Australian High Commission
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, eSwatini

Student Hub

Student Hub for Sub-Saharan Africa

The Australian Immigration Office at the High Commission, Pretoria is responsible for processing all student visa applications from Sub-Saharan Africa.

On 1 July 2016, Australia introduced a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to support the sustainable growth of Australia’s international education sector by making the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate and reducing red tape for the sector.

Key changes under the SSVF are:

  • a reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two; and
  • all student visa applications will be lodged online through an ImmiAccount.

Important information to remember when applying for a visa to study in Australia

When applying for a visa to study in Australia it is important to consider your course of study, the institution you would like to study at, what the English language requirements are and how you will support yourself financially.

How do I lodge my student visa application?

Regardless of what country you live in, all student visa applications in Sub-Saharan Africa must be lodged online. To apply for your student visa you will need to create an ImmiAccount with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Your personal ImmiAccount will allow you to apply for your visa, attach any supporting documents requested, save any unfinished applications and track the progress of your current applications.

To start you student visa application, please see: Student

What supporting documentation do I need?

All visa applications must be lodged complete, with all required supporting documentation. Failure to do so may mean that your visa application is refused. Please use the student visa checklist to ensure that you are lodging a complete application.

Please see: Student eVisa Document Checklist

How long does it take to process my student visa application?

For information about processing times, please see: Visa Processing Times.

What else should I know before lodging my student visa application?

All visa applicants must read the following important information before lodging their visa application.

How do I contact you about my student visa application?

Please see: Contact us.