International students: Your journey

Let's look at the key milestones you’ll go through on your journey to university in Australia.

Step 1

Accept your Letter of Offer

Your Letter of Offer outlines the:

  • Curtin College/Curtin University course that has been offered
  • Duration of Study
  • Commencement Dates
  • Tuition Fees
  • Conditions of the Offer (including requests for official or certified copies of academic transcripts, evidence or English proficiency etc). Prior to accepting your offer, you must provide evidence that you have met any conditions, as you will be unable to proceed with your student visa application or enrolment.

Please follow the steps below after you receive your Letter of Offer.

  • Complete and sign the Letter of Acceptance (Section 2 and 3 of your Letter of Offer)
  • Email the Letter of Acceptance to Curtin College together with the following documents:
    • a copy of your payment (tuition fee for the first semester, enrolment fee and OSHC)
    • a copy of your passport (if not provided yet)
    • a completed SSVF Declaration

Please note: If your Letter of Offer was subject to conditions, you must provide evidence that you have met these conditions prior to returning your Letter of Acceptance and paying your fees. If you do not provide evidence, you will be unable to proceed.

Step 2

Pay your fees

This is our preferred payment method and is a fast and secure method enabling us to receive your payment in Australian Dollars, providing you with the convenience of paying in your own currency.

From China you can also pay using Alipay.

Make a Payment via GlobalPay.

On receipt of the fees, your place at Curtin College will be confirmed and it will be deemed that you have accepted all the terms and conditions or enrolment.

In most cases, your Letter of Offer will be packaged with an offer from Curtin University.

Once you have accepted your offer and paid your fees, Curtin College will issue your electronic Confirmations of Enrolments (eCoEs) for your courses at Curtin College and Curtin University.

Note: eCoEs for Curtin English will be issued separately by Curtin English.

Once you have received an eCoE for all your courses, you are ready to proceed to the next step!

Step 3

Organise your Student Visa and Immigration Requirements

Before being able to study in Australia, international students must obtain a valid student visa. This visa is issued by Australian Diplomatic Missions and applications must be made directly to the nearest Consulate or Embassy.

The main documents required when applying for a student visa are:

  • Letter of Offer from Curtin College
  • Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from Curtin College and/or Curtin University and/or Curtin English
  • Results of your medical examination
  • Proof that Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) has been arranged
  • Proof of finances to pay your tuition fees and living expenses
  • International students must be in possession of a current student visa whilst studying in Australia. Student visas are granted with certain conditions attached

Curtin College is obliged under Australian legislation to notify the Department of Home Affairs immediately when it becomes aware that any breach of a student visa exists.

As an international student on a student visa, it is important that you read the following documents issues by the Australian Government:

The ESOS framework: Providing quality education and protecting your rights

Student Information from the Australian Government

Student Visa Information

On 1 July 2016, Australia made a number of changes to its student visa processes. These changes include the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF).

Under the SSVF:

  • All international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
  • All international students will be required to apply for their student visa online
  • A new immigration risk framework will be used to guide the evidence of English language and financial capacity that a student needs to provide with their visa application

The changes and implications of the SSVF to student visa applications are outlined on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Step 4

Arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

International students are required to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) at all times while studying in Australia. OSHC helps minimise the costs of medical expenses incurred while in Australia. Curtin College’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance and Curtin College can arrange this for you.

Students are obliged to pay the cost of basic cover for the proposed duration of their student visa.

Learn more about Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Step 5

Arrange your accommodation

It’s important you have a place to live arranged before you arrive in Perth. There are plenty of on-campus and off-campus accommodation options to choose from, and newcomers to Perth will be given priority. 

Visit the Accommodation page for more information about finding somewhere to live.

Step 6

Book flights and pack your bags

As soon as you have confirmed your enrolment at Curtin College, you can book your flights!

It is recommended you arrive at least two weeks before Orientation to give yourself time to settle into your accommodation and adjust to your new environment. You can use this time to work on step 5, find out travel routes to campus and get to know your way around the city.

Before you pack your bags, remember that there are strict restrictions on what you may bring into Australia. These include animal and plant material, food, wildlife, drugs and medicinal products, firearms and more than AUD$10,000 of currency.

What can I bring into Australia?

Step 7

Find part-time work and open a bank account

When you arrive in Perth, you should change your money into Australian dollars. You can do this at currency exchange outlets in the city centre and at most banks. If you have a bank card from your country, you may be able to use it to withdraw Australian dollars at some automatic teller machines (ATMs), but may be charged for this service.

To open a bank account, you will need identification such as your passport, Student ID card and driver’s licence. You may also need to provide a Tax File Number (TFN). To apply for a TFN, complete a form from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website or Post Office.

More information about a TFN

You may also consider part-time work while you study. International students are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight and full time during semester breaks.

There are casual jobs available throughout Perth in the areas of administration, hospitality, house-keeping/cleaning and retail. You can expect to earn between AU$10-20 per hour, depending on your age and the kind of work you do.

Your first priority should be your studies. If you decide to work part-time, start with a few hours a week until you are able to find a balance.

You will also need to lodge an income tax return, either through a registered tax agent or by completing it yourself. If you complete your own income tax return, ATO’s e-tax is the fastest way to obtain a refund. In most cases this will be within 14 days.

Step 8

Welcome to your Orientation!

Your time at Curtin College starts with Orientation. Be ready for an activity-packed first day where you can meet your fellow students and new friends. 

Connect with Curtin College students on the official Facebook page and discover what College life has in store for you on our ‘A day in the life’ page.

That’s everything! We’ll see you at Orientation!