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Before You Arrive

To ensure that you arrive ready to begin your studies it is important that your pre-departure preparation is done adequately.

Visa Information

All overseas students must apply for a student visa before travelling to Australia. To find out more, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, or visit

Comprehensive information about visa applications, student work rights and restrictions, health requirements and much more can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website at

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is insurance to assist international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia.

As an international student, it is a condition of your student visa that you have OSHC for the entire duration of your stay in Australia.

Exceptions to this requirement only apply where the Department of Immigration & Border Protection recognises a suitable alternative health cover arrangement. This includes Swedish and Norwegian students who have health cover with the approved home government insurer.

"Dual or Multi Family" Overseas Student Health Cover provided by Allianz Global Assistance must be arranged if you intend to travel to Australia with your family members as dependents on your student visa.

Students who do not arrive in Australia on a student visa will not be covered by OSHC until they have obtained a student visa.

Click here for more information about OSHC.

Planning your budget

Planning your budget is an important part of your application and preparation.  On top of your university fees, SSAF, OSHC and book and resource fees, you will also need to work out your living expenses.

Estimated Weekly costs $AU
Rent (Share accommodation $85 - $215
Groceries & eating out $80 - $280
Gas, Electricity $35 - $140
Mobile phone & Internet $25 - $55
Public transport / Travel $15 - $$55
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Total Estimated Weekly Costs* $270 - $825

All prices are to be used as a guide and can vary based on indivudual circumstances.  For more information regarding living in Australia visit the Study in Australia website

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016 the 12 month living cost is:

  • You - $19,830
  • Partner or spouse - $6,940
  • Child - $2,970

All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit (opens in a new window)

Guidelines, Policies and Regulations

The Australian Government wants overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia's laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007. Click here for the Guidelines, Policies and Regulations relevant to international students studying on a student visa.

Books and Miscellaneous Study Expenses

A minimum of $A400 per trimester is required for text books. Students will also need to budget for other study associated costs such as stationery and subject handbooks.

Emergency Numbers

An emergency is the actual or imminent occurrence of an event which endangers or threatens the safety or health of any person in the area; and/or destroys, or threatens to destroy or damage any property.

In any life threatening emergency call 000 (112 from Mobile) and request Police, Fire or Ambulance.

James Cook University - Critical Incident Policy

Policies and Procedures

Please check out the full list of Policies and Procedures from A - Z.

Academic Progression Policy - Applies to students enrolled in study periods commencing 1 January 2016 onwards

Academic Progression Policy - Applies to students who were enrolled in SP23 or SP53 at the beginning of 2016

Administration of Commonwealth Scholarhsips Policy

Admissions Policy

Advanced Standing and Articulation Policy

Appeal of Final Subject Grade Policy

Appointment of Examiners - Near Relatives Policy and Procedure

Attendance Monitoring Policy - English Language Programs

Commonwealth Assited Students - Policy

Copyright Policy and Procedure

Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy

Domestic Tuition Fee Policy

Elite Athlete Friendly University Policy

Enrolment Policy - Coursework Students

Enrolment Requirements for International Student Visa-Holders Policy

Examination Requirements Policy

Finalisation and Publication of Student Results Policy

Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the National Network of Athlete Friendly Universities

Incidental Fees Policy

Intercampus Mobility

Intervention Strategy for Students Who Have Not Made Satisfactory Academic Progress

Leave of Absence from Study Policy

Library Use Policy

OS-HELP Loans Policy

Provision for Defence Force Reservists Enrolled at JCU Students Policy

Review of Assessment and Student Access to Examination Scripts and Materials Policy

Special Consideration, Supplementary, Deffered and Special Examinations Policy

Standard System of Reporting Grades Policy

Student Academic Misconduct Requirements Policy

Student Access to a Dictionary During an Examination Policy

Student Complaint Management Policy and Procedures

Student Conduct Policy

Student Fees and Charges Payment Allocation Policy

Student Loans Policy

Student Services and Amenities Fee Policy

Transfer of International Student Visa Holders to Other Educational Institutions

Tuition Fee - Internal Sponsorship and Exemption Policy

Tuition Fee Payment Instalment Plan Policy for On-shore and Distance Internatioal Students

Tuition Fee Policy for Internatinal Students

University Prizes