Enrolment Guide

How to enrol

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Follow these 6 steps to complete your application 

Complete, Sign & Return the International Enrolment Form

  • Download and complete the international student enrolment form.

  • Send your completed enrolment form to: international.admissions@sae.edu.au.

  • Please ensure you attach a copy of your passport, academic documents and evidence of
    English competency.

Receive a Letter of Offer

  • SAE International Admissions will review and assess your application and if you meet entry requirements we will email you a Letter of Offer. If you are using an education agent, your offer will be sent to your agent.

  • An offer may include conditions that must be met, before your enrolment can be approved.

  • If you have requested advanced standing or credit (Recognition of Prior Learning - RPL), we will help you to apply for this before you receive your course offer.

Make payment and accept the offer

When your application for enrolment has been approved by admissions, you will be asked to:

  • Sign a Student Admissions Agreement

  • Pay a tuition deposit

  • Arrange OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover)


Your study placement is confirmed when you receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). An eCoE is required before you can apply for your Student Visa. If you are using an education agent, your eCoE will be sent to your agent.


International students who need to apply for a new student visa should submit an application online at the Australian Department of Home Affairs website. If you are using an education agent, they will assist with this. For more information, visit: Subclass 500 Student Visa


Wait to receive your Student Visa, then book your tickets to Australia! For more information about planning your arrival, visit: Plan your arrival

Download our enrolment guide

Download our student handbook


How to Apply for a visa

Student Visa Information

The Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issue visas for entry to Australia.  International visitors intending to stay in Australia for the purpose of full-time study must apply for a Student Visa Subclass 500.  The application is submitted online via the DHA website.   

Before you can apply for your visa, you will need to receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) from the education provider. Your COE will be sent to you after your enrolment has been approved and you have paid the minimum deposit quoted on your course offer.

Student Visa Costs

The minimum visa cost is AUD $575 for the main applicant, unless they are exempt. There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics. To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator.

The visa application charge and other visa-related costs are to be paid by yourself, separately, these are not included in the fees paid to SAE. 

Student Visa Processing Time

Student Visa processing times can be different for everyone, depending on your personal  circumstances. Applying during peak periods can also affect processing times.

DHA provides updated estimates of visa processing times on their website. Visa processing time is calculated from the date you submit a completed visa application to the date of decision.

To ensure you have plenty of time for visa processing, you should ensure you have read and understand all student visa requirements and submit a complete application with all documents prepared in advance.  We advise that you start your visa application as soon as you receive your COE.

The steps for applying for a visa can be found here: Step-by-Step

Visa Conditions

Your Student Visa will have conditions. These conditions are determined by the DHA and will be listed on your Visa Grant Notice. Some conditions are the same for each student (Mandatory Conditions), while others may be applied depending on your circumstances (Discretionary conditions). Breaching your visa conditions can result in cancellation of your Student Visa, so you should ensure you understand all conditions applied. A full list of conditions is available here: Student Visa Conditions.

Getting Help with your Visa Application

Education providers do not provide detailed visa advice or assist with visa applications. If you need help with your student visa application, you can contact the Australian Embassy or High Commission in your home country or; you can consult a migration or education agent for assistance.  SAE have agreements with a number of approved agents who can assist you. A list of SAE approved agents is available here: Find an Agent.