provided)
Re-assessment fee (for failed assessments)
1st Attempt
Re-assessment fee (for failed assessments)
2nd Attempt
$50  (per Assessment Book)
Re-assessment fee (for failed assessments)
3rd Attempt
$75  (per Assessment Book)
Re-assessment/Missed Assessment for First AidAt cost price of provider
Course Change Request e.g. switching between daytime and evening, special timetables, or changing course (only in term breaks)$50
Course Deferral (delay start)Before starting course: First free, second and after $50
Mid course: $50
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)$100 per Unit of Competency
Re-issue Student ID Card$20
Re-issue Certification$50
Re-issue transcript of Results$20
Re-issue Statement of Attainment$50