Student Visa 500

Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma
Master’s Degree
Doctoral Degree Research Thesis (PhD)

Commencement Dates

Usually starts in February and/or July.  Some institutions have three semesters per year.
Check dates with your institution.
Doctoral students in general can start at an agreed date with education provider.


Graduate Certificate       6 months (1 semester)
Graduate Diploma           12 months (2 semesters)
Master’s Degree              18-24 months (3 to 4 semesters)
Doctoral Degree               Average of 2-3 years – check with your institution

Best Dates for Application Deadlines

Must allow at least 1-2 months for course application process
Must allow at least 3 months for visa application process


Academic            Undergraduate degree (doctoral students will need a postgraduate qualification)
English                  Check with education provider
Other                    Students may need work experience and other requirements. Check with education provider.

To look for institutions that are authorised to teach higher education or university programs in Australia, click in our DIRECTORIES section